NSCC Proud: Ben Bowes

Since taking classes at the Northwest Ohio Learning Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Ben Bowes had his sights set on a career in engineering. The partnership between NSCC, Automatic Feed Company and Napoleon High School allows NHS students to take engineering classes for college credit during high school. After completing the program, Ben enrolled at NSCC full time. He also earned a spot on the team at Automatic Feed, putting his engineering skills to use while earning his associate degree. What’s next for Ben? A bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and professional engineer credential are all in his plans.

Seven Complete Law Enforcement Academy

Seven graduates from the Northwest State Community College Law Enforcement Academy were honored during a special ceremony. The class successfully completed both the state certification exam and the physical fitness requirements of the program.

5.LEA_Class_of_2016The following graduates were recognized:

Defiance County: Jesse Barrera (Defiance), Jacob Norden (Defiance)
Fulton County: Jonathon Perez (Wauseon)
Henry County: Jacob Willford (Malinta), David Steward (Napoleon)
Williams County: Zachary Erb (Stryker), John Rathke (Pioneer)

Several students from the graduating class received additional recognition. David Steward was presented with the Top Gun Award for earning the highest score on the firing range. Jacob Willford received the Commander’s Citation of Excellence. Zachary Erb received the Deputy Allan D. Ohlrich Outstanding Cadet Award.

Special recognition was given to Officer Timothy Stecker for completing 15 years as an instructor.

The Northwest State Community College Law Enforcement Academy is an eight-month program that is offered annually. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 5-10 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. A new class is forming now and is scheduled to begin in August. For more information on the academy, contact Lori Robison, dean of the Allied Health & Public Services Division, at 419.267.1342 or lrobison@NorthwestState.edu.

STEM Day for Bryan 7th Graders

Northwest State recently partnered with the Bryan Middle School and the Williams County YMCA to bring a STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) event to BMS 7th graders. The students applied STEM education components to fun, hands-on activities such as building and flying paper airplanes, creating their own perfumes and making colorful goo. This new NSCC program helped increase awareness and generate excitement for STEM education and its many practical applications.

Click on the image to view the photo album for the event.

Click on the image to view the photo album for the event.

NSCC Proud: Robert Reyes

The youngest of six children, Robert Reyes and his family moved from Chicago to northwest Ohio when he was 11. Although his family didn’t place a strong emphasis on education, Robert grew to understand the importance of getting an education and defining a career path.

While at NSCC, Robert enlisted in a regional Marine Corps reserve unit, noting that serving his country was equally important to continuing his education. In 2010, he graduated from NSCC along with his sister Gladys, and they were the first members of their family to earn college degrees.

After graduating from NSCC, Robert continued his education at IPFW, earning his bachelor’s through Purdue University. He is now employed in his field, working with children with autism.

NSCC Proud: Chelsie Firestone

Chelsie Firestone found more than opportunity and a supportive environment during her time at NSCC. She also found faculty who helped build her confidence and challenged her to stretch her limits. Chelsie continues to draw on those lessons several years after graduating, both in her personal life and her career.