Parents who have lost a child often grieve in silence. Kristina Widener, first-time author and NSCC graduate, wrote the book “Shattered Soul” to help break that silence. The book chronicles her own journey of loss, and Kristina hopes that it will help other angel parents cope, while also inspiring understanding in those who have not faced the loss of a child. We are honored to share Kristina’s story. If you are an angel parent or know someone who is, visit Kristina’s Facebook page for more information.
Bree Youse made the most of her time at Northwest State both in and out of the classroom. She graduated with a double major in accounting and business management and gained valuable experience as a member of the Student Body Organization and Dean’s Leadership Cluster. Drawn to accounting while still in high school, Bree has translated her passion into a successful career and is happily employed in the manufacturing accounting field at Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing.
April Reynolds didn’t let her apprehension about math keep her from achieving her dream of becoming an engineer. With self-determination and support from NSCC’s faculty and staff, April graduated with honors in 2015 and is now working as a quality engineer at CK Technologies in Montpelier, Ohio.
Jeff Jameson graduated from Northwest State in 2000 with an associate degree in general studies, then earned his bachelor’s degree from Bluffton University. During his college experience, Jeff was employed at Sauder Manufacturing, where he helped develop the Trey® chair, one of Sauder’s best-selling items. Jeff’s path has now come full-circle, working as director of marketing for Lenawee Christian Ministries in Adrian, where his education and career first began. Inspired by those who helped him throughout his time at NSCC, Jeff is proudly working with several student interns and helping to shape the next generation of professionals.
These employees represent a variety of degrees, ranging from office management to engineering. We appreciate our employer partnerships and are proud of the impact our graduates have on local businesses and communities.
Congratulations to Ronda Fabiano on becoming the first NSCC graduate to earn the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-Based credential through the American Health Information Management Association! This prestigious credential signifies that Ronda has attained mastery-level skill in medical coding. Ronda’s scores exceeded the national average.
Ronda credits faculty members Ann Zeller and Beth Nafziger for giving her the education and support she needed to prepare for the exam. “The support from the faculty has been amazing,” Rhonda shared. “You receive the results of the certification exam as soon as you leave the testing room, and I could not look at it at first. When I turned it over and it said, ‘Congratulations, you passed!’, I was in shock. I knew there was no more I could do to prepare for it and I just went in and did it. I know that this is just another stepping stone to an exciting future full of opportunities I never knew existed before going to Northwest State.”
Ronda graduated in May 2016 with an associate of applied business in office administrative services/medical support. With her degree and newly-attained credential, she is confident she will find a position in the coding field.
Lorena Gonzalez put her education on hold to raise a family, but she never let go of the dream. Thanks to a supportive husband, encouragement from NSCC faculty and staff, and her own personal drive, Lorena graduated from Northwest State in 2009. Not only does she have a good job in her field of study, but she is also strongly considering continuing her education in the near future. This is her story.
Starting her education at NSCC allowed Heather to explore the accounting field right away. With support from faculty and staff, she made it her major and hasn’t looked back since. After earning her associate degree, Heather earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Defiance College. She is now employed in the accounting department at Automatic Feed Company in Napoleon.