NSCC Proud: Becca Geer

As a highly-motivated high school student, Becca Geer took post-secondary (now College Credit Plus) classes at Northwest State and worked hard to complete two associate degrees a few weeks prior to her high school graduation. Her NSCC credits transferred to Ohio State with ease, allowing Becca to continue her education while saving tens of thousands of dollars on tuition. Now, she’s one step closer to graduating with her bachelor’s degree and achieving her dream of becoming a veterinarian.

NSCC Proud: Micah Grime

Micah Grime graduated from high school undecided on his career, yet determined to explore the possibilities. He started at NSCC, earning two associate degrees, then continued his education at Defiance College where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration. Attending Northwest State provided Micah with the opportunity to not only learn more about himself and his career options, but also to build a solid academic foundation. Now, he’s paying it forward by mentoring students in NSCC’s business programs, bringing real-world experience as a project manager at Sauder Woodworking.

NSCC Proud: Melanie Hicks

Melanie Hicks has come full-circle from NSCC nursing student to lead course instructor for the practical nursing program, working beside faculty who once taught her. That experience puts Melanie in a unique position to encourage and guide her students, because she knows that with hard work and perseverance, success is possible. Melanie also has great pride in NSCC, which developed throughout her time as student, a nurse working in the field, and now as an instructor with first-hand knowledge of the skills and professionalism our nursing graduates bring to the field.

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.