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Published 6/26/2003
Owens Community College Achieves Record Setting Enrollment For The 25th Consecutive Semester

2003 Summer Enrollment - Owens Community College Owens Community College - the fastest growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio - has set yet another record with 7,352 students registered for the Summer Semester. This marks 25 consecutive semesters that Owens has achieved an increase in enrollment.

Since becoming a comprehensive community college in 1994, Owens has nearly tripled its Summer Semester student enrollment by an astounding 190 percent.

"Our mission at Owens Community College is to provide each student with access to a quality college education," said Dr. Bill Ivoska, Owens Interim Vice President of Student Services. "The outstanding growth the College has experienced for over a decade shows that Northwest Ohio residents recognize the great value Owens offers through excellent educational opportunities combined with unmatched affordability."

Ivoska added, "One of the many reasons the College's summer enrollment has grown considerably in recent years is due to the ever-increasing number of area residents choosing to complete their first two years of course work at Owens."

Of the more than 7,300 students enrolled for the Summer Semester, 36 percent are first time college students who are taking advantage of Owens' small classes and personal attention following the completion of their high school education.

According to Ivoska, the College also has seen a significant increase in the number of individuals pursuing careers within the Health Technologies Division. "Owens has experienced a summer enrollment increase of 17 percent in those students aspiring to be future dietetic technicians, dental hygienists, health information technicians or registered nurses."

The combined Summer Semester enrollment of 7,352 students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses surpasses the previous record of 6,070 students enrolled during Summer Semester 2002.

On both the College's Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses, Summer Semester enrollment has increased 21 percent from last summer. The Findlay-area Campus has over 1,100 students attending classes for the summer term.

Owens also is committed to exploring innovative ways of making additional courses available through E-Learning education. For the Summer Semester 1,896 students are pursuing E-Learning courses - up from 1,375 last summer (38 percent increase).

"Owens Community College has a long and proud tradition of making a difference in students' lives," said Dr. Paul Unger, Provost of Owens Community College. "As we continue to grow as an academic institution, our goal remains constant of surrounding each student with the best educational resources through the continued advancement of program offerings, enriched learning opportunities and expert faculty whose focus is teaching."

In order to continue meeting the educational needs of all students, the College remains committed to diversifying and enhancing its academic course offerings. Beginning Fall Semester 2003, Owens will offer 19 new degree and certificate program areas through its Fine and Performing Arts curriculum. Among the new academic program offerings available to students are Commercial Art, Dance, Fine Art, Interior Design, Music, Photography and Theatre.

The College's Workforce and Community Services Division also provides a significant amount of course work for area business and industry through customized training in the areas of computer applications, allied health education, apprenticeship training and skilled trades.

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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