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Leadership Takes Root in Marysville

Leadership Takes Root in Marysville

Marysville residents don’t have to drive far to go far. That’s the message Otterbein is taking to the Union County community with the Organizational Leadership Certificate that began fall semester. The four-course certificate is being taught entirely in the evening for adult learners at the Otterbein-Marysville Innovation Center (OMIC) at Marysville Early College High School, located on the Rt. 33 Industrial Corridor. 

Instructor Susan Alexander said she is “most impressed with the group’s level of enthusiasm and commitment. It’s going great. The students are fully engaged.” 

The students come from diverse employment areas, such as Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Marysville Exempted Schools and the City of Marysville, and each is a seeking a different end goal.

“Each person has a different reason for participating—some degree completion, some seeking career clarity, some for the sake of learning. What’s really exciting about this class is that we know we are going to be together for a full year, so it allows us to be fully engaged in the work and flexible with the schedule,” explained Alexander. 

Paul Richmond, a dispatcher with the Dublin, Ohio, police department for 23 years, enrolled in the class to satisfy a personal goal. He lives a mile and a half from OMIC and said he noticed Otterbein on the electronic sign in front of the school.

“I knew I wanted to finish my degree, and I was happy to see Otterbein there. For me, it’s a personal goal. I’ve been out of school for a while, since 9/11,” he said. “I know it will help me personally.” He plans to apply the courses in the certificate toward completing a bachelor’s degree in leadership.

Not everyone in the class is seeking a degree. Jessica Fewins is taking the course for personal development. “I want to become the best me that I can be,” she explains. “I already have a bachelor’s degree and was not looking for a new career, but I felt that the content of the program would help me in every area of life. I am hoping to become a more effective leader at home and in the work force. I am absolutely loving the course and the professor. I would highly recommend this program to everyone,” she added.

More classes are scheduled for spring semester 2016 at OMIC. Communication courses will be offered in a hybrid format, including topics such as interpersonal, intercultural, business and professional communication and teamwork.

Classes begin Jan. 12, 2016, for spring semester and May 17, 2016, for summer semester.

Corporate and individual tuition discounts are available.

To learn more, call Lavona See (614) 572-3593, or email lsee@otterbein.edu.


Apply online at the Otterbein-Marysville website.

For more information about all Otterbein degrees available to adult and transfer students, contact the Office of Adult, Transfer and Graduate Admissions at 614-823-1356 or online