I'm delighted to serve as the sixth President of Owens Community College. I started my college career as a community college student, and so I deeply appreciate the community college mission. I've seen first-hand as a student, instructor and administrator the power of education to transform students' lives. In particular, community colleges like Owens have the flexibility and responsiveness needed to meet the unique needs of our students and communities, whether it's to prepare a student for a new career, allow them to transfer to a four-year institution to continue their education or to update job skills.
This is especially important because nearly 75% of Owens' alumni choose to contribute to our regional economy by continuing their careers locally. So the impact that Owens has on our students continues on long after they leave our campuses.
Owens' Alumni Association is deeply engaged with our students, our alumni and our communities. Owens alumni give back to the College through their donations for scholarship and other program initiatives, and they give back to their communities by supporting the Association's signature programs, including Backpack to the Future, the Annual Golf Classic and the Outstanding Service Awards.
We're so proud to count each and every Owens alumni as a member of the Owens Community College family. I hope you'll join me in supporting the Alumni Association and becoming a member.
Mike Bower, Ph.D.