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State Board of Education approved planning of an institution for post-secondary education on the site Opening of College, opening ceremonies for the Penta County Technical School (it's the first technical institute in Ohio and one of the first in the nation). First classes offered on Sept. 13, 1965 with less than 200 students enrolled The Barn is where the first classes were held from 1965-1972, it was later used as a student union Penta Technical Institute is chartered by Ohio Board of Regents after operating as a technical institute for one year under the auspices of the Ohio Department of Education Dr. William Ramsey chosen as the first president of the College First graduation ceremonies held with approximately 44 graduates in four different technologies Dr. Jacob H. See named president of Penta Technical Institute The Penta Technical Institute Alumni Association is established Penta Technical College is granted correspondence status from the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools College received its professional approval from the State Board of Nursing Education and Nursing Registration Administration Hall built College launched first complete student financial aid program College officially adopted name of The Michael J. Owens Technical College (died: 1923), named for one of Toledo's most outstanding pioneers in the glass industry Owens moved into its first permanent instructional quarters. College Hall built in February (first permanent building). First daytime classes now offered Early Childhood Education Technologies Laboratory completed in the spring College becomes full membership of the Ohio College Association Michael J. Owens Technical College began in 1973 when Dr. Shoemaker of the State Department of Education began to investigate the need for technical education in NW Ohio Communities Law Enforcement and Fire Science Safety Classes added to the College Owens Technical College received full approval by the State of Ohio Board of Nursing Education and Nursing Registration for its associate degree nursing program (R.N.) An Early Childhood Education Technology Laboratory Building is completed in spring. It serves until 1982, when the new Child Care Technology Laboratory is constructed Health Technologies Building completed Owens College Day Care Center completed. Will serve as a laboratory for the Early Childhood Education Technology program A Student Activities Center, later known as Alumni Hall, is completed Bicentennial Hall is added to the Health Technologies Building to house the Nursing Laboratories College receives full, formal accreditation from the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools The Transportation Technologies Building is constructed on the east side of campus for training diesel mechanics The Owens-Illinois logos from atop O-I headquarters in downtown Toledo are moved by helicopter to the roof of the Health Technologies Building The original legal district for Owens was expanded to include the city of Findlay and surrounding Hancock County. Previously, Owens legal district included all or parts of Wood, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Fulton Counties Construction completed for the Findlay-area Campus (Construction began in 1982). The Findlay-area Campus opened with 201 students enrolled in the initial offerings of Engineering Technologies in Electrical/Electronics and Mechanical, Law Enforcement, Food Service and Surgical Technologies A pedestrian bridge constructed across Oregon Road, linking the two sides of the growing Toledo-area Campus Jacob H. See Center (now Administration Hall) completed. Two-story, 26,000 sq. foot building housed Academic Affairs, Alumni Services, Auxiliary Services, Business Affairs, Copy Center, Human Resources, Information Processing, President's Office, College Relations, Registration and Student Assistance, Student Development Child Care Technology Laboratory completed (Construction started in 1982). The lab includes 14,000 sq. ft. of indoor space for children from infancy to kindergarten age and an outside play area. The lab replaced a temporary modular structure erected on campus in early 1974 Facility Services building completed First classes held on the Findlay-area Campus with 201 students enrolled Daniel H. Brown named the third president of the College (August 1984) Owens Findlay-area Campus experienced a 27% enrollment increase after its first year of operation and became an official member of "Flag City, USA." The Findlay-area Campus graduated its first class of 15 students The College hosted dignitaries from Thailand who were visiting the U.S. on an educational tour The Ohio Network for Information Exchange, an updated e-mail and database system, is implemented for all two-year campuses A 26,000 sq. ft. wing is added to Industrial Technologies Hall, providing classroom space and faculty and administrative offices A new Industrial and Engineering Technologies Building completed Law Enforcement Technology Program approved by the Ohio Board of Regents for its offering on the Toledo-area Campus A new welding lab was installed along with a classroom and laboratory space for use by Law Enforcement Technologies was added on the Findlay-area Campus Owens Express men's basketball team captures state championship Outdoor firing range and driving pad completed A 10,000 sq. foot Auto Body Repair annex was added to the Industrial Technologies Building Owens is one of the few two-year technical colleges in the country with an alumni association Owens graduates their 10,000th student. She is Barbara M. Bilka of Rossford. Ms. Bilka was a graduate of the Office Secretarial Technology Program Owens Technical College is the largest technical college in Ohio Owens Express finished the season as first-time champs of the Ohio Junior College Athletic Conference. The Express posted a 13-1 conference record and a 24-7 record overall. The Owens Express also finished the season ranked 9th in the nation in the final Division II national poll In August, construction of the new 30,050 sq. ft. instructional building on the Findlay-area Campus was completed. This $2.15 million project added offices, classrooms, four computer labs, a law enforcement lab, two seminar rooms, bookstore and financial/aid registration office to the existing facilities in Findlay Five hundred additional parking spaces were created by building two new parking lots, enlarging another and building a connecting roadway Owens College Criminal Justice Department and the Center for Development and Training formed the first Regional Police Training Program Men's basketball is the only Region 12 team to have won the national championship twice (1992 and 1993) The Owens State Community College District was approved by the Board of Regents. The district was composed of Hancock, Lucas and Wood counties, as well as parts of Ottawa and Sandusky counties. This action led to the establishment of the community college district as a legal entity. The approval also led to the conversion of Owens Technical College into a comprehensive state community college. Conversion to community college status will permit Owens to expand its program offerings to include "college parallel" or "college transfer" associate degrees at its Toledo-area Campus. At this same time, the Findlay-area Campus officially became the Technical Campus of Owens State Community College. Fire Science/Law Enforcement Center building completed Governor Voinovich officially opened the $2.2 million Center for Development and Training at Owens in Oct. 1994. The new regional training center serves as the resource for job training and retraining, workplace literacy and school-to-work programs for employees at hundreds of businesses and industries throughout NW Ohio Freightliner, one of the largest trucking manufacturers in the U.S., selected Owens and its Industrial Technologies division as the site of its first two-year truck technician training program. Owens served a five-state area of OH, MI, KY, IN, PA The Center for Development and Training opened on the Findlay-area Campus Owens arts and sciences graduates will now be able to transfer to the University of Michigan, the University of Findlay, and Defiance College. For U of M, it is the first agreement with any community college outside of MI since it was founded in the early 19th century The Audio/Visual Classroom Center was completed. It features an auditorium-size room capable of seating 1,000 people. The AVCC also has two laboratories each with 24 personal computers, two distance-learning classrooms and the College's SkillLINK program A 32,000 sq. foot library opened in August of 1996. It is the first building at Owens to be constructed with the use of private contributions which totaled more than $1.6 million The 42,000 sq. foot Math/Science Center opened in Aug. 1997. It contains science laboratories, cold storage facilities, classrooms and faculty offices A 92,268 sq. foot Student Health and Activities Center opened in Fall 2000 The Arts and Sciences program on the Findlay-area Campus was approved by the Ohio Board of Regents, allowing students to take all the required classes for the first two years in the arts and sciences bachelor's degree program The Ohio Board of Regents approved a permanent charter for both the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses to operate as Owens State Community College Dr. Christa Adams chosen as the first woman president of the College 60 acres of land was purchased from John J. Voorhees for the relocation of the Findlay-area Campus operation Center for Fine and Performing Arts completed. It is the final structure in the Galleria Complex and adjoins the Student Health and Activities Center. It is the sixth new building added to the Toledo-area Campus since 1994 The Findlay-area Campus celebrated its growth with a 20th anniversary and a groundbreaking ceremony College serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually