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New Surveying Program Offered at Owens Community College

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Students interested in a career as a registered professional surveyor now can pursue such an opportunity by beginning or completing their educational coursework through a new Surveying associate degree and certificate offered at the Owens Community College Toledo-area Campus.

Earlier this year, the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors approved an agreement with Owens granting any graduate of an accredited Bachelor of Civil Engineering program the opportunity to complete their final surveying courses in the Owens Surveying Certificate program, prior to taking the Fundamentals of Surveying examination to become a registered professional surveyor.

"Under Ohio law, in order to become a registered surveyor, you have to be a graduate of a four-year surveying or civil engineering program," said Bill Mason, Owens Associate Professor in Design Technologies. "If you're a graduate of the civil engineering program, you are required by law to take an additional series of courses in certain surveying subjects. Through this new agreement, students can receive the needed educational coursework at Owens Community College before they are able to take the Fundamentals of Surveying examination."

The Surveying Certificate requires 28 credit hours of classes such as land and route surveying, site development, advanced surveying systems, boundary control and legal principles and land subdivision systems.

Students in the initial stages of a surveying career and interested in becoming a licensed surveyor in Ohio can get started by pursuing an associate degree in Surveying Technology at Owens.

Coursework in the degree program includes operating state-of-the-art surveying equipment and software in conjunction with the fundamentals of civil/site design. Students graduate with specialized knowledge of boundary resolution, subdivision design, Geographical Information Systems and Global Positioning Systems.

"People in this profession can be found outdoors collecting data, in the office designing project plans and in the field networking with public and private sector clients," Mason said.

Established in conjunction with the Northwest Ohio chapter of the Public Land Surveyors of Ohio (PLSO), the Surveying program at Owens is the only one of its kind in Northwest Ohio. The associate degree and certificate have been approved by the Ohio Board of Regents.

Courses in the Surveying Certificate program are offered during this Spring Semester on the Owens Toledo-area Campus, beginning January 14. The Surveying Technology associate degree will be offered beginning Fall Semester 2002.

To register, or for more information about the Surveying programs, call (567) 661-7465 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7465.

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