December 10, 2009

Owens Community College Unveils Plans to New Educational Complex at Maumee’s Arrowhead Park

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College is expanding access to higher education opportunities within Northwest Ohio by unveiling plans for a new educational complex at Arrowhead Park in Maumee. The new on-site educational service center in Maumee will provide convenient access to higher education for area residents, businesses and industries beginning January 2010.

The new location within Western Lucas County will provide an array academic course options for students with aspirations of pursuing their associate’s degree or certificate from Owens. Additionally, the educational center will serve as the new home for the College’s Workforce and Community Services division.

The renovated 24,665 square-foot site in Arrowhead Park will feature 12 classrooms, four computer laboratories, 19 offices, one reception area and one state tested nursing assistant laboratory, all with state-of-the-art technology and academic resources to provide expanded educational choices and options that meet the current and future needs of students and businesses throughout the region. Situated within close proximity to the Interstate-475 corridor, Owens’ new center will be located at 1724 Indian Wood Circle in Maumee.

Each academic classroom will be equipped with multimedia capability, while the computer laboratories will feature the latest in computing resources for educational training instruction. The state tested nursing assistant laboratory will house state-of-the-art technology and academic resources that prepare students for careers as nurse assistants. Additionally, individuals will be able to use an array of software applications and programming languages within the laboratories as well as network and high-speed Internet access.

Designed by the firm The Collaborative Inc. in Toledo, the exterior of the building will feature a gray color over the existing single-story masonry structure as well as a signature Owens logo atop the complex’s main entrance. Program Solutions Group LLC in Perrysburg is serving as the project manager.

Owens’ Workforce and Community Services, which currently is located at 2249 Tracy Rd. in Northwood, is dedicated to providing customer-driven workforce development, job training and continuing education for business, industry and area residents throughout Northwest Ohio. Workforce and Community Services’ learning-centered approach focuses on developing and enhancing professional skills to meet the needs of the community, customizing academic curriculum in the areas of professional development, computer and software applications, health and fitness, artful living, personal development, real estate, children’s programming, and apprenticeship-related training and skilled trades.

In addition to offering higher education on its Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens within the last two years has expanded its access to educational opportunities within Northwest Ohio through the creation of new on-site academic and support services at The Source, Lucas County’s One-Stop Employment Center in downtown Toledo.

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.