News Releases


Owens Community College Adjunct Faculty Recruitment Event

Posted on July 28th, 2022

When: 5-6 p.m. Thursday, August 4, 2022

Where: Online via Blackboard Collaborate. www.owens.edu/adjunct

What: Owens is seeking adjunct faculty in many academic disciplines, including nursing, skilled trades, humanities, social & behavior sciences and fine and performing arts and more! Anyone interested in learning more about working as an adjunct faculty member at Owens should attend.

Benefits: The benefits include …

  • Flexible teaching schedule
  • Potential to teach courses online
  • Earn additional income
  • Educate tomorrow’s employees

For more information, contact michael_sander@owens.edu.


Legal Assistant Technology Degree to begin in Fall 2022 at Owens Community College

Posted on July 19th, 2022

Students interested in studying law will be able to pursue the new Legal Assistant Technology degree at Owens Community College beginning Fall 2022.

Paralegals and legal assistants have a projected job growth of 12 percent through 2030, which is more than the average growth rate of 8 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. There are currently more than 345,000 jobs available with a median pay of $56,230. “These students are in demand, will be well paid and will serve a community need. Law firms and legal departments within large organizations would not be able to maintain efficiency without legal assistants,” said Libby King, Business Technologies Chair.

Legal Assistant Technology students will learn general office skills, data processing and have a basic understanding of legal requirements of businesses, litigation, contract and legal research. Throughout the program, students can expect to understand legal research, client services and how to draft legal documents and correspondence.

Upon completion of the degree, students will be equipped for entry-level positions within a legal department or firm.

Learn more about the Legal Assistant Technology degree here or contact the Owens Admissions Office at (567) 661-7777 or admissions@owens.edu.


Owens Community College to offer Animation Major

Posted on July 19th, 2022

Students will have another way to explore their creativity with a new degree offered at Owens Community College. Beginning in Fall 2022, Owens will offer an Animation Major.

The Animation Major is part of the expanded technical arts program at Owens that features Visual Communication Technology (formerly Commercial Art) and Commercial Photography in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. In this two-year course, students will master illustration, graphic design and application of 2D animation through classes such as life drawing, digital video, digital media for animation and more.

“Students will understand fundamental principles of illustration, typography and graphic design as well as the application of animation principles as they relate to the digital media industry,” said Jeremy Maier, Chair of Fine and Performing Arts.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services 2028 Ohio Job Outlook, graduates of the program can earn up to $27 per hour with careers such as animators, game design artists, character and background designer and storyboard artists.

Learn more about the Animation major here or contact the Owens Admissions Office at (567) 661-7777 or admissions@owens.edu.


Owens Community College to offer new American Sign Language (ASL) Certificate

Posted on July 19th, 2022

There are more than 350 languages spoken in the United States. One highly specialized language used by thousands of Americans is not spoken. Beginning in Fall 2022, Owens Community College will offer an American Sign Language Certificate.

“Having the American Sign Language Certificate available at Owens Community College will really set our students apart and set them up for a path to success,” said Jen Hazel, Humanities Program Director. This certificate can stand alone or be added to other degree fields in health care, education or business to increase a student’s post-graduate employment options, Hazel said.

In this two-semester certificate program, students will learn fingerspelling, numbers, receptive skills and about deaf culture. With these skills, students will have a solid foundation to work with individuals who are deaf, hearing impaired or have a delay or cognitive disability where expressive and/or receptive language is limited.

Employers in those fields continue to broaden their search for multi-lingual employees and it can boost income significantly. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipated growth for ASL Interpreters is 24 percent by 2030; 8 percent is the average. The American Sign Language Certificate gives students a solid foundation of the language and culture before entering an ASL Interpreter program.”

Learn more about the American Sign Language Certificate here or contact the Owens Admissions Office at (567) 661-7777 or admissions@owens.edu.


Local Companies Seek Manufacturing Apprentices

Posted on July 14th, 2022

The Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus is looking to educate the next class of manufacturing apprentices for a special program operated by Raise the Bar Hancock County (RTB). In the Regional Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (RAMP) Manufacturing Apprenticeship, apprentices will be trained as multi-skilled technicians and earn while they learn. Companies directly hire apprentices to work a minimum of 24 hours per week at a competitive hourly wage as well as pay for at least half of an apprentice’s tuition and fees.

“This program gives both apprentices and companies an advantage as they continue to excel in the manufacturing world,” said Quinton Roberts, Dean of Workforce and Community Services at Owens Community College. “At Owens, we want to help not only our students succeed, but our region as well.”

