Owens Learning Center at The Source offers new free online ‘QuickStart to College' program

Area residents are invited to explore career options and gain advice on making the first steps toward a college education as Owens Community College's Learning Center at The Source presents a free online "QuickStart to College" program, October 13 to December 5.

The free eight-week program, which is designed for under-employed and unemployed adults in mind, is being coordinated through the College's Learning Center at The Source. Owens' Learning Center is located on Monroe Street in downtown Toledo.

"Owens Community College is proud to offer a program that helps non-traditional students succeed in their transition to college and ultimately achieve their educational and career aspirations," said Kita Graham, Owens Director of the Learning Center at The Source. "The new 'QuickStart to College' program was created to eliminate all barriers to a college education by providing a seamless pathway through academic and support services."

Owens' new "QuickStart to College" comprehensive program will feature an array of academic initiatives, including academic preparation, coaching and embracing the expectations of college-level studies. Additionally, students will participate in activities designed to promote enhanced learning and develop necessary study and life skills for college success. Individuals also will learn and obtain an in-depth understanding of the language, culture and resources of Owens through the program, as well as receive information specific to the financial aid process and academic placement testing.

In addition, each attendee will be provided a staff mentor to assist them throughout the "QuickStart to College" program.

Funding for Owens' new academic initiative is being made possible through a $522,200 grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education, which is an Indianapolis-based private foundation dedicated to expanding access to and success in education beyond high school. Owens is one of only three academic institutions statewide to receive funding for the program. The other two colleges are Rhodes State College in Lima and Zane State College in Zanesville.

In 2007, Owens expanded its access to higher educational opportunities within Lucas County by opening the Learning Center at The Source. The new facility is specifically designed to connect education and training to employment.

Owens' 11,367 square-foot Learning Center is located within The Source complex and provides the region with expanded educational choices and options. Highlighted features include five academic classrooms, two computer laboratories and a nursing laboratory, all with state-of-the-art technology and academic resources designed to enhance learning through hands-on instruction and exercises.

In order to be eligible for the free "QuickStart to Success" program, individuals must have obtained their high school Diploma or GED. Enrollment is limited and area residents must register prior to September 1. For more information about the new "QuickStart to College" program, contact the Learning Center at The Source at (567) 661-2732 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2732.