NSCC is seeking a qualified sociology instructor. The part-time sociology faculty will work closely with full-time faculty and the dean in their leadership, development, assessment and evaluation of curriculum and will provide assessment and other student retention and success-related information as required. The qualified applicant must hold a master’s degree in sociology or a master’s degree with 18 graduate credit hours in sociology. Interested candidates need to submit an employment application, cover letter, resume and three letters of recommendation. All information should be submitted to careers@NorthwestState.edu using “Sociology (PT)” as the subject line.
Beginning July 6, the following offices will be open on campus Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Career & student activities
- Financial aid
- Success center
Walk-ins are welcome or you may contact any of these offices to schedule an appointment. Please note: All offices except financial aid and the success center will be closed for a campus-wide training on Tuesday, July 7.
The College is taking precautions to provide a safe, healthy environment for learners, faculty, and staff. Some of the precautions include:
- Maintain one entry point for safety related check-ins. All learners and visitors will be required to enter at door A-10 to do a temperature check and answer a few health-related questions.
- Require as per Phase Two learners, faculty and staff to wear a face covering. A limited number of disposable face coverings will be available. Please provide your own if possible.
- No-touch temperature scans. If your temperature is 100.4 or above, you will not be able to enter the building.
- Practice social distancing. If you are visiting a learner services office you will be asked to wait in the C-wing hallway and a staff member will assist you when available. We will do our best to manage wait times.
If you are able to receive services remotely you are encouraged to continue communication via email, phone, or Zoom. Additionally, if you are unable to comply with any of the above precautions staff will be available to assist you remotely.
- ACCUPLACER testing is available
- If you have questions regarding CCP, please contact your CCP advisor
- Textbooks can be ordered online. You can also visit the bookstore on campus Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Payment for fall classes is due August 13. Check your balance via myNSCC and contact the business office to make a payment or set up a payment plan.
- Campus conversations are happening via Zoom on Mondays at 6 p.m. Stay connected with your classmates! Check your NSCC email for details.
- Join us for meditation Monday sessions as well. Check your NSCC email for details on these 30-minute sessions happening Mondays at 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. through July 27.
- The NSCC Food Pantry is offering ‘drive-thru’ pickup on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Please pull up to the A20 doors, located on the east side of the building and a financial aid team member will bring a bag of groceries out to your car. Please email us at FoodPantry@NorthwestState.edu to let us know that you plan to come so we can ensure that we have enough bags ready for pickup each week.
- Please – if at any point you feel overwhelmed, anxious, or uncertain about anything – reach out to NSCC Counseling Services by texting NSCCHELP to 419-591-6487 and someone will respond to your inquiry and assist you with your needs.
The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Friday, June 19 in a virtual meeting, using Zoom technology as the College operates remotely due to COVID-19. As part of the meeting, the Board heard a presentation from the NSCC Cabinet about the College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and what the “new normal” will look like in fall 2020.
PANDEMIC RESPONSE – “PROUD OF HOW EVERYONE PIVOTED TO SERVE OUR LEARNERS”
NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson once again shared his admiration and appreciation for how the team at NSCC joined together in the face of tremendous adversity to quickly pivot from traditional in-class learning to fully-remote learning in one week. “It is a testament to faculty and staff who care for our learners and trust each other. Plans are nice, but it’s the wonderful work of good people that helped our learners complete spring classes,” he said.
Executive Vice President Todd Hernandez noted our phase two operations including plans for summer camps and a blood drive later this summer. Vice President Dan Burklo presented to the board what the fall 2020 term would look like as we return to more face-to-face classes using appropriate safety procedures.
Burklo noted that, “We want to assure all of our learners, faculty and staff that Northwest State is fully prepared and confident to safely offer in person classes and services this fall semester. We have protocols and practices in place to provide a safe environment for all and contingency plans prepared should we start to see any increase in cases.”
Vice President Lana Snider also described the many ways that we are serving learners at this time, including over $300,000 in emergency funding going directly to students. Most of those funds went to help students keep their connection to the College with digital technology and connectivity aids like hot spots.
Vice President Katy McKelvey stressed the importance of team self-care at this time as we all deal with numerous new life stressors. Finally, Jim Drewes described how Custom Training Solutions had little training in April and May, but that companies are now asking for more training, a good sign of economic recovery in the region.
Board Approves FY 20-21 Budget
In other action, the Board approved a $24.1 million operating budget. As Dr. Thomson noted, “While we have uncertainty in our budget, we have taken a conservative approach to this year’s budget. Our promise is to keep the Board updated regularly as we know more.”
Hernandez noted our strong summer 2020 term as the foundation for an enrollment projection of a slight increase for the coming year. He noted that, “The team has worked very hard customizing known best practices to Northwest Ohio.” He also reviewed our expanded partnerships with ODJFS and other organizations that are permitting us to reach those most in need at this time. Trustee Sue Derck spoke passionately encouraging NSCC in expanding access to those who need it the most.
