The Daily Express

Owens Community College Welcomes U.S. Representative Paul Gillmor

United States Representative Paul Gillmor (R-Old Fort) will make Toledo one of his stops during visits to Northwest Ohio counties as he meets with leaders of Owens Community College on Friday, March 15.

A longtime proponent of higher education, Representative Gillmor will meet with Christa Adams, Ph.D., President of Owens Community College and administrative leaders at 3 p.m. in the President's Office to discuss growth of the College, redistricting of the Ohio Congressional Districts and building initiatives for the Owens Toledo-area Campus.

To continue improving service for more students in the Toledo area, Owens Community College has recently broke ground for a new Center for Fine and Performing Arts to expand instruction in music, art, theater, dance and photography, as well as the ability to host additional cultural events for the community.

In addition, the College is proposing the addition of a Fire and Police Training Center which would include training facilities of a pursuit track, skid pads, driving/handling road course, burn building, fire tower, car burn area, fuel spill area, control tower and a maintenance building completed in three phases. The possibility also exists for a rail spur and other transportation-related emergency sites to be added. It would be located on a vacant 69-acre parcel on the Toledo-area Campus bounded by Walbridge Road, Tracy Road and railroad tracks.

This new facility should serve a population of 1,500 to 2,000 students from the College, public service technologies, as well as many police and volunteer fire agencies in Northwest Ohio.

Following the meeting, President Adams will give U.S. Representative Gillmor a guided tour of the Owens Community College Toledo-area Campus.

Congressman Gillmor, now serving his seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives, holds the distinction of being selected to serve as Deputy Majority Whip for the current Congress and is beginning his fourth term as a member of the Republican Whip team.

Prior to his election to Congress, he served in the Ohio Senate for 22 years. As a State Senator, he was unanimously elected Republican leader five times, and he served as President of the Senate for three General Assemblies. The National Republican Legislators Association selected him as one of the ten most outstanding legislators in the United States.

During his career in public service, he has received numerous awards for outstanding accomplishments from groups representing education, senior citizens, businesses, veterans, civil service employees, environmental concerns and medicine.

On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing 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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