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Perrysburg Man Receives Skilled Trades Technologies Award at Owens

Owens Community College President Christa Adams and James Gilmore,Coordinator of Skilled Trades Technologies, present Fred Friess (center)with the Skilled Trades Technologies Outstanding Graduate award.

Fred Friess of Perrysburg recently was honored as the Skilled Trades Technologies Outstanding Graduate at Owens Community College, recognizing his outstanding academic achievement and involvement in skilled trades.

A graduate of Perrysburg High School, Friess is employed at Fischer Tool and Die as a maintenance mechanic. A Skilled Trades Technologies Electrical Major, he was selected from all of the Owens Skilled Trades graduates this fall. He graduated with a 3.88 grade point average.

"The selection process for this year's recipient was extremely difficult in that there were so many outstanding candidates to select from with such interesting experiences," said James Gilmore, Owens Coordinator of Skilled Trades Technologies.

"During the interview process, Fred indicated that his success at Owens was due largely to his hard work in his studies, dedication and love of his job," Gilmore said.

Friess also received a tool set consisting of trade-related tools donated by T & S Tool Supply of Holland, Ohio, as part of this honor.

Established in 1999 by the Owens Center of Development and Training, this award honors Owens graduates majoring in the Skilled Trades program. It is sponsored by GROB Systems of Bluffton, Ohio, one of three machine tool plants worldwide which manufactures various products for automotive manufacturers and their suppliers throughout the world. GROB employees attend in-house classes provided by Owens to fulfill academic requirements of their apprenticeship programs.

To be eligible, a student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and complete a personal interview and an application detailing their involvement in college, community, employment and career activities.


Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to offering small classes, personal attention and the lowest tuition in Northwest Ohio. Owens offers over 100 career-oriented programs and majors in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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