Owens Community College
thousands of students for fall semester, Aug. 20
Opening its doors for the first day of Fall Semester classes,
Owens Community College will welcome thousands of students to
the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as to the
Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center
at The Source in downtown Toledo.
On Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, Owens students will be locating their
classrooms, purchasing books, experiencing college life and
receiving helpful assistance from College officials to kick off
the new fall term.
The Fall Semester will mark the first for new Owens Community
College President Dr. Mike Bower. President Bower is the
sixth President and Chief Executive Officer in the 47-year
history of Owens.
Additionally, Owens is once again expanding educational
opportunities for area residents by announcing new innovative
academic curriculum and experiential learning resources. During
Fall Semester 2012, the College will offer a new associate’s
degree in vascular sonography and unveil new state-of-the-art
occupational therapy assistant, dental assisting and math
emporium laboratories, as well as a new virtual welding training
system. A newly refurbished Alumni Hall featuring a
comprehensive fitness center is also awaiting students pursuing
careers in exercise science.
The College is also continuing to expand academic options for
students with aspirations of completing a bachelor’s degree by
introducing a new Honors Program partnership with Eastern
Michigan University, which enables students to pursue academic
success at the highest level from both institutions.
In addition to the many new transfer opportunities, Owens
continues to increase its academic and support services by
making available an array of higher education choices through
cohort programs in select academic disciplines and eOwens
distance learning, as well as at The Source, Lucas County’s
One-Stop Employment Center, in downtown Toledo and at the
Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee.
Owens, in partnership with Toledo Public Schools, will also
welcome over 40 students participating in the new Gateway to
College program. Gateway to College is designed for young adults
ages 16 to 20 who have dropped out of high school or are
significantly behind in credits and unlikely to graduate. The
program enables them to complete their high school diploma
requirements while simultaneously earning college credit toward
an associate degree or certificate. Owens is the only academic
institution in Ohio to offer the program.
Continuing to expand educational opportunities for students,
Owens, in 2011, unveiled a newly
expanded and renovated Owens Learning Center at The Source in
downtown Toledo. The renovated educational facility now feature
two new instructional classrooms and one open computer
laboratory all with state-of-the-art technology and academic
resources to enhance learning through hands-on instruction and
exercises. Owens also in 2011 opened the doors to a newly
refurbished $1.1 million Welding Design Center, which features
the latest in technological and academic resources specific to
welding for several degree and certificate programs.
In 2010, Owens began the academic year by unveiling a newly
renovated $2.9 million Heritage Hall building, which features
the latest in academic resources. Heritage Hall (formerly known
as the Penta Career Center Skill Center) serves as home to the
College’s School of Business and the School of Nursing.
In addition to the completed Heritage Hall renovation project,
the College unveiled a refurbished 29,045 square-foot Founders
Hall at the former Penta Career Center in January 2010 as part
of Owens’ ongoing campus expansion initiative. The $2.6 million
Founders Hall building serves as the home to the College’s
departments of English, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and
Communications, Humanities and Languages, as well as the Dean
for the School of Arts and Sciences.
Within the past three years, Owens broadened access to higher
education opportunities for police,
fire and emergency services personnel, as well as the military,
by opening a $3.2 million Emergency Preparedness Training and
Operations Center. In 2010, Owens unveiled a new Arrowhead Park
Learning Center in Maumee to open new doors to a college
education in Western Lucas County.
In the Hancock County area, Owens opened a $4.2 million
Findlay-area Campus Community Education and Wellness Center in
2007 to complement the $17.7 million Findlay-area Campus, which
opened in 2005.
To accommodate the needs of students, the College, within the
last nine years, also opened an $11 million Center for Fine and
Performing Arts on the Toledo-area Campus. In 2007, Owens
unveiled a $20.5 million Center for Emergency Preparedness. The
Center is the only state-of-the-art facility of this magnitude
within the Midwest.