Owens Community College
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 Community College began as a technical institute under the jurisdiction of the Ohio Department of Education. The first classes were offered in Toledo on September 13, 1965 with less than 200 students. Two years later, in 1967, the College was chartered by the Ohio Board of Regents as a technical college. In 1983, Owens Community College opened its Findlay-area campus at Cory and Davis streets. In 1994, the College was chartered as a comprehensive state community college with a district encompassing Lucas, Wood and Hancock counties, and parts of Ottawa and Sandusky counties. Findlay-area Campus History Overview 1982 April 1982, the Owens Technical College district was expanded by the Ohio Board of Regents to include the City of Findlay and Hancock County. 1982 The groundbreaking ceremony for the 32,000 square foot, four-acre Findlay-area campus was held in December. At this time, the campus was known as Owens Technical College South. 1983 The Findlay-area campus opened with 201 students enrolled in the initial offerings of Engineering Technologies in Electrical/Electronics and Mechanical, Law Enforcement, Food Service and Surgical Technologies. 1984 Owens Findlay-area campus experienced a 27% enrollment increase after its first year of operation and became an official member of "Flag City U.S.A.". 1985 On May 11, U.S. Representative Michael G. Oxley (R-Findlay) gave the commencement address when the Findlay-area campus graduated its first class of 15 students. 1991 A major expansion to the Findlay-area campus was completed as a result of increased program offerings and enrollment growth. 1994 Ohio Board of Regents approved the conversion of the Toledo-area campus of Owens Technical College into a comprehensive state community college. At this same time, the Findlay-area campus officially became the Technical Campus of Owens State Community College. 1994 The Owens Findlay-area campus expanded to provide Center for Development and Training programs. 2000 The Arts and Sciences program on the Findlay-area campus was approved by the Ohio Board of Regents, allowing students to take all the required classes for the first two years in the arts and sciences bachelor's degree program. 2001 The Ohio Board of Regents approved a permanent charter for both the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses to operate as Owens State Community College. 2002 60 acres of land was purchased from John J. Voorhees for the relocation of the Findlay-area campus operation. 2003 Over the past twenty years, the Owens Community College's Findlay-area campus has served more than 28,000 alumni, offers dozens of degree and certificate programs and enrolls approximately 2,500 students per semester. 2003 In 2003, the College celebrated its growth with a 20th Anniversary and Groundbreaking Ceremony. 2005 In 2005, the College relocated the Findlay-area campus to its new site on Bright Road in Hancock County. The 120,000 SF education center was opened for classes on August 22, 2005.
Owens Community College commits to a policy of inclusiveness that strives to value and respect all people who bring talent, perspectives and different ways of accomplishing goals to our college regardless of all the different dimensions that individuals and groups encompass. Owens Community College is committed to developing initiatives that foster an environment of inclusion that integrates and celebrates diversity throughout the environment, where people can work and learn harmoniously and productively with others. An educational and working environment is an environment where: There is respect for all people Employees respect others differences Differences are viewed as a plus to the organization not a hindrance All employees feel comfortable, equal, and encouraged to express their views No particular group receives extra benefits Individuals are judged by their own skills, talents and abilities not by stereotyped misconceptions Work environments have diverse make-ups and where different ideas and approaches are welcome