May 24, 2012

Owens Findlay-area Campus Announces New Free ‘O-Start’ College Preparation Workshop, June 11-14

FINDLAY, Ohio – Current juniors and recent graduates of Putnam County high schools are invited to explore career options and gain advice on making the first steps toward a college education to any college or university as Owens Community College presents a new free “O-Start” College Preparation Workshop, June 11-14.

The free four-day workshop is being presented in partnership with the Putnam County Educational Service Center and will take place from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday (June 11-14) in the Education Center Rooms 134 and 137 on the College’s Findlay-area Campus. Owens is located on Bright Road in Findlay.

Participants will receive a free USB flash drive and lanyard, a $40 gas card, a binder of college information and a Kindle Touch at the workshop’s conclusion. Lunch will be provided for free to attendees each day.

Owens’ “O-Start” classes will feature four different education, life and career specific days. Themes will include “Getting Started with College”, “Life/Work Balance”, “Aptitudes and Careers” and “Planning Ahead”. Workshop participants will engage in activities designed to promote enhanced learning and develop necessary study and life skills for college success and beyond. Individuals will also learn about stress management, community involvement, service learning, life planning, money management, and shadowing and internships, as well as receive information specific to the financial aid process, scholarships and academic placement testing.

Additionally, several guest speakers and current college students will provide educational presentations and panel discussions as part of the college preparation workshop. Individuals interested in the educational workshop must register prior to the first day of classes and enrollment is limited to the first 25 students.

For more information about the workshop, or to register, call (567) 429-3074 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 3074, or (567) 429-3656 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 3656.

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 ( ).