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Published 6/29/2004

Owens Community College Vice President Appointed to National Adult Literacy Committee

Linda Stacy Owens Community College Vice President of Workforce and Community Services, Linda Stacy, was selected by educational leaders to serve as one of only 45 nationwide panelists charged with defining standards for adult literacy within the United States.

Selected panelists were chosen to convene in Washington, D.C., and provide insight into determining the proficiency level of adults who are administered the survey on National Assessment of Adult Literacy. The panelists' recommendations will be given to the National Academies Committee on Performance Level for Adult Literacy for consideration within their 2005 final report to the U.S. Department of Education.

Established in 1992, the National Assessment of Adult Literacy is a household survey, which evaluates and considers adult literacy skills relevant to background characteristics. The National Academies Committee on Performance Level for Adult Literacy's main goal is examining and evaluating previous research and survey testing procedures used to effectively assess an individual's literacy competency level.

"Community colleges have a long and storied history of offering high quality programs dedicated to enhancing a student's ability to achieve academic success," Stacy said. "Adult literacy testing and assessment plays a critical role in the future of education. The opportunity to be involved in such an important endeavor is a privilege and honor."

Organizations represented on the panel include Harvard College, New York University, Washington University in St. Louis, The Ohio State University, Community College of Southern Nevada, San Diego Community College, Western Wisconsin Technical College, Florida Department of Education and the Connecticut Department of Education, among others.

The National Academies was created with the overall mission of bringing together committees of leading experts to address critical national issues and provide advice for the federal government and the public. Such educational experts range in disciplines relevant to testing and assessment within psychology, statistics, education, economics, law, business, anthropology, sociology and politics.

Stacy joined the College in 1986 and has served as Vice President of Workforce and Community Services for the past two years. Her responsibilities include overseeing grant writing, identifying and developing academic course offerings, recruiting, and promoting and marketing courses to meet the demands and needs of business and industry.

Under her direction, Owens has continued to strengthen its position as a leader in providing customized training to Northwest Ohio residents and regional industries. The College's Workforce and Community Services Division trains more than 18,000 credit and non-credit students annually pursuing careers in the areas of computer applications, allied health education, apprenticeship-related training and skilled trades.

The College's longstanding commitment to regional training includes in 2003 unveiling more than $1.17 million in state-of-the-art electrical, mechanical and electronic equipment for a new Integrated Systems Technology (IST) Certificate Program. President George W. Bush this past year visited Owens to praise the program's results and urge fellow academic institutions to follow the College's lead in preparing a diverse population for the constantly changing economic landscape.

The College presently has partnerships with more than 400 of the region's top companies to create a trained and experienced skilled workforce.

Her professional and community involvement includes membership with the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Wood County Workforce Policy Board, United Way, Salvation Army Board, Toledo Correctional Institution Citizens' Advisory and the Ohio Youth Council.

She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree in elementary education/remedial reading and an educational specialist degree in curriculum development instruction from the University of Toledo. Stacy resides in Sylvania.

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.


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