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Owens Community College showcased its latest in innovative academic resources as the college unveiled an upgraded “green” Auto Body Refinishing Laboratory last week.

With this new equipment, Owens becomes one of the first academic institutions in the Midwest to feature BASF environmental-friendly waterborne refinish technology.

Curtice resident Ben Frazier, a lab technician in Owens’ auto body refinishing laboratory, says the collision industry is on the “threshold” of becoming more environmentally friendly.

“We got lucky enough to get a hold of the technology. I think we are the second school in the country to have this available to us,” Frazier said. “It will definitely put (Owens’) skill set at the leading edge of technology.

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Gabrielle Garcia and Blake Smith, of Oregon, should have been on the winning sideline at the Super Bowl in Miami in early February.

After the game, they could have looked into the camera and said, “We’re going to Disney World!”

Indeed, Garcia and Smith, along with Kaelee and Chelsey Koester, of Oak Harbor, are members of the Level 5 cheerleading squad from Top Notch Cheer, located in Fremont, that qualified for the USASF Cheerleading Worlds competition April 22-26 at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Top Notch Cheer’s Level 5 squad, which includes girls from Oregon, Oak Harbor, Fremont, Toledo, Rossford and Findlay, qualified to the Worlds by placing second out of 15 teams at the Midwest Supernationals in late February at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

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The Terra Community College Board of Trustees voted March 24 to raise tuition 3.5 percent effective fall 2010.

“This is certainly not a move we make lightly but we don’t feel we have much choice,” said board chair Susan Starr. “Even with this increase, we are confident that we will still be among the lowest priced collegiate options in Northwest Ohio.”

In making its recommendation to the full board, the Finance Committee noted several budgetary concerns the college is facing in the near future.

The hiring of new faculty members and additional services required to meet the needs related to double digit enrollment increases highlight the personnel issues while continued investments in the state-mandated energy plan and the unknowns that accompany state subsidies are other major considerations. The issue of losing federal stimulus dollars for higher education as a whole is huge in fiscal year 2012.

Cost per credit hour will move from $123.84 to $128.17. The total increase in tuition for a full-time (30 credit hours) Terra student would be about $130 for the year.

“Pell Grants, which about 44 percent of our students receive, are increasing by $200 next year,” Starr said. “This would offset the proposed tuition increase for our neediest students.”

Students begin registering for fall semester classes March 29.

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