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Risk Assessment Toolkit

July 5th, 2018

A risk assessment toolkit has been added to the Intranet, under the Business Affairs tab in the “contracts” section.  The toolkit is designed to help an employee or a team through the thought process to determine both the educational and financial benefit when making a proposal.  A proactive risk assessment will identify pros and cons and identify impacts of personnel, technology, space, financial, legal, accreditation/regulatory, safety and security; and confirm alignment with the college budget, quality initiatives and the strategic plan.

The risk assessment template and other tools are available for your reference and guidance and may be found on the Intranet.

https://intranet.owens.edu/business_affairs/toolkit.html

Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2018 at 11:36 am



Findlay Child Care Center Wins Local Award

July 2nd, 2018

Findlay Family Magazine readers voted the Findlay-area Campus Child Care Center as the runner-up in the Best Day Care category in the annual Findlay Favorites competition. The results were published in the magazine’s July issue.

For more information about the Child Care Center, visit www.owens.edu/childcare.

Posted on Monday, July 2nd, 2018 at 10:57 am



Part-time Instructors and Part-time Specialists Needed for CCRC

June 28th, 2018

The College and Career Readiness Center (formerly ABLE Office) is looking for Part-Time Instructors and Part-Time Specialists for certain upcoming classes in adult basic education (commonly referred to as GED classes and College Preparation Classes). Classes are held in a variety of locations around the greater Toledo area and on our Findlay-and Toledo-area campuses. Instructors need a Bachelor’s Degree, and Specialists need at least a High School diploma or its equivalency. Go to the Owens Employment site and under the Part-Time button, look for “Applicant Pool for ABLE Classroom Specialist Part-time (Grant-Funded)” or “Applicant Pool, ABLE Instructor (Grant-Funded)” for more details and to apply.

Specific Instructor times:

M/W 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

T/R 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

M/W 4 p.m. -8 p.m.

M/W 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Specific Specialist times:

M/W 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

M/W 12 – 4 p.m.

M/W 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

M/W 4 -8 p.m.

T/R 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.

T/R 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Findlay location)

Posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2018 at 9:35 am



NEXUS PARTNERS WITH OWENS COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO SUPPORT STUDENTS IN MANUFACTURING

June 28th, 2018

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio, June 27, 2018 – NEXUS Gas Transmission, LLC (NEXUS) donated $50,000 to the Owens Community College Foundation as a part of their ongoing effort to support students training for careers in technical trades.

The donation was used by Owens to purchase a new VF-2 CNC Mill. The new equipment will meet the training needs for students and workers in technical fields that train with simulators. The simulators allow for items to be created by students – giving them valuable experience – without incurring the cost of materials. The simulation program provides significant cost and time savings to the college while keeping tuition and fees affordable for Owens students.

“Technical workers in manufacturing fields continue to be in high demand, especially given the steady loss of workers due to baby boomers retiring and the low number of students going into these fields,” said Owens Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Fehnrich. “We are grateful for this donation and the ability to train future workers on equipment that is critical to the industrial, skilled and technical trades.”

The state-of-the-art CNC Mill has already been installed and is operational at the college’s lab facility. Owens is prepared to use the new machine to train both students and businesses. With the knowledge received through training, Owens hopes to address workforce shortages and contribute positively to community needs by supplying specialty parts using the CNC Mill.

“We value the role that Owens plays in educating and training the work force in the region,” said NEXUS Spokesman Adam Parker. “Our investment in Owens Community College is rooted in our commitment to help build a highly skilled employee base in communities where we work and operate. Not only do we support their education, but our project – both directly and indirectly – can provide jobs for many who receive technical training.”

To learn more about NEXUS Gas Transmission, please visit www.nexusgastransmisison.com. More information about Owens Community College can be found at https://www.owens.edu.

The NEXUS project is an approximately 255-mile natural gas pipeline designed to deliver natural gas to markets in Ohio, Michigan, Chicago and Ontario. After more than three years of public and regulatory review, NEXUS has obtained all necessary authorizations and permits to begin construction. Pipeline construction activities in Ohio began in March 2018 and will generally continue until the project is placed into service in the third quarter of this year. Construction of the NEXUS project is estimated to support 6,800 jobs, more than $650 million in wages, and $830 million in total economic activity. In its first five years of operation, NEXUS will generate an estimated cumulative tax revenue of $412 million, of which approximately $116 million will go directly to local school districts in Ohio.

Owens Community College has served Northwest Ohio since 1965 as an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education with an open-door admission policy. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as the Owens Community College Downtown Learning Center. Owens offers associate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and has 54 programs that are accredited through their own discipline-specific accrediting bodies. For more information, visit www.owens.edudial (567) 661-7000, like our Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter @OwensCC

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Posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2018 at 9:17 am



Maintenance and Repairs on Sunday (6/24)

June 22nd, 2018

On Sunday, June 24 there will be maintenance and repairs performed on the main electrical supply in College Hall.  Please make sure that all computers are shut down properly and that any data is saved prior to shutting down your computer. 

Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to make improvements to College Hall and it’s mechanical and electrical systems.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact David Halsey via email or cell phone.

David C. Halsey

Director

Facilities and Construction

Owens Community College

(567) 661-7846  Office

(567) 686-3238  Cell

Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2018 at 9:17 am



College Hall Main Entrance Temporarily Closed

June 21st, 2018

The College Hall main entrance will be closed today through Friday. Please use an alternate entrance.

Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2018 at 12:01 am



Mix of Land and Web Courses Leads to Higher Retention

June 20th, 2018

KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE COLLEGE FROM INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH: New students at Owens who take a mix of web and land classes have higher retention rates, especially non-traditional and transfer-in students.

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According to a study by Shea & Bidjerano (in press.), the ideal percentage of web classes per term is 20-40% of students’ class load.

For more information about the best mix of web and land-based classes, see: http://www.sunyresearch.net/hplo/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/IRRODL-2017-Final-4.pdf.

Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 at 12:19 pm



Faculty Attendance Reporting – Report by June 26, 2018

June 19th, 2018

Summer 2018 attendance verification has begun.  For all classes that have started, please report attendance for your students by June 26, 2018.

We will begin using the attendance information to disburse financial aid funds to students on June 27, 2018.  Information that is not reported by June 26 may delay financial aid for students.  The Attendance Reporting Form will continue to be available after June 26 to report updates and to provide information for courses which start later in the semester.

Thank you for your continued support as we work together to comply with federal regulations.

Faculty Attendance Reporting Brochure

Step-by-step reporting instructions can be found in the Faculty Attendance Reporting brochure.  The brochure also contains the definition of “attendance” established by federal regulations.  In addition, the brochure explains how students are informed of the attendance information that has been reported.  The brochure can be accessed online from the Ozone Faculty tab by clicking the Attendance Verification Reporting link.  Brochures are also available in any of the Academic School Offices on the Toledo Campus and the Executive Director’s Office on the Findlay Campus.

Frequently-asked questions

Why is a student not on my attendance roster? 

Some students will not be on the list because attendance information is not required for financial aid.  This includes College Credit Plus students, guest and transient students, and some students who register after the financial aid freeze date.

What can I do if I have to update information after June 26?

If a student begins attendance later, including students who add class late, you may have to make corrections.  For most courses, you can continue to make corrections online after June 26, 2018.

What does Oserve tell my students about attendance?

Oserve regularly receives requests from students regarding the attendance information that has been reported.  Oserve staff will NOT share information with a student regarding his/her attendance report until the reporting timeframe of June 19 through June 26 has passed.  After June 26, Oserve will share with the student that attendance has been reported as “Yes,” “No,” or “not reported.”

If the attendance information has not been reported, Oserve will advise the student that a reminder is sent to faculty and request that the student allow faculty time to respond.

If the attendance status was reported as “No” but the student states that he/she has attended, Oserve will suggest that the student contact his/her instructor to determine if he/she has met the attendance requirement for that class, and if so, to request that the faculty update attendance, allowing reasonable time for the faculty to do so.

Who do I contact for help?

For help with attendance reporting, please contact one of the following individuals in the Office of Financial Aid:

Andrea Morrow, Director (567) 661-7104

Susanne Schwarck, Associate Director (567) 661-7341

Jodie Smeltzer, Assistant Director of Compliance (567) 661-7345

For help with Ozone, please contact the ITS Help Desk at (567) 661-7120.

Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 at 3:27 pm



Toledo Copy Center Services

June 19th, 2018

Starting July 1, 2018, the College will no longer be offering Copy Center Services on the Toledo-area Campus. Please note that mail services will continue as usual in its present location in Administration Hall. All copy jobs after July 1 must be completed within your department on your local devices. As technology has changed, the College is now capable of doing most of the copy jobs on the department printers and copiers. This transition will reduce the cost for copying and printing for each department.

In preparation for this change in copy/printing services, you are encouraged to begin printing/copying your jobs on your department devices as soon as possible. This will provide time to ensure the departmental copiers have the functionality and capacity, as appropriate.

If your department needs additional functionality added to your local device, please contact Richard Marquardt at x2682 to discuss your request. Any additional questions regarding this transition can be directed to Danielle Tracy, Director, Campus Planning and Services.

Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 at 8:52 am



Update to Employment Site

June 18th, 2018

Human Resources and Student Employment will be updating the employment site on Wednesday, June 20.  The system upgrade includes many new features, as well as a more intuitive application process.  Training will be provided in July, so please stay tuned for additional information.

During this People Admin employment software update process you will be able continue to use the current site.   To be redirected, log into the site with your network credentials, scroll down to find “My Links” and click on “5.8 HR Site”.

If you need assistance please contact Amy Holmes (ext. 7305), Julie Easterday (ext. 3585), Lynn Hoehn (ext. 7715) or Barb Rardin (ext. 7682).

Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2018 at 3:58 pm