November 28, 2007

Lourdes and Owens Forge Pathways to Completion Program to Benefit Community

Lourdes College President Robert Helmer presents Owens Community College President Christa Adams with a piece of artwork following the announcement of the new Pathways to Completion program.

Lourdes College President Robert Helmer presents Owens Community College President Christa Adams with a piece of artwork following the announcement of the new Pathways to Completion program.

SYLVANIA, OH – Lourdes College and Owens Community College continue to meet the needs of the community and their students through collaborative initiatives as the two academic institutions establish a new Pathways to Completion program, which affords students seamless transferability of credits between the two schools.

“The economy has always benefited with 95 percent of Lourdes and Owens students choosing to remain in the region,” offers Dr. Robert C. Helmer, President of Lourdes College. “Lourdes has made a conscious effort to offer Owens students the opportunity to obtain their bachelor’s degree by maximizing their credits earned.”

Pathways to Completion provides two paths for Owens students enrolled in business and teacher education majors to seamlessly transfer credits to Lourdes and earn a four-year degree. The first traditional pathway provides Owens students with the opportunity to complete their associate’s degree and then earn their bachelor’s degree at Lourdes. The second pathway provides students with the ability to take courses at Owens and Lourdes that lead to a four-year degree without having to earn an associate’s degree.

“Owens Community College and Lourdes College are committed to serving our students by opening new doors to higher education through seamless pathways,” adds Dr. Christa Adams, President of Owens Community College. “The Pathways to Completion initiative is an investment in meeting the education and training needs of Northwest Ohio’s citizens and preparing them for career opportunities within today’s competitive workforce.”

The Pathways to Completion program follows the 60/60 partnership between Owens and Lourdes created in 2006. The 60/60 program allows students pursuing Associate of Applied Science degrees in Health Information Technology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Radiography or the Surgical Program at Owens to build on the credit hours they will earn to pursue a Bachelor of Arts – Interdisciplinary Studies degree at Lourdes College.

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.

Located in Sylvania, Ohio, and rooted in the Franciscan tradition, Lourdes is a private college offering small class sizes, convenient program schedules and quality academic programs. Lourdes offers many baccalaureate degree programs as well as graduate degrees in Education, Nursing and Organizational Leadership.