June 12, 2012

Owens Community College Receives $1.2 Million Federal Upward Bound Grant to Enhance Student Success

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College has been selected among academic institutions nationwide by the U.S. Department of Education to receive a $1,250,000 Upward Bound grant through the Federal TRIO Programs to help students achieve success in their pursuit of a high school and college education.

Owens will partner with Woodward High School, Rogers High School and Toledo Preparatory Academy and provide educational outreach to 60 students as part of the five-year grant initiative, which begins in September 2012.

“Owens Community College is honored to be named the recipient of an Upward Bound grant by the U.S. Department of Education,” said Tamara Williams, Owens Associate Vice Provost of Academic Services and Retention. “Providing students with the necessary educational resources to succeed in their academic pursuits is crucial to the learning process. This grant will enable our academic institution to work with students and their parents in a variety of ways that will strengthen academic performance in high school and college.”

Once admitted to Owens’ Upward Bound Program, students will engage in a variety of activities and services during the academic year and in the summer throughout their high school and college careers. Students will participate in college visits, educational field trips and career exploration opportunities, as well as attend weekly tutoring, advising and test preparation sessions. Educational services will also include monthly workshops on financial aid, admissions and the registration process, post secondary enrollment and scholarship assistance, among other outreach opportunities. Additionally, parent workshops will be offered to help acclimate them to being a parent of a college-bound student.

During the summer and academic year, students will attend several classes including Preparing to Succeed in College, Career and Life Decisions, and College Study Skills as part of their educational experience. Coursework will feature such academic learning areas as test preparation, job shadowing and resume building, reading strategies, time management and managing academic content.

As part of the federal grant, Owens will also implement a new Upward Bound Summer Bridge Program for Upward Bound recent graduates to help them successfully transition from high school to college. Owens currently offers a Summer Bridge to Success Program to any high school graduate from public and private high schools, as well as career centers, within the College’s legal district.

The Federal TRIO Programs are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide service for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities to progress through their academic careers from middle school to post baccalaureate programs. TRIO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects.

The Upward Bound grant is designed to provide fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. The overall goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate institutions of postsecondary education.

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.