March 27, 2013

Owens and Connect Ohio Announce Free Computer Classes in April

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Area residents interested in enhancing their knowledge and skills with computers and the Internet are invited to participate in free continuing education computer classes as Owens Community College and the non-profit Connect Ohio organization announce training opportunities during the month of April.

Individuals will be able to attend free computer classes at Wood County JOBsolutions (1928 E. Gypsy Lane Rd.) in Bowling Green, Hancock County JOBsolutions (7746 County Road 140 Suite B) in Findlay and the Owens Learning Center at Arrowhead Park in Maumee in April.

The educational initiative, titled Every Citizen Online, is led by Connect Ohio as part of a $6.9 million federal grant the organization has received to help expand access to broadband Internet to consumers across the state. Each class will highlight computer basics, an introduction to the Internet and discussion about how broadband can be helpful in daily life.

The upcoming six-hour computer classes will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 9 and 11 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Saturdays, April 20 and 27 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the College’s Arrowhead Park Learning Center. Classes will also occur Wednesdays, April 17 and 24 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Hancock County JOBsolutions. The final computer class session will be held at Wood County JOBsolutions Fridays, April 19 and 26 from 1-4 p.m.

Connect Ohio is a non-profit public-private partnership, whose mission is to see all Ohioans connected to the benefits of high-speed Internet service. The organization’s federal grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

For more information, or to register for the free classes, individuals can call (567) 661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7357.

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