February 14, 2011

Owens Community College Announces Free Spring ‘QuickStart to College’ Program, Feb. 21 – May 4

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area residents are invited to explore career options and gain advice on making the first steps toward a college education as Owens Community College presents a free “QuickStart to College” program, Feb. 21 – May 4.

The free ten-week program, which is designed for first generation college attendees, low wage workers, underemployed and undereducated adults in mind, will take place Mondays and Wednesdays (Feb. 21 – May 4) from 9-10:50 a.m. in Heritage Hall Room 103. The classes will occur on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township.

Additionally, Owens will make available the “QuickStart to College” program on Wednesdays (Feb. 23 – May 4) from 12-3:50 p.m. in Room 135 at the College’s Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo.

Owens’ free “QuickStart to College” comprehensive program features an array of educational initiatives, including academic preparation, coaching and embracing the expectations of college-level studies. Additionally, students will participate in activities designed to promote enhanced learning and develop necessary study and life skills for college success. Individuals will also learn and obtain an in-depth understanding of the language, culture and resources of Owens through the program, as well as receive information specific to the financial aid process and academic placement testing. Free math, reading and writing tutorials are also offered to program participants. In addition, each student will receive three college credit hours toward an Owens education upon course completion.

Funding for Owens’ academic initiative is being made possible through a three-year $522,200 grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education, which is an Indianapolis-based private foundation dedicated to expanding access to and success in education beyond high school. Owens is one of only three academic institutions statewide to receive funding in 2008 for the program. The other two colleges are Rhodes State College in Lima and Zane State College in Zanesville.

In order to be eligible for the free “QuickStart to College” program, individuals must have obtained their High School Diploma or GED. A mandatory orientation is required for students on their first day of class. For more information about the “QuickStart to College” program, call (567) 661-2990 for the Toledo-area Campus classes or (567) 661-2732 for the Learning Center at The Source classes.

Owens Community College is an 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.