More than 120 high school students from Northwest Ohio recently explored careers and took a look inside the world of industrial and engineering technologies at "Day in Industrial and Engineering Technologies" hosted by the Owens Community College Findlay Campus.
High school teachers from Putnam and Hancock counties brought their students to enjoy demonstrations of high-tech equipment in the machining lab. In the computer lab, they viewed the inside of computers and saw demonstrations of the latest software used to train Owens students.
In addition, students had the opportunity in the electronics lab to conduct experiments typically undertaken in electronics classes. A hands-on project also was conducted in the Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) lab so students could fill shapes, surfaces and textures for drawings on the computer, much the way CAD designers do using AutoCAD software.
"We believe it's important to open the possibilities in industrial and engineering to young people and to help them take a look at careers of the future," said Glenn Rettig, Owens Findlay Campus Chair of Industrial and Engineering Technologies.
The College currently offers 14 associate degrees and 24 certificates on its Findlay and Toledo-area campuses, which are representative of modern industry, intended to prepare students to enter the world of technical work.
Using the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment, Owens currently ranks 24th for producers of Industrial and Engineering Technologies Associate Degrees among colleges and universities nationwide. More than 1,700 students, including 273 at the Findlay Campus, took Industrial and Engineering Technologies courses at the College this past Spring Semester.
According to Rettig, Owens Industrial and Engineering Technologies graduates are found in positions throughout manufacturing construction, design and service industries, which include graphic designers, electronics technicians, web page layout artists, CAD operators and industrial manufacturing technicians.
"The earlier students are excited about their career possibilities, the easier it is for them to establish realistic goals," said Jennifer Irelan, Owens Assistant Director of Admissions. "This day allows students to learn more about these careers."
Among the schools in attendance included Kalida High School, Millstream Career Center (Findlay), Ft. Jennings High School, Ottawa-Glandorf High School, Mechanicsburg High School and Mohawk High School.
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 providing small classes, personal attention and the lowest tuition in Northwest Ohio. Owens Community College 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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