From the hilltop on the southwest corner of Interstate 75 and Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Bill Miller can see a long way.

“It’s a great site,” says the superintendent of Butler Technology and Career Schools of the 24-acre site acquired by the district several years ago. “I can stand at one corner and look down to Princeton High School and off to the left of that, downtown Cincinnati.”

It’s not just physical distance Miller sees, but a vision of the future; this building will turn this third West Chester Township exit off the highway into the education interchange for the entire I-75 growth corridor from Dayton to Cincinnati.

He envisions a multi-faceted business-education campus, where students can complete their secondary education at Butler Tech, then move on to certifications in adult career fields, pursue an associate’s degree and even a bachelor’s degree from other institutions all on one site.

“Ultimately we’re talking about a seamless process where a student can move from my 11th and 12th grade building, over into the adult world where they gain certification into other skills,” he says. “That prepares them for moving towards an associate’s degree and then on to a bachelor’s degree.”

To make that dream a reality, Miller says, it will take a number of educational and business partners willing to invest on the site and an expansion to an adjoining 130 acres of privately owned farmland. West Chester developer Schumacher Dugan Construction is working on a master plan for the additional land.

But by March, Butler Tech, one of Ohio’s largest vocational districts with more than 20,000 high school and adult students, expects to break ground on its building, a bioscience training center of between 30,000 and 50,000 square feet.

When the $13 million building opens in August 2015, it will house labs and classrooms for about 300 students in five medical-related programs and courses: dental assisting, medical terminology, state-tested nurse aide, exercise science and medical assisting now at the district’s D. Russel Lee campus outside Hamilton.

Many of the details, like whether the building will be two or three stories, are still being worked out, but Miller envisions a combination of classrooms and labs where students can get basic knowledge and then put it to use solving problems in the labs.

Butler Tech is also starting to spread its vision for the site among area businesses and educational institutions. It eventually hopes to have room for up to five interconnected buildings, each about 30,000 square feet.

“As we gain partners the facility will expand,” he says.

If Butler Tech can interest employers, such as medical clinics or bioscience or device makers, to locate there, it will add adult education at the site to provide a ready source of skilled workers.

The West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance has already agreed to move its offices to the Butler Tech campus in 2015.

“We’re looking to the Alliance helping us build those partnerships as we move forward,” Miller says.

Joe Hinson, Chamber president and CEO, says the move is an outgrowth of the Chamber’s efforts on workforce development with Butler Tech stretching back a decade.

He sees the Butler Tech campus as a game-changer for the area, supporting the growing number of hospitals and medical-related businesses along I-75.

“To stay competitive, businesses need a continuous learning mindset,” he says. The Butler Tech campus will provide that training. Hinson says it will enhance the corridor’s visibility nationally and globally.