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Published 2/2/2005

Automotive Careers and Educational Opportunities Showcased at Owens Toledo Auto Show Preview Day, Feb. 3

Nearly 250 high school students from Northwest Ohio will explore careers within the automotive industry, as well as receive a sneak peek of the Toledo Auto Show, as Owens Community College, General Motors Corp. and the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) host the first-ever Toledo Auto Show Preview Day on Thursday, February 3.

Beginning at 10 a.m. in SeaGate Convention Centre, more than 40 area General Motors service managers and representatives from the Toledo Speedway ARCA branch will meet with students and share information on career opportunities available within the automotive industry. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the College’s Automotive Technology/General Motors Corporation Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) and hear from Owens ASEP alumni as they share their career and educational experiences in a panel discussion.

Following the informational program, students and instructors will receive a preview of the Toledo Auto Show, showcasing the latest state-of-the-art vehicles from over 25 manufacturers. Vehicles on display will include the Pontiac G6 GXP SEMA, the Hummer SU, Ford GT and the Ford Mustang Shelby GTR, among others. In addition, all students and instructors attending the Toledo Auto Show will receive tickets to an upcoming Toledo Motor Speedway event.

“The Toledo Auto Show Preview Day is a great opportunity for high school students to be exposed to educational opportunities and career choices within the automotive field,” said Mark Durivage, Owens Dean for the School of Technology. “Owens Community College is excited to collaborate with the General Motors Corporation and the Automobile Racing Club of America and host an event where students will be able meet with automotive professionals who can provide insight into how to go about choosing various career paths after high school.”

Area high schools attending the Toledo Auto Show Preview Day are Clay High School, Woodward High School, Penta Career Center, Otsego High School, Whitmer High School and Vanguard Career Center.

The College’s Transportation Technologies programs offer students the opportunity to pursue either an associate degree or a certificate while preparing for careers within the transportation industry. The College currently partners with General Motors, Caterpillar, John Deere, Freightliner and Williams Detroit, among others, enabling students to work in dealerships and service facilities while attending classes.

Owens and the General Motors Corp. have a longstanding partnership through the College’s Automotive Technology/General Motors Corporation Automotive Service Educational Program. The two-year associate degree program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to diagnose, correct, and repair electrical, fuel, emissions, and mechanical problems found in today’s modern automobiles. Owens students are taught by General Motors certified instructors and all lab/lecture instruction is specific to General Motors products. As part of the academic curriculum, students rotate between working full- time at a General Motors dealership and taking Owens classes full-time in eight-week increments. Scholarships are also available for prospective students interested in the program.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher education institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 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, 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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