September 29, 2011

Owens Community College Announces Free Computer Classes in October and November

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area residents interested in enhancing their knowledge and skills with computers and the Internet are invited to participate in free continuing education computer classes as Owens Community College and the non-profit Connect Ohio organization announce new academic opportunities during the months of October and November.

The educational initiative, titled Every Citizen Online, is being led by Connect Ohio as part of a $6.9 million federal grant the organization has received to help expand access to broadband Internet to consumers across the state. Each class will highlight computer basics, an introduction to the Internet and discussion about how broadband can be helpful in daily life.

Owens will offer free hands-on computer classes at three locations in October and November as part of the Every Citizen Online project. The three locations are the Owens Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo, the Owens Learning Center at Arrowhead Park in Maumee and the Owens Findlay-area Campus in Findlay.

The six-hour computer classes will take place Oct. 11 and 18 from 6-9 p.m. and Nov. 7 and 14 from 6-9 p.m. at the College’s Arrowhead Park Learning Center. Classes will also occur Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 and 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Owens Learning Center at The Source. The final computer class session will be held on the College’s Findlay-area Campus Nov. 3 and 10 from 6-9 p.m.

Connect Ohio is a non-profit public-private partnership, whose mission is to see all Ohioans connected to the benefits of high-speed Internet service. The organization’s federal grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

For more information, or to register for the free classes, individuals can contact the College’s Workforce and Community Services at (567) 661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS extension 7357.

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.