Director of Engineering and Quality Assurance
Detroit Stoker Company
1967 Owens Graduate
"I remember the classes were small and I liked the hands-on type of approach."
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Profile of Excellence:
Owens Community College Alumnus
When Ken Alt attended Owens Community College in 1965, so many things were different. Owens, which at the time was called Penta County Technical Institute, had just opened its doors to the Northwest Ohio community.
Ken, who is now a father of six and a grandfather of two, was one of the first students to enroll in the Mechanical Engineering Program at Owens. In the two years that he was an Owens student, he knew all of his fellow classmates, maintained an impressive 4.0 GPA and taught an Owens logarithm class for key area apprenticeship programs. In May of 1967, he obtained an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. In doing so, he and 43 classmates made history by being members of Owens' inaugural graduating class.
After graduating from Owens, he continued his education at a four-year institution where he earned a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1971, as well as a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1976.
Since 1972, Ken has been a dedicated employee at Detroit Stoker Company in Monroe, Michigan, which is a leading supplier of stokers and related combustion equipment for the production of steam used in heating, industrial processing and electric power generation around the world. There, he puts his knowledge and training to use each day as the Director of Engineering and Quality Assurance. In addition to his full-time position at Detroit Stoker, Ken also serves as a part-time instructor at Monroe County Community College.
"I've taught technical subjects like hydraulics, math, and strength and materials at Monroe County Community College for quite some time now," Ken said. "I think my decision to teach part-time has a lot to do with Owens. I had the opportunity to teach there and learned that I really enjoyed it."
A native of Leipsic, Ohio, and now a resident of Temperance, Michigan, Ken doesn't venture to the Toledo area all that often anymore. He did, however, take the time to drive through Owens' Toledo-area campus about a year ago and was a little surprised by what he saw. In 1967, nearly all of Owens' current campus was vacant farmland.
"When I was at Owens, the student union was the last building they were talking about building," Ken said. "The campus has grown so much. Even the redwood tree that the Class of '67 planted is about 30-ft. high! It's definitely nice to know how important higher education is to this community."
And, although he doesn't keep in touch with many of his former classmates, he will always remember his time at Owens and all the people who affected his life and career for many years to come. "I remember the classes were small and I liked the hands-on type of approach," Ken said. "I had good teachers who had a lot of practical experience."
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