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Owens Community College Hosts "Career Exploration Day"
Thursday, November 29

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Nearly 600 junior high and high school students from the Toledo Public Schools are expected to visit Owens Community College on Thursday, November 29 to learn about higher education and career opportunities at the fourth annual "Post-Secondary Career Exploration Day".

Co-sponsored by Owens Community College, Toledo Public Schools and Bowling Green State University's Project F.E.E.D., the Exploration Day will expose students to higher education and a variety of potential career opportunities, as well as providing them with helpful guidance about making life choices. The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Audio/Visual Classroom, Math/Science and Student Health and Activities centers on the Owens Toledo-area Campus, Oregon Road.

Dr. Christa Adams, President of Owens Community College, and Dr. Ellen Williams, Interim Dean of BGSU's College of Education and Human Development, will speak to the students about the values of an education and choosing a career to kick-off the event. Motivational speaker, Jim Jones of Oregon also will address the group giving an inspirational message on "The Winner's Attitude".

Following the introductory welcome and message, students will be able to speak to approximately 40 career professionals from Northwest Ohio businesses, educational institutions and government agencies, including Buckeye Cable System, Charter One Bank, Flower Hospital, Radisson Hotel of Toledo, TARTA, The Andersons Inc., Toledo Public Aviation Center, the U.S. Army and Air Force and more. Individuals from these businesses and organizations will be on hand to answer questions about their professions, as well as advise students how to begin choosing a career.

"The Career Exploration Day is a great opportunity for junior high and high school students to be exposed to the importance of continuing their education, as well as to begin thinking about career aspirations after high school graduation," said Jennifer Irelan, Owens Assistant Director of Admissions. "The earlier students are excited about their career possibilities for the future, the easier it is for them to establish realistic goals."

During the morning, students also will have the opportunity to tour the Owens Community College campus and learn about the more than 100 career-oriented programs and majors offered in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades and Industrial and Engineering Technologies.

"The goal of this day is to provide students with positive role models and inspire them to begin thinking about career paths early in their academic lives," said Dr. Lessie Cochran, Co-Coordinator of BGSU's Project F.E.E.D.(Future Educators Enhancing Diversity).

A state-initiated program, Project F.E.E.D. was established to increase the number of culturally diverse teachers in Ohio. The organization has started Future Educators of America in several Northwest Ohio junior high and high schools and is involved in many career exploration activities within the state and across the nation.

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