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Published 7/27/2005

Owens Expands Academic Curriculum to Include New Information Systems Associate Degree Program

In response to the growing information technology needs, Owens Community College is expanding its educational opportunities by announcing the creation of a new Information Systems associate degree program. Beginning Fall Semester 2005, the new academic program will be offered through the School of Business and Information Technology on both the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses.

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

"Owens Community College's School of Business and Information Technology is proud to serve as a leader in providing new academic opportunities for the surrounding communities," said D'Naie Jacobs, Owens chair of information technology. "Information systems is an ever-growing field and the demand for trained specialists is on the rise. The goal of this program is to provide students with the necessary skills to become leaders within the computer support arena and advance information technology throughout Northwest Ohio's business and industry."

The College's associate degree within Information Systems will serve as an entry-level program for individuals aspiring for careers as computer support specialists or information technology specialists. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to identify technical problems in hardware and software, as well as communicate and document maintenance procedures, system status and data backup through systems operations. Accounting and computerized financial management, including effective use of fully integrated accounting systems, will also be featured as part of the program.

Owens' new program will require approximately 70 credit hours of coursework, which includes mathematics of computing, programming logic, computer concepts and applications, operating systems, and systems analysis and design, among additional academic curriculum.

Upon completion of the program, individuals will be able to apply their knowledge and skills within information technology departments at small, medium and large companies and businesses throughout Northwest Ohio. Specific business and industry in which information systems specialists can be found include health care, manufacturing and startup companies.

For additional information about Owens' Information Systems associate degree program, call (567) 661-7241 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext 7241. Fall Semester classes begin on August 22.

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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