NSCC Recognizes 15 Award of Merit Recipients

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.

Award of Merit Recipients

The following students were recognized:

County Hometown Recipient Program of Study Academic Division
Defiance Defiance Rebecca Meyer Medical Assisting Allied Health & Public Services
Defiance Ney Haley Robbins Practical Nursing Nursing
Defiance Defiance Katherine Wolfe Registered Nursing Nursing
Defiance Rural Edgerton Ashley Malone Medical Support Allied Health & Public Services
Fulton Archbold Kim Rosales Human Services Allied Health & Public Services
Fulton Wauseon Bree Rolon Accounting Business Technologies
Fulton Wauseon Francisca Franklin Human Resource Management Business Technologies
Fulton Swanton Rebekah Both Electrical Engineering Technology Engineering Technologies
Fulton Archbold Shane Hancock Machining Industrial Technologies
Henry Napoleon Susan Benson Paraprofessional Education Allied Health & Public Services
Paulding Rural Defiance Ariel Krouse Associate of Arts Arts & Sciences
Paulding Payne Arika Nuest Visual Communications – Graphic Design Business Technologies
Williams Bryan Mariah Slayback Criminal Justice Allied Health & Public Services
Williams West Unity Logan Brooker Mechanical Engineering Technology Engineering Technologies
Williams Montpelier Zebulun Lillard Maintenance Technology – Mechatronics Industrial Technologies

Registration Days

New & returning students who need to meet with an advisor and register for 2017 spring classes are invited to do so during an upcoming registration day.

  • Friday, Dec. 9: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 4: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Appointments will last about 20 minutes and availability is limited. Make your appointment today by calling the NSCC Admissions Office at 419.267.1320 or emailing admissions@NorthwestState.edu.

NSCC Proud: Jeff Jameson

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.

Upcoming Retirees Honored in Special Ceremony

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).

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).

Board of Trustees Discuss Enrollment Trends

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 employment Dustin Harris, full-time library assistant
  • 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

Nursing Students Celebrate Classmate’s Path to Citizenship

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.

Rosy Melanie Betty