Stepping Up: College Offers a Temporary Home to Hundreds of High Schoolers

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PERRYSBURG TWP., OH (WOIO) - A Northwest Ohio college is reaching out to a community devastated by a tornado.  Owens Community College is offering the Owens' Center for Development and Training building for Lake High School students.

Earlier this month twisters ripped through the Toledo area, killing six people and severely damaging Lake High School.

The school is very appreciative of the college's generosity and plans to move in at the beginning of the school year.

For more information or to contact Owens Community College President, Dr. Larry McDougle click HERE.

Lake Local Schools to Relocate High School

To Owens' Center for Development and Training Building

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Over 430 Lake High School students in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to experience a taste of college life prior to pursuing a higher education as Owens Community College and Lake Local Schools enter into a new partnership that will provide the school district with a temporary home for Lake High School staff and students.

Beginning in August, Lake High School students will receive their classroom instruction at the College's Center for Development and Training building, which is located on Tracy Road in Northwood.

"Owens Community College is committed to providing assistance to Lake Local Schools in its efforts to rebuild the educational facilities damaged and destroyed by the tornados that devastated the Northwest Ohio region," said Dr. Larry G. McDougle, President of Owens Community College. "We are proud and honored to lend a helping hand to our educational neighbor and ensure that their students succeed and receive a high school education in one location."

President McDougle added, "Our mission at Owens Community College is to serve our students and communities and this educational partnership represents institutional collaboration at its best. We look forward to welcoming Lake High School and their staff and students to the campus community this coming August."

"Lake Local Schools is extremely appreciative to accept the offer of Owens Community College to use one of the College's buildings as a temporary solution to house Lake High School students for the 2010-11 school year," said Jim Witt, Superintendent of Lake Local Schools. "Our district is grateful for the generosity provided by the Board of Trustees, President McDougle and their outstanding staff."

Lake High School students will receive their regular comprehensive academic curriculum at

the College's Center for Development and Training building to include such course offerings

as art, business, computer technology, family and consumer science, music, physical

education and health, and science, among other opportunities.

Owens' 53,500 square-foot Center for Development and Training building, which houses

some Workforce and Community Services and Skilled Trades Technologies educational

courses, among other areas, features 10 classrooms, three computer laboratories, 34 offices,

two reception areas and 12 experiential learning laboratories, all with state-of-the-art

technology and academic resources to meet the needs of the Lake High School's staff and

students. In an effort to accommodate Lake High School's educational needs, Owens will be

relocating academic courses housed within the Center for Development and Training

building to other campus locations.

Located in northern Wood County, Lake Local Schools encompasses the villages of Walbridge, Millbury and Lake Township. The main campus, which houses grades 2-12, is located near the middle of the district and easily accessible from all communities, while grades K-1 are located in nearby Walbridge. The school district enrolls approximately 1,700 students.

One of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio, Owens Community College is a fully accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. 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. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit


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