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Owens Achieves Record Setting Enrollment With Over 20,000 Students Registered For Fall
Twenty-ninth Consecutive Semester Increase
Owens Community College - the fastest growing higher educational institution in Ohio - has amassed the 20,000 mark with a record 20,160 students registered for the Fall Semester. This represents 29 consecutive semesters that Owens has achieved an increase in enrollment.
Since becoming a comprehensive community college in 1994, Owens has nearly doubled its Fall Semester student enrollment by an astounding 97 percent. The College recorded an enrollment of 10,255 students for the 1994 Fall Semester, while 20 years ago (1984) only 4,779 students were enrolled in the fall.
"Owens Community College's mission is to provide each student with access to a quality college education," said Dr. Bill Ivoska, Owens Vice President of Student Services. "Our extraordinary growth for over a decade shows that Northwest Ohio residents recognize the great value Owens offers through excellent academic opportunities combined with unmatched affordability."
According to Ivoska, one of the many reasons the College's 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 20,100 students enrolled for the Fall Semester, 20 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.
"The College's growth in first time students shows that we continue to serve as the number one choice in higher education," Ivoska said.
Another area in which Owens has seen a significant increase in the number of students pursuing careers is the Health Technologies Division. Meeting the needs of Northwest Ohio's health care community, the College currently offers academic programs in the areas of dental hygiene, dietetics, health information, medical imaging, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant, surgery and hospitality management. Owens has experienced a fall enrollment increase of 10 percent in those students pursuing careers within health care.
The combined Fall Semester enrollment of 20,160 students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses surpasses the previous record of 19,615 students enrolled during Fall Semester 2003.
On both the College's Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Fall Semester enrollment has increased 2.78 percent from last fall. The Findlay-area Campus has 2,664 students attending classes for the fall term.
Owens also is committed to exploring innovative ways of making additional courses available through e-Learning education. For the Fall Semester 3,923 students are pursuing e-Learning courses - up from 3,140 last fall (25 percent increase).
To accommodate the current record number of students, the College opened an $11 million Center for Fine and Performing Arts last year on the Toledo-area Campus. The state-of-the-art educational facility represents the sixth new building added to the Toledo-area Campus since 1994, joining the Fire Science/Law Enforcement Center, Library, Audio/Visual Classroom Center, Math/Science Center and Student Health and Activities Center. In addition, Owens broke ground for a new Fire and Police Training Center for Homeland Security in April. The Center will be the only state-of-the-art facility of this magnitude within the Midwest United States.
In the Hancock County area, the College has completed over half of the construction for a new Findlay-area Campus. The 60-acre campus 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 29 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.