From Ohio History Central
On September 13, 1965, Owens Technical Institute, the predecessor of Owens Community College, opened in Toledo, Ohio. The institute was named for Michael J. Owens, a local inventor. At first, the institution offered technical training to area residents. Approximately two hundred students initially enrolled. Owens Technical Institute grew quickly, becoming the Owens Technical College in 1967. In 1983, the college opened a second campus in Findlay, Ohio.
Due to tremendous growth and a demand for additional college coursework beyond technical training, in 1993 the Ohio Board of Regents authorized the formation of Owens State Community College. With campuses in Toledo and Findlay, this new institution provided residents principally of Lucas, Wood, Hancock, and parts of Ottawa and Sandusky Counties access to two-year Associate degrees. In 2006, the college's two campuses boasted an enrollment of forty-five thousand students, making Owens Community College one of the largest community colleges in the United States.