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Owens Community College Achieves Record Setting Enrollment For 28th Consecutive Semester
Owens Community College - the fastest growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio - has set yet another record with 7,533 students registered for the Summer Semester. This marks 28 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 197 percent.
"Our mission at Owens Community College is to provide each student with access to a quality college education," said Dr. Bill Ivoska, Owens Vice President of Student Services. "The outstanding growth the College has experienced 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 coursework at Owens."
Of the more than 7,500 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.
Another 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 coursework 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 1,250 students pursuing careers in leading edge technology, which includes flexibly scheduled courses for business and industry.
The combined Summer Semester enrollment of 7,533 students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses surpasses the previous record of 7,352 students enrolled during Summer Semester 2003.
On both the College's Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Summer Semester enrollment has increased 2.5 percent from last summer. The Findlay-area Campus has over 1,050 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 2,410 students are pursuing e-Learning courses - up from 1,896 last summer (27.1 percent increase).
"Owens Community College has a long and proud tradition of making a difference in the lives of our students," 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."
To accommodate the record number of students, the College within the last year opened a new $11 million Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Toledo-area Campus. In addition, Owens recently broke ground for a new Fire and Police Training Center for Homeland Security. 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 has broken ground for a new Findlay-area Campus. The new facility will be located near Interstate 75 and open its doors for students by Fall Semester 2005.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 28 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.