The Daily Express

Owens Trustees Approve Capital Plan

  The Owens Community College Board of Trustees met September 21 at the Toledo-area Campus unanimously approving a $23.8 million Capital Plan through 2006. Details of the six-year plan were presented by Charles Mann, Vice President of Business Affairs, and include: a Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Skilled Trades Academic Center and Fire and Police Training Center for 2001-2002; a Conference Cyber Center for 2003-2004; and additions to Administration Hall, Industrial and Engineering Technologies, and Transportation Technologies in 2005-2006.

  The Center for Fine and Performing Arts would be dedicated to liberal arts instruction, an area that has seen tremendous growth at Owens since the College became a comprehensive community college in 1994. The proposed, two-story building would have an estimated 82,500 square feet and would enhance the College's ability to provide cultural events and instruction in drama, art, music, photography, dance and foreign language. The Skilled Trades Academic Center would support apprenticeship training for Northwest Ohio and would be constructed in partnership with the Northwest Ohio Building and Construction Trades Association. The Fire and Police Training Center could include a two-story burn building, a seven-story fire tower, a car burn and fuel spill area, rescue pond, helicopter pad, observation tower, fire/police maintenance building, pursuit track, and driving and wet-skid pads. Owens presently provides classroom and training space and instruction for the Toledo Police and Fire academies.

  The Trustees also heard a report concerning the College's North Central Association (NCA) reaccreditation process. Janell Lang, Dean of Health Technologies, and Dr. Rose Kuceyeski, Professor of Business and Public Service Technologies, are co-chairing the College's NCA Self-Study process. Dean Lang and Dr. Kuceyeski presented Trustees with the task force, timeline and plan for completing this important institutional accreditation process. The College's site visit from NCA officials is scheduled for October, 2000.



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