Discover NSCC Day: April 9, 2016

Mark your calendar to explore the opportunities waiting for you!
Saturday, April 9 • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.


  • Become captivated by the science of 3-D printing, examine an electric vehicle and watch chemistry come to life
  • Put your leadership skills to the test in our team-building and problem solving challenges
  • Picture yourself in scrubs as you observe high-tech simulations in NSCC’s state-of-the-art nursing lab
  • Test specimens in the medical assisting lab and explore the in-demand field of respiratory care
  • Control a robot and try out the technology that makes manufacturing tick
  • Be one of the first to apply for NSCC scholarships and enter to win one of two $500 scholarships specifically for event attendees

For more information, download the flier or contact the NSCC Admissions Office at 419.267.1320 or

Chemistry: From the Classroom to the Real World

Helping students make the connection between a concept learned in the classroom and its real-world application is an important part of the educational process. Dr. Tom Carr, an instructor at NSCC, has invited local businesses into the classroom to be a part of that process.

NSCC instructor, Dr. Tom Carr (left) and PBE’s Erin Johnson (right) display two consumer-oriented superabsorbent products: a “sandless” sandbag and the Puppy Pads brand of pet house-training supplies.

NSCC instructor, Dr. Tom Carr (left) and PBE’s Erin Johnson (right) display two consumer-oriented superabsorbent products: a “sandless” sandbag and the Puppy Pads brand of pet house-training supplies.

Erin Johnson of Principle Business Enterprises, a Bowling Green-based manufacturer, recently served as a guest speaker in one of Dr. Carr’s chemistry classes. Ms. Johnson presented information on superabsorbents, which are items that contain modified acrylic polymers, allowing them to absorb many times their weight in water.

Superabsorbents are frequently used in incontinence products, such as PBE’s Tranquility product line. In addition to illustrating the science and technology surrounding superabsorbents, Ms. Johnson showcased other applications including wound dressings, house-training products for puppies and an innovative “sandless” sandbag flood-control product.

Ms. Johnson’s visit is just one example of how Northwest State’s instructors help students see how scientific and technological developments can translate to career opportunities.

Write in the Night: March 1, 2016

All NSCC students are welcome to attend Write in the Night at the NSCC Library on Tuesday, March 1 from 5-10 p.m. Come anytime during the event and stay as long as you would like.

Write in the Night

Activities include:

  • Online workshop showcase (Room A103, walk in)
  • Zen/relaxation room (Room A101C, walk in)
  • Focused academic assistance on finding sources, citing sources, formatting your paper and writing an outline (stop at the check-in table for directions)
  • Fun activities and refreshments

Questions? Email or call 419.267.1271.

Nominations Open for 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award

Northwest State Community College is accepting nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is the most notable recognition presented by the NSCC Alumni Association. Developed in 1998, the Distinguished Alumni Award honors alumni who have achieved recognized prominence in their careers and made significant contributions to their communities and the lives of others.

“Northwest State has more than 9,700 alumni, and eighty-two percent continue to live and work in the six-county area,” said Robbin Wilcox, director of alumni relations. “These graduates are making a positive impact through their careers and in their communities, and we want to hear those stories.”

To be eligible, at least three years must have elapsed since the nominee graduated from NSCC with an associate degree. A committee of the NSCC Alumni Association will select the 2016 recipients.

“The Distinguished Alumni Award goes beyond recognizing the accomplishments of NSCC alumni. These award winners demonstrate, to both current and potential students, what can be achieved through education and hard work,” said Wilcox.

Nomination forms are available online. To submit a nomination, contact Robbin Wilcox at 419.267.1460 or Nominations are due by March 11.

NSCC to Lead $1 Million Grant Effort for the Region

Northwest State Community College will work as the lead institution with seven educational partners to implement a $1 million grant program. The grant from the Ohio Board of Regents Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills Program (RAPIDS) was established to provide workforce development efforts for the region.

Utilizing this funding, the grant partners are developing training programs and portable equipment that can be taken to various sites throughout the region for workforce training. The training will support manufacturing plants, food-processing plants, refineries, power plants, water treatment facilities and more. The training will involve mechatronics, process control and cyber-security.

“This grant provides a wonderful opportunity for Northwest State and our partners to combine efforts and knowledge that will strengthen workforce development options for industries in northwest Ohio,” stated Todd Hernandez, vice president for innovation at Northwest State. “We are pleased to be able to coordinate this effort in bringing everyone together to build training programs that support the immediate needs, both educationally and logistically, for our regional business community.”

The RAPIDS grant will provide funding to develop training materials and purchase equipment that will be housed in two training trailers that will be used as portable classrooms, moving to various sites as needed.  The trailers will be housed at University of Toledo Scott Park Campus when not in use.

The RAPIDS grant is a combined effort between University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Penta Career Center, Vantage Career Center, Terra State Community College, Rhodes State College , Owens Community College and Northwest State Community College.

NSCC Foundation Receives $15,000 Grant

The Gene Haas Foundation awarded a grant for $15,000 to support the scholarship Foundation Checkprogram at Northwest State Community College. The “Gene Haas Scholarship” will benefit students who are currently enrolled in, or will be enrolled in, a machining-based training program at the College.

The Gene Haas Scholarship, along with a new training model being launched at Northwest State this month, will open the doors to education for more students in programs such as machining CNC programming, programmable controller and industrial maintenance. The new education model will allow students that cannot come to the College for traditional classes to do much of their work from home via online learning and specially-created software that allows them practice hands-on training through simulation models.

Students then utilize open lab time at the College with instructors available all day and into the evening. Students work at their own pace and as they master each education model, an instructor will be able to test their knowledge and skill and allow them to move on to the next training module.

According to Ron Scozzari, dean of the Industrial Technologies Division at NSCC, “Northwest Ohio is a manufacturing hub, with nearly one in three employed persons in manufacturing. Machining skills are critical to supporting the technological growth and capabilities of those industries.”

He continued, “The Haas Foundation Scholarship has acknowledged, through their generous contribution, the relevancy of machining skills in our region, and has provided this opportunity for our current and future students seeking a rewarding career in this discipline area through our machining skills program.”

In 1999, Gene Haas founded the Gene Haas Foundation. Haas is the owner of Haas Automation, Inc., America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools, which he started in 1983. Gene’s commitment to the importance of US manufacturing has incited him to grow his personal foundation and direct his foundation board to focus on manufacturing education in the form of scholarships for CNC machinist training. To date, more than 1,200 charitable (501c3) organizations and schools have received funds totaling over $38 million from the Gene Haas Foundation.

Learn more about the industrial maintenance programs at Northwest State.

NSCC Proud: Daniel Baldwin

Daniel Baldwin’s time at NSCC, both in and out of the classroom, helped prepare him for a successful career at Wauseon Public Library where he recently celebrated 11 years of service. Daniel found supportive staff members, inspiration for his future career, leadership opportunities and more at Northwest State. He’s proud to carry that experience to his new role as teen/young adult services librarian, where he is making an impact on the next generation.