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Owens Community College Receives Grant To Initiate New High-Tech Training Program

Owens Community College anticipates offering the new Integrated Systems Technology certificate program to students beginning Spring Semester 2003. A federal grant worth nearly $1.18 million has been awarded to support Owens Community College in continuing to make innovative technological advancements and further enhance the Northwest Ohio community.

Owens has been selected as one of only eight academic institutions nationwide to receive a $996,562 federal funded grant to stimulate industrial growth through the implementation of a new Integrated Systems Technology (IST) certificate program. In conjunction with the IST grant, an additional $180,000 grant has been awarded to the Wood County Workforce Investment Area (WIA) to recruit and refer workers to enter this certificate program at Owens Community College. WIA will be one of many recruitment tools used by Owens in attracting students to this high tech program

"The selection of Owens Community College to serve as one of the lead academic institutions for this program demonstrates the College's excellence in high quality technology programs," said Dr. Paul Unger, Provost of Owens Community College. "In offering this program, Owens will significantly impact Northwest Ohio's business and industry sectors by continuing to meet the needs of their dynamic workforce."

Earlier today, the Wood County Commissioners, James F. Carter, Tim W. Brown and Alvin L. Perkins, released the grant funds to Owens Community College during their board meeting. Funding originated at the U.S. Department of Labor, and was dispersed through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services-Department of Workforce Development. The Wood County Commissioners and the Wood County Department of Job and Family Services then received the funds.

"Individuals who will benefit from the new certificate program are dislocated workers and other adults interested in acquiring entry-level skills for employment," stated Provost Unger. "The College anticipates offering the new IST certificate program to students beginning Spring Semester 2003."

The four pilot sites implementing the new certificate program in Ohio are Owens Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, North Central State College and Sinclair Community College. Sites located in Illinois include Richard J. Daley College, Elgin Community College, Lakeland Community College and Moraine Valley Community College.

Among the individuals instrumental in Owens Community College securing the IST grant were U.S. Representatives' Marcy Kaptur and Paul Gillmor, Tom Hayes, Ohio Director of Job and Family Services, and Don Singer, Ohio Director of Workforce Development.

"The impact of Owens Community College obtaining such a significant grant is a credit to the hard work and dedication of Provost Unger and his desire to ensure that each student receives a high quality education," said Gary Dettling, Owens Vice President of College Advancement. "Securing state and federal funding, as well as private contributions, are crucial in helping this College continue to heighten its position as the fastest growing community college of its size in the nation."

Owens Community College also is enhancing educational opportunities available to its students through the recent incorporation of the Owens State Community College Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to cultivate and manage gifts, which will further continue the College's excellence in education.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new 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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