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Owens Celebrates April as "Community College Month"

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Owens Community College is proud to celebrate April as "National Community College Month!"

This month recalls the contribution community colleges have made across the country in educating and training people for the future. Each fall, 47 percent of the nationıs freshmen attend a community college and 48 percent of all minority students attend a community college. There currently are 10.4 million students enrolled in 1,132 community colleges in the United States.

Owens will celebrate the month with many activities, including...

  • April 2 at 12 p.m. - "Tune In" a traveling game show, hosted by Mark Scheff, where students can win cash prizes for correctly answering TV, movie and music trivia questions.
  • April 9 at 10 a.m. ­ Health Careers Exploration Day, offering new students the opportunity to tour the health labs, meet health faculty and learn about health careers that are now in high demand.
  • April 10 at 6 p.m. - Lincoln Motorsports Welding Night, featuring competition race car vehicles and drivers, including Harry Gant's Skoal Bandit Winston Cup car. There also will be a presentation by Dennis Klingman, who supervises the Indianapolis Motor Speedway weld shop.
  • April 23-28 - "Arts at Owens", a weeklong celebration of the fine and performing arts, including poetry readings, a Jazz Express ensemble performance and Drama Club plays.
  • April 25 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. - Spring Carnival with outdoor challenge games
  • April 26 - "Watch Me Work Day" that allows Owens employees to bring their children to work and learn about various occupations at the College.
  • April 26 from 3-6 p.m. - International Culture, Language and Music Fest.

Many of these events are open to the public. Check out the Owens website at for more information on each of these events.

This year marks the centennial celebration of community colleges in the United States. In 1901, Joliet Junior College ­ the nationıs first community college ­ was founded.

Owens opened in 1965 as Penta Technical College, serving 200 students. The College then was named after Michael J. Owens, a Toledo inventor who changed the glass industry forever by mechanizing bottle blowing. He also is the "Owens" in Owens-Illinois, Owens Corning and Libbey-Owens-Ford.

In 1983, Owens opened its Findlay Campus, at the corner of Cory and Davis Streets, which now serves nearly 2,000 students.

In 1994, Owens made the transition from a technical college to a community college and now offers students the first two years of a bachelor's degree with direct transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Owens Community College now enrolls nearly 17,000 students with its Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, that cover 270 acres and include over 20 buildings. Over 18,000 people have graduated from Owens.

The theme for this year's celebration is: "Owens Community College ­ The Community's College!"

This year also will be a special celebration for Owens President Daniel H. Brown, who is retiring in May after serving the College for 35 years, including 17 as president.

President Brown will host a Community Appreciation Breakfast on both campuses in April. Attended annually by more than 600 people, the breakfast honors the many community and business leaders who assist the College by serving on the advisory boards that oversee each program's curriculum.

"Moving from a small technical college to a large community college has been a challenge that I believe Owens has embraced," President Brown said. "The community has responded in full force to our mission of an affordable, high quality college education. I've been very proud to be a part of this institution that is focused on providing a great education for every student interested in learning."

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