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Published 11/4/2003
Owens' Apprenticeship Program Honored With State Award

Owens Community College has been honored for its excellence in apprenticeship training, receiving the Ohio State Apprenticeship Council's (OSAC) Outstanding Educational Facility Award. The award was presented to the College at OSAC's 49th Annual Apprenticeship Conference in Akron.

The OSAC was established with the mission of encouraging thorough apprenticeship training within Ohio's industry. Affiliated with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the organization is responsible for promoting the development of new program initiatives through marketing and technical assistance and protecting the safety and welfare of apprentices. Twenty-seven states currently have State Apprenticeship Councils, with Ohio ranking first in both the number of registered apprentices and participating employers.

Selection criteria for the award is based upon an educational facility demonstrating effective and innovative training in registered apprenticeship. The recipient additionally must exhibit a dedication toward enhancing the future of apprenticeship training.

"Apprenticeship training is an integral part of the economic future of business and industry, and the need for skilled craft persons is greater than ever," said Dave Siravo, Owens Manager of Apprenticeship Training. "Owens Community College is honored to receive recognition for its commitment to meeting the needs of Northwest Ohio's dynamic workforce through apprenticeship training."

Siravo added, "Our goal has always been to provide each future apprentice with the necessary knowledge and skills to flourish in the workplace following program completion."

Owens' Workforce and Community Services Division has been a leader in apprenticeship training for over 20 years. The program offers leading-edge training and professional development to over 4,000 students annually within a variety of career fields ranging from manufacturing to construction. Among the companies involved with Owens' Apprenticeship Program are Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Libbey Inc., Calphalon Corp., North Star Steel and Toledo Technologies, among others.

Committed to heightening educational opportunities for its students, Owens has established an innovative Open Entry / Open Exit Program which delivers traditional education through direct application and experience. The self-paced program allows individuals the flexibility to arrange written assignments, simulations and/or lab exercises based on their schedule availability. Students have the option to meet with lab instructors when it is convenient for them to complete assignments and tasks for a specific section.

Following the completion of Owens' Apprenticeship Program, students interested in pursuing additional academic opportunities are able to apply instructional hours received toward an associate degree in skilled trades technology.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 26 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 40,000 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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