Entrepreneurship Forum

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own business or turning an idea into a product, Northwest State’s upcoming Entrepreneurship Forum may be the launching pad you’re looking for. Attendees will have five minutes to present their ideas to a panel of entrepreneurship experts who will provide feedback and advice.

“Televisions shows like ‘Shark Tank’ have helped put entrepreneurship in the spotlight. However, many who have great ideas for a product or business never pursue them because they don’t know where to go or what to do,” 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 will take place on Tuesday, October 28 from 10 a.m.-noon in the Voinovich Auditorium at NSCC. Lunch, sponsored by First Federal Bank, is included. The event is free, but reservations are required by Friday, October 24. To reserve a presentation time or for more information, contact Lisa Becher at 419.267.1264 or lbecher@NorthwestState.edu.

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
  • Diamond Zimmerman, coordinator for the Williams County Economic Development Corporation
  • Matt Gilroy, executive director of the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation
  • Isaac Lee, president/CEO of the Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Mike Wolfe, Ph.D., dean of business at NSCC
  • Representatives from the commercial lending department at First Federal Bank

It’s a Fiesta

Join us as we celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture at Northwest State Community College with “It’s a Fiesta” on Saturday, October 4. Free food, entertainment, music and other activities will be featured from noon to 3 p.m.

The day’s schedule includes:

  • El Corazón de México Ballet Folklorico: 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
  • Piñatas: 12:45 p.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Templo Christiano Praise Band: 1:15 p.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Zumba demonstration: 1:15 p.m.

Throughout the day, guests can enjoy food, crafts for the kids, a Latino military heroes display, information on tracing your family tree, music by Loco Sounds and tours of NSCC. Activities will take place in and around the NSCC Atrium.

Hispanic specialties including homemade tortillas, baked goods and more will be available courtesy of local restaurants, churches, and NSCC students and staff.

“It’s a Fiesta” is free and open to the public, with freewill donations benefiting Hispanic student scholarships at NSCC.

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.”