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Cuts coming to Owens Community College

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Declining enrollment is forcing Owens Community College to eliminate some of its programs, but school leaders say that can actually be a good thing.

Among the programs on the chopping block, Cancer Information Management, E-Business and Interior Design Technology.

Vice Provost of Academic Services Denise Smith explained. "When we say program closure, a lot of that is that the program changed...for instance if you take the music business certificate, while we are closing the certificate, it's actually being turned into an associate's degree because that's what the students need to succeed in the field not a certificate."

She goes on to explain that these programs are not needed for students to get a job in those particular fields and that's why they are being eliminated.

"So in areas like alternative energy students were leaving beforehand. so we are going to try to revamp that area to get them the skills they need more quickly so they can get out in the field."

The college hopes to incorporate the coursework from these programs into other existing programs or change them into certificates.

Students currently enrolled will get one more year to complete a certificate and two more years to complete an associate's degree.

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