NSCC’s Practical Nursing Program Ranked Sixth in State

PracticalNursing.org, a website designed to help people who want to become nurses, recently ranked Northwest State Community College’s practical nursing program sixth in the state. Rankings are based on the five-year average pass rate for the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses, which is required for being licensed as a practical nurse. Northwest State’s average pass rate is 97.47 percent.

“We’re very proud of our practical nursing program and the faculty who have helped make it so successful,” said Lori Bird, dean of the Nursing Division at Northwest State. “The statewide average pass rate for the NCLEX is approximately 84 percent. I think it says a lot about the quality of NSCC’s program, instruction and students that our average pass rate is over thirteen percent higher.”

Employers have taken note as well. Northwest State’s most recent graduate survey indicates that 96 percent of its practical nursing graduates are employed.

“Our goal is to provide training that leads to career opportunities, which is why we work closely with local healthcare facilities,” said Bird. “Our curriculum aligns with what employers need, and that helps provide an edge for our graduates when they are looking for employment.”

Other local institutions’ rankings include Owens Community College, seven; the Professional Skills Institute, eighteen; and Rhodes State College, twenty-eight.

The practical nursing program is available at Northwest State’s main campus in Archbold and the NSCC satellite site in Van Wert.

Mini Job Fair

What: Mini job fair with Sauder
When: Monday, September 8 and Tuesday, September 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. both days
Where: ‘E’ Building lobby at Northwest State
Who: This event is free and open to NSCC students and the general public

Sauder has immediate openings for full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees. There are opportunities in retail, engineering, maintenance and more. Stop by the mini job fair at NSCC to speak directly with hiring managers, drop off your resume or complete an application.

Local Government Efficiency Program

Public sector employees who are interested in innovating, providing better service and saving money may qualify for free training and grants designed to help them do just that. The Local Government Efficiency Program, sponsored by the Ohio Development Services Agency, includes:

  • LeanOhio Boot Camp: free, one-week lean training session created specifically for public employees
  • Grant program: those who complete the boot camp are eligible to apply for a grant of up to $100,000 for a lean project at their workplace

Northwest State is the only certified training provider in northwest Ohio for LeanOhio Boot Camp. Sessions will be offered in both Archbold and Toledo through Custom Training Solutions, the workforce development division of NSCC. Other class locations are available upon request. Click here to find out more about training scholarships, grants and for frequently asked questions.

Student & Alumni Picnic

All students and alumni are invited to bring their families and join us for free food and fun on Wednesday, August 13 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Take a tour, enjoy inflatable games, spin the wheel for prizes and more. Make plans to attend and help us start off the fall semester on a great note. Activities will take place in the Atrium. We hope to see you there!

Whitehouse PD Donates Police Car

Cadets in the NSCC Law Enforcement Academy will have more opportunities to practice their driving techniques, search & seizure skills and more thanks to the Whitehouse Police Department. The department recently donated a patrol car to NSCC.

Pictured are David Mack, academy commander (left) and Mark McDonough, police chief (right).

Pictured are David Mack, academy commander (left) and Mark McDonough, police chief (right).

“This donation will make a big impact on students in the academy. In the past, cadets had access to police vehicles but only for limited amounts of time,” said David Mack, academy commander at NSCC. “Having a police vehicle permanently on site will give the students more opportunities to train for stops and approaches, search and seizures, patrol and traffic enforcement, and driving techniques. That means students will be better prepared when they graduate and enter the workforce.”

Mack worked with Mark McDonough, chief of the Whitehouse Police Department to secure the donation. “The academy has a strong history of partnering with local law enforcement agencies to enhance student training. That support is critical to the success of our students,” said Lori Robison, dean of Allied Health & Public Services at NSCC. “We appreciate all of Chief McDonough’s efforts and the Whitehouse Police Department’s commitment to helping educate the next generation of law enforcement professionals.”

Paraprofessional Education Cohort Program

Are you employed as a teacher aide, classroom aide or instructional assistant? Consider broadening your skills and increasing your career opportunities through Northwest State’s paraprofessional education program. NSCC’s new cohort program consists of evening and online classes, making it ideal for working professionals who want to earn an associate degree.

As an added benefit, you may qualify for free training (tuition and fees) through a grant made possible by the Ohio Department of Education. Learn more about the cohort program and complete an application today. The application deadline has been extended to July 11, 2014. Letters of reference and transcripts may be brought to the scheduled interview, after submission of your application.

For more information, call 419.267.1345 or email bbartley@NorthwestState.edu.