PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Individuals generally think of a drive-thru as a destination for fast food or bank transactions. For Owens Community College students, a drive-thru means exchanging used or unwanted textbooks for cash.
Blustery winds and cold wintery sleet and rain did not deter hundreds of Owens students from driving up to an expansive tent with drive-thru windows and participating in the Bookstore’s new Drive-Thru Book Buy-Back Program. From the comfort of their warm, engine-running vehicles, Owens students sold their used or unwanted textbooks in a less-than-a-minute process comparable to ordering a burger and fries from a drive-thru restaurant.
“What a cool idea,” exclaimed Owens student and first-time, drive-thru book buy-back customer Patricia Villines. “Being able to drive through a tent and sell my books without having to get out of my car in the cold weather is great.”
The new Drive-Thru Book Buy-Back Program is unique to the state as Owens is one of the only academic institutions in Ohio to offer such a service to students. Colorado State University and California State University, Long Beach are among the select schools to provide students the drive-thru book buy-back service.
According to Rebecca Drayton, Owens Manager of the Bookstore on the Toledo-area Campus, over 600 vehicles participated in the Drive-Thru Book Buy-Back Program, which exceeded all expectations for the new student service.
“Owens Community College is dedicated to meeting the needs of its students by providing alternative ways for students to sell their used or unwanted semester textbooks,” stated Drayton. “The Bookstore is continuously looking for unique and innovative ways to enhance service for students. Owens’ drive-thru program allows students to conveniently sell their textbooks without leaving the confines of their warm vehicle, very similar to an individual making a transaction at a bank drive-thru window.”
The drive-thru site, which was located at the northwest corner of the Audio/Visual Classroom Center parking lot (Lot N) on the Toledo-area Campus, was open for business in conjunction with Fall Semester exam week. Owens’ new drive-thru service will make its second appearance during Spring Semester finals in early May 2008.
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.