Eleven Graduate from Law Enforcement Academy

Eleven graduates from the Northwest State Community College Law Enforcement Academy were honored during a special ceremony. The class successfully completed both the state certification exam and the physical fitness requirements of the program. Several graduates were already commissioned with a department prior to graduation.

The following graduates were recognized:
Defiance County: Larry Hussy (Farmer)
Fulton County: Allen Donnett (Wauseon)
Henry County: Zachary Bowen (Napoleon), Lucas Freels (Napoleon)
Williams County: Robert Smith (Bryan), Brandon Willis (West Unity), Kristin Dolman (Montpelier), Scott Vershum (West Unity), Matt Lirot (Bryan), Hannah Beaverson (West Unity), Gabriel Valdez (Bryan)

Two graduates received additional recognition. Lucas Freels received the Allan D. Ohlrich Outstanding Cadet Award. Emily Ohlrich, daughter of the late commander was on hand to present the award to Freels. Larry Hussy received the Commander’s Citation of Excellence Award.

The Northwest State Community College Law Enforcement Academy is an eight-month program that is offered annually. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 6:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. A new class is forming now and is scheduled to begin in August. For more information on the academy, contact Lori Robison, dean of the Allied Health & Public Services Division, at 419.267.1342 or lrobison@NorthwestState.edu.

IT Alert for Tuesday, June 30

Systems will be down for maintenance starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, for approximately 15 minutes. The outage includes Internet connections on campus. If you need to access College systems, take a timed test or complete other computer work, please plan accordingly.

If you have any question or concerns, email helpdesk@NorthwestState.edu or call 419.267.1461.

Discover NSCC Day

Mark your calendar to explore the opportunities waiting for you!

Thursday, July 23 • 3-6 p.m.

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  • 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 challenge, and experience a new twist on the game of Life
  • Picture yourself in scrubs as you observe a birthing simulation, cardiac arrest and more in NSCC’s state-of-the-art nursing lab
  • Test specimens in the medical assisting lab, explore the in-demand field of respiratory care and watch law enforcement professionals showcase their defensive tactics
  • Control a robot and try out the technology that makes manufacturing tick
  • Enter to win one of two $500 scholarships and find out how Northwest State can help you start on the path to a bachelor’s degree for less

For more information, contact the NSCC Admissions Office at 419.267.1320 or admissions@NorthwestState.edu.

Register Now for Summer STEM Camp

Come join the fun at Northwest State this summer! Registration is still open for the second session of camp, where kids can learn new ideas, solve problems and explore the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Summer STEM Camp is available July 20-23 (students who completed grades 7-8). Check out the flier for more information on what the camp includes and how to register.

Please note, the July 13-16 (students who completed grades 5-6) session is full.

Sixty-Four Students Inducted into PTK & KBD Honor Societies

Congratulations to the sixty-four students who were recently inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa and Kappa Beta Delta Honor Societies. To be eligible for induction, students must have a 3.5 grade point average after completing at least eighteen credit hours of college coursework. The guest speaker for the evening’s induction ceremony, Senator Cliff Hite, was also inducted as an honorary member to both honor societies.

Phi Theta Kappa was established in 1918 to encourage academic achievement for two-year college students. Its mission is to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.3 million members.

Kappa Beta Delta was established in 1997 as a specialty honor society for two-year college students in business programs. Its purpose is to recognize student scholarship and accomplishments, as well as encourage personal and professional improvement and service to others.

The following students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa. Those students marked with an asterisk (*) were inducted into both Phi Theta Kappa and Kappa Beta Delta

Defiance County:  Amanda Craig (Defiance), Andrea Davis(Defiance), Gina Nichols(Defiance), Katharine Stottlemyer (Defiance), Katherine Wolfe (Defiance), Patricia Bishop (Defiance), Brian Bostleman (Defiance), Britni Brown, Anita Kennedy (Defiance), Ariel Krouse (Defiance), Brett Hook+ (Hicksville), Tara Rockey (Hicksville), Carolina Vissers (Mark Center), Stacie Smith* (Ney), Frank Ekete (Ney),  Amy Shaffer (Oakwood), Jordan Core (Sherwood)

Fulton County: Brian Huffman (Archbold), Jolie Heberling (Archbold), Jessica Wyse (Metamora), Logan Baker (Swanton), Susan Carattini-Pope (Wauseon), Francisca Franklin+ (Wauseon), Michael Sager+ (Wauseon)

