ABOUT THE VOICE OF AMERICA LEARNING CENTER
Miami University’s Voice of America Learning Center is located in West Chester, Ohio, midway between Cincinnati and Dayton. Access from Interstate 75 is available from both the Liberty Way and Tylersville Road exits.
A wide range of undergraduate courses are available, complementing undergraduate courses available on Miami’s Hamilton and Middletown regional campuses. Many students at the VOA Learning Center are pursuing their baccalaureate degree through Miami’s new Bachelor’s of Integrative Studies, a baccalaureate degree completion program unique to Miami’s regional campuses.
At the graduate level, area educators have the advantage of the courses and programs offered through Miami’s School of Education, Health and Society, combined with Miami’s TEAM Scholarship program that provides a 50% reduction in tuition and fees for eligible participants.
Miami’s nationally recognized Farmer School of Business began its Professional MBA program at the VOA Learning Center in the fall of 2009. Created in consultation with area businesses and prospective students, the program is designed to meet the needs and schedules of busy working professionals.
The Learning Center is home to Miami’s Corporate & Community Institute which provides customized training and workforce development throughout the region.
The Center is built on part of what was once the Voice of America Bethany Relay Station that broadcast continuously from 1944 to 1995, reaching five continents in 53 languages at the peak of its operation.
In March of 1995, after the VOA announced the decommissioning of the Bethany Station, Miami began working with West Chester Township and Butler County officials in making application to receive part of the land for public benefit. In July 1996, Miami applied to the U.S. Department of Education Federal Real Property Assistance Program for 20 acres on the western perimeter of the site, and received title to the land in December 2000.
With $1.5 million from the State of Ohio through capital appropriations, Miami issued $6 million in bonds to finance the balance of the project. Building designs were unveiled at a Presidential Luncheon hosted by President and Mrs. Hodge in March 2007. Groundbreaking took place September 5, 2007, the cupola was raised on July 23, 2008, and classes began on January 12, 2009.
The building’s architecture echoes the neo-Georgian style of the Miami Oxford campus, complete with the signature cupola atop the building which is lit at night.
Historical information about the Voice of America Bethany Relay Station is available at the Veteran's Voice of America web page—an organization focused on preserving the heritage of the VOA facility.
Additional historical information is also available online through the Ohio Historical Society's Ohio History Central project.