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Owens Community College Uses Increase in Federal Grant Allocation to Support Academic Programs and Student Services

As a result of an increase in the number of technical students enrolled full-time at Owens Community College, coupled with the large number of students at the College who gain access to higher education through the use of Pell grants, the Carl D. Perkins grant allocation has increased by an additional $191,960 to support Owens academic programs and student services for the 2002-2003 fiscal year.

The $391,759 in Perkins grant allocation awarded to the College for the 2002-2003 fiscal year more than doubles the $179,799 received for the 2001-2002 fiscal year.

"Perkins' funds are used to supplement the costs of providing programs and services that are essential to meeting the needs of students at Owens, as well as colleges and universities nationwide," said Dr. Grace Yackee, Owens Associate Dean for Special Programs. "In light of the rising cost of post-secondary education, colleges and universities are becoming increasingly dependent on federal grant programs such as Perkins to support institutional programs.

"These programs are designed to ensure that students continue their college education and achieve their educational goals," she said.

Established in 1966 as Title III of the Amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act was created to prepare students, prior to entering the workforce, with the academic and vocational skills needed to compete successfully in a world market.

"The intent of the Perkins legislation is to support the development of the academic, vocational and technical skills of secondary and post-secondary students who choose to enroll in career education programs," Yackee said.

According to a National Assessment of Vocational Education study, the most frequent uses of funds include the purchase of vocational curriculum materials, curriculum development or modification, staff development, expansion of Tech Prep programs and efforts toward academic-vocational integration, among others.

Activities supported by Perkins funds at the College include services to students with physical, mental and learning disabilities, career counseling and development services, as well as curriculum development and professional development activities that focus on improving instruction. Other fund-supported initiatives are collaborative partnerships with high school career-technical education programs and activities designed to assess student learning.

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 making it the number one choice for entry-level college students in Northwest Ohio. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas 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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