November 26, 2007

Owens Learning Center at The Source to Offer New Nurse Assistant Training Program

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College and The Source are expanding access to higher education at the new Learning Center by affording students the opportunity to pursue and complete the nurse assistant training certificate program from the downtown Toledo location. The School of Health Sciences’ nurse assistant training certificate represents the first academic program offered entirely at Owens’ Learning Center.

“Owens Community College’s School of Health Sciences is committed to meeting the needs of its students and the surrounding communities by providing greater access to higher education,” said Janell Lang, Owens Acting Dean of the School of Health Sciences. “Nurse assistants play an integral role in the health care setting and provide much-needed assistance to a variety of patients, which includes the mentally challenged, the elderly, cancer patients and children. They also serve as one-on-one caregivers and often work in nursing homes, home health care agencies and hospices.”

Lang added, “Serving Northwest Ohio’s health care community is the top priority for the School of Health Sciences. The establishment of a nurse assistant training program at the Learning Center in downtown Toledo opens new doors to education and training opportunities within a growing health care career field.”

Owens will offer the nurse assistant training certificate at the Learning Center, Feb. 19 – March 27. The six-week program, which includes 81 hours of didactic, laboratory and clinical studies, is designed to prepare highly competent nurse assistants for careers within the health care setting. During the six-week program, students will learn various nursing and personal care skills, as well as mental health and social service needs. They also will acquire knowledge related to safety and emergency procedures, infection control, and respecting and promoting patients’ rights.

In addition, two eight-hour clinical days at assigned area long-term care facilities are included within the academic curriculum. Nurse assistant training classes will occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. at the College’s Learning Center. Following program completion, students are eligible to take the Ohio State Testing and Competency Evaluation to become credentialed as State Tested Nurse Assistants (STNA). Those students interested in continuing their education can then apply for the College’s practical nursing certificate program on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses.

Owens recently expanded its access to higher educational opportunities within Lucas County by opening the Learning Center at The Source, which is located on Monroe Street in downtown Toledo. The new facility is specifically designed to connect education and training to employment.

Owens’ 11,367 square-feet Learning Center is located within The Source complex and is intended to provide the region with expanded educational choices and options. Highlighted features include five academic classrooms, two computer laboratories and a nursing laboratory, all with state-of-the-art technology and academic resources designed to enhance learning through hands-on instruction and exercises.

Each academic classroom is equipped with innovative computer and multimedia capability, as well as network and Internet access, while the two computer laboratories feature the latest in computing resources for educational training instruction. The nurse assistant laboratory houses state-of-the-art technology and academic resources that prepare students for entry into the nursing practice. The laboratory includes six beds to enhance academic opportunities for students pursuing careers within the growing nursing profession. Additionally, individuals are able to use an array of software applications and programming languages within the laboratories, as well as high-speed Internet access.

Over 300 Owens students are attending classes during this initial Fall Semester at the College’s Learning Center. Academic course options available to students include astronomy, business professionalism, composition, the writing process, introduction to college algebra/trigonometry, principles of mathematics, electrical prints, fundamentals of computing, introductory to financial accounting and public speaking, among many others.

Additionally, Owens’ new facility also offers goal setting, academic and career development advising, as well as support services related to the enrollment and financial aid process.

For more information about the new nurse assistant training certificate program at Owens’ Learning Center in downtown Toledo, call (567) 661-2732 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2732.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College 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.