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Dr. Bill Balzer

Dr. Bill Balzer

Today’s unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic underscores Owens Community College’s important role in education and training on the health and educational and economic vitality of the communities we serve: the entirety of Hancock, Lucas and Wood Counties as well as parts of Ottawa and Sandusky Counties.

Whether you are a recent high school graduate, a working adult seeking to enhance your skills and career prospects, a displaced employee looking for a new career that aligns with your experiences and interests, or a current university student choosing to stay close to home and save money and stay on track with courses that easily transfer back to your higher education institution, Owens welcomes you. Our faculty and staff worked tirelessly to adapt teaching and student support services to remote and hybrid formats to fulfill our mission of fostering student and community success by providing high quality and affordable education that leads to rewarding careers, personal growth, and regional economic strength.

If you represent a current or new business in our region seeking to hire well-prepared and motivated employees, or you are looking to design professional development opportunities for your current workforce, we can fill your needs. The vast majority of our graduates remain in the region and play an important role in the economic development and the betterment of the quality of living for all members of our community.

Finally, I know that I speak for the entire Owens family as we thank our many alumni who apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired at Owens in their frontline careers in nursing and the health professions, public safety, logistics/supply chain and transportation technologies, education and human services, and more. We are proud of you and thank you for your service during this pandemic.

Owens Community College remains strong and committed to student and community success during these uncertain times. I look forward to serving you as we continue the significant progress on achieving the aspirational vision established in the College’s 2019-2021 Strategic Plan: As the premier two-year college in northwest Ohio, Owens Community College will be the first choice for students seeking career credentials and university transfer, and will be recognized as an indispensable partner for businesses, educational institutions, and community organizations.

Your success starts here!
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Bill Balzer, Ph.D.
Interim President