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Published 9/21/2004

Owens Community College Expands Toledo-area Campus With Land Acquisition

Owens Community College - the fastest growing higher educational institution in Ohio - is continuing enhance academic opportunities for area residents by acquiring additional land adjacent to the current Toledo-area Campus.

The College is purchasing 88.4 acres of land located at the Southeast corner of Walbridge and Tracy roads. Owens' Real Estate Acquisition Request to acquire the acreage has been approved by the Ohio Board of Regents and the State of Ohio Controlling Board.

The proposed land acquisition became official following the Owens Community College Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, September 21. Owens' additional land purchase increases the College to 366 acres on the Toledo-area Campus.

"In order to continue to grow, Owens Community College needs more space to build state-of-the-art facilities so that we may better serve our current and future students," said Chuck Mann, Owens Senior Vice President of Business Affairs. "Our long term goal remains constant, which is meeting the communities educational needs. This land acquisition is an investment in Owens' future."

Owens has surpassed the 20,000 mark with a record 20,160 students registered for the current 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.

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 $25 million 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.


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