November 30, 2011

Toledo Public Schools Sherman Elementary Sixth Grade Students to Explore Owens Through College Coach Program, Dec. 2

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Over 60 sixth grade students from Toledo Public Schools Sherman Elementary along with family members and teachers will have the opportunity to experience a taste of college life for the first time as Owens Community College serves as host to a College Exploration Day as part of the College Coach Program on Friday, Dec. 2.

The College Exploration Day will begin at 10 a.m. with welcoming remarks by Owens representatives in College Hall Room 100. Following welcoming remarks, Sherman Elementary sixth grade students will be divided into two groups have the chance to experience what college life is like and become familiar with a college campus setting by exploring the Transportation Technologies Center laboratories (10:30-10:55 a.m. and 11-11:25 a.m.), the Department of Science’s greenhouse (11-11:20 a.m. and 11:30-11:55 a.m.) and the Department of Allied Health’s exercise science laboratory (10:30-10:50 a.m. and 11:30-11:55 a.m.) in Alumni Hall from 10:30-11:55 a.m. Lunch will conclude the students’ college experience in the College Hall Fireside Grill from 12-1 p.m. Owens’ Toledo-area Campus is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

The College Coach Program is designed to help in enhancing educational success by providing students with family designated coaches who will work with the youth from fifth grade through their sophomore year of college. The participating students are identified by Toledo Public Schools administration in conjunction with the Toledo Federation of Teachers leadership. Among the College Coach Program services are educational workshops for coaches, skill development sessions for students and college and university awareness visitation events.

The College Coach Program is available to Toledo Public Schools through community partnerships with Partners In Education, Lucas County Job and Family Services, Toledo Community Foundation, Toledo Public Schools, Toledo Federation of Teachers and the Lucas County Board of County Commissioners. Area colleges and universities participating in the educational initiative are Owens Community College, the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Lourdes University and Mercy College of Northwest Ohio.

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, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. 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