College Spotlight: Owens Community College
2020 has been a year of uncertainty. You may have had classes cut short, or transitioned to virtual learning and working. One thing that has stayed constant though is the importance of the insurance industry, especially in Ohio! If you find yourself seeking stability now after 6 months of never-ending changes, look to a career in insurance. Owens Community College in Toledo offers flexibility so that you can determine your educational and career path. They understand that not everyone wants the same things out of their education and their career, and that’s why they off both an Insurance Studies degree and an Insurance certificate program.
About the Program: Insurance Certificate
The Insurance Certificate program is a six-course program intended for students already enrolled in an applicable major, such as Business Management. The certificate program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the insurance industry, and includes a new course, Introduction to Insurance. This course goes over the basics of insurance and risk management, including terminology and definitions used in the industry. You can learn more about Owens’ Insurance Certificate Program on their website.
About the Program: Insurance Studies
The Insurance Studies program will earn students an Associate of Applied Business degree. This program prepares students for careers in the insurance industry by instilling a fundamental understanding of the insurance industry and the various jobs within the industry. Students will learn the fundamentals of business such as management, business law, ethics, and economics. Students will also take three insurance-specific courses that will help to prepare them for a variety of careers within the industry such as accounting clerk, claims adjuster, and benefits specialist. You can view the entire outline of courses here and learn more about the Insurance Studies program here.
Both of these programs are heavily focused on business courses. The Insurance Certificate program requires six courses, and of those, four are business classes. The Insurance Studies program requires several math, economics, and marketing classes, as well as one English, one Information Systems Technology (computer) course, and one course on public speaking. Because the goal of the Insurance Studies program is to obtain an associate degree, you do not need to take all of the gen-ed courses you would be required to take at a liberal arts college. This is a fast track to starting your career in insurance, ideal for people changing careers, already working, or anyone who does not want to spend the time taking extra classes.
Ohio’s insurance industry is diverse with abundant jobs and plenty of room for growth. See what other Ohio institutions have insurance programs on our website. While you’re there, check out our career survey and career pathways to see where you may belong in the insurance industry!