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Owens provides online training focusing on improving productivity and meeting employee safety and occupational compliance needs. We have access to instructor lead and self-completion courses online that cover your every training need. If time and money are critical to your training decision, contact Owens and explore online training solutions to support your objectives.

The Owens Workforce and Community Services Corporate Training is dedicated to building your competitive advantage by working with you to improve productivity and compliance in your business. We provide customized solutions to your training needs.

New! Online Certificates and Courses - Online courses for the new set of skills necessary for today's workplace. Creating Digital Brochures, Preparing for the LEED Green Associate exam, Extraordinary Customer Service, Business Research and Statistics, Certificate in Data Analysis, Entrpreneurship Certificates, Management Certificates,Virtual Meeting Planner, Online Teaching and more.

Go to our class listing and register for the latest in current Online Training from our training partners. Download the UGotClass Course Descriptions (PDF).

Career Training Courses
Over 300 online courses designed to provide the workforce skills necessary to enter a new field or advance your current career.

Learn on the go, take classes in business, personal enrichment and more, all online.

JER Online Workforce Continuing Education
Description: Over 1000 cost-affordable, non-credit, continuing education courses. Designed with business and industry needs in mind, you can have options for starting a course at any time or on a fixed schedule. You have access to the course for a whole year so you can take your own refresher! Popular courses include Business Writing, ECO Broker Certification, Technical Communication, and Supply Chain Management courses - among many others!

University Alliance Online Certificate Programs
Through several great universities, Owens Community College is proud to offer high quality online training in areas like Project Management, Six Sigma & Lean, Negotiation, and Supply Chain Management:

  • Villanova University Providing content for online professional development in Project Management, Six Sigma, Contract Management, IS Security, Business Analysis, Software Testing, Human Resource Management and ROI Methodology.
  • University of San Francisco Providing content for online professional development programs in Internet Marketing, Sales & Sales Management and Supply Chain Management.
  • Tulane University Providing content for online professional development in Business Management, Marketing, Finance and Human Resources.

Is Online Learning for You?

Online classes are often very different than traditional face-to-face classes in terms of how the material is presented, the nature of the interaction among class members, and the overall learning experience. Many students report that they actually learn more in online classes than in face-to-face classes and find the experience more rewarding. But online classes aren't right for everyone. Even if you are an excellent student, you may find that online classes are not compatible with your learning style. So, before enrolling in your first online class, give some thought to whether online learning is right for you. Answering the following questions may help you with this process:

Do you have self-discipline and motivation?
Unlike traditional courses in which the students and instructor meet face-to-face once or several times a week, most of the learning activities and communication in an online course are asynchronous, meaning that class members participate and complete their assignments at different times throughout the day and week. This arrangement can make it possible for you to do your class work when it's most convenient for you. However, with this increased freedom and flexibility comes responsibility. Without the structure of regular class meetings, it will be up to you to pace yourself and keep up with assignments.

Are you able to commit time each day or week to your online course(s)?
Online courses often require at least as much, if not more time and commitment than traditional courses. Completing course assignments and other learning activities can take from five to fifteen hours or more per week. And you may find that you need to be online almost every day. So before enrolling, be sure you can set aside enough time to keep up with your daily or weekly assignments.

Do you have good communication skills and enjoy expressing your ideas in writing?
In online courses, nearly all communication is written, so it is critical that you feel comfortable expressing yourself in writing. If you feel that you are weak in this area, try to brush up on your writing skills and find out how much writing is required for the course before enrolling.

Do you feel comfortable discussing problems with your instructors?
If you are having problems with the technology or the course content, you need to let your instructor know as soon as possible. Without this feedback, your instructor will never know what is wrong. Remember that many of the nonverbal cues that you use in the classroom to show frustration, boredom, or confusion (such as a yawn or a look of bewilderment) are not possible in an online class.

Will you miss the experience of sitting in a classroom?
While the level of interaction can be very high in online courses, it is not the same face-to-face interaction. Some online students miss having the opportunity to see and listen to their instructor and classmates. If you feel that a traditional classroom is essential for learning or you want to experience campus and dorm life, online classes may not be right for you.

Are you comfortable using computers?
The personal computer is the primary learning and communication tool in most online courses. You don't need to be a computer guru or a geek to succeed, but you do need to have some basic technology skills, such as word processing and using a Web browser. Needless to say, you will also need regular access to a computer with an Internet connection. If you find computers scary or intimidating, you may want to get some computer training at a local community college before taking an online course

While there are many points to consider when making a decision about online learning, ultimately you are in the best position to know whether it fits your personal learning style and life style. If you have the right qualities to be a successful online student, you will probably find it to be a very convenient and rewarding alternative to traditional classroom learning.

(The above section is from, September 2009)

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