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Published 5/10/2005

Owens Expands Academic Curriculum To Include Four New Associate Degree Programs

Owens Community College is expanding the number of educational opportunities offered to area residents by announcing the creation of four new associate degree programs. Beginning Fall Semester 2005, associate degree programs within the areas of Emergency Management and Planning, Emergency Medical Management, Public Safety Communications, and Advanced Integrated Manufacturing Systems Technologies will be part of the College's academic curriculum.

The new two-year associate degree programs recently received formal approval by the Ohio Board of Regents.

"Owens Community College has a long and proud tradition of making a difference in students' lives," said Dr. Paul Unger, Provost of Owens Community College. "Our mission is to continuously respond to the needs of our community through curricular innovations. The creation of these four programs within the emergency preparedness and advanced manufacturing areas will open new educational doors for students and support economic growth in Northwest Ohio."

The associate degree within Emergency Management and Planning will serve as an entry-level program for individuals aspiring for careers as emergency managers and planners. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to develop emergency preparedness plans as well as identify natural and man-made emergency needs and resources. Additionally, individuals will learn how to implement an Incident Command System and the Unified Command System in accordance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

The College's new program will require approximately 71 credit hours of coursework and provide students with academic instruction in OSHA general safety, emergency planning, managing volunteers and world terrorism.

Owens' Emergency Medical Management associate degree will prepare students to supervise and manage emergency medical first responder units in support of fire departments, ambulance companies and other first responder agencies. Individuals will also receive the necessary training for certification as a paramedic in Ohio. Requiring approximately 70 credit hours of coursework, the program will provide students with hands-on experiential learning in various curriculum areas, including fire technical report writing and managing the emergency medical service.

In addition, paramedic courses within Emergency Medical Management will be offered jointly with the Medical University of Ohio at Toledo. Paramedic certification courses through the Medical University of Ohio at Toledo will be made available to Owens students and apply toward credit earned within the Emergency Medical Management associate degree.

The College's new Public Safety Communications associate degree requires approximately 73 credit hours and includes courses within patrol operations, intercultural communication and managing critical incidents. The program is designed to provide students with the necessary academic curriculum for a career as a dispatcher with police, fire or emergency medical service organizations.

Individuals will also obtain skills and knowledge to supervise other communications personnel and manage a public safety communications center during disasters, terrorist incidents and public safety threatening events.

"Providing the latest in real-world training and education is vital for careers within emergency preparedness," said George Coxey, Owens Chair for the School of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. "The addition of three associate degree programs to the School of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness will offer new educational opportunities for individuals aspiring to become our nation's future emergency managers, planners and dispatchers."

Owens' new Advanced Integrated Manufacturing Systems Technologies associate degree will serve as part of a pilot program for President George W. Bush's High Growth Job Training Initiative as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.

Requiring approximately 70 credit hours of coursework, the new associate degree will provide students with hands-on technical education, which incorporates mechanical, electrical, electronic and fluid power concepts used by several local and international companies. Additionally, individuals will have the opportunity to specialize in particular areas of the program.

According to Jim Gilmore, Owens Chair of Manufacturing and Industrial Operations, due to a retiring workforce, a tremendous shortage of people with the knowledge to maintain, calibrate and repair high-tech electrical, mechanical and electronic equipment has occurred. "Pioneering the creation of this associate degree program will change our nation's economic future in regards to career opportunities within the manufacturing industry."

Since 2002, Owens has received nearly $1.5 million in federal funding to respond to the nation's manufacturing training needs through higher education, highlighted by more than $1.17 million in state-of-the-art electrical, mechanical and electronic equipment and recruitment resources for the implementation of an Integrated Systems Technology (IST) Certificate. With the innovative equipment, Owens became one of only eight academic institutions nationwide to receive federal funding to stimulate industrial growth, using the latest technological advancements in manufacturing and process control.

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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