In other Board action:
- Approved the promotions of Jennifer Thome to vice president-chief fiscal & administrative officer and Brittany Chamberlain to director-human resources & leadership development
- Approved the employment of Jamilah Tucker, dean-Arts & Sciences Division; Andrea Mofield, talent management specialist-human resources; Matthew Kibler, training coordinator-JFS workforce opportunities; and Avery Miller, training coordinator-JFS workforce opportunities
- Approved the 2020-2021 operating budget, set at approximately $24.1 million, about $200,000 more than the FY ’20 operating budget
- Approved an update to the Non-Discrimination/Anti-Harassment/Sexual Misconduct Policy, which are now combined to provide one comprehensive policy governing protected class discrimination. This policy update complies with new state and federal regulations regarding minors.
- Approved miscellaneous employment contracts, as well as one resignation
Northwest State Community College made a vital pivot when faced with the changing education landscape due to COVID-19, redirecting its face-to-face classes to virtual (online/distance) classes. The valuable lessons all two-year and four-year educational institutions learned as a result helped shape the new wave of education. NSCC lead faculty for visual communication/graphic design, Mike Vanderpool, sought to engage the education community in Ohio to share ideas and find ways that we can support each other as we move forward to an uncertain fall. Thus, the #OhioLeads Virtual Summit 2020 was born.
WHAT WENT RIGHT, WHAT WENT WRONG
The four-day education summit was held via Zoom technology, which became a commonly-used connectivity tool for higher education during the initial COVID-19 pandemic wave. Of the motivation for creating the summit, Vanderpool said, “It was an opportunity for people in education to discuss what went right, what went wrong, and what we might do differently going forward to be better prepared for the next time a challenge like COVID-19 disrupts our traditional models.”
A STATEWIDE COLLABORATION
Over 20 colleges and 158 people registered to attend the virtual summit. In total, 16 sessions over a variety of topics were presented, with average per-session attendance ranging between 20 and 55, per Vanderpool. The summit also had an international attendee, with an English and math teacher from Indonesia joining the summit daily.
NSCC hosted the event and organized the content distribution, but there were contributions from Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University, Zane State College, Rhodes State College and others. The K-12 population was represented as well, with Hilltop and Liberty Center technology directors contributing.
LESSONS FROM THE NSCC COVID-19 “PIVOT”
When asked to describe the experience of the NSCC COVID-19 educational pivot to full virtual learning, Vanderpool remarked, “I learned that NSCC did an amazing job with the COVID-19 adjustments. I’m proud to have been a part of what NSCC did because I think what we did, while hard to measure, really can become guidance for how we might all be better able to connect and serve our communities in the future.”
SUMMIT DETAILS AND ON-DEMAND VIDEO
NSCC representatives are currently getting the Summit content available for public viewing, and it will be shared via the College’s social media platforms using the hashtag #OhioLeads.
Congratulations to the students who made the Dean’s List for spring 2020! To be eligible, students must have taken at least 12 credit hours as a full-time student, or 6-11.99 as a part-time student,and have averaged above a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Northwest State Community College is one of five colleges from five states across the country to strengthen their commitment to improving student success by becoming part of the Achieving the Dream (ATD) National Network. These colleges are joining ATD at a time when COVID-19 has caused unimaginable disruptions that can only be met with resilience, innovation and a deepened commitment to student success and equity, a response seen across the nation by ATD’s Network of community colleges.
“Transformational change is difficult under normal circumstances, and it’s particularly pronounced during such a challenging time. We are encouraged by the commitment of these five institutions who have shown that student success is at the core of their work,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “We look forward to working with these colleges on building their capacity for change over the next three years, and we are excited to welcome them to the Network this summer.”
Teams from each of the five colleges will convene at a Virtual Kickoff Institute in July, which will set the stage for their work as ATD Network institutions. During Kickoff, college teams will meet virtually with their ATD coaches and begin to organize their student success work for the year, including preparing for campus-based Kickoff work in the fall. Their Kickoff experience will include an introduction to ATD’s approach, a capacity-building framework and companion self-assessment Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool, that enables colleges to pinpoint their strengths and areas for improvement across seven institutional capacities that are needed to facilitate change. This framework integrates and aligns efforts that the colleges may have already begun to implement, such as guided pathways, integrated planning and advising, developmental education redesign, and assesses readiness for other large-scale change work.
NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson added, “NSCC is proud to join the 277 community colleges in the Achieving the Dream movement. We share a common commitment to increase student success and completion. While we are very accessible, many Northwest Ohio learners face incredible barriers to reach our life-transforming educational environments. ATD will help us identify and close equity gaps that exist in all six counties in our service area.”
Thomson continued, “ATD will help use a data-informed decisional method to identify and reduce gaps so that every one of our 77,000 families can access our services. In today’s interconnected world, high-performing organizations adapt proven best practices to the culture and history of the area they serve. We have a strong track record adapting best practice as evidenced by our recent work in custom training and RAPIDS.”
The Achieving the Dream 2020 Cohort includes:
- Central Arizona College (AZ)
- Compton College (CA)
- Milwaukee Area Technical College (WI)
- Northwest State Community College (OH)
- Wake Technical Community College (NC)
ABOUT ACHIEVING THE DREAM
Achieving the Dream leads a growing network of 277 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing academic achievement gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 44 states and the District of Columbia.
