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Published 9/6/2005

20,406 Students Choose Owens to Pursue Educational Opportunities and Career Aspirations

Fall Enrollment Chart Owens Community College continues to provide Northwest Ohio residents excellence in higher education with 20,406 students choosing to attend the academic institution for Fall Semester classes.

Since becoming a comprehensive community college in 1994, Owens has nearly doubled its Fall Semester student enrollment by an astounding 99 percent. The College enrolled 10,255 students for Fall Semester classes in 1994.

The combined Fall Semester enrollment of 20,406 students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses surpasses the previous record of 20,160 students enrolled during Fall Semester 2004. Owens' Toledo-area Campus has 17,598 students attending classes during the Fall Semester, while on the Findlay-area Campus 2,808 students are enrolled for the fall term. On both campuses, Fall Semester enrollment has increased 1.22 percent from last fall.

"Owens Community College has a long and proud tradition of making a difference in students' lives," said Dr. Bill Ivoska, Owens vice president of Student Services. "The College's continuous growth in enrollment reinforces the fact that more students are choosing Owens Community College over any other college or university in Northwest Ohio."

Ivoska added, "The foundation for this institution's academic excellence is a result of our faculty and staff and their unwavering commitment to ensuring that every student succeeds. Their desire in wanting to make a difference is why Owens is Northwest Ohio's leader in higher education."

According to Ivoska, Owens also has made a fundamental point to build upon the educational needs of its students through the continued advancement of innovative programs, courses, teaching methods and academic resources.

New educational initiatives include Owens offering its first-ever academic courses on the Medical University of Ohio (MUO) campus, giving the College its first-ever classroom presence in Lucas County. Nearly 200 Owens students have chosen to pursue College course offerings at MUO within the areas of arts and sciences and health sciences this fall.

The College is also marking a significant milestone as an academic institution by unveiling a new $17.7 million Findlay-area Campus. With this facility, Owens becomes the only college or university in Ohio to officially open a completely new campus beginning with academic classes this fall.

Owens' education center provides expanded choices and a variety of new academic resources, highlighted by 38 advanced technology classrooms, 27 technical and computer laboratories, as well as student services areas. Additional campus features include a Bookstore, Commons area, Library, Jaguar Grill, Conference Room, and the Voorhees Farmhouse and Conference Center. Encompassing 119,407 square feet, the new 60-acre campus is located on Findlay's northeast side.

Additionally, the College is committed to making courses available through e-Learning by continuously expanding its educational choices. Beginning Fall Semester, the College offered students the opportunity to enroll in the first-ever online associate degrees as part of the new eOwens academic curriculum. For the Fall Semester alone 5,158 students are pursuing e-Learning courses - up from 3,923 last fall (31.48 percent increase).

To accommodate the record number of students, the College also within the last two years opened an $11 million Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Toledo-area Campus. In addition, Owens broke ground for a new Center for Emergency Preparedness in 2004. The Center will be the only state-of-the-art facility of this magnitude within the Midwest.

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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