It's never too late to go to college

In 2010 Toledo resident Mike Browning saw a nearly four decade long career go up in smoke thanks to the Great Recession. "I got laid off two years ago after working in the food distribution business for 38 years and never missing a paycheck," Mike said. Mike decided it was time to go to college and so he enrolled at Owens Community College. This Friday Mike will receive an Associate's degree in marketing and sales technology with a financial services sales option. He has already started his job search. "I've been looking and I have been on a couple of second interviews so my goal is to have a job by the end of the week," Mike said.

Carolyn Ramsdell is the Academic Advising Manager at the School of Business. She helped Mike make the transition from business professional to college student. "When I first met Mike he had just recently lost his job and you could tell that he was apprehensive about making this transition but he wound up becoming a straight A student," Ms. Ramsdell said.

On Friday 803 students will receive associate degrees during the Owens Spring Commencement. The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. at the Student Health and Activities Center on the Owens Perrysburg campus.

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