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Published 12/6/2004

Owens Industrial and Engineering Technologies Instructor Receives Outstanding Industrial Technologist Award

Jay Taylor Owens Community College Instructor of Industrial and Engineering Technologies, Jay Taylor has been chosen by the Industry Division of the National Association of Industrial Technology to receive the Outstanding Industrial Technologist Award for exemplary leadership and the application of industrial technology practices.

Taylor is one of only 12 individuals nationwide to receive the annual Outstanding Industrial Technologist Award. Honorees are nominated by institutions of higher education affiliated with the National Association of Industrial Technology. The nominees are then confirmed by the Industry Division based upon each recipient's outstanding contributions and impact on their respective institutions related to industrial technology.

"Jay is an outstanding role model for his students," said Mark Durivage, Owens Dean of Industrial and Engineering Technologies. "He has a passion for teaching, which is reflected in the amount of time and effort shown to Owens students and individuals in the industrial community. Jay is a leader within the field of computer networking technologies and is very deserving of this award."

The National Association of Industrial Technology was founded as a professional association with the overall mission of promoting industrial technology within business, industry, education and government. In addition, the organization is focused on encouraging and recognizing the attainment of certain professional goals and standards through the accreditation of industrial technology programs in colleges, universities and technical institutes. The National Association of Industrial Technology is also responsible for certification of industrial technologists and the recognition of their continued professional development.

Taylor joined the College in 1986 and currently serves as an Instructor of Industrial and Engineering Technologies. In his position, he is responsible for preparing students for careers within the field of industrial technology. Taylor currently teaches courses within Cisco Academy V and VI, which focus on designing, building and maintaining networks to support national and global organizations. Additionally, he serves as a lead instructor for Owens' Wide-Area Networking Technology program.

Active in the community, Taylor is a regional instructor for the Cisco Academy and works with other institutions in promoting the growth and success of the program. His professional involvement includes membership with the Instrument Society of America and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers organizations.

Taylor has held various leadership positions on several regional committees that have played significant roles in developing statewide curriculum for both students and instructors within the area of electronics. In addition, he annually volunteers his time as a wide-area networking judge for the Ohio Skills Olympics.

The Olmsted Falls resident earned a master's degree in guidance/counseling and a bachelor's degree in vocational education from The University of Toledo. He has received certificates of completion from the U.S. Navy within the areas of electronics technician and basic electricity and electronics.

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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