Owens Community College

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Owens Community College
Motto We believe in serving our students and our communities
Established 1965
Type Public
Endowment US$2.1 million[1]
President Dr. Mike Bower
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 20,160
Location Toledo, OH, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Red, White, & Black[2]
Nickname Express (Big E is the mascot)
Website owens.edu

Owens State Community College is a comprehensive community college with campuses in Toledo and Findlay, Ohio, United States. Owens was founded in 1965 in Toledo, and was chartered in 1967. The Findlay campus was opened in 1983. The college was named for Michael J. Owens, a well known glass entrepreneur in the early 20th century.

Owens's district includes Lucas, Wood, Hancock, and parts of Ottawa counties.[3]


The Owens State Community College Toledo-area campus covers more than 280 acres (1.1 km2) and is located near Toledo, Ohio. The Findlay-area campus is located in Findlay, Ohio and covers more than 60 acres (240,000 m2). The new campus for Findlay was completed in fall of 2005. There is also an Arrowhead Park campus which is located in Maumee. And lastly, there is The Source learning center located in Downtown Toledo.

Owens Community College is named after Michael J. Owens, a Toledo inventor who changed the glass industry forever by mechanizing bottle blowing in 1903. His Owens Bottle Machine introduced automation to glassmaking, in the process eliminating child labor and revolutionizing the glass industry, which had changed little in 2,000 years. His work made it possible for thousands of jobs to be created and changed Toledo, now referred to as the Glass City, and the community.

Toledo & Findlay Campus

Center for Emergency Preparedness[edit]

In April 2007, Owens opened the new Center for Emergency Preparedness. This $20.5 million center will serve as a state, regional and national education and resource center for public safety and emergency training. The 110-acre (0.45 km2) facility features full-size, state-of-the-art training props that were developed with emphasis on realism and safety, including a Boeing 727, burn simulators, dive and rescue pond and mock city. Training props will be used to train students and area first responders on procedures for emergency situations and recovery maneuvers. The center has the nation’s most advanced fiber-optic network for research and education. It will allow fire, police, emergency responders and other emergency personnel to conduct exercises via distance learning on a variety of simulated terror incidents, emergency hazards and natural disasters.


The college’s community outreach includes recruiting employees from more than 500 business organizations to serve on advisory committees responsible for shaping and refining academic curricula.

In 2006, Owens Community College and Lourdes College formulated a unique partnership program called 60/60, which allows allied health students at Owens to also earn a baccalaureate degree at Lourdes.

The college continued to add off-campus educational sites for students. In December 2006, the college and Toledo Public Schools signed an agreement allowing the college to offer classes at the new Rogers High School. The college also partnered with the Putnam County Educational Service Center and began holding classes at its Skilled Learning Center.

The college has longstanding off-campus educational partnerships with Arcadia High School in Arcadia, Liberty-Benton High School near Findlay, Riverdale High School in Mt. Blanchard, Springfield High School in Holland and Swanton High School in Swanton.

Owens also offers Post Secondary Enrollment Options to area high school students. Qualified students have the opportunity to take classes at Owens that may count for both high school and college credit while they are still in high school. In many cases, the cost of tuition, books and other fees can be paid for by the state of Ohio.

First-Year Experience Program[edit]

Owens Community College received a $1.64 million federal grant to create a first-year experience program that will include mentoring and tutoring for freshman students. This initiative's focus is to help students succeed in their educational pursuits by providing an environment where they feel a part of the campus community from the very start of their college experience.


The Owens Express compete in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference.

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Honor societies[edit]


  1. ^ "Owens Community College Financials". Owens Community College Foundation. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  2. ^ https://www.owens.edu/marketing/graphic_standards.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.ohiocommunitycolleges.org/public-page.php?s=community-college-map-and-profiles


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