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Published 6/30/2005

Owens Offers First-Ever Online Associate Degrees Through New eOwens Education Program

eOwens Education Program Area residents will soon be able to begin and end their college education from the convenience of their home as Owens Community College expands its academic opportunities through e-Learning. Beginning Fall Semester 2005, the College will offer students the opportunity to enroll in the first-ever online associate degrees as part of the new eOwens academic curriculum.

Among the new eOwens associate degree programs available for students to complete entirely online are business management, e-business, information systems technology, and associate of arts and associate of science liberal arts general concentration. The five new e-Learning programs are being offered as result of formal approval through the Higher Learning Commission of The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

"Owens Community College is dedicated to meeting the needs of its students by providing alternative ways to pursue a college education," said Mark Karamol, Owens division director of e-Learning. "eOwens was created to offer a consistent and supportive environment for individuals who need more flexibility in their academic choices. The various web courses and telecourses available through eOwens allow students to enroll and take classes at their own convenience, anytime during the day or night."

Karamol added, "e-Learning is becoming the educational wave of the future due to its flexibility. Prior to degrees and courses being available online many individuals might not have considered attending college because of their busy schedules. With such opportunities now available, college is definitely a viable option."

Since establishing the first telecourse, which generally include audio or video tapes, in the early 1990s, Owens has been at the forefront in developing innovative ways of offering higher education through curricular innovations. The College currently provides more than 160 e-Learning courses, to complement the new online associate degrees, on the College's Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Academic program areas available to students are accounting, art, business, computer information systems, psychology and speech, among other course selections.

As a result of its popularity among students, eOwens enrollment has skyrocketed within the past few years. During the 2004-05 academic year alone 10,751 students chose to advance their studies through an e-Learning education compared to 8,391 the previous year (a 28 percent increase).

For Owens student Aleckia Townsend of Toledo, the experience of trading a traditional classroom for an eOwens education is one that was just too good to pass up. "eOwens has provided me with flexibility to continue my education on my own time," she stated.

Townsend continued, "I was a little nervous taking my first class online. However, once I realized that my instructor was only a phone call or e-mail away any fears I had were gone," said the Whitmer High School graduate, who is majoring in business management. "What's exciting is that I can take my online classes at any point during the day and at any location - even on vacation."

Sold on the idea of an eOwens education, Townsend, who is currently is enrolled in intro to business statistics this summer, envisions obtaining all of her classes online this coming Fall Semester. "I couldn't imagine not taking courses through eOwens."

According to Karamol, the five new associate degree programs available online are just the first of many more academic programs under consideration for e-Learning delivery. "There are several academic programs, including registered nursing and physical therapy assistant, in the development stages for eOwens," he said. "I expect several more online degrees to be offered very soon."

For more information about eOwens, call (567) 661-7988 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7988.

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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