Owens Community College, named for inventor Michael J. Owens, is a two-year college located in Toledo and Findlay, Ohio, and offers more than 130 programs of study. OCC’s first classes were offered in Toledo in 1965, with an enrollment of less than 200 students. In 1994, the college was chartered as a comprehensive state community college. Today, OCC is the fastest growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio. Owens’ two main campuses serve more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students a year.
Owens also has invested $6.2 million dollars to restructure its operations and methods to make the campus greener and more energy efficient. Owens is on target to reduce its annual energy expense by more than $835,000 while reducing the college’s carbon footprint. The College expects to reduce its energy consumption by 23 percent by the end of 2011.