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.

Eight IT Specialist & Industrial Automation Maintenance Graduates Recognized

Eight students completing Northwest State Community College’s IT specialist or industrial automation maintenance certificate programs were recognized recently during special events at the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center on the Scott Park (Toledo) campus of Northwest State Community College.

In addition to the certificate from NSCC, information technology students earned International Computer Driver License, Microsoft Technology Associate Database Fundamentals and Software Development, and Network Pro certifications. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in the information technology field including networking, help desk support, database development/support and web development. Their final project included a demonstration of the website built for NSCC’s strategic plan.

IMG_8722Industrial automation maintenance graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in the industrial maintenance field. They are qualified to improve and maintain automated equipment used in advanced manufacturing including troubleshooting PLC systems, robotics and other data collections systems. They also have entry-level knowledge and hands-on skills in the areas of industrial electricity, machine repair, pipefitting, fluid power and welding. In addition to the IAM certificate from NSCC, students earned Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt and OSHA safety certifications.

The following graduates were recognized:

IT Specialist: Sarah Abate (Bryan), William Davis (Findlay), Christopher LaBoe (Defiance) and Ricardo Sandoval (Northwood)

Industrial Automation Maintenance Technician: Rachinda Adams (West Unity), Guillermo Munez (Toledo), Monique Reed (Toledo) and Lysander Townsend (Toledo).

Four Van Wert Nursing Graduates Recognized

Four students completing Northwest State Community College’s licensed practical nursing to registered nursing advanced standing program were recently pinned in a special ceremony held for the graduates at the Van Wert site. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam and enter directly into the workforce, or they may transfer their credits into a bachelor’s degree program.

The following graduates were recognized:

County Name Hometown
Adams (IN) Leslie Bebout Decatur, IN
Allen (OH) Mindy Basil Lima
Mercer Brittany Thobe Chickasaw
Van Wert Megan Plotts Convoy

Diane Hoops Named 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Northwest State Community College recently announced Diane Hoops of Deshler, Ohio, as the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. Hoops was recognized at a formal luncheon prior to the NSCC commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7.

Diane Hoops“This award is the highest honor given by the NSCC Alumni Association,” said Robbin Wilcox, director of development at NSCC. “We have amazing alumni throughout our region who are making a difference in their profession and their communities. Diane has been actively involved in the banking industry and pursued further education in order to expand her career opportunities. She has also been actively involved in her community.”

Hoops is a 1994 NSCC graduate with an Associate of Applied Business Degree in Banking and Finance.  She furthered her education by completing the Ohio Bankers League, Harry Blythe School of Banking Bank Management Program in Columbus, Ohio. She is currently the president/CEO of Corn City State Bank where she also serves as director and chairman of the bank board.

She is a member of the Wood County Hospital Board, the Corn City Regional Fire District, and the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council, which is an advisory board for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. In addition, she was elected by the residents of Bartlow Township in Henry County as the fiscal officer of the township.

Hoops began her education at Northwest State as a non-traditional student. Married, with a young son and full-time job as a teller and bookkeeper, she realized that a college degree could open new opportunities in the financial sector. Taking just a few classes at a time, she obtained her degree in 1994, when she was eight months pregnant with her second child. Hoops has instilled a legacy of learning for her family.

“I’m proud to say that both of our children will have obtained their college degrees when my daughter graduates later this year,” Hoops shared. “I have fond memories of my time at Northwest State and encourage everyone to consider Northwest State Community College in their quest for higher education.”

Developed in 1998, the Distinguished Alumni Award honors graduates of Northwest State Community College who have achieved recognized prominence in their career, made significant contributions to their profession and community, and impacted the lives of others.

Spring 2016 Dean’s List

Congratulations to all of the students who made the Dean’s List for the spring 2016 semester. This select group includes full-time (12+ credit hours) and part-time (6-11.99 credit hours) students who averaged at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.