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Owens Community College and Penta Career Center Establish New Online IT Academy

Owens Community College's Workforce and Community Services Division and Penta Career Center's Adult Education Division are entering into a unique partnership, establishing an Online Information Technology Academy to provide the necessary educational and computer training to further enhance economic success among Northwest Ohio's community. With this agreement, Owens and Penta become the first community college and career-technical school district in Ohio to offer a computer skilled training program using the latest technological advancements in online education.

The collaboration between the two educational institutions was initiated through the Ohio Higher Skills Partnership program, which was established by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Board of Regents. Founded through Governor Bob Taft's Workforce Policy Board, the Ohio Higher Skills Partnership promotes comprehensive service partnerships among Adult Workforce Centers (Penta Career Center) and EnterpriseOhio Network campuses (Owens Community College).

"In offering this Online Information Technology Academy, Owens Community College and Penta Career Center will significantly impact Northwest Ohio's business and industry by continuing to meet the demand for highly skilled workers," said Linda Stacy, Owens Vice President of the Workforce and Community Services Division. "This online program initiative will provide people with an additional educational avenue to further their computer skills who might otherwise be unable, due to their busy schedules."

According to Stacy, the development of this unique partnership between Owens Community College and Penta Career Center demonstrates each educational institution's commitment to providing high quality technology programs.

"We believe this will be a win-win partnership for both Penta and Owens," said Kevin Whitlatch, Director of Adult and Continuing Education at Penta Career Center. "By combining our joint resources we want to increase our market share in the area of computer training and certification."

The new Online IT Academy program offers nine computer training courses to the public, which are available 24 hours a day by accessing the Web site at www.onlineitacademy.com All course registration must be made online. The Web site will be jointly managed by Owens and Penta.

Individuals who will benefit from the Online IT Academy are those interested in furthering their computer skills or preparing for certification exams. In addition, area businesses, industries and social and governmental organizations are expected to enroll their workers in the academy to ensure the continuous advancement of higher level skills needed to use new technologies and improve business operations.

Among the initial courses offered by the Online IT Academy are: Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Word 2002, Microsoft Excel 2002, Microsoft Access 2002, Microsoft PowerPoint 2002, Microsoft Outlook 2002, INET+ Certification, A+ Certification, and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) training. Additional courses in various subject areas are expected to be offered by the Online IT Academy in the near future.

For more information about the new Online IT Academy, contact Owens Community College's Workforce and Community Services Division at 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7357 or (567) 661-7357, or the Adult and Continuing Education office at Penta Career Center at (567) 661-6555.

Penta Career Center's Adult and Continuing Education Division serves adults in nearly all communities in Northwest Ohio. The center provides full-time training programs in areas such as: Automotive Technology; Computers; Welding Fabrication; Medical and Business Office Technologies, and Building and Property Maintenance. The center also provides: training programs for area businesses; Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) and GED Preparation, and several part-time classes.

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.

(Posted 11/7/02)

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