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Northwest State Community College recently recognized fifteen Award of Merit recipients. For over 25 years, Northwest State has recognized graduates within the degree programs for their academic achievements. Award of Merit recipients are chosen by faculty from the respective divisions based on leadership involvement, special talents or abilities in their academic field, and significant contributions to Northwest State.
Jeff Jameson graduated from Northwest State in 2000 with an associate degree in general studies, then earned his bachelor’s degree from Bluffton University. During his college experience, Jeff was employed at Sauder Manufacturing, where he helped develop the Trey® chair, one of Sauder’s best-selling items. Jeff’s path has now come full-circle, working as director of marketing for Lenawee Christian Ministries in Adrian, where his education and career first began. Inspired by those who helped him throughout his time at NSCC, Jeff is proudly working with several student interns and helping to shape the next generation of professionals.
Northwest State recently held a special ceremony to honor upcoming retirees. Dr. Tom Stuckey, president of Northwest State, offered his thanks and congratulations to the honorees who served the College for nearly 80 combined years. Each honoree received a certificate of appreciation for their service, along with a beautiful commemorative clock.
Thank you for the impact you have made at Northwest State!
Pictured are the honorees (L to R): Jim Brace (campus police), Bev Robinson (business division secretary), Chris Copple (faculty), Deb Smith (bookstore) and Al Word (campus police).
The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees held a board retreat and regular meeting on Friday, December 2, 2016. The board discussed the significance of the changes based on the College Credit Plus Program, decline in traditional student enrollment for the 2016-17 academic year and increased need for workforce development programs for business and industry.
The College Credit Plus program has been growing over the last several years. This program allows high school students to take college classes at no cost to their family with school districts paying a significantly discounted tuition rate to the community colleges throughout the state. Although NSCC is seeing a significant decline in traditional student enrollment (ages 19-40) it as also seeing a tremendous increase in employer driven workforce training.
“Traditional student enrollment at community colleges across the state has been declining for several years as employment and overtime opportunities have soared,” according to Dr. Tom Stuckey, president of NSCC. “Although area workers are finding jobs, they are also finding it difficult to advance their career due to lack of education and training. The College is working in partnership with area business and industry groups to support workforce development that will help preparing the current workforce for the needs of tomorrow.”
The board also received an update from Laurie Storrer, NSCC staff council representative to the strategic planning committee on the progress being made with the 2016-20 strategic plan goals. In further action, the board approved the dissolution of the Northern Ohio Community College District Council of Governments and a new policy to support the efforts to identify and respond to financial aid fraud and identity theft.
In other board action:
Approved the retirements of Jim Brace, part-time police officer and Debbie Smith, full-time bookstore clerk
Approved resignations and miscellaneous employment contracts
Approved acceptance of various gifts to the College
Approved title and salary adjustments for Cindy Krueger, vice president for institutional effectiveness and student success; Lori Robison, vice president of academics; and Janet Koepplinger, dean of Allied Health & Public Services and program director for medical assisting
Approved College Credit Plus tuition and textbook fee revisions
Approved financial report of October 31, 2016
Approved the list of permissible 403(b) alternative retirement plan vendors for employees
Congratulations to Rosy Coronado, NSCC nursing student, on passing the US Citizenship exam. She is now eligible to take the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance.
Rosy’s family is from Bolivia. Her mother became a US citizen earlier this year, and her younger sisters are scheduled to take their exams.
Students in the Fundamentals of Nursing class recently celebrated Rosy’s accomplishment. Rosy (center) is pictured with nursing faculty members Melanie Hicks (left) and Bette Hughes (right). Rosy is studying in the practical nursing certificate program.