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Published 1/25/2005

18,540 Students Choose Owens To Pursue Educational Opportunities and Career Aspirations

Owens Community College continues to provide Northwest Ohio residents with excellence in higher education, experiencing yet another record-breaking enrollment with 18,540 students registered for Spring Semester.

Since becoming a comprehensive community college in 1994, Owens has more than doubled its Spring Semester student enrollment by an astounding 133 percent. The College enrolled 7,957 students for Spring Semester classes in 1994.

"Owens Community College has a long and proud tradition of making a difference in students' lives," said Dr. Bill Ivoska, Owens Vice President of Student Services. "The foundation for this institution's academic excellence is a result of our faculty and staff and their unwavering commitment to ensuring that every student succeeds. Their desire in wanting to make a difference is why Owens is Northwest Ohio's leader in higher education."

According to Ivoska, one of the many reasons for the College's academic success can be attributed to the ever-increasing number of area residents choosing to complete their first two years of coursework at Owens.

Of the more than 18,500 students enrolled for Spring 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.

"Owens has made a fundamental point to build upon the educational needs of our students through the continued advancement of innovative programs, courses, teaching methods and academic resources," Ivoska said.

Another area in which Owens has seen an increase in the number of students pursuing careers is within the School of Health Sciences. 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 spring enrollment increase of four percent in those students pursuing careers within health care.

The combined Spring Semester enrollment of 18,540 students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses surpasses the previous record of 18,509 students enrolled during Spring Semester 2004. Additionally, the Findlay-area Campus has 2,488 students attending classes for the spring term.

Owens also is committed to making courses available through e-Learning education. For the Spring Semester 4,418 students are pursuing e-Learning courses - up from 3,471 last spring (27 percent increase).

To accommodate the current record number of students, the College broke ground for a new Fire and Police Training Center for Homeland Security in 2004. 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 nearly completed construction for a new Findlay-area Campus. The 60-acre campus, which is located near Interstate 75, will open its doors for students beginning Fall Semester 2005.

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, and 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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