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Dennis W. Weaver
Former Student

Having learned of a 'new' concept, a 2-year technical college, from a fellow high school classmate; we started together in the Fall of 1971 at the then named Penta Technical College, or simply Penta Tech. I remember traveling weekly down a narrow (single lane?) Oregon Road with deep ditches on either side to the dorms. Yes, there were dorms available for those outside of a certain mile radius. These dorms were the old officer's barracks, part of which housed the administrative office and bookstore. (I am glad they chose to use the old officer's barracks, and not the old barracks for enlisted men that were then warehouses in the Willis Day Industrial Park!)

Penta Tech was essentially a night school since it utilized the Penta Vocational High School building, and classes did not start until after 3pm. The dorm students were their own little community, and I remember frequently gathering at the original (real) Barn. In addition to one pool table, one ping-pong table, and a pinball machine; movies were sometimes shown for all to enjoy. We also competed in tap / flag football with each other, and if memory serves me... a faculty team!

By my second year (1972) I was in the new and only Owens College building (part of what is now College Hall). I also recall landscaping, mowing, and moving items at the new building as part of a work study program. Then in the Spring of 1973 I received my Associate Degree in Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology at the Seventh Annual Commencement of The Michael J. Owens Technical College held at the Masonic Auditorium (Stranahan Theater).

Rebecca Zimmerman

My special memory of Owens is my whole experience. I came here after a divorce and losing my full time position at my job. I was welcomed with open arms. The instructors and the students made me feel so good. I am in Phi Theta Kappa and Kappa Beta Delta because of the wonderful attitude Owens has. I really felt like I could accomplish anything. This year is also my 40th birthday and I think the path I took to come to Owens was meant to be!

Peggy Bensman

My memories of Owens began on the Lima campus which later became Lima Technical College and now Rhodes State College. I was there from 1968-1971 when the campus was turned over to a local board. We started the nursing program on that campus in 1969 and it was the first and only program offered that year. We were housed in the OSU facilities. We started the nursing program on the Toledo campus in 1971 and here we used Penta facilities during the first year. It was a pleasure seeing the campus grow from a farm house, barn and army barracks to the modern campus that it is today.

Linda S. Haas

Watching the Administration Hall (formerly See Center) being built and then---poof! the barracks came down!

Paul Schultz
Former Student

Time has went fleeting by but not with out thought of the education provided by Penta Tech or I should say Owens Community College. My degree in Associate of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering gave me a skill that provided me a career in engineering that carried me through my career for thirty seven years. I'm pleased to say thank you for getting an "OLE farm boy" from Delaware, Ohio started right in a professional career that enabled me to retire on June 3rd, 2005, exactly thirty seven years from the time I graduated from college.

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