The Daily Express

Owens Considers Findlay Campus Relocation

  FINDLAY - To continue improving service for more students in the Hancock County area, Owens Community College is considering a relocation of its Findlay Campus.

  Owens President Daniel H. Brown made a presentation to the Ohio Board of Regents Thursday, asking for approval of the relocation, which is estimated to cost about $14 million.

  Enrollment at the Findlay Campus has increased by 41 percent and FTE by 39 percent since becoming a comprehensive community college in July 1994. With its outstanding growth on the Toledo-area Campus, Owens is the fastest-growing two- or four-year college in Ohio.

  Last fall, there were 2,026 students enrolled at the Findlay Campus, which is located at the corner of Cory and Davis streets in Findlay. Owens expects to reach 3,000-3,500 students within the next four to six years.

  "There is significant potential for growth on our Findlay Campus and our current facility is landlocked," President Brown explained. "We believe a new, larger facility would allow us to expand access to higher education to many more area residents."

  A number of sites are being considered for the new campus, including two north of Findlay: one near the junction of Interstate 75 and SR 224 and another at I-75 and Hancock County Road 99.

  Selling the current property and buildings should raise more than $6 million and Owens is anticipating state appropriations of another $6 million for capital construction. The College also received $2 million from the state in 1995 to expand the current campus, which could be used toward the relocation cost.

  The resources committee of the Ohio Board of Regents will make a recommendation next month to the Regents for their consideration.



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