November Training Sessions for Childcare Professionals

Northwest State has three upcoming training sessions that fulfill requirements for childcare professionals. These sessions are open to both students and the public.

CPR & First Aid, $50 fee
Saturday, November 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Child Abuse Training, $35 fee
Saturday, November 14, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Common Childhood Illness Training, $35 fee
Saturday, November 21, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

To register for any session, print and mail the appropriate form and payment. For more information, contact Mary Kruse at 419.267.1345 or

2015 Entrepreneurship Forum

The second annual Entrepreneurship Forum is coming to Northwest State Community College to help aspiring business owners. The program was launched last year and creates a stage for aspiring entrepreneurs to find support that can act as a launching pad to make their dream a reality. Attendees will have five minutes to present their ideas to a panel of entrepreneurship experts who will provide feedback and advice.

“The hit television show ‘Shark Tank’ has helped put entrepreneurship in the spotlight. However, many of the great ideas for a product or business are never pursued because the people who have the idea don’t know where to go to get started or how to grow the idea from the upstart,” said Lisa Becher, business faculty at Northwest State. “Our goal with this event is to provide an opportunity for people to share their ideas, receive feedback from experts in the field and walk away with an outline of how to make their dream a reality.”

The Entrepreneurship Forum is open to anyone who would like to present an idea, but reservations are required. “This forum is open to any member of the region that has an idea or business concept they want help getting off the ground,” said Becher. “We are hoping to see a variety of perspectives and ideas that will truly show that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in northwest Ohio. It is our hope that we will be able to provide feedback that will help entrepreneurs to move their idea or business forward.”

The panel of experts will include Jerry L Zielke, director of Paulding County Economic Development; Joel Miller, executive director of Henry County Chamber of Commerce; Matt Davis, executive director of  Williams County Economic Development Corporation; Matt Gilroy, executive director of the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation; Darrell Handy, president/CEO of the Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce; Mike Wolfe, Ph.D., dean of business at NSCC; and representatives from the commercial lending department at First Federal Bank.

The Entrepreneurship Forum will take place on Tuesday, October 27 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Voinovich Auditorium at NSCC. Lunch, sponsored by First Federal Bank, is included in the event. The event is free, but reservations are required by Friday, October 23. To reserve a presentation time or for more information, contact Lisa Becher at 419.267.1264 or

Request for Proposals

Northwest State Community College is seeking an independent third-party evaluator in accordance with the requirements of a recently awarded HOME4TECHS-Hands-On Maintenance Education for TECHnicianS grant through the National Science Foundation. The evaluation period would commence upon selection and run through July 30, 2017, with a possible supplement and extension to July 30, 2018.

An electronic copy of the RFP can be obtained by contacting Tom Wylie, associate vice president of special projects, at

Written proposals for providing services in this RFP are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

RN Program Ranked in Top 4% in Nation

Northwest State Community College was recently named in the top 4% of all nursing programs throughout the nation. A leader in passing rates on the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses, the program was ranked second based on the performance of all nursing programs in Ohio and eighty-third in the nation based on the performance of 2,053 associate and bachelor’s degree nursing programs. The practical nursing program also performed well, ranking seventh in the state.

“The nursing program has proven to be successful year in and year out,” said Lori Bird, dean of the Nursing Division at Northwest State. “Passage rates are routinely well above state and national averages, and health care employers seek out our students for their facilities.”

Employers have taken note as well. Northwest State students are sought after by many health care providers. Although most NSCC students choose to stay in northwest Ohio, students are also finding opportunities throughout the state and beyond.

“Our goal is to provide an education that leads to career opportunities. In the continually changing healthcare industry, it is important that we work closely with healthcare facilities to ensure our students are meeting their needs,” said Bird. “The NSCC nursing faculty is committed to educating students to not only learn the skills needed for testing, but also the equally important skill of providing compassionate and excellent care for the patients they will serve. The nursing program at NSCC also allows a seamless pathway to a bachelor’s degree as the courses transfer to other educational institutions easily.”

NSCC Receives National Science Foundation Grant

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a grant for $199,996 to support the HOME4TECHS program at Northwest State Community College. The program supports development of new methods for teaching and verifying competencies in industrial technology related fields.

The two year grant will assist NSCC in designing curriculum with a hybrid approach of using online learning in partnership with open labs where students can complete skill competencies and testing on their own schedule.

This new learning format will allow students to continue working while increasing their knowledge and skills to meet the demands of local industries. “Companies are seeing tremendous turnover due to retirement, and this number is expected to grow in the next five years,” said Tom Wylie, associate vice president of special projects at NSCC and lead of the HOME4TECHS program. “This new learning concept will allow individuals to continue to work while at the same time building the skills and knowledge needed to support growth. Improved access means more than convenience; it means students can work at their own pace.”

The programs are being designed to include online “classroom” work along with an open lab that would allow students to come in and out based on their schedule and work on specific hands-on skills competencies that are a part of their particular program. An instructor will be on site to assist students as they work to master the skills needed to pass industry-specific competency testing.

“HOME4TECHS will significantly improve accessibility to education,” said Wylie. “Many students cannot afford to quit their full-time job pursue education. This concept will allow students to keep working while at the same time creating opportunities for future growth and opportunities.”

IT Alert: July 17, 2015

Online systems will be down for maintenance from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, July 17. The NSCC website, myNSCC, Sakai and other online systems will be unavailable during this time. If you need access to College systems to take a timed test or to complete other computer work, please plan accordingly.

If you have any questions or concerns, email or call 419.267.1461.

Eleven Graduate from Law Enforcement Academy

Eleven 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. Several graduates were already commissioned with a department prior to graduation.

The following graduates were recognized:
Defiance County: Larry Hussy (Farmer)
Fulton County: Allen Donnett (Wauseon)
Henry County: Zachary Bowen (Napoleon), Lucas Freels (Napoleon)
Williams County: Robert Smith (Bryan), Brandon Willis (West Unity), Kristin Dolman (Montpelier), Scott Vershum (West Unity), Matt Lirot (Bryan), Hannah Beaverson (West Unity), Gabriel Valdez (Bryan)

Two graduates received additional recognition. Lucas Freels received the Allan D. Ohlrich Outstanding Cadet Award. Emily Ohlrich, daughter of the late commander was on hand to present the award to Freels. Larry Hussy received the Commander’s Citation of Excellence Award.

The Northwest State Community College Law Enforcement Academy is an eight-month program that is offered annually. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 6:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 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