RAMP was created in 2018 through a unique partnership including local companies, Hancock County’s workforce development organization Raise the Bar and Owens. The program has since graduated 17 apprentices, all remaining in employment, after their two years in the program.

“The RAMP program helps individuals gain meaningful employment and experience for in-demand positions. Once individuals learn the knowledge and skills they need for their company positions, the opportunity is endless,” said Tricia Valasek, Raise the Bar Executive Director.

Three sponsoring companies are seeking RAMP apprentices: Hitachi Astemo (formerly Nissin Brake Ohio), Kalmbach Feeds and Cooper Tire and Rubber Mold Operations. The RAMP admissions process is selective. Students are chosen by the company based on academic success, math capabilities and interpersonal skills during an interview process. Applications and interviews will continue occurring now through Monday, August 15.

The apprentices would begin Owens classes at the start of Fall Semester on Monday, August 29.

Learn more about the RAMP program here or fill out an interest form.


Owens Community College to Offer Media Influencer Certificate

Posted on June 29th, 2022

You might follow them on social media, you might even have bought products because of their videos. Media influencers. Now, you have the ability to become a media influencer right in northwest Ohio.

Owens Community College offers one of the first-of-its-kind Media Influencer Certificate beginning Fall 2022. The two-semester program can be completed on its own, or as an add-on to any program.

“This certificate will appeal to a broad range of students, such as students in Broadcast Media Technology, Commercial Art Technology, Music Business Technology and Entrepreneurship. It will be a benefit for them to learn to market themselves. Forbes recently published about this new and emerging career and predicts influencer marketing will swell to $15 billion this year. It’s an exciting opportunity for our students to get started now,” said Jen Hazel, Program Director, Humanities.

In this program, students will become proficient in visual storytelling, website building and advertising. Through different courses, students will learn skills such as web graphics creation, photography, writing, business and advertising.

As a media influencer, certificate holders will have the experience to influence others on social media to purchase items or services based on their reputation. According to Zip Recruiter, a media influencer could earn up to $74,500 if hired by a company. The salary could surpass $100,000 for freelancers.

Learn more about the Media Influencer Certificate here or contact the Owens Admissions Office at (567) 661-7777 or admissions@owens.edu.


2022 Artist in Residence at Owens Community College

Posted on June 7th, 2022

The Owens Community College Department of Fine and Performing Arts is proud to host Lee Fearnside and Simone Spruce, both of Toledo, as this year’s Artist in Residence.

Fearnside and Spruce will be featuring “Dissecting the Meaning of Community,” exhibits that respond to the events of 2020 that have redefined our social world. The two bodies of work will occupy different spaces in the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery on the Toledo-area Campus, but the works reflect similar questions. Community can be defined by place, identity, affinity, affiliation and is more complex than surveys can portray. The way people talk about community is different with the age of social media, the internet and a global pandemic. Fearnside’s and Spruce’s work questions concepts of community, the impact of events on community, and invite viewers to consider how they conceive of community.

Lee Fearnside “Death Never Dies”

This artwork mourns 27 public figures who died in 2020 with essays and poetry by 40 writers paired with relief print portraits. The public figures range from Eddie Van Halen to Ellis Marsalis Jr., George Floyd to Jim Lehrer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Kobe Bryant. By reflecting on people through words and images, this project asks who and what do we want to say goodbye to, and who and what do we want to remember. Together, these images and words help us understand our relationships to each other and to ourselves during this tumultuous year.

Simone Spruce “Out of the Dark”

This installation has two sections. The first section is shrouded in cloth to create a dark space as the art is illuminated individually by spotlights. This work includes images from Spruce’s “To Serve and Protect” series. In “To Serve and Protect 2” Spruce asked viewers to remember that George Floyd had a mother. His death unified mothers around the world. Remember, a mother’s love is a mother’s love. In his last breaths, George called for her. There are no features on the officer and the black man’s features are not distinct. Spruce chose to paint the image in that manner because of the long history of police brutality.

There will be an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 9. The exhibit will be open through August 12.


Owens Community College Cybersecurity Camp June 22 – 24

Posted on June 1st, 2022

Owens Community College Workforce and Community Services invites kids in grades 7-9 to a cybersecurity camp June 22 – 24. This camp is part of the Kids Classes and Camp series at the Dana Center, located at 458 Depot Road, Perrysburg, at the Owens Toledo-area Campus. Cost is $25.

“If we think about getting students excited about cybersecurity and what that looks like, starting them earlier on, even if they don’t go for the cybersecurity pathway, at least they’ve got that in their mind, at least they’re thinking about it,” said Eli Cochran, the camp’s featured instructor and a cybersecurity instructor from Delaware County Career Center.

