NSCC Proud: MatthewMcKown

Matthew McKown shared why he is NSCC Proud.

“Northwest State has taken me to places I never would have dreamed! This photo is me at the Toledo Museum of Art, researching a masterpiece for a class at NSCC. Being an amputee and non-traditional student, getting out to learn and experience new things has often proven to be an almost Herculean effort, but being a student at NSCC has given me confidence to pursue the best in life! The faculty and staff at the College are truly hands-on and passionate about the students’ achieving the highest level of success in class as well as in life. Northwest State has inspired me to be a lifelong learner and a better human being. Thank you to everyone at NSCC who has made the magic of learning their selfless mission. “

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NSCC Experiences Continued Enrollment Growth

For the second straight semester, Northwest State Community College has experienced enrollment growth, both in terms of physical headcount on campus, as well as full-time equivalency (FTE). The head count increase is attributed in great part to a 19% increase in College Credit Plus students from spring 2019. The FTE is up a modest 0.44%, but repeated growth is noteworthy, which provides an opportunity to reflect and show appreciation.

“We are so grateful to the families in this area who continue to rely on us for both direct to job as well as transfer education,” said Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president. Northwest State proudly serves a six-county service area of Williams, Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Paulding and Van Wert Counties. The College also has a high-quality training facility in Toledo at the UT-Scott Park location.

Thomson remarked, “As we complete our 50th anniversary year and embark on a new strategic plan, we are singularly focused on meeting our community’s needs for high-quality, affordable education. It’s very rewarding when the community sees Northwest State as their primary educational partner.”

With the start of the 16-week spring semester, the College now also turns its attention to second eight-week courses, which will begin March 16. Eight-week courses are available across virtually all academic divisions as a way for students to catch up or stay ahead on their education pathway.

Thomson concluded, “In a country where someone’s economic fate seems more and more dictated by their birth zip code, it is imperative that Northwest State help local families attain their educational hopes and dreams. Our graduates become northwest Ohio future leaders, enjoying family sustaining wages and a high quality of life. This is the fundamental purpose of community colleges in the United States, and it makes us the envy of the world.”

Training Coordinator – JFS Workforce Opportunities

The JFS workforce training coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing employment and training services programs and projects as directed by the JFS workforce director to address the Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program (CCMEP) objectives in the identified service region. Responsibilities include:  serving as a liaison between Custom Training Solutions (CTS) and the area Job and Family Service (JFS) agencies; identify qualified CCMEP participants to enroll in employment and training services; coordinate with CTS team members to create employment and training services; assist with the development of policies to assure compliance with state and federal laws; maintain and ensure confidentiality on all matters. Funding for this position is contingent upon continued partnership with area JFS agencies. Download complete job description.

Nursing Program Announces NCLEX Passage Rates

The need for skilled nurses continues to grow nationwide, and Northwest State Community College is leading the way in preparing students to meet the healthcare demands of our communities. The practical nursing graduates from 2019 at NSCC earned a 100% pass rate for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX), while the registered nursing graduates earned a 92.86% pass rate.

“The faculty and I are pleased to announce the NCLEX results for both the practical nursing and associate degree nursing programs. Our graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX examination and qualify for entry-level nursing positions,” noted Dr. Kathy Keister, dean of the Nursing & Allied Health Division at NSCC.

“Keys to graduate success include the dedication of our experienced faculty and the strong partnerships with area hospitals and healthcare facilities who provide highly effective clinical experiences,” Keister continued. Dr. Keister also noted that within six months of graduation, 100% of NSCC nursing graduates are either working or enrolled in a baccalaureate program.

“Having consistently high passing rates, with multiple times 100% pass on the first try, is a testament to a dedicated group of faculty that ensures high-quality learning environments and student success,” said Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president. “As Northwest State’s premier community institution, local hospitals depend on our medical programs, like nursing, so they can ensure high-quality medical care. We’re so proud of our nursing students, and look forward to their success serving our local families,” Thomson continued.

Nursing careers are hard work, but are also potentially lucrative, which makes the NSCC education worth the time and effort. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage from May 2018 for a registered nurse is $75,510, while the mean annual wage for a licensed practical nurse is $47,050.

Both the practical nursing and registered nursing programs are accepting applications at Northwest State’s main campus in Archbold. 

[1] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291141.htm

[1] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm

NSCC Proud: Richelle Avers

Richelle Avers has always been very self-motivated. She began taking College Credit Plus classes at NSCC as a freshman in high school and completed her associate of science degree before her high school graduation! Richelle credits the high-quality education she received at Northwest State, and the encouragement of sciences faculty, for her ongoing success. What’s next for Richelle? A trip to Germany to study molecular cell biology at Technische Univerität, Kaiserslautern

Dean – Arts & Sciences

Applications are being accepted for the dean of the Arts & Sciences Division. This position is responsible for management and direction of the Division and its functions.  These functions include program development; faculty and student recruitment; budget development and management; and faculty development and evaluation. The dean will coordinate these responsibilities with the College as a whole so as to support the mission of NSCC. Download complete job description.