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Published 1/28/2004
Owens Community College Surpasses Record Setting Enrollment For The 27th Consecutive Semester

Owens Community College continues to provide Northwest Ohio residents with excellence in higher education, experiencing yet another record-breaking enrollment with 18,509 students registered for Spring Semester. This marks 27 consecutive semesters that Owens - the fastest growing higher educational institution in Ohio - has achieved an increase in enrollment.

Since becoming a comprehensive community college in 1994, Owens has more than doubled its Spring Semester student enrollment by an astounding 133 percent. The combined Spring Semester enrollment of 18,509 students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses surpasses the previous record of 17,569 students enrolled during Spring Semester 2003.

An area in which Owens has seen an increase in the number of students is within the Workforce and Community Services Division. The College provides a significant amount of course work for local business and industry through customized training in the areas of computer applications, allied health education, apprenticeship-related training and skilled trades. Owens has more than 3,800 students pursuing careers in leading edge technology, which includes flexibly scheduled courses for business and industry.

"Owens Community College's mission is to provide each student with a high quality college education," said Dr. Bill Ivoska, Owens Vice President of Student Services. "Our extraordinary growth for more than a decade shows that the surrounding communities value the educational opportunities offered at Owens."

On the College's Toledo-area Campus, Spring Semester enrollment has increased 5.14 percent, while the Findlay-area Campus has experienced a 6.64 percent enrollment increase from last spring.

Among the reasons that Owens' enrollment has skyrocketed 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 the College.

Of the 18,509 students enrolled for Spring Semester, 40 percent are first time college students. These individuals are taking advantage of Owens' enriched learning opportunities following the completion of their high school education.

"Owens' growth in first time students shows that we continue to serve as the number one choice in higher education," Ivoska said.

This past fall, Owens ranked as the leader in Fall Semester headcount enrollment growth among all of Ohio's public colleges and universities. The statewide enrollment study was conducted by the Ohio Board of Regents.

According to Dr. Paul Unger, Provost of Owens Community College, in order to continue meeting the educational needs of all students, the College remains committed to diversifying its academic course offerings through the expansion of night and weekend classes, as well as exploring innovative ways to enhance e- Learning education.

"Owens Community College is committed to providing accessibility in higher education through night and weekend and e-Learning classes," Provost Unger said. "These classes easily accommodate those students who might otherwise not have considered attending college as an option, due to their busy schedules. We are very pleased that the Northwest Ohio community is taking advantage of such academic opportunities."

Owens' Web course enrollment has increased to 2,115 students compared to 1,073 during Spring Semester 2003 (97 percent increase). Overall e-Learning enrollment has risen to 3,479 students, which is a 42 percent increase over last spring enrollment of 2,449. This semester alone, Owens has added an additional 60 course sections (155 overall) to its e-Learning curriculum. The College has 3,543 students attending weekend classes - up from 3,434 last spring (three percent increase).

Unger added, "Owens is continuing to aggressively develop additional e-Learning curriculum, which will afford students even more convenience, enabling them the accessibility of pursuing a college education from home."

To accommodate the record number of students, the College opened a new $11 million Center for Fine and Performing Arts for Fall Semester on the Toledo-area Campus. In addition, Owens will break ground for a new Fire and Police Training Center for Homeland Security on Thursday, April 29. The Center will be the only state-of-the-art facility of this magnitude within the Midwest United States.

Continuing to enhance educational opportunities for students in the Hancock County area, the College broke ground in the fall for its new Findlay-area Campus. The new facility will be located near Interstate 75 and open its doors for students by Fall Semester 2005.

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 Northwest Ohio 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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