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Sinclair Community College’s Paralegal Program, Dayton, OH [By Judith Earley] Sinclair Community College has a mission, should you choose to accept it. The school is committed to helping individuals turn dreams into achievable goals by offering accessible, high-quality, affordable learning opportunities.

Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH,

of the League’s elite Vanguard Colleges in

Students must be accepted into the

can trace its history back to the Dayton

2001. “Vanguard” is the term designated

paralegal program before enrolling in

YMCA. In 1887, the YMCA set aside two

by the League to recognize the top 12

program courses and must earn grades

rooms and began offering evening classes

two-year institutions in North America that

of “C” or better in all courses in order

in bookkeeping and mechanical drawing. At

consistently focus on student and learner

to graduate. Additionally, all paralegal

that time, it had 55 male students. By the

access and success. Sinclair Community

students acquire hands-on experience by

time the YMCA moved to a larger building at

College is fully accredited by The Higher

participating in selective internships.

West Third and Ludlow Streets in 1910, the

Learning Commission, a member of the

college was offering a broad curriculum and

North Central Association, and a member

Some additional benefits of Sinclair

improved facilities, including dormitories.

of the Ohio Association of Community

Community College’s paralegal program

Colleges. The SCC campus is located in

are its day, evening, and web classes taught

In the fall of 1929, the YMCA moved once

downtown Dayton, boasts an enrollment of

by experienced attorneys and paralegals,

again to an even larger building. By then,

24,000 students, and is one of the largest

excellent internship and placement

the college was offering several degrees

community college campuses in America.

opportunities, hands-on training in law office environments, and the fact that it has the

in several disciplines and housed a school of liberal arts, the Dayton YMCA School of

Sinclair’s paralegal program was the first

Commerce, the Dayton Law School, and the

program established in the Dayton area and

Dayton Technical School.

the first to be approved by the American Bar Association. The program is designed to

lowest tuition in the state of Ohio.

ON THE NET

In 1948, the YMCA College was officially

help students develop skills that will enable

renamed Sinclair College, in honor of

them to effectively provide legal services

Sinclair Community College’s Paralegal

David A. Sinclair, Secretary of the Dayton

under the supervision of attorneys and to

Program

YMCA from 1874-1902 and founder of its

maintain a cutting-edge curriculum that

www.sinclair.edu/academics/bus/

educational program. Sinclair had emigrated

emphasizes skills in critical thinking, writing,

departments/par/index.cfm

to Dayton from the coastal North Scotland

teamwork, and assessment. Included

Highlands. The new Sinclair College was

within the program’s curriculum are

Sinclair Community College

authorized by the State Board of Education to

courses focused on teaching legal concepts,

www.sinclair.edu/about/index.cfm

continue conducting a junior college program

developing practical application techniques,

and conferring associate’s degrees in the

and implementing modern technology skills.

City of Dayton, OH

arts and sciences.

The general education requirements of

www.ci.dayton.oh.us

the paralegal program include theory and Sinclair was selected for membership in

practice, ethical legal practice, and legal

the prestigious League for Innovation in the

field technology courses.

Community College in 1989 and became one

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Sinclair Community College's Paralegal Program, Dayton, OH  

Sinclair Community College in Dayton offers paralegal program which was the first program established in Dayton area.

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