Points of Pride

The following Points of Pride are meant to support Owens Community College's Mission and Vision statements and Core Values by providing a framework of the opportunities provided to students and our communities.

Brand Statement

Owens Community College is an inclusive, welcoming environment that engages and supports our students and our communities by providing a solid educational foundation.

Owens Community College welcomes a diverse community of learners

Our open admissions policy provides access and opportunity to a wide variety of students.

  • The average age of Owens students is 26.2.
  • More than 70% of our students receive financial aid.
  • More than half of our students self-identify as first-generation college students.
  • Our international student body represents 38 countries and five continents.
  • Our growing military veteran population totals more than 400 students.
  • Two-thirds of the student body is enrolled part time.
  • More than 20% of our students are of minority populations.

Owens Community College recognizes the value of real-world experience

Owens faculty members bring industry information, skills and ideas into the classroom so students are able to understand how their practice translates into the real world.

  • 82% of our full-time faculty have obtained a master's degree or higher.
  • A majority of our faculty members have worked in, or are currently working in, the profession that they are teaching.
  • Throughout various disciplines, our students receive hands-on experience through more than 250 clinical and on-site job training partnerships.

Owens Community College plays a valuable role in the culture and economy of Northwest Ohio through partnerships and collaborations

  • The Workforce and Community Services Division worked with 176 companies and trained 6,028 individuals in the last year.
  • The College provided on-campus meeting and event locations for more than 50 area businesses and community groups.
  • Owens partners with seven local fire departments to develop a regional fire service training consortium.
  • Owens partners with local police departments to become a testing location for new applicants to enable police departments to greatly reduce their applicant screening costs and reallocate resources.
  • Over 70% of our graduates live and work in northwest Ohio.

Owens Community College facilities provide expansive opportunities for learning

Our physical space equates to 29 buildings; 1.1 million square feet of instructional, support and administration space; 432 acres and more than 5,000 parking spaces in 25 parking lots.

  • Two campuses
    • 280-acre Toledo-area Campus
    • 60-acre Findlay-area Campus
  • One Learning Center
    • Learning Center Downtown Toledo
  • Housed on these campuses, Owens offers:
    • A 14,000-quare-foot culinary arts facility, which features three unique labs: baking, culinary skills and restaurant skills;
    • The Center for Emergency Preparedness, premier all-hazards national training facility;
    • A state-of-the-art Welding Design Center, which features the latest in technological and academic resources specific to welding;
    • The HAAS Technical Center, which features an array of CNC machining equipment;
    • The Student Health & Activities Center, which features recreation and activities areas for personal fitness, aerobics, weightlifting, running, volleyball, tennis and basketball;
    • The Findlay-area Campus offers a community and corporate training center, a fitness center and a community-oriented, multipurpose center.

Owens Community College curriculum is focused on the programs that will help our students succeed in the workforce while providing vitalization for our communities

  • Owens offers over 100 programs and certificates that encompass Liberal Arts, Business, Information and Public Service, Health and Nursing and STEM.
  • Courses for personal growth and discovery are offered through our Workforce and Community Services Division.
  • Owens offers an opportunity for those who want to return to college after finding themselves displaced or in search of new opportunities.
  • Workers are trained for the skills they need to start out, advance their career or find a new job.

Owens Community College works as a steward of Service Learning and Community Service for students and faculty to collaborate with community partners to develop learning opportunities and civic engagement

  • Owens was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification for our campus-wide commitment to civic engagement.
  • The Owens Harvest Food Pantry exists to offer support to students in need, while also offering valuable on-campus service learning opportunities for students.
  • The Harvest Community Garden is a living/learning lab used by a variety of course disciplines. Students apply their academic knowledge in the garden by working and providing creative input. Fresh produce is then provided to Owens students and others in need.
  • Owens students participate in hundreds of community outreach events throughout the year to organizations that help those in need, such as blood drives, clothing drives, and food drives.
  • Student-athletes and various student clubs and organizations participate in dozens of outreach activities throughout the year that benefit our communities.

Owens Community College provides Support Services to students who need additional support throughout their educational journey

We want to ensure that students who need help, get it. We offer a variety of academic and personal support to our students.

  • Advising
  • Career Services
  • Computer Labs
  • Counseling Services
  • Disability Services
  • International Student Services
  • Tutoring Services
    • Accounting Learning Center
    • IST Learning Center
    • Math Tutoring Center
    • Natural Science Center
    • Online Tutoring
    • Study Skills Center
    • Writing Center
  • Veterans Services

Owens Community College has robust Athletics and campus life programs

We believe being well-rounded is essential to the college experience, so we offer a wide variety of athletics, special interest clubs, honor societies and program specific organizations.

  • The Department of Athletic teams win championships and graduate student-athletes.
  • A total of 51 former Express athletes are currently playing at 4-year institutions and many other former Express athletes transferred and continued their education.
  • In 2013-2014, the Express had four athletic NJCAA All-American athletes, three NJCAA Academic All-Americans, two NJCAA Academic All-American teams, one WBCA All-American and two NSCAA All-Americans.
  • In 2013-14, the Express won four conference championships and made two national tournament appearances, with both teams finishing in the top six. Golf was fifth and women's soccer was sixth.
  • The Express teams are a destination, as rosters feature student-athletes from northwest Ohio, from across the U.S. and from around the world. A total of eight states are represented nationally and five countries internationally.
  • The Express have a rich national tournament history, winning two men's basketball national championships and finishing as national runners-up in men's basketball and women's softball.
  • In the past two academic years, a total of 59 student-athletes received academic all-conference honors by achieving a 3.30 GPA with at least 24 cumulative credit hours.
  • The Express athletic facilities rank among the best in the nation for community colleges.
  • The commitment Express student-athletes have for athletics and education also extends to the community, with members of each team supporting community organizations.

Students participate in social events, service and community outreach initiatives and other on-campus activities for the most comprehensive educational experience.

  • More than 20 student organizations are registered with the Office of Student Activities and are active with a mission of leadership development, social responsibility and co-curricular engagement.
  • The student-elected Student Government president serves on the College's President's Cabinet and other college committees to provide a student voice in shared governance.