October 4, 2012

Owens Community College and Penta Career Center Announce New Dual Enrollment Partnership

New Dual Enrollment Partnership

Owens and Penta representatives pose for a photo during the Dual Enrollment announcement event. Individuals include (L to R) Penta student Zach Reecer, Owens President Dr. Mike Bower, Penta Superintendent Ronald Matter, Penta student Kayleigh Artiaga and Penta student Mike Jablonowski.

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College and Penta Career Center have entered into an agreement that enables junior and senior students at Penta to earn transcripted college credit from Owens. As a result of this initiative, more than 80 percent of Penta’s programs will offer transcripted college credit opportunities through Owens. Currently 445 Penta students have submitted applications for dual enrollment with Owens.

“We are very proud to have established this agreement with Owens Community College because it provides our students with a valuable opportunity to get a head start on college while still in high school,” said Ronald Matter, Superintendent of Penta Career Center. “By offering transcripted credits through Owens, students will be meeting state approved high school and college curriculum requirements simultaneously by successfully completing their career-technical coursework at Penta.”

“Owens Community College is proud to further strengthen our longstanding partnership with Penta Career Center and announce the establishment of a new dual enrollment agreement which enhances learning opportunities for students,” said Dr. Mike Bower, President of Owens Community College. “Penta Career Center is known throughout the Northwest Ohio region for its commitment to academic excellence and Owens Community College looks forward to working with them on the new dual enrollment initiative and many future programs that can open doors to educational opportunities.”

The dual enrollment initiative between Penta and Owens is unique because it provides transcripted college credits to Penta students.  This means the credits are documented on a student’s official school transcript which they can use at Owens and other colleges and universities (at the discretion of the other institutions). Transcripted credits reduce time to degree completion, and are a financial benefit for students. There are no costs for students to participate in dual enrollment.

For more information, about the dual enrollment agreement between Penta Career Center and Owens Community College, contact Susan Short, Supervisor of Curriculum, Testing and Teaching Professions at Penta Career Center at (419) 661-6496 or Joe Carone, Manager of Dual Enrollment Partnerships at Owens Community College at (567) 661-7190.

Penta Career Center serves high school students from the following school districts: Anthony Wayne, Benton-Carroll-Salem, Bowling Green, Eastwood, Elmwood, Genoa, Lake, Maumee, North Baltimore, Northwood, Otsego, Perrysburg, Rossford, Springfield, Swanton and Woodmore. Penta offers more than 30 different career-training programs that prepare students for entry-level positions in hundreds of occupational fields or for post-secondary education. Penta also serves the training needs of adults in the surrounding communities through its Adult & Continuing Education Division.  For more information, visit www.pentacareercenter.org.

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.