NSCC Proud: Brittany Rodriguez

Brittany Rodriguez used her education at Northwest State as a stepping stone to a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a full-time position at General Motors. She plans on pursuing master’s degree and looks forward to exploring other options in her career.

Industrial Automation Maintenance Graduates Recognized

Three students completing Northwest State Community College’s industrial automation maintenance program were recently recognized during a special event. The program prepares graduates for entry-level positions in the industrial maintenance field, teaching them how to improve and maintain automated equipment used in advanced manufacturing. Coursework includes troubleshooting PLC systems, robotics and other data collections systems.

Graduates also gained entry-level knowledge and hands-on skills in the areas of industrial electricity, machine repair, pipefitting, fluid power and welding. In addition to the industrial automation maintenance certificate from NSCC, students earned Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt and OSHA safety certifications.

The following graduates were recognized:

Lucas County: John Eagan (Toledo), Zach Morris (Toledo)

Williams County: Scott Mocherman (Bryan)

Students received free tuition, books and support services for the program thanks to a grant from the US Department of Labor.

NSCC Proud: Brock Worden

When Brock Warden graduated from Wayne Trace High School in 2014, he chose Northwest State as the next step on his educational path. Brock, a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, is confident that NSCC will prepare him with the knowledge and skills needed to become a successful RN.

NSCC Proud: Jayashree Hiremath

Jayashree “Jai” Hiremath took the long road to success. Originally from India, Jai completed college coursework in her home country and became a medical billing executive. In India, education is very important. As a teacher’s daughter, Jai was always inspired by her parents to pursue higher education. After her marriage, she moved to the U.S. with her husband. He works in northwest Ohio as a full-time engineer. The couple resides in Bryan with their 8 year old son, Aaryan.

IMG_7326In 2012, Jai came to NSCC with numerous challenges ahead. She spoke three different languages; however, English was not her first language. Jai said, “I met a wonderful person Cheryl Geer (international student advisor), I was so scared to talk to her because I didn’t know whether she understand my language or questions. Also, it was the last day to take admission and make a way for my career. When I explained her about me, she immediately helped me make the right contacts.”

Lori Robison, dean of the Allied Health and Public Service Division, informed Jai about her options for allied health courses. Jai then took the COMPASS Assessment, and her results revealed she was ready to enroll. With a husband working a full-time job and a son to raise, Jai had limited availability for classes, but a strong desire to achieve her goals. To accommodate her busy schedule, she took online and evening classes.

Jai credits Cheryl and Lori for helping her navigate the enrollment process so quickly. “It was like, I am in my home town and with my family. Lori Robison was walking with me everywhere to get an admission as soon as possible. I will never forget that day in my life. Within few hours I got everything and walked with NSCC student ID and tears in my eyes. I was so happy. Today my success credit goes to NSCC staff and teachers,” she said.

Jai’s instructors and advisors encouraged her and offered assistance where needed every step of the way, to help her earn a phlebotomy technician certificate in July 2013. After completing her certification, Jai achieved a major goal in gaining employment at an area ProMedica facility. Her ultimate goal is to become a physician, and her education and experiences at NSCC have given her the confidence to continue on that path.

NSCC Proud: Scott Good

Scott Good was a displaced worker in late 2008. He had been a maintenance technician at Alex Products in Paulding for about six years and had learned a variety of skills, but had received no official certification. At the time of his layoff, he and his fellow co-workers petitioned the state, and they were accepted into the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program, which helps displaced workers increase their skills and return to the workforce.

Since Scott already had a background in the mechanical side, he elected to pursue the industrial electrician program at Northwest State Community College. He graduated with his associate degree spring of 2011.

62291368-e595-4d18-806d-3acb04311965While attending NSCC, Scott’s career path was influenced by instructors such as Steve Dick, Aaron Bloomfield, Henry Burklo, and Dan Burklo. “Steve was the most beneficial in helping make some of my career decisions and still is to this day. Steve is a very personal guy and had no issues discussing his career and helping me shape mine,” Scott said.

Scott believes NSCC did “a terrific job with staying current and up to date on their technical programs. The schooling I received was current with today’s industrial technology in the manufacturing fields, which in itself is a hard feat with things being update and upgraded daily.”

While at NSCC, Scott was president of the Student Body Organization, was actively involved in the evMotorsports Club, and was the recipient of the Engineering Student of the Year Award. He was also accepted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

For current and potential NSCC students, Scott recommends, “Get involved with student body activities. The more you can show future employers that you can multi-task learning and schooling as well as volunteering your time, the better. Do not be afraid to ask your instructors questions, they will help you in any way possible when it comes to helping you on your chosen career path.”