Lincoln University has announced plans to open a campus in Coatesville. Lincoln University President Robert R. Jennings made the announcement on Wednesday, June 6, at a Coatesville Development Opportunities Forum, sponsored by the Chester County Economic Development Council.

The plan calls for Lincoln University to occupy the Gordon Education Center, which currently houses the Coatesville Area School District’s alternative education program. The company that operates the alternative education program will vacate the building in July of 2013. However, Lincoln University anticipates opening offices and offering select courses to area businesses in January of 2013, before taking complete control of the building at mid-year.

“We’re excited about it. It’s going to be a win-win for all of us,” said Jennings, who received a standing ovation upon announcing the plans. “It’s going to be a full-fledged campus. It’s going to have everything that the main campus has.”

Jennings says the Coatesville campus of Lincoln University will initially house three programs: a nursing program, the business and entrepreneurship program, and a hotel, restaurant, and tourism management program. Lincoln University also plans to offer continuing education courses at the Coatesville campus.