Owens Community College was chosen as one of nine colleges nationally to pilot the Connect2Complete (C2C) program and the selected schools are committed to developing and testing the C2C model. Campus Compact (compact.org), together with the pilot sites, is using data and evidence from the pilot schools to support the identification of the essential elements necessary to codify a peer mentoring/service learning model.
The Connect2Complete program has become an institutionalized program on the Owens Community College campus, identifying a team of 15 Owens Civic Ambassadors (student employees) who serve as Peer Advocates and student leaders. They model student success and utilize community service experiences as tools to enhance and support student learning, specifically with first year Owens students, but expanding service to include students at all levels of achievement at Owens.
Owens Civic Ambassadors are student employees who are recruited and trained to support their peers through community service that is directly tied to course curriculum. The student leaders offer one on one and group support to students and faculty, attend service events, maintain relationships with community partners, offer mentoring as a means of support with developmental subjects and connect students to valuable resources on campus when needed. Civic Ambassadors are also trained Ohio Benefit Bank Counselors who connect members of the community to needed resources and streamline the application process.
The Civic Ambassadors offer walk-in office hours and can be found in College Hall 154 or reached at (567) 661-2293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy just finished her first year in the paramedic program at Owens. She is from Columbia City, Indiana and hopes to one day live in Chicago, Illinois. Amy wants to become a life flight paramedic. Her favorite moment of her life so far is when she was seven years old caught the winning catch in a championship softball game.
Andre is from Curitiba, Brazil. He just completed his first year towards his Associate of Science. Currently he is involved in the International Student Club and plans to get much more involved on campus the next academic year. Andre aspires to live in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Hawaii, and Dubai.
Andrew just finished his first year and is studying Biochemistry and World Geography. He was raised in St. Louis, Missouri and wants to live in New York or Zurich, Switzerland. He plans to work for the Peace Corp, Salvation Army, or National Geographic. Andrews favorite memory is when his older brother told him that he would always be there for him.
Ben was raised in Toledo, Ohio. He just completed his third year in the General Arts program. He is involved in the Student Government, Gay Straight Alliance, Student African American Brotherhood, and the Youth to Youth program. Benís favorite moment in his college career is when he was hired as a Civic Ambassador with the help one of his old professors. Benís favorite food is sushi.
Joe is from Oak Harbor, Ohio and wants to live in New Zealand and Sweden. He aspires to design and build robots. He has lived the majority of his life within eight hours of Toledo area. Joe has so many delightful childhood memories that he cannot name just one as his favorite. His area of study here at Owens Community College is C.S. Hardware Engineering.
Josh is pursuing an Associate of Arts in his second year at Owens. He aspires to be a teacher, musician, business owner, and a crime fighter. He is involved in Mission Year and the Leasing Club of Toledo. He has lived in Warren, Ohio; Vienna, West Virginia; Toledo, Ohio; and Houston, Texas. During the summer of 2015 he is going to Australia, playing with his band, and attending concerts.
Liza is from Toledo, Ohio and plans on moving to Ireland after she retires. She is pursuing, at Owens, her Associates in Massage Therapy. She is currently involved in Skills USA. One of Lizaís favorite foods is eggplant parmesan. On her free time she plays Roller Derby with Glass City Rollers, draws, and writes poetry. She loves animals and has two Parakeets and four cats. Her favorite thing about being a Civic Ambassador is volunteering and being able to make a difference in peoples lives.
Lori graduated from Owens Community College with her Associates Degree in Social Work and is continuing to take additional classes at Owens that will be transferable to a university. Lori, while a member of Phi Theta Kappa, was awarded the "Exceptional Student Leadership Award" and the "Gerald Blazer Award." Lori balances her job and school work well. While being very family oriented, she loves to spend time with her twenty-two-year-old daughter, nine-year-old son, and eighteen-month-old granddaughter. Her passion is to support others has been beneficial to students and she has been engaging in her community.
Nick is from Genoa, Ohio and wants to one day live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Nick is just finishing Political Science and about to start the Nursing program. An interesting fact is that he loves reptiles. He is involved in Phi Theta Kappa, Owens Honors, Student Government, and Making Stronger Citizens.
Stacey is in her fourth year pursuing a Psychology degree. She is hoping to work as a Psychologist specializing in trauma. Stacey is part of PSI Beta, Student Government, Making Stronger Citizens, and the Gay Straight Alliance. Her favorite food is Tofu Tod. Her favorite memory is when she was on the plane trip from Albuquerque, New Mexico from the impact conference.
Stuart is originally from Memphis, TN. He wants to become a Graphic Designer. He is involved in the Student Government and Making Stronger Citizens. His favorite food is pizza, and his favorite childhood memories are from his summers spent with his grandparents.
Yusef is working on his second year of his Commercial Art and Design degree. He was born in Toledo, Ohio. Yusef aspires to live in Jamaica. He is involved in Self-Expression Teen Theatre, Student African American Brotherhood, Environment Club, and the Black Student Union. His favorite memory is from last year when he took a cruise to the Bahamas and his favorite food is salmon.