November 16, 2010

Area Students to Learn About Information Technology Careers As Part of Statewide Program at Owens, Nov. 19

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Over 230 girls in grades 8-10 from Northwest Ohio will have the opportunity to learn about and explore the various career options available within information technology as Owens Community College’s Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses host a “We Are IT” professional conference on Friday, Nov. 19.

Owens’ “We Are IT” professional conference, which is being held in conjunction with the Ohio IT Business Advisory Network and the Office of Career-Technical and Adult Education of the Ohio Department of Education, is part of a statewide initiative involving 22 college and university campuses working together for the purpose of providing female students with a broad-based introduction to information technology applications and career opportunities. The “We Are IT” professional conferences occurring throughout Ohio are expected to reach over 2,700 girls.

The “We Are IT” event will occur from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Audio/Visual Classroom Center, Heritage Hall and Industrial and Engineering Technologies Building on the Toledo-area Campus and in the Community Education and Wellness Center, Education Center and Conference Center on the Findlay-area Campus. Owens’ Toledo-area Campus is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township, while the College’s Findlay-area Campus is located on Bright Road in Findlay.

Between 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. on the Toledo-area Campus and 9:50-11:30 a.m. and 12-12:30 p.m. on the Findlay-area Campus, conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in several breakout sessions. Students will explore a wide variety of career paths and vocations in information technology, including 3-D animation using the ALICE programming language (Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses), Java programming (Toledo-area Campus), steganography and watermarking (Toledo-area Campus), computer diagnostics (Toledo-area Campus), social networking (Findlay-area Campus), open source computing (Findlay-area Campus) and Skype technology (Toledo-area Campus), among other topics.

In addition to the lecture portion of each session, students will be given a project to complete in order to further learn the concepts being taught. Sessions will be taught by various members of Owens’ information technology, fine and performing arts, manufacturing and industrial operations, and electrical/electronics engineering faculty, staff and students, among others. Additionally, Penta Career Center representatives will be on hand to teach several of the breakout sessions.

Students will also have time during lunch to meet individuals from local businesses and ask them questions concerning their professions. Additionally, they will receive information on how to go about choosing a career within information technology after completing their education and participate in a panel discussion with representatives from Owens, Oakland University and Cisco Systems Inc., as well as hear a presentation from an official at Smart Sites Imaging.

Other academic institutions participating in the statewide initiative include Edison State Community College, University of Akron, Columbus State Community College, Hocking College, Lakeland Community College, North Central State College, Northwest State Community College, Sinclair Community College and Youngstown State University, among others.

Owens offers a wide variety of academic programs within information technology through the College’s School of Business and Information Systems, and past graduates have gone on to high paying careers as computer programmers, systems analysts, Internet support specialists, network support specialists and information systems managers throughout Northwest Ohio. Information technology-specific programs offered at Owens include Computer Programming, E-Business, Information Systems, Networking and Information Systems Support, Systems Security and Information Assurance, and Information Technology.

Students from several area schools are expected to be in attendance, including Macomb Middle and High School, Continental Middle School, Carey High School, Leverette Junior High School (Toledo Public Schools), Scott High School, Gesu School, Swanton Middle School, Bowsher High School and Woodward High School.

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