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Owens Community College

Owens Community College (OCC) is a public community college with campuses in Toledo and Findlay, Ohio. Owens was founded in 1965 in Toledo and chartered in 1967.[4] The Findlay campus opened in 1983. Owens Community College is named after Michael J. Owens, the Toledo-based inventor of automated glass bottle-making technology.[5]

Owens Community College
TypePublic community college
EndowmentUS$2.1 million[1]
PresidentDr. Steve Robinson
Administrative staff
Location, ,
United States

41°35′16″N 83°32′25″W / 41.587849°N 83.540173°W / 41.587849; -83.540173Coordinates: 41°35′16″N 83°32′25″W / 41.587849°N 83.540173°W / 41.587849; -83.540173
ColorsRed, White, & Black[3]
Sporting affiliations
MascotBig E

Owens's service district includes Lucas, Wood, Hancock, and parts of Ottawa counties.[6]


The Toledo campus was originally the Rossford Army Depot from 1941 to 1963.[7][8]


The Findlay area Owens campus.

The Owens Community College Toledo-area campus covers more than 280 acres (1.1 km2) and is located near Toledo, Ohio. OCC also maintains a learning center in downtown Toledo. 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.

OCC's Arrowhead Park campus, located in Maumee, closed in 2016.[9]

Toledo & Findlay Campus

Center for Emergency PreparednessEdit

In April 2007, Owens opened the new Center for Emergency Preparedness. This $20.5 million center serves as a state, regional and national education and resource center for public safety and emergency training.[10] 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 727-100[11][12], burn simulators, dive and rescue pond and mock city. Training props are used to train students and area first responders on procedures for emergency situations and recovery maneuvers. The center a 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.[citation needed]


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

In 2006, Owens Community College and Lourdes University formulated a partnership program called 60/60, which allows allied health students at Owens to also earn a baccalaureate degree at Lourdes.[13]

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.[citation needed]

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.


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

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  1. ^ "Owens Community College Financials" (PDF). Owens Community College Foundation. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  2. ^ As of fall 2016. "Headcount Enrollment at University System of Ohio Institutions, Fall 2007 to Fall 2016" (PDF). Ohio Department of Higher Education. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
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  4. ^ "History of Owens Community College". Owens Community College. n.d. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
  5. ^ "About Owens, Namesake and History: Owens Community College". Retrieved 2017-04-02.
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  7. ^ "Owens recognizes its place in history". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Ex-Rossford depot workers assemble for annual reunion". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
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  10. ^ Yonke, David. "800 watch as Owens Community College lights fire on training". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  11. ^ "News Releases - Owens Community College". Owens Community College. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  12. ^ "FedEx delivers gift plane to Owens". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  13. ^ "News Releases - Owens Community College". Owens Community College. Retrieved 6 December 2019.

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