|Owens' classes start Monday|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 16 August 2012 09:48|
Students at Owens Community College's two main campuses and learning centers start fall semester classes on Monday.
Thousands of students are enrolled at the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as to the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at the Source in downtown Toledo.
On Monday, Owens students will be locating their classrooms, purchasing books, experiencing college life and receiving helpful assistance from college officials.
The fall semester will mark the first for new Owens Community College President Dr. Mike Bower. Bower is the sixth president and chief executive officer in the 47-year history of Owens.
Owens is expanding educational opportunities for area residents by announcing new innovative academic curriculum and experiential learning resources.
The college will offer a new associate's degree in vascular sonography and unveil new state-of-the-art occupational therapy assistant, dental assisting and math emporium laboratories, as well as a new virtual welding training system.
A newly refurbished Alumni Hall featuring a comprehensive fitness center is also awaiting students pursuing careers in exercise science.
The college is also continuing to expand academic options for students with aspirations of completing a bachelor's degree by introducing a new Honors Program partnership with Eastern Michigan University.
In addition to new transfer opportunities, Owens continues to increase its academic and support services by making available an array of higher education choices through cohort programs in select academic disciplines and eOwens distance learning, as well as at the Source, Lucas County's One-Stop Employment Center, in downtown Toledo and at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee.
Owens, in partnership with Toledo Public Schools, will also welcome over 40 students participating in the new Gateway to College program. Gateway to College is designed for young adults ages 16 to 20 who have dropped out of high school or are significantly behind in credits and unlikely to graduate. The program enables them to complete their high school diploma requirements while simultaneously earning college credit toward an associate degree or certificate.
Owens is the only academic institution in Ohio to offer the program.
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