October 25, 2012

Owens Community College Veterans Services Presents Free Veterans Expo, Nov. 7

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College’s Office of Veterans Services will honor American service men and women for their commitment and sacrifice by hosting a free Veterans Expo on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

The Veterans Expo, which is taking place in honor of Veterans Day, will occur from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the College’s Audio/Visual Classroom Center Rooms 125-128 on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. All activities are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Serving as the Veterans Expo’s featured speaker is U.S. Army veteran Holly Koester. Koester served in the U.S. Army for 10 years and retired as a Captain after a motor vehicle accident left her paralyzed. She is a paraplegic. As Sports Director for the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Buckeye Chapter, Koester helps her fellow veterans return to the community and introduces them how to remain active in sports and recreation. An avid wheelchair racer, she has completed over 130 marathons and is the first wheelchair racer to complete a marathon in all 50 states. A K-8 substitute school teacher in suburban Cleveland, Koester is accompanied by her service dog and companion, Glory. Koester will speak at 12 p.m. about her own experiences in the military and how helping others has impacted her life.

In addition to the lecture presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to visit with and receive information from several community outreach organizations, including U.S. Marines Toys for Tots, the Toledo Outpatient Clinic OEF/OIF Program, Heroes in Action, Lucas County Veterans Services, Troop and Family Assistance Center, and Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault and Schaffer Co., L.P.A., among other community groups.

Owens’ Office of Veterans Services is dedicated to assisting veterans, active service persons, reservists and eligible dependents in their pursuit of a college education. Over 340 individuals representing the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard are involved in Owens’ veterans services programs. The College recently earned the distinction of being designated as a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, a nationally-recognized media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools listing honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools for exemplary efforts in embracing America’s military service members and veterans as students.

For more information about the Veterans Expo, call (567) 661-8387 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 8387.

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.