November 21, 2013

OWENS ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio, Nov. 21, 2013 – Owens Community College today announced a new test location partnership with local police departments. The new partnership will allow applicants to complete one test and have their score sent to multiple departments. Applicants will pay a fee of $45 to initially take the test and $7 for each additional department they choose to send their scores to.

As the testing location, Owens Community College will provide video-based applicant-testing sessions for the police departments in Oregon and Perrysburg beginning in Dec. 2013, with several other departments in northwest Ohio expressing an interest in joining the partnership in 2014. The testing will be conducted in conjunction with National Testing Network (NTN), the leader in outsourced applicant testing for police departments, to deliver law enforcement recruitment and applicant testing services.

“This new partnership is just one more way Owens can enhance our current partnerships and help ensure local agencies are provided with high quality candidates,” said President Mike Bower. “Owens has been working with local police departments for over 30 years to provide quality training programs.”

This service will enable police departments to greatly reduce their applicant screening costs and reallocate resources. By offering real-time applicant score reports, NTN clients will have current applicant information and the necessary test score data to make better-informed hiring decisions.

“It is disheartening to see local talent seek law enforcement positions in other states because no local police department is offering a test. I believe that increasing the frequency of testing and allowing the test scores to apply to multiple departments will encourage them to stay, said Michael Navarre, chief, Oregon Ohio Police Department. “This will result in a larger pool of quality candidates for local police chiefs to choose from and enable them to achieve their ultimate goal of hiring the right people. I commend Dr. Mike Bower, President of Owens Community College, for agreeing to allow the College to serve as a testing site. This will further enhance the wonderful partnership that currently exists between Owens and local police departments.”

NTN utilizes nationally validated applicant testing products designed by Ergometrics, a human resource management firm specializing in video-based personnel selection exams and training modules. All tests are job-simulated and designed to identify the applicants with the necessary decision making skills and critical thinking aptitude to perform well within public safety.

National Testing Network, Inc. (NTN), is Ergometrics’ outsourcing division, providing continuous professional testing services for public safety departments, including fire, law enforcement and communications departments. For more information, please visitwww.nationaltestingnetwork.com. or www.ergometrics.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..

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