June 7, 2012

61 High School Graduates Begin Educational Journey Through Owens’ Free Summer Bridge Program, June 11-12

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Sixty-one area high school graduates from public and private high schools, as well as career centers, within the College’s legal district will have the opportunity to experience a taste of college life for free prior to the beginning of their first Fall Semester at Owens Community College as the academic institution announces the 2012 Bridge to Success Program student class on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. The free program is designed to help first-year students successfully transition from high school to college.

Owens’ summer program begins with Bridge to Success Kick-Off Celebrations from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. June 11 and 12 on the College’s Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses.  The kick-off event will take place on Monday, June 11 in the Audio/Visual Classroom Center Rooms 123 and 125 on the Toledo-area Campus, while kick-off festivities will occur on Tuesday, June 12 in the Conference Center Room 111 on the Findlay-area Campus.

Both events will begin with opening remarks, introductions and a keynote address from 9-9:50 a.m. Attendees will also engage in a variety of activities, as well as hear from Owens representatives and Bridge to Success Program staff and peer advocates from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The event will conclude with a Bridge to Success Program induction ceremony at 1:30 p.m. for participating students. Forty-four students are participating in the Bridge to Success Program on the Toledo-area Campus, while 17 students are engaged in the free educational outreach initiative on the Findlay-area Campus.

This marks the first year that the program has been made available to all students within the College’s legal district, which encompasses Lucas, Wood and Hancock counties and parts of Ottawa and Sandusky counties. Previously, the program was offered to only high schools associated with the College’s Success Program initiative.

Owens’ seven-week comprehensive summer program features an array of academic initiatives, including academic preparation, exposure to campus life, mentoring, coaching and embracing the expectations of college-level studies. Additionally, Bridge to Success Program participants have the opportunity to participate in several academic workshops designed to promote enhanced learning and develop necessary study and life skills for college success. Students also learn and obtain an in-depth understanding of the language, culture and resources of Owens through participation in the College’s First Year Experience “Bootcamp” class and in mathematics, reading, writing and computer seminars and workshops.

In addition, each attendee is provided with a faculty, staff or Bridge peer mentor during the seven-week academic program and through the first year of their college experience. Students receive free academic textbooks and become part of a learning community with block scheduling for the first year of college with a focus on math and English courses.

In order to be eligible for the Bridge to Success Program, prospective students must be high school graduates within the last academic year and have passed all parts of the Ohio Graduation Test unless there was an exemption. Students do not need to be federal Pell grant funding eligible for participation in the Bridge to Success Program. Over 200 students have participated in Bridge to Success since the program was established in 2008.

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.