Henry County:  Brock Hoops (Deshler), Hayley Giesige (Holgate), Lindsay Heath* (Holgate), Darren Campos (Liberty Center), Andrew Reiser (Liberty Center), Zachary Reiser (Liberty Center), Brandon Clymer* (Liberty Center), Andrew McGraw (Malinta), David Steward (Malinta), Brian Bascom (Napoleon), Trisha Carter (Napoleon), Nathan Dickmann (Napoleon), Mallori Majewski (Napoleon), Miranda Nelson (Napoleon), Gregory Hall* (Napoleon), Marsha Heilman (Napoleon), Amberly Miller (Napoleon), Nathan Jaqua (Napoleon), Cynthia Brooks (Napoleon), Rosalyn Prater (Napoleon)

Paulding County: Haley Linder (Paulding)

Williams County: Zoe Koch (Aldvordton), Randy Wolff (Bryan), Shalina Zwick (Bryan), Michael Cragle (Bryan), Emily  Trent (Bryan), Dennis Bates (Bryan), Megan Grime+ (Bryan), Samantha Mercer (Edon),Kennedy Brigle* (Montpelier),  Grace Hartman (Montpelier), Zack VanDyke (Montpelier), Bethany Polter (Montpelier), Eric Coopeman (Stryker), Joel Mille (Stryker), Melissa Kinkaid (Stryker), Laura Castillo (West Unity), Lauren Garrett (West Unity)

Allen County:  Thelithia Banks (Lima)

Putnam County: Chris Baden (Continental)

Wood County: Ian Finn (Weston), Hannah Everson (Grand Rapids)

NSCC & Terra Combine Administrative Support

Northwest State Community College and Terra Community College are joining forces to streamline administrative functions, a move that will allow each college to invest more resources locally on educational opportunity and quality.

“Terra State and Northwest State have a successful history of working cooperatively,” said Dr. Thomas L. Stuckey, president of Northwest State Community College. “Through this new collaboration, each college will reduce administrative costs and devote greater resources toward academic programming and student success.”

“This new arrangement puts Northwest State and Terra State on the cutting edge of higher education innovation,” said Dr. Jerome Webster, president of Terra State Community College. “Our goal is to provide the best possible educational experience for our students. These centralized positions carry greater responsibility; as we phase them in over the next few years, they will attract a larger, more qualified pool of higher education professionals.”

The boards of trustees for both Northwest State and Terra State independently approved the creation of the Northern Ohio Community College District, a regional council of government authorized by Chapter 167 of the Ohio Revised Code. The move does not merge the colleges themselves, rather it creates a centralized district and consolidates certain administrative positions for both colleges. The district office is expected to be housed at the University of Toledo Scott Park campus, in alignment with a consortium agreement with the University of Toledo. Both Northwest State and Terra State are approximately 40 miles from the new central office.

While important administrative functions will now be located off-campus, both colleges will continue the front-line work of education and workforce development in their distinct service areas.

“Both institutions are deeply rooted in the communities we serve, and that commitment will not change,” Stuckey said.

“Our colleges each have our own unique strengths,” Webster said. “Rather than competing with one another, we will play to each other’s strengths.”

The new central office is expected to be up and running by July 1, 2015. The first positions to move to the district office are the vice president of academic affairs and the chief financial officer. Terra State’s vice president of academic affairs is set to retire at the end of June, and Northwest State’s current vice president of academic affairs will move to the district office and assume the role for both schools. Similarly, Terra State’s CFO will move to the district office and will work collaboratively with Northwest State’s chief fiscal and administrative officer.

Other positions will be phased in over several years through attrition, including a chief executive officer (separate position from the college presidents); chief operation officer; chief workforce development officer; and marketing and public relations, human resources, and information technology functions. No faculty positions are affected by the change.

This is not the first time the two colleges have collaborated on shared personnel. In 2010-2011, each school was in need of a construction project coordinator. They jointly hired an individual who served both schools in this position for approximately 18 months.

In 2014, both schools were in search of a new director of financial aid. Drs. Stuckey and Webster discussed the possibility of collaborating on the position. While it didn’t work out in this particular case, it opened the door to further explore the benefits of such collaboration.

Northwest State Community College offers more than 70 academic programs and serves approximately 5,500 credit and non-credit students (average age of 30), with the majority of students from Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert, and Williams Counties. Seventy-two percent of Northwest State’s degree-seeking students receive some form of financial aid. Eighty-five percent of the schools nearly 9,300 alumni continue to live and work in the six-county area.

Terra State Community College offers 60 academic programs and serves roughly 3,500 credit and non-credit students (average age of 27), with the majority of students coming from Erie, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Seneca Counties. Eighty-six percent of Terra State’s students receive some form of financial aid. Eight-five percent of Terra State graduates continue to live and work in the college’s service area.