A 53-year-old Owens Community College non-traditional student, Jeff Burnside of Millbury, made a life-changing decision several years ago to leave the manufacturing industry because of its bleak outlook in Northwest Ohio.
His decision resulted in taking a “leap of faith” move and returning to school with the eventual goal of a career in health care. On Friday, Dec. 12, Jeff's hard work and persistence will pay off as he graduates from Owens Community College with a degree in registered nursing and a new career and job as a male nurse awaits him.
Several years ago, Burnside lost his job at Abbey Etna in Perrysburg as a machinist when the company closed its doors. At that time, he pursued his machinist and millwright cards from the Millwright Local 1393 in Rossford.
Still worried about the future of manufacturing, he decided to take the "leap of faith" and return to school for a college education in the spring of 2005. Jeff balanced his educational commitments between family life and another full-time job in maintenance at BP.
Jeff was more than willing to share his story recently at Owens’ Fall Commencement in the College's Student Health and Activities Center. Additionally, Burnside graduated with honors.
Five hundred ninety-three candidates for graduation, including 107 from the Findlay-area Campus, received their degrees during the 30th annual Fall Commencement at Owens.
Barbara Steele, Regional President of the ProMedica Health System, served as keynote speaker for the Fall Commencement. Owens’ commencement ceremony is free and open to the public.