The Daily Express

Owens Community College Celebrates April as "Community College Month"

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 nation's 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 more than 1,100 community colleges in the United States.

Owens will celebrate the month with many activities, including...
  • April 9 from 6-9 p.m. - Lincoln Motorsports Welding Night, featuring competition race car vehicles and drivers, including Ron Hemelgarn's Pep Boys Indy Racing League race car. There also will be a presentation by Dennis Klingman, who supervises the Indianapolis Motor Speedway weld shop.

  • April 11 from 5-7 p.m. - Catherine Ryan Hyde, nationally-renowned author of Pay It Forward will visit Owens to kick off Literacy Week events. She will read from her new novel Walter's Purple Heart and Pay It Forward discussing and answering questions about both books, and concluding the visit with a book signing.

  • April 16 from 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - "Child Safety Day", where Owens Safety and Security Officers will be checking car seats and fingerprinting children.

  • April 18 at 12 p.m. - Hypnotist Frederick Winters will amaze students with his hypnotic antics. In 2001, Winters was selected by the National Association for Campus Activities as the "Overall Entertainer of the Year" among nationwide colleges and universities.

  • April 24-26 - "Arts at Owens", a celebration of the fine and performing arts, including photography exhibits, a Jazz Express concert performance and Drama Club variety show.

  • April 25 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. - Spring Carnival featuring outdoor games, activities and entertainment, as well as refreshments being provided.

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 101 years of community colleges operating in the United States. In 1901, Joliet Junior College - the nation's 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 łOwens˛ 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 more than 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 serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students on its Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, that cover 270 acres and include over 20 buildings. Over 19,000 people have graduated from Owens.

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

Christa Adams, Ph.D., President of Owens Community College 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 Adams said. "The community has responded in full force to our mission of an affordable, high quality college education. I am very proud to be a part of this institution and its focus on providing great opportunities for every student interested in learning."

Owens Community College 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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