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Published 6/10/03
Area Residents Choose E-Learning Courses At Owens Community College

Ashley Mathewson of Whitehouse studies her new U.S. Government textbook at home as part of the Owens telecourse she is taking this Summer Semester. Summer can be a time for many students to relax and unwind from the normal stress that college studies generate. For others, a few months off can mean a jump-start toward the completion of their college education. To complement academics within the classroom, Owens Community College also offers area residents an alternative educational opportunity - E-Learning.

Ashley Mathewson of Whitehouse, a junior pursuing her bachelor's degree at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, traded the traditional classroom for an Owens telecourse. Utilizing a variety of visual tapes, textbooks and the Internet to learn about U.S. Government from home allows her to fulfill general education requirements at Anderson. In turn, the telecourse will enhance the possibility of her graduating from college within four years.

"Owens E-Learning courses provide me with the flexibility to continue my education on my own time this summer," said Mathewson, a 2001 Toledo Christian High School graduate.

"Affordability is another benefit to taking Owens courses," Mathewson added. "I am saving on college tuition because the E-Learning class will easily transfer back to Anderson University."

According to Dr. Bill Ivoska, Owens Interim Vice President of Student Services, many area students home for the summer from their four-year colleges and universities are enrolling at Owens to take advantage of the College's transferability of course credit. "Students from other schools looking to continue their education during the summer have the opportunity to seamlessly transfer Owens courses to their respective institutions," he said.

Active in Student Government, Student Senate and Young Life Ministries at Anderson, Mathewson also said she feels welcome as a transfer student. "The Owens staff responded quickly to my questions and really helped me in choosing a class that was a perfect match," she said.

Continuing to develop innovative ways of offering higher education through technology, Owens currently provides more than 90 E-Learning courses on the College's Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Among the program areas available to students are accounting, art, business, computer information systems, psychology and speech.

Since incorporating E-Learning into its academic curriculum, the College has seen a significant enrollment increase in this area. This past year more than 4,200 students chose to advance their studies through Web courses, telecourses or OwensLINK classes.

In addition to E-Learning courses, Owens offers a wide variety of program areas from CAD Technology to the Dietetic Technician Program on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. For more information or to obtain a schedule of Summer or Fall Semester courses, contact Enrollment Services at (567) 661-7777 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7777. A list of classes also is available on the Internet at www.owens.edu

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 24 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. 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. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, 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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