The Findlay campus is one of two locations for Owens Community College, with the other placed in Toledo, Ohio. The school is named for Michael J. Owens, a Toledo inventor specializing in the glass industry and developing new techniques to automate glass and bottle making, which put Ohio on the technology map. The school carries on the tradition of building up the community, one that Mr. Owens started.
The Findlay campus was opened in 1983, with a brand new campus completed in 2005. To this day, it is still expanding with new buildings and programs, which serve students and the needs of the local community.
Graduating students earn an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, or for those enrolled in the Business school, the Associate of Applied Business degree, which can be used to apply directly to the workforce or can be the starting point for completing a bachelor’s degree. This campus houses several schools, with many programs available which are offered during the day and at night, and there are also online classes available for those who can not always make it to the physical classroom.
This campus offers the:
- School of Arts and Sciences
- School of Business
- School of Health Sciences
- School of Nursing
- School of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
- School of Technology
As a community college, the school strives to provide educational opportunities for the local residents.
Admissions here are very simple and easy. Since this is a community college, the school is interested in educating anyone with a desire to learn and who many benefit from a college degree including recent high school graduates, transfer students, adult learners, and international students. Information sessions are offered, and potential students can come to these and learn about the process.
Two high school admissions programs are offered. The Early Admission program is for students still in high school who need to be more academically challenged and therefore come to Owens to take more advanced classes. These credits can be applied towards an associate’s degree here after the high school graduation or they can transfer to another college. The Post-Secondary option is for high school students who need to take classes to earn their high school diploma, and these classes have the added bonus of earning them college credit as well.
In order to apply, fill out the online application or contact the school and they will help guide you through the process.
Financial aid provided by the government is available for students. To begin the process, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit it. Grants, loans, and federal work study are options that students can use for paying their tuition.
Owens provides an impressive list of scholarships. Contact the school to learn about each one, since they all have different requirements and you can apply for the ones that fit your personal academic or life experiences.
Additional School Information
The Community Education and Wellness Center is a relatively new building, which is used for a variety of purposes, but mainly for corporate training and seminars. The building comes complete with computer labs; industrial labs; shop bays; a wellness, cardio, and fitness center; and a banquet hall seating 350 guests.
To make the school more available for parents of small children, this campus houses the Child Care Center which holds up to 40 kids. Students working towards a degree in childhood education often come to the center to participate in research and hands-on learning experiences, which benefits the children since they are getting a head start on their own young education.
Accreditation is provided by the Higher Learning Commission.
Justine Ventimiglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Currently residing in a 1950’s modest ranch in Metro Detroit, she enjoys researching and writing about Mid Century Modern furniture and decor as she works on restoring her home and documenting the process.