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Owens Strengthens Support for Homeland Security Initiative
Owens Community College continues to strengthen its community support for the future Fire and Police Training Center for Professional Development and Homeland Security with the recent appointment of Gary Dettling, Vice President of College Advancement, to the Greater Toledo Area Chapter of the American Red Cross' Board of Directors.
Formally chartered in 1916, the Greater Toledo Area Chapter of the American Red Cross was created with the overall mission of providing relief to victims of disasters and helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year the local Red Cross responded to 270 disasters, trained 14,433 people in first aid and CPR, taught more than 1,100 young people to be effective babysitters and provided emergency communication and/or verification for military personnel and their families 990 times.
"Owens Community College is recognized as a leader in Northwest Ohio," said Tom Pounds, Chair of the American Red Cross' Board of Directors. "We're elated to have an individual of Mr. Dettling's caliber on the American Red Cross' Board of Directors."
The Greater Toledo Area Chapter of the American Red Cross' Board of Directors consists of 26 community leaders who are dedicated to promoting and encouraging collaboration and communication between the organization and Northwest Ohio's surrounding communities.
Owens has a longstanding partnership with the American Red Cross, serving as a host site to the Blood Drive for 29 years. In addition, the American Red Cross has played a significant role in the development and implementation of the Health Technologies Division's Pediatric Health and Safety course at the College.
"Selection to the American Red Cross' Board of Directors is a privilege and honor," Dettling said. "I see my appointment as a unique opportunity to collaborate with area community leaders and professionals promoting the organization's humanitarian efforts throughout our region."
Dettling added, "The American Red Cross is recognized worldwide for its emergency training efforts. Receiving support and input from such a well-respected association will be advantageous in the development of Owens' future Fire and Police Training Center for Professional Development and Homeland Security."
Owens Community College has been at the forefront in providing educational training to safety forces for over three decades. On April 30, the College will break ground for a new $10 million Fire and Police Training Center for Professional Development and Homeland Security. Owens' new Center will be the only comprehensive facility of this magnitude in the Midwest. Other regional complexes are located in Virginia, Georgia and California.
Phase I of Owens' initial project will be to install an infrastructure of water lines, gas lines and fiber optic cable. In addition, the Phase will include a smokeless burn building, ponds, utilities, power, lighting, fencing and an observation tower.
Additional Phases could include training facilities such as a fire rescue tower, wet skid and driving pads, and various disaster rescue sites for aircraft, railroad, maritime and land vehicles. Owens' state-of-the-art facility will feature a 27,000 square foot Command and Simulation Center for Regional Anti-Terrorism and Emergency Management. The interior of the Center will consist of a simulation containment chamber, a command center, classrooms, computer and science laboratories and shower/locker facilities.
Each segment of this project will be accompanied by the installation of a fiber optic link video system, which is connected to a computerized system. The innovative technology will allow for real-time observations of training exercises from remote locations.
Dettling joined Owens as Vice President of College Advancement in February 2002. Drawing on over 15 years experience, he oversees all fundraising, marketing, public relations and web development for the College. At Owens, he has initiated a variety of fund development strategies to include a capital campaign, strengthened the College's Foundation Board, increased membership in the alumni association and enhanced the College's image through heightened marketing and public relations endeavors. He previously served as the Dean of College Advancement at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, Michigan.
Dettling earned his master's degree in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University and bachelor's degrees in education and history from the University of Montana. He resides in Monclova Township. In addition to his work at the College, Dettling serves his country in the National Guard, holding the rank of Major.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 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.