August 10, 2012

Owens Community College to Welcome Thousands of Students for Fall Semester, Aug. 20

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Opening its doors for the first day of Fall Semester classes, Owens Community College will once again welcome thousands of students to the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as to the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo.

On Monday, Aug. 20, Owens students will be locating their classrooms, purchasing books, experiencing college life and receiving helpful assistance from College officials to kick off the new fall term.

The Fall Semester will mark the first for new Owens Community College President Dr. Mike Bower. President Bower is the sixth President and Chief Executive Officer in the 47-year history of Owens.

Additionally, Owens is once again expanding educational opportunities for area residents by announcing new innovative academic curriculum and experiential learning resources. During Fall Semester 2012, the College will offer a new associate’s degree in vascular sonography and unveil new state-of-the-art occupational therapy assistant, dental assisting and math emporium laboratories, as well as a new virtual welding training system. A newly refurbished Alumni Hall featuring a comprehensive fitness center is also awaiting students pursuing careers in exercise science.

The College is also continuing to expand academic options for students with aspirations of completing a bachelor’s degree by introducing a new Honors Program partnership with Eastern Michigan University, which enables students to pursue academic success at the highest level from both institutions.

In addition to the many new transfer opportunities, Owens continues to increase its academic and support services by making available an array of higher education choices through cohort programs in select academic disciplines and eOwens distance learning, as well as at The Source, Lucas County’s One-Stop Employment Center, in downtown Toledo and at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee.

Owens, in partnership with Toledo Public Schools, will also welcome over 40 students participating in the new Gateway to College program. Gateway to College is designed for young adults ages 16 to 20 who have dropped out of high school or are significantly behind in credits and unlikely to graduate. The program enables them to complete their high school diploma requirements while simultaneously earning college credit toward an associate degree or certificate. Owens is the only academic institution in Ohio to offer the program.

Continuing to expand educational opportunities for students, Owens, in 2011, unveiled a newly expanded and renovated Owens Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. The renovated educational facility now feature two new instructional classrooms and one open computer laboratory all with state-of-the-art technology and academic resources to enhance learning through hands-on instruction and exercises. Owens also in 2011 opened the doors to a newly refurbished $1.1 million Welding Design Center, which features the latest in technological and academic resources specific to welding for several degree and certificate programs.

In 2010, Owens began the academic year by unveiling a newly renovated $2.9 million Heritage Hall building, which features the latest in academic resources. Heritage Hall (formerly known as the Penta Career Center Skill Center) serves as home to the College’s School of Business and the School of Nursing.

In addition to the completed Heritage Hall renovation project, the College unveiled a refurbished 29,045 square-foot Founders Hall at the former Penta Career Center in January 2010 as part of Owens’ ongoing campus expansion initiative. The $2.6 million Founders Hall building serves as the home to the College’s departments of English, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Communications, Humanities and Languages, as well as the Dean for the School of Arts and Sciences.

Within the past three years, Owens broadened access to higher education opportunities for police, fire and emergency services personnel, as well as the military, by opening a $3.2 million Emergency Preparedness Training and Operations Center. In 2010, Owens unveiled a new Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee to open new doors to a college education in Western Lucas County.

In the Hancock County area, Owens opened a $4.2 million Findlay-area Campus Community Education and Wellness Center in 2007 to complement the $17.7 million Findlay-area Campus, which opened in 2005.

To accommodate the needs of students, the College, within the last nine years, also opened an $11 million Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Toledo-area Campus. In 2007, Owens unveiled a $20.5 million Center for Emergency Preparedness. The Center is the only state-of-the-art facility of this magnitude within the Midwest.

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.