Owens to add classes at Millstream PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Thursday, 08 August 2013 09:03
Owens Community College is extending its reach in Hancock County by contracting with Millstream Career Center as a site for classes.
Millstream, on Broad Avenue adjacent to Findlay High School, serves 14 school districts in Hancock, Putnam and Wyandot counties.
The Owens board of trustees approved moving forward with the partnership plan at its Tuesday meeting.
Owens will offer expand its associate degree and certificate programs.
Dr. Melissa Green, vice president of the Findlay campus, said she hopes to start offering auto tech and culinary arts classes in January.
Owens and Millstream are currently working out the partnership, including the cost of leasing the space, she said.
"We are looking at programs we do not have the space for on the Findlay campus," Green said.
Millstream, just a year old, has state-of-the-art lab areas for auto tech and culinary classes available during late afternoon and evening hours.
"Their lab space is just fabulous," Green said.
Millstream offers its students classes from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
"We would offer our courses after that time," Green said.
Owens would capitalize on area instructors, including those already at Millstream.
The goal is to offer auto tech as an associate degree program, and culinary arts as a certificate program that eventually will lead to an associate degree.
"Our goal for Findlay is to provide complete programs for area residents," Green said.
Owens will submit its proposal to the Ohio Board of Regents and the Higher Learning Commission for approval.
"We're excited about the opportunity," Green said.
The Findlay Owens campus has a head count enrollment of about 2,600 students this fall and offers classrooms and labs for arts and sciences, business, public service, health and industrial and engineering technologies.
Also at the meeting, trustees:
•    Accepted resignations from 11 employees, including John Satkowski, vice president of finance and administration. He took a similar job at Henry Ford Community College in Michigan.
•    Hired for 16 positions, including a director of the Learning Center at The Source, Jacquelyn Jones; manager, public relations and media, Jared Meade; and manager, security services, Samantha LaPointe.
•    Heard a complaint about the inconsistencies of the college's evening shuttle service to Toledo. Jeffrey Klinksick called the service "crummy and lousy."
TARTA provides transportation during the day, but Owens provides its own bus service at night.
The evening bus driver last fall stranded him on campus a number of times after not showing up at the expected pick-up time, Klinksick told trustees.
This same bus driver also reportedly has threatened and harassed him.
In June he was banned from the bus and was unable to make a meeting about his coursework. Because of that, he said, he will not be able to graduate in spring 2014 because he will miss a critical class this fall, a class that's only offered in the fall.
•    Awarded contracts to Burkett Restaurant Equipment for $654,185 and NBS Commercial Interiors for $68,935 for renovations to the college's Culinary Center. Both firms are in Toledo. Burkett will supply equipment while NBS supplies furniture.
The Culinary Center is expected to be done in October with a $2.4 million price tag.
"The Culinary Center will be another of our jewels," said Mike McDonald, Owens executive director of operations.
The money for the renovation is coming from state funds.

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