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Published 4/5/2005

Owens and Toledo Chapter of American Society for Industrial Security Set New Precedent With Emergency Preparedness Scholarship Program

Owens Community College Foundation and the Toledo Chapter of American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International are setting a new precedent within emergency preparedness and homeland security training by entering into a partnership, establishing a $12,000 endowed scholarship program. The new collaboration between the two organizations will focus on enhancing academic opportunities for students pursuing careers within the private security profession.

This marks the first public safety and emergency preparedness-based endowed scholarship to be initiated through the Foundation and the Toledo Chapter of ASIS International. The new endowed scholarship program will be named in honor of Fred C. Heck, a longtime Huntington Bank Security Officer, and Charles W. North, the former Foodtown Vice President of Security, for their outstanding contributions to the security profession and the ASIS International organization.

“Owens Community College is honored to partner with the Toledo Chapter of American Society for Industrial Security International and open new doors for students with career aspirations of ensuring America’s safety and protection,” said Gary Dettling, Owens Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer. “We appreciate the organization’s commitment to furthering excellence in higher education.”

Selection criteria for the new scholarship program will be based upon recipients being enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours at Owens per semester, holding second-year student status and achieving at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Preference will be given to individuals who are Criminal Justice Technology majors and interested in pursuing a career within the security profession. The first-ever scholarship will be awarded for Fall Semester 2006.

“The Toledo Chapter of American Society for Industrial Security International is pleased to collaborate with Owens Community College and assist students in achieving academic success,” said Steve Cotner, Toledo Chapter Chairperson for ASIS International. “By endowing these funds, our organization is continuing to create new educational avenues for future security professionals. I see this new scholarship program as a win-win partnership for both organizations and the community.”

Owens Community College has been at the forefront in providing educational training to local police and safety forces for over three decades. In 2004, the College broke ground for a new $25 million Fire and Police Training Center for Homeland Security.

The College currently offers associate degrees and certificate programs in Fire Science Technology, Criminal Justice Technology, Emergency Medical Management, Emergency Management and Planning, and Public Safety Communications. Courses offered within the public safety and emergency preparedness curricula include: criminal law and procedure, patrol operations, crime scene processing, fire fighting tactics and command, hazardous materials, fire inspection principles, and first responder. Owens also has a longstanding partnership with both Toledo Police and Fire Departments, serving as the training site for the two organizational academies.

Additionally, in 2004 the College earned national acclaim by “Community College Week” for being ranked in the top 15 for producers of criminal justice and security and protective services degrees among community, technical and junior colleges.

ASIS International is the preeminent organization for security professionals, with more than 33,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS International is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests as well as specific security topics. ASIS International also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities, and the public.

The Toledo Chapter of ASIS International was chartered in 1967 with nine original members. Today, the organization consists of 86 members and is one of 204 ASIS International chapters worldwide. The Toledo Chapter has contributed several individuals to national leadership positions and has garnered five I.B. Hale Chapter of the Year awards.

The mission of the Owens Foundation and its Board of Directors is cultivating gift initiatives, targeting successful alumni, business and industry members who are committed to investing and supporting the educational needs of current and future Owens students. The Foundation's focus allows Owens to continue offering affordable tuition, ensuring the College's academic position as the best investment in Northwest Ohio. The Owens Community College Foundation has awarded over $580,000 in scholarships and program support since its incorporation.

In addition to the Foundation, Owens Community College this past year provided more than $41.9 million in grants, scholarships, loans and federal work study to support the educational needs of students. The College’s Board of Trustees also provides more than $92,000 in scholarships to 92 students through its Academic Excellence Program.

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 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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