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Published 9/9/2003
Record-Setting Fall Enrollment Shows Northwest Ohio Residents Continue to Choose Owens Community College for Higher Education

Record Growth Chart Owens Community College continues to serve as Northwest Ohio's number choice in higher education, experiencing yet another record-breaking enrollment with 19,615 students registered for the Fall Semester. This marks 26 consecutive semesters that Owens - the fastest growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio - has achieved an increase in enrollment.

Since becoming a comprehensive community college in 1994, Owens has nearly doubled its Fall Semester student enrollment by an astounding 91 percent. The combined enrollment of 19,615 students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses is a 6.22 percent increase over the previous record of 18,467 students enrolled during Fall Semester 2002.

"We are very pleased that Northwest Ohio residents continue to recognize the many benefits of pursuing a quality higher education at Owens Community College," said Dr. Bill Ivoska, Owens Vice President of Student Services. "With such unprecedented growth, the College is committed to providing students the maximum amount educational resources combined with unmatched affordability. Our mission is to ensure that each individual has the opportunity to pursue their career aspirations."

Ivoska added, "Among the reasons that the College's fall enrollment has grown considerably in recent years can be attributed to the ever-increasing number of area residents choosing to complete their first two years of course work at Owens."

Of the more than 19,600 students enrolled for the Fall Semester, 40 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.

Owens Community College "The growth that the College has experienced in first time students shows that Owens continues to serve as the number one choice in higher education compared to other colleges and universities in Northwest Ohio," he said. "Owens also has seen a dramatic increase within the number of ACT scores submitted by prospective students. Such an occurrence also is a very good indication that first time college students are valuing an Owens education."

On the College's Toledo-area Campus, Fall Semester enrollment has increased 6.19 percent, while the Findlay-area Campus has experienced a 6.37 percent enrollment increase from last fall. The Findlay-area Campus has over 2,600 students attending classes for the fall term.

According to Dr. Paul Unger, Provost of Owens Community College, in order to continue meeting the educational needs of all students, the College has expanded its academic course offerings this Fall Semester to include the debut of new degree and certificate program areas through the Fine and Performing Arts curriculum.

"The opening of the College's Center for Fine and Performing Arts affords students the first-ever opportunity to enroll in a variety of innovative programs dedicated entirely to the liberal arts instruction," Provost Unger said. "The popularity of the new curriculum is evident in that more than 1,700 students have enrolled in these classes for the Fall Semester."

New academic program offerings available to students aspiring to be future musicians, artists, dancers, performers and photographers include Commercial Art, Dance, Fine Art, Music, Photography and Theatre. The College also is in the process of initiating several new programs within the Fine and Performing Arts.

Another area in which the College also has seen a significant increase in the number of individuals pursuing careers is the Health Technologies Division. Owens has experienced a fall enrollment increase of 20 percent in those students pursuing careers within health care.

In addition, Owens is committed to exploring innovative ways of making courses available to students who may wish to pursue their education through e-Learning curriculum. For the Fall Semester 3,140 students are pursuing e-Learning courses - up from 2,035 last fall (54 percent increase).

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.

"The extraordinary growth that the College has experienced for over decade is most importantly a credit to Owens' excellent faculty whose focus is on the students achieving success within the classroom," Provost Unger said.

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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