Profile of Excellence:
Owens Community College Alumnus
Sean Siwa grew up in Toledo, Ohio, and attend Central Catholic High School. He graduated in 2002 and wasn't really sure what he wanted to do after that.
He decided to attend Owens Community College and pursue a degree in a health-related field. He explored the dental hygiene, surgical technology and registered nursing programs, but decided that the health field wasn't for him. He eventually decided to take a break from classes.
He began working as a sales associate at an area flooring retailer. He discovered that he had a knack for sales.
With the help of a few business mentors, he eventually decided to pursue a career selling real estate.
He worked with advisors at Owens and created a reentry plan. Once he was re-enrolled in Owens, he was able to address some of the issue he had the first time around.
"I am a terrible test taker. I get extremely nervous and don't do well," said Siwa. "The professors were able to work with me and give me extra credit opportunities and assistance."
He took many business courses and was able to take the courses that the state required to earn his real estate license.
"I found that everyone gave me the help I needed at Owens, all I needed to do was to take advantage of the resources they provided," said Siwa.
He passed his state exams in July 2009. Now he works as a real estate agent for Key Realty. He has the unique opportunity to work on both residential and commercial sides of real estate and enjoys his job.
Siwa is involved in his community and church as well. In addition to being a Perrysburg Rotary member, he is an active volunteer for his church. He helps serve food and coffee to homeless on the weekends and helps with the effort to build houses in Honduras.
"Selling real estate turned out to be a great career for
me and Owens was able to help me reach my goals," said Siwa.
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