November 23, 2009

Owens Center for Emergency Preparedness Announces New Concealed Weapons Permit Training Program

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area residents interested in becoming certified to carry a concealed handgun in the state of Ohio can now pursue such educational training pursuits at Owens Community College as the Center for Emergency Preparedness announces the creation of a new Concealed Weapons Permit Training Program.

The initial 12-hour course will occur Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 30 – Dec. 1 with firing range testing on Thursday, Dec. 3. Owens’ Concealed Weapons Permit Training Program classes will take place from 6-10 p.m. and is limited to the first 15 people to register. The College’s Center for Emergency Preparedness is located at 30150 Tracy Road in Walbridge, which at the intersection of Tracy and Walbridge Roads on the east side of the Owens Toledo-area Campus.

“Carrying a concealed handgun is a privilege in the state of Ohio and successfully passing this course allows citizens to carry a concealed handgun legally,” said Mike Cornell, Owens Director of the Center for Emergency Preparedness. “Safety is the first principal of the class. Anything less is unacceptable.”

Course content will focus on firearm safety, firearms law and safe gun handling, as well as provide instruction related to proper maintenance and storage practices for handguns and ammunition. Additional topics include the skills and attitude necessary to use a handgun and its appropriate use for self-defense. The course will culminate with hands-on training at the College’s firing range.

Owens’ new Concealed Weapons Permit Training Program will be taught by certified Ohio Police Academy firearms instructors. The course is expected to be repeated monthly at the Center for Emergency Preparedness.

The Center for Emergency Preparedness is the premier all-hazards national training facility located at Owens Community College. As the world continues to change so will the critical training demands for the men and women who place themselves in harm’s way. The Center for Emergency Preparedness is dedicated to securing the homeland and assuring the safety of our citizens by building a well-trained community of first responders, first receivers and allied professionals who are ready to safely respond to and mitigate the effects of an all-hazards event.

The cost of the course is $85. For more information or to register for the new Concealed Weapons Permit Training Program, call (567) 661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7357. Individuals are encouraged to call for future class dates or go to the Center for Emergency Preparedness website at www.owens.edu/cep to view the training calendar.

One of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio, Owens Community College is a fully accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.