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Published 3/23/2005

Owens Community College Introduces Cashless Service For Students and Employees

Paper and metal currency just might become relics of the past around Owens Community College as the academic institution introduces a new identification and debit card designed to enhance accessibility for students and employees on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses.

The new identification and debit card, titled the Express Card, was created to afford individuals the opportunity to conduct various purchases at Owens without the use of currency. Express Card users of the cashless services are also entitled to discounts through the College's cafeteria and food court, copy and vending machines, and the Bookstore, as well as to Express athletic events and the Center for Fine and Performing Arts presenting season events on campus.

In addition, as part of the new endeavor Owens is partnering with several area merchants for the purpose of allowing students and employees to use the debit function outside the traditional campus setting. Among the off-campus Toledo area vendors accepting the new Express Card at their establishments are Arturo's Pizza Kitchen, Grounded Gourmet Coffee House, Wireless Giant, Relaxation and Therapeutic Massage, Arby's, and Moody's Coney Island Diner.

"Owens Community College is dedicated to offering innovative programs and resources for its students and employees," said Gene Burson, Owens Manager of Systems Development. "The new Express Card Program was established to provide tremendous convenience and enhanced quality of service for the Owens community. Card holders can use the card in a variety of ways, from purchasing books to now buying hamburgers off campus."

According to Burson, like most bank debit cards, Express Card users can make cash deposits ranging from $1 to $20 onto their Owens account at designated Value Transfer Station areas on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. "Each time a purchase is made, the amount is deducted. The picture ID on the Express Card ensures that only the card holder can use the services," he said.

For many students like Cheryl Hughes, such services have provided an added convenience to the Owens educational experience. "I think the Express Card is a great idea," said the medical office support option major. "Not having to worry about carrying around money is a nice option."

The Express Card is available free of charge to all new Owens students and employees from the Express Card Office in the Student Health and Activities Center in Toledo and the Facility Services Building in Findlay. In addition to the cashless services offered, the card program provides individuals with access to the College's Library, the Bursar's Office, the Student Health and Activities Center, the Campus Area Transit System, the Copy Center, and computer labs.

For more information on the Express Card Program, contact the College's Express Card Office at (567) 661-2204 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2204. On the Findlay-area Campus, call (567) 429-3586 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 3586.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational 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 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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