April 20, 2012

Owens Community College Adjunct Instructor Kate Fineske Chosen to Participate at National Education and Learning Conference

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College Fine and Performing Arts Adjunct Instructor Kate Fineske of Sylvania has been chosen to represent Ohio at the third annual Mom Congress on Education and Learning Conference in Washington, D.C., April 29 – May 1. Fineske was chosen for her outstanding contributions and dedication to improving local schools.

A total of 51 delegates, representing each state and the District of Columbia, have been selected by “Parenting” magazine to participate in the national conference where they will have the opportunity to meet with national leaders in education, “Parenting” editors and past Mom Congress delegates to exchange ideas on how to enhance education.

“I am honored to have been chosen for this opportunity,” said Fineske. “As a mother to three, a volunteer leader within the community, an adjunct instructor at Owens Community College and a staff member and local leader with the National Association of Mothers’ Centers, I have a firm passion for motherhood and education. I am thrilled to be able to represent Ohio.”

Fineske’s community involvement includes serving as Vice President of the Sylvania School’s Parent School Council where she has assisted in organizing community events to help educate parents on topics like political candidates, school policies and most recently a Cyber Bullying Forum. She was also the Parent Volunteer Coordinator for the Sylvania School’s 2011 Levy Committee and is involved in her children’s Elementary School Parent Organization as the Parent Room Representative Coordinator. Additionally, she has provided leadership to the Mothers Center of Greater Toledo and is currently a staff member with the National Association of Mothers’ Centers.

As an educator, Fineske has served as an Adjunct Instructor at Owens for over 10 years in such academic areas as commercial art and graphic design. She has also volunteered her time to mentor local high school graphic design students, coordinated and supported various extra-curriculum commercial art initiatives at Owens and advised multiple area high school graphic design programs.

The 2012 Mom Congress conference, titled “Teach Me Something New”, is dedicated to fostering the important relationship between parents and their children’s teachers. Among the education and advocacy leaders scheduled to address the delegates are U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, as well as representatives from the National Education Association and Teach for America.

Faculty members from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies will lead informative sessions at the conference this year, offering advocacy training workshops to help delegates take what they’ve learned and put it to work in their own communities.

Driven by the ever-increasing role that parents play in advocating for positive change in the education system, “Parenting” magazine launched the Mom Congress initiative in 2009 to celebrate and connect parents working to enhance our nation’s schools. Each month, “Parenting” and www.Parenting.com ( http://www.parenting.com/ )provide readers and the more than 25,000 Mom Congress members with educational news and resources to help them make a difference and bring about positive changes for students.

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 www.owens.edu.