NSCC Proud: Shalina Zwick

Shalina Zwick has many roles—mother of three, wife, intern at Allied Moulded and engineering student at NSCC. She chose to pursue an education to find a job she loves and to provide for her family. What doors can an education help you open?

NSCC Proud: Hunter Clingaman

When Hunter Clingaman graduated from Stryker High School in 2013, he had no idea his journey would lead him to an engineering career. Despite entering Northwest State as an “undecided” student, his stellar high school academic record earned him a full-tuition Hunter ClingamanPresidential Scholarship, which enabled him to explore multiple career options. At Northwest State, he quickly discovered a passion and aptitude for engineering. He excelled in his studies and was named recipient of the 2015 President’s Outstanding Student Award as he graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology.

While attending classes at Northwest State, Hunter attended NSCC’s annual job fair where he met staff from General Motors in Defiance. He ultimately secured an internship with GM, which allowed him to gain valuable work experience while simultaneously working toward his degree. He is now pursing his bachelor’s degree in electro-mechanical engineering from Miami University through a partnership that enables him to take classes at Northwest State while continuing to live at home. Hunter is continuing his internship at General Motors, which is helping him pay for college.

Hunter is quick to credit his engineering instructors—particularly Colin Doolittle and Mike Kwaitkowski—for their mentorship. “Both of these men have made a difference in my life because they have helped me see that the sky is the limit when it comes to learning and that I can make a positive difference in the world. Colin and Mike care about their students and want to see us succeed. Thanks to them I have been able to have experiences I didn’t even know were possible. I am blessed to have had them as my instructors,” he said.

Hunter encourages others to consider attending NSCC. “Northwest State may open doors of opportunity beyond what you can imagine,” he notes. “It’s a great place to learn.”

IT Alert: Oct. 29 & 30, 2015

Networks will be down for scheduled maintenance on Thursday, October 29 from 9-9:30 p.m. and again on Friday, October 30 from 4:30-5:00 p.m. During these times, access to NSCC services, including myNSCC, Banner and Sakai will experience outages. Please plan accordingly.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding this scheduled maintenance, please contact helpdesk@northweststate.edu or call 419.267.1461.

Ohio Voter Information

The Ohio Secretary of State’s website has comprehensive information for Ohio voters, including:

  • How to register to vote
  • Finding your polling location
  • Which issues will appear on the ballot in the next election
  • How to vote early
  • And more

The next general election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2015. While the voter registration deadline for this election has passed, those who register before February 16, 2016 will be eligible to vote in the primary election on March 15, 2016.


Discover NSCC Day: Nov. 7, 2015

Mark your calendar to explore the opportunities waiting for you!
Saturday, November 7 • 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, contact the NSCC Admissions Office at 419.267.1320 or admissions@NorthwestState.edu.

November Training Sessions for Childcare Professionals

Northwest State has three upcoming training sessions that fulfill requirements for childcare professionals. These sessions are open to both students and the public.

CPR & First Aid, $50 fee
Saturday, November 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Child Abuse Training, $35 fee
Saturday, November 14, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Common Childhood Illness Training, $35 fee
Saturday, November 21, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

To register for any session, print and mail the appropriate form and payment. For more information, contact Mary Kruse at 419.267.1345 or mkruse@NorthwestState.edu.

2015 Entrepreneurship Forum

The second annual Entrepreneurship Forum is coming to Northwest State Community College to help aspiring business owners. The program was launched last year and creates a stage for aspiring entrepreneurs to find support that can act as a launching pad to make their dream a reality. Attendees will have five minutes to present their ideas to a panel of entrepreneurship experts who will provide feedback and advice.

“The hit television show ‘Shark Tank’ has helped put entrepreneurship in the spotlight. However, many of the great ideas for a product or business are never pursued because the people who have the idea don’t know where to go to get started or how to grow the idea from the upstart,” 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 is open to anyone who would like to present an idea, but reservations are required. “This forum is open to any member of the region that has an idea or business concept they want help getting off the ground,” said Becher. “We are hoping to see a variety of perspectives and ideas that will truly show that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in northwest Ohio. It is our hope that we will be able to provide feedback that will help entrepreneurs to move their idea or business forward.”

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; Matt Davis, executive director of  Williams County Economic Development Corporation; Matt Gilroy, executive director of the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation; Darrell Handy, president/CEO of the Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce; Mike Wolfe, Ph.D., dean of business at NSCC; and representatives from the commercial lending department at First Federal Bank.

The Entrepreneurship Forum will take place on Tuesday, October 27 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Voinovich Auditorium at NSCC. Lunch, sponsored by First Federal Bank, is included in the event. The event is free, but reservations are required by Friday, October 23. To reserve a presentation time or for more information, contact Lisa Becher at 419.267.1264 or lbecher@NorthwestState.edu.