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Owens Community College in Ohio opens new welding design center

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Owens Community College has unveiled a new $1.1 million Welding Design Center on the Toledo-area campus.

The new state-of-the-art educational center, which previously held Penta Career Center's Welding and Automotive Collision Repair Labs, features the latest in technological and academic resources specific to welding for several degree and certificate programs.

The addition of a newly renovated Welding Design Center is a continuation of the college's ongoing campus expansion initiative on the new south campus, which formerly was the home to Penta Career Center. Owens began the 2010-11 academic year by unveiling a $2.9 million Heritage Hall building. The 38,304 square-foot Heritage Hall (former Penta Career Center Skill Center) renovation project was preceded by the opening of a refurbished 29,045-square-foot Founders Hall (former Penta Career Center Administration Building) in January 2010. Both Heritage Hall and the $2.6 million Founders Hall are on the new southern portion of campus.

"Owens Community College's new Welding Design Center enables the Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Operations to more than double our degree and certificate program opportunities for area residents within the academic field of welding," said Jim Gilmore, Owens chairman of manufacturing and industrial operations. "The need for highly skilled welding professionals is greater than ever before. This newly renovated building, which is unlike any other educational welding facility of its kind in the region, will provide our students with the latest in academic resources to prepare them for careers within the welding industry."
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