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Published 11/8/2004

Coming to America: Owens Student Has Passion to Serve Others

Brobbey Gyening FINDLAY - In his native country of Ghana, Brobbey Gyening grew up inherently believing that he wanted to care for others. That Ghanaian philosophy, instilled through ancestral upbringing, has brought him halfway around the world from the continent of Africa to Owens Community College for one goal - combining his educational aspirations, love for assisting others and passion for wanting to make a difference.

"I am driven by the Ghanaian way of life which focuses around providing support, joy and fulfillment to those in need," said Gyening. "Receiving an education from Owens in my mind is the key to unlocking the door to even more lifelong service opportunities."

A father of two children, the Findlay resident is building upon his passion for wanting to make a difference by pursuing an associate degree in registered nursing on Owens' Findlay-area Campus. "I envision life after college as a chance to elevate my gift of giving to the ultimate level as a medical professional," said Gyening who immigrated to the United States eight years ago.

Gyening has always enjoyed lending a helping hand to others in various ways, which is reflected in his current community service endeavors. He gives of his time as a state tested nursing aid at Fox Run Manor Nursing Home in Findlay and provides guidance to fellow students as a math tutor on the Findlay-area Campus. Active in the community, Gyening is the National President for the Presbyterian Church of Ghana's Young People Guild based in Columbus and is the co-founder of "Small Expeditions," a national, non-profit organization that teaches youth about diversity and caring through travel excursions.

"Brobbey's efforts, enthusiasm and determination in personal and academic endeavors make his future bright," said Verne Walker, Director of Student Services for Owens' Findlay-area Campus. "I am proud of his accomplishments and selflessness toward individuals locally, regionally and nationally. He has a big heart."

Following graduation from Owens, Gyening intends on pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Toledo. His educational aspirations also include obtaining a master's degree in divinity. Upon receiving those degrees, he envisions becoming a psychiatrist in a hospital or school.

Gyening views his direction in life as a way to honor and uphold his Ghanaian roots. "I am grateful for the opportunities granted through Owens Community College and how the educational experience is changing my life."

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 new 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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