Students and faculty members recently enjoyed some time in the national spotlight when CNN visited the Owens Community College Toledo-area campus.
CNN came to Owens Community College as part of a special news show it is producing on the revitalization of Toledo and economic development efforts in this area. The CNN news executives visited several locations around the city, including Owens and some manufacturing sites, and interviewed families who live in the area.
CNN news anchor Garrick Utley interviewed Jerry Marko, of Millbury, who is an assistant professor of Industrial Technologies, teaching in the Caterpillar Construction Equipment Technician program.
"They were interested in hearing about the national partnerships that Owens Community College has established with companies such as Caterpillar Construction Equipment and John Deere, allowing students to take college courses and work at dealerships at the same time," Marko explained.
Rossford resident Randy Rubley, an assistant professor of Industrial Technologies, was filmed while teaching one of his classes in the John Deere Agricultural Technician program on diesel fuel systems.
"This has been an exciting opportunity for me and I was glad to represent the College on a international news show," said Rubley, who also is an Owens graduate.
The CNN camera crew also filmed classes in the Engineering Technologies programs and interviewed students and faculty members in the Computer-Aided Machining program.
Owens President Daniel H. Brown said CNN wanted to know about the College's workforce development and corporate training programs.
"We are honored that an international news program like CNN would recognize the impact Owens continues to have on the local economy and is showcasing our high-quality college programs," Brown said. "They were very interested to see the training we offer for high-tech careers of the future and how this boosts the local economy."
The CNN news show is expected to be broadcast sometime during September, he said.