NSCC Foundation Awards Record $375,000 in Scholarships

The Northwest State Community College Foundation awarded a record $375,00 in scholarships to 200 students from throughout northwest Ohio. On Thursday, April 8, students and donors filled the NSCC Atrium as they met and celebrated the accomplishments of the students and the support of local donors.

Shirley Distel, representative of the Francis O. Fackler Scholarship for Henry County residents, talks with the more than 60 recipients of this scholarship.

Shirley Distel, representative of the Francis O. Fackler Scholarship for Henry County residents, talks with the more than 60 recipients of this scholarship.

“Northwest State students work diligently to balance school, family and work,” according to Robbin Wilcox, NSCC director of development. “The generous support of our donors not only helps students financially, but also reinforces their efforts that school is the right choice to improve their future.”

Michael Shadbolt is one of those students, and he was selected to share his personal journey to higher education. A single father, who at one time dropped out of high school, Michael told the crowd of over 450 people how he is working to be the first in his family to attain a college degree and to change not only his life, but also the future for his family.

This year marks a record year for the NSCC Foundation, in terms of both the dollars awarded as well as the number of scholarships offered.

“The Foundation makes a concerted effort each year to increase funding to support our students through both scholarships and efforts to provide state of the art training equipment,” noted Wilcox. “The Foundation is not only giving more scholarships than ever before, they are also helping the College to develop and expand programs that will help students today and in the future.”

Request for Proposals

Northwest State Community College in Archbold, Ohio, was awarded an advanced manufacturing educational grant #TC-26481-14-60-A-39, under the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training TAACCCT Round 4 grant sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. NSCC is seeking advance manufacturing training equipment in accordance with the requirements of the grant.

  • Industrial wiring/electrical wiring training units
  • Industrial pipefitting trainer
  • Rigging training unit
  • Pumps uraining unit
  • Siemens S7 portable training units
  • AC and DC machines training units
  • Electrical power benches
  • AB Contrologix training units (portable)
  • Portable motor control/wiring unit

Download the RFP. For more information, contact Sarah Stubblefield, iSTAR project manager at sestubblefield@northweststate.edu. Written proposals for providing services in this RFP are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016.

Faculty Profile: Dave Mohring

After earning his associate degree from NSCC, Dave Mohring continued his education at the University of Toledo and worked as an engineer for Automatic Feed Company. Now, he works with students as a full-time mechanical engineering instructor at Northwest State. With a career that has taken him to plants all over the world, Dave engages students with his relevant examples and professional experience.

Faculty Profile: Lisa Becher

Students in Lisa Becher’s marketing and entrepreneurship courses do more than examine theories from a textbook. They interact with members of the local business community and explore actual challenges and opportunities businesses face each day. Thanks in part to Lisa’s experience as a business owner and consultant for Ohio’s Small Business Development Center, students receive plenty of real-world access, examples and opportunities to help them grow as professionals.

Immigration Seminar: Center for Lifelong Learning

Immigration issues seem to top daily newscasts. Do we need to be concerned about the thousands of refugees around the world? Who should we share our freedoms with? Why don’t those illegal people living in the United States become citizens through legal channels? How long does the legal immigration process take?

Area residents over the age of 55 are invited to Northwest State Community College for a one-day look at immigration issues on Friday, April 8, 2016, from 9 a.m-3 p.m. in the Voinovich Auditorium. The Center for Lifelong Learning at the College has lined up an interesting day of presenters and panelists experienced in the complex field of immigration. There are no right answers to such a diverse topic, but with solid information, participants can get a better understanding of the complexities involved in the immigration issue.

Keynote presenters include Sisters Ellen Lamberjack and Andrea Inkrott of Project Hope, both involved in family-based legal immigration issues throughout northwestern Ohio. Sylvia Titgemeyer, a former Napoleon resident and current immigration attorney in the St. Louis area, will come back to northwest Ohio to help participants further understand the issue from a slightly different angle. Ed Yoder, a participant in several previous resettlement issues through his Archbold church, will join a group of panelists who will share their touching and heartbreaking stories of immigration efforts.

The registration deadline is April 4, and the $12 registration fee, which includes lunch, will be payable at the door the day of the event. The auditorium entrance is located on the west end of the Northwest State campus. Casual dress, room for questions and participant interaction are hallmarks of the Center for Lifelong Learning activities.

For more information or to register, please contact the coordinator of the Center for Lifelong Learning, Cecily Rohrs, at 419.267.5502 or e-mail her at crohrs@NorthwestState.edu.

The Chemistry of Cosmetics and Personal Care

Students from Dr. Tom Carr’s chemistry classes recently visited the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toledo to learn more about cosmetic science and formulation design. The program is the nation’s only one leading to a bachelor of science in personal care science and technology.

Cosmetic Science Professor, Dr. Gabriella Baki (right center), and her Student Assistant, Gabriella Dabain, with NSCC chemistry students as they prepare a hand scrub from food-grade ingredients typically found in grocery stores.

Cosmetic Science Professor, Dr. Gabriella Baki (right center), and her Student Assistant, Gabriella Dabain, with NSCC chemistry students as they prepare a hand scrub from food-grade ingredients typically found in grocery stores.

The day began with a presentation by Daniel Fackelman, enrollment management specialist at the University of Toledo. Mr. Fackelman provided more information about the curriculum, student professional development, internships and opportunities to study abroad.

Students then participated in an exercise exploring the scientific research process. Mr. Fackelman then described some of the research activities being conducted by the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, which include treatment-resistant cancers, a promising potential cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and treatment for alcoholism.

The group enjoyed a tour, featuring a DNA chandelier, the Student Resource Center, and the Kroger Professional Development Lab, which is an operational pharmacy. Students also learned about professional ethics surrounding animal research, including the concepts of reduce, refine and replace.

Dr. Gabriella Baki and her student assistant, Gabriella Dabain, conducted a hands-on formulations exercise. The group prepared a hand-scrub material using items commonly found in the kitchen, such as brown sugar and coconut oil. Formulation was centered on the exfoliation of dead skin cells and moisturizing of the skin.

Careers in the cosmetics and personal care products industry can be quite attractive. The industry itself is largely recession-proof and rakes in around $63 billion annually, compared to the NFL, which brings in about $18 billion annually. Career paths include marketing, sales, regulatory compliance and formulations. Employers might include raw material suppliers, finished goods manufacturers, testing laboratories and government agencies.

The day concluded over lunch with a presentation by UT Internship Coordinator, Mary Jo Borden, who described the various curricula and majors available within the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Students have internship opportunities in countries including Great Britain, Japan, Hungary, France, Jordan and India. Students also discussed which skills were most essential to career success, citing verbal and written communication and proper use of social media as two of the most important.