The NSCC Success Center has a wealth of academic support services available to assist you. All of these tutoring services are free of charge and offered remotely during the summer term.
Drop-In Virtual Tutoring Options
Students needing assistance in math, statistics, chemistry and physics can connect with Dan Light, tutor, Monday-Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. via Zoom.
Students needing help in math; statistics; any computer-related course, including
python programming; and accounting 111 & 112 can connect with Rebecca Dent-Weiss,
tutor, Monday-Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. via Zoom.
Tutoring by Appointment
Tutors are also available on Thursday to assist students as needed. Please email the Success Center at success@NorthwestState.edu if you are in need of
tutoring assistance on a Thursday, and we will connect you with a tutor who can assist you.
Barry VonDeylen will also be available to tutor in all accounting and business-related classes. You can contact him directly at bvondeylen@NorthwestState.edu.
For writing assistance, life science (biology), or any other subject area not referenced
above, email success@NorthwestState.edu and let us know what subject area you need assistance with. Your email will then be directed to a tutor who can assist
Please Note: If you need writing assistance, please attach the paper that you would like the tutor to review with your initial email tutor request so we can forward it to the
tutor without delay. If you would like to meet with the writing tutor, please let us know,
otherwise, the tutor will review your paper and return it to you with their embedded comments and feedback.
Virtual tutors will be serving students this summer Monday through Thursday during
the morning and afternoon hours. If you are not available to meet with a tutor during that time, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
This online tutoring resource offers assistance in several different subject areas including writing, math, chemistry, physics, biology, anatomy & physiology, computer sciences, and more.
If you have any questions regarding these services, please contact Cherie Rix, Success Center coordinator, at crix@NorthwestState.edu. We hope you find these resources helpful! As always, we are pleased to serve you and wish you much success as you continue your journey with us here at NSCC. Our goal is your success!
Summer classes start June 8.
NSCC Counseling Services
Please – if at any point you feel overwhelmed, anxious, or uncertain about anything – reach out to NSCC Counseling Services by texting NSCCHELP to 419.591.6487 and someone will respond to your inquiry and assist you with your needs.
NSCC Learner Services Offices are remote services only. Virtual office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. Staff are prepared to fully serve your needs remotely.
Advising Center: 419.267.1390, Advising@NorthwestState.edu
Bi-weekly Zoom express advising is available for summer and fall registration. The next session is Thursday, June 11 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Join via this link.
Bookstore: 419.267.1308, kstapleton@NorthwestState.edu
Order your summer textbooks online. You can have your order shipped to you for free, or you can use curbside pick up. If you are using the curbside pick up option, stop by Monday or Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. When you arrive, call the bookstore and your order will be available at the A-10 entrance.
Business Office: 419.267.1311, BusinessOffice@NorthwestState.edu
If payment or payment arrangements are not received by Friday, June 5, you may be dropped from your summer 2020 classes. Please log in to your myNSCC and check the balance due. If a balance is due, one or more of the following actions should be taken:
- Pay your remaining account balance – Call the business office or log into myNSCC.
- Establish a payment plan – Call or email the business office for more information.
- Incomplete financial aid status – Financial aid Issues should be resolved via your myNSCC portal or by contacting financial aid directly at FinAid@NorthwestState.edu.
Career and Activities Office: 419.267.1330, mjacobs@NorthwestState.edu
Join your classmates on Mondays at 6 p.m. or Thursdays at 9 a.m. for “Campus Conversations.” By joining these weekly Zoom meetings, you can connect with the latest information about classes and campus updates. Get answers to questions and stay connected. Check your NSCC email for details.
Stay connected to the latest career advice and local & regional job postings by visiting CollegeCentral.com/NSCC. This free service provides career opportunities, resume submission and podcast advice on a variety of topics related to your career development.
Financial Aid Office: 419.267.1333, FinAid@NorthwestState.edu
If you plan to take summer or fall classes and you have not completed your 2020-2021 FAFSA yet, please complete it today at www.fafsa.gov. Please also continue to monitor your myNSCC account to view any incomplete/missing items that are needed to complete your financial aid file.
The NSCC Food Pantry will be doing ‘drive-thru’ pickup on Thursday’s from 11 am – 1 p.m. Please pull up to the A-20 doors, located on the east side of the building, and a financial aid team member will bring a bag of groceries out to your car. Please email us at foodpantry@NorthwestState.edu to let us know that you plan to come so we can ensure that we have enough bags ready for pickup each week.
Resources and Emergency Funds – If you are experiencing a hardship, we are here to help you! Please email us at finaid@NorthwestState.edu and include your name, student ID number, and a brief summary of your needs and we will reach out to you with both institutional and community resources.
Registrar’s Office: 419.267.1395, Registrar@NorthwestState.edu
Registrar staff will continue to run processes and will communicate with you via your student email.
Success Center: 419.267.1457, Success@NorthwestState.edu
All tutoring services will be offered remotely during the summer semester. Contact the Success Center to submit your tutor request or for additional information. E-tutoring services will be available beginning June 8. No test proctoring services will be available this summer. Please contact your instructor for assistance.