No pre-requisites are required to attend the camp. Kids will learn a variety of skills at the camp, including coding and encryption through hands-on activities. They also will take part in interactive conversations and friendly competition.

The class will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. the first two days and 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. the final day. Space is limited. For more information, contact Workforce and Community Services at wcs@owens.edu or (567) 661-7357.

To register for the camp, visit www.owens.edu/cybercamp


Owens Named Among Ohio’s Inaugural Collegiate Purple Star Campuses as Leader for Military-Affiliated Students

Posted on May 26th, 2022

Owens Community College’s outreach to those who serve or have served our great nation dates to its opening in 1965. The Rossford Army Ordnance Depot once occupied a site that is now a short walk to the College’s Veterans Hall. An Ohio Historical Society marker commemorates the location.

Owens has continued to refine and advance its services for military-affiliated students ever since. As a state leader in veterans’ services, the State of Ohio announced its inaugural class of College Purple Star Campuses, including Owens Community College.

Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner made the announcement in advance of Memorial Day weekend and during Military Appreciation Month.

“Owens Community College has a long history of providing a supportive environment for military-affiliated students,” Dr. Dione D. Somerville, Owens President, said. “Being named a College Purple Star Campus in the inaugural class is truly an honor and a testament to the work we’re doing with our military-affiliated students who are seeking a higher education and pathway forward in life.”

Led by Sharron Pappas, Manager of Veterans Services (Navy), Owens served more than 500 military-affiliated students in the 2021-22 academic year.

Student veterans, active duty service members and dependents and spouses of veterans have access to Veterans Hall, which includes a lounge area, study room, kitchenette and computer lab.  These military-affiliated students also have an opportunity to get involved in the Owens Student Veterans Organization (SVO), which is registered with the national Student Veterans of America. Student veterans have the option to apply for scholarships through the SVO.

A total of 33 colleges and universities in Ohio received the Purple Star designation. Ohio is the first state in the nation to award Purple Star designations.

“Congratulations to the 33 schools chosen as the first College Purple Star Campuses,” Governor Mike DeWine said. “Thank you for being examples of Ohio’s proud tradition of honoring our servicemen and women. With these Collegiate Purple Star Award designations, servicemembers, veterans and military-connected students are able to pursue higher education knowing that their school has the necessary support system and guidance to help them find their next steps.”

For more information about Owens Community College Veterans Services, please visit www.owens.edu/veterans.


College to Award 538 Associate Degrees at Spring Commencement ceremonies

Posted on May 23rd, 2022

On Friday, May 27, Owens Community College will award 538 associate degrees at the 56th Spring Commencement ceremonies at the Student Health and Activities on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg.

A total of 36 students from the Findlay-area Campus will join the Toledo-area Campus graduates for the Commencement ceremonies scheduled at 10 a.m. for the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; 1 p.m. for the School of Business, Hospitality Management and Public Safety and School of Liberal Arts; and 4 p.m. for the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

The graduating class features 197 students graduating with honors (3.5 grade-point average and above) as well as outstanding academic program graduates. All will be recognized at the ceremony.

This year’s Outstanding Graduates are:

  • Outstanding Graduate in Applied Engineering and Industrial Technologies: Austen Nissen, Welding, Perrysburg
  • Outstanding Graduate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Technologies: Dillion Gibbs, Electrical Engineering Technology, Morenci, Michigan
  • Outstanding Graduate in Transportation Technology: Wesley Sweet, John Deere Tech, Georgetown, Ohio
  • Gerald Bazer Outstanding Arts and Sciences Graduate: Caitlin Jones, Geography Concentration, Perrysburg
  • Outstanding Graduate in Business Technology: Caitlin Parker, Business Management Technology, Holland
  • Outstanding Graduate in Criminal Justice: Kara McCloud, Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway, Maumee
  • Outstanding Graduate in Food, Nutrition and Hospitality: Nakia Randleman, Culinary Arts, Sandusky
  • Janell Lang Outstanding Service Award in Health Professions: Olivia Wesley, Dental Hygiene, Toledo
  • Linda Myers Outstanding Radiography Student Award: Emily Tate, Radiologic Technology, Whitehouse
  • Outstanding Vascular Sonography Student Award: Kaylee Dombrowski, Vascular Sonography, Toledo
  • Outstanding Diagnostic Medical Sonography Student Award: Taylor Edwards, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Toledo
  • Outstanding MRI Student Award: Christopher Carr, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Toledo