NSCC Proud: Amanda Waldfogel

Feeling unfulfilled as a professional photographer, Amanda Waldfogel was unsure if she should go back to school but quickly realized her NSCC instructors were truly there to help her succeed. Although she didn’t start college until her 30s, the diverse age range of students at Northwest State helped her feel at ease. The positive experience put her on a path to continue her education at Defiance College, and Amanda is now a social worker at A Renewed Mind in Bryan.

CLL to Host Mental Health First Aid Training

To be a good neighbor, friend or family member, it would be beneficial to understand signs of mental instability. Sometimes those around us, or maybe even we, are overcome by sadness, anger and anxiety. What should a caring person do? Where do we turn?

The public is invited to two sessions of the Mental Health First Aid Workshop, sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning at Northwest State Community College. Presenters of the ADAMhs Board will lead the training and all participants will have a workbook to keep for future reference.

The Mental Health First Aid Workshop is divided into two different Friday sessions. The first is Friday, October 5 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and the second part of the workshop will be offered Friday, October 12 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Both sessions will take place at the College and those who complete both sessions will earn a Mental Health First Aid USA certificate.

The workshop is a grass-roots approach to identifying mental health behaviors that need our attention. As a community, we need to be aware of things we say and do that add to the stigma of those suffering from mental illness. The interactive sessions will stir participants to better understand the complexity of the issues and teach techniques for de-escalating the situations.

All around us, stories of senseless shootings make the news. Professionals all agree that being aware of mental health issues is at least one of the components to making safer neighborhoods.

On October 5 after the lunch, which is included in the registration, Bev Miller, a Wauseon native and former teacher, will speak to the group about her battle with mental illness. She openly shares her story of the highs and lows of a very misunderstood disease. Today, Ms. Miller is co-owner of her family business and speaks of her journey toward mental stability. The Friday session will wrap up by 3 p.m. The second half of the workshop will be Friday, October 12 and will conclude by 12:30 p.m. with no lunch included.

Registration Information

The registration fee for the entire workshop is $12, which includes lunch on Friday, October 5. To register call 419.267.1312 by Monday, October 1. Credit card payments are accepted, or you can make arrangements to pay at the door.

To register by mail, send a check with your name, address, and contact number in the to: Center for Lifelong Learning, Northwest State, 22600 State Route 34, Archbold, Ohio 43502. For questions call the Center’s coordinator, Cecily Rohrs, at 419.267.5502.

Developmental and College-Level English Faculty (Part-Time)

NSCC is seeking a qualified instructor to teach developmental and college-level English. Classes offered will include composition I & II and a variety of literature courses. The part-time composition faculty will work closely with full-time composition 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 the discipline or a master’s degree with 18 graduate credit hours in English. 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 “Dev. & College-Level Eng. Fac. (PT)” as the subject line.

Fall 2018 Classes Still Available

There’s still time to take fall classes at NSCC! If you’re ready to get started now or if you’ve found some extra space in your schedule, check out the listing of eight-week classes.

This semester’s eight-week classes are great for new students or returning students who are part of a business program. Classes begins October 17, and the NSCC Advising Center can help you get started. Make an appointment by emailing advising@NorthwestState.edu or calling 419.267.1390.

Part-Time RN Clinical Instructor

A part-time registered nursing clinical instructor is responsible for managing a group of students in a clinical setting including assigning, supervising and evaluating the students. Applicants must have, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in nursing, two years work experience as a registered nurse and an active Ohio nursing license.  When the clinical experience is in Indiana, an Indiana nursing license is also required. Nursing clinical instructors are needed for area hospitals, as well as Toledo and Fort Wayne locations. Openings are available in both the practical nursing program and the associate degree nursing program in a variety of clinical settings.

Northwest State Community College is an innovative leader in higher education serving northwest Ohio. We offer an excellent benefit program and competitive wages. The College values integrity, learning and people and is committed to hiring a top-performing workforce that believes in the power of education and training. NSCC team members are motivated and results-orientated individuals who enjoy working in a collaborative work environment to enhance the lives of individuals and strengthen the communities we serve.

Interested candidates need to submit employment application, cover letter, resume and three letters of recommendation. All information should be submitted to careers@northweststate.edu using “PT RN Nursing Clinical” as the subject line.

NSCC Welcomes Kathy Keister as Dean of Nursing Division

Northwest State Community College is pleased to welcome Kathy Keister as the dean of the Nursing Division. Keister will be in charge of a nationally-renowned nursing program that has experienced tremendous achievement in National Council Licensure Examination passage rates and job placement in healthcare facilities throughout northwest Ohio. Her first official day on campus was Tuesday, September 4, and it is expected that the NSCC Board of Trustees will officially confirm her appointment at the next regularly-scheduled meeting on October 26.

Kathy KeisterKeister graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1979 with a bachelor’s of science in biology and in 1982 with a bachelor’s of science in nursing. She continued her education, earning a master’s of science in nursing in 1988 from University of Illinois at Chicago and a doctorate in nursing in 2004 from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to her position at NSCC, Keister was an associate professor at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She has also held education positions at Miami University, Owens Community College, Medical College of Ohio and others.

Perhaps the most fascinating and heart-warming aspect of this story is that thirty years ago, Keister was one of two original faculty hired to implement the nursing program at Northwest Technical College, which would eventually become Northwest State. Noting that family in northwest Ohio encouraged her to apply for this position, Keister appreciated the thought of her career coming full-circle. “My long-term plan was to return to this part of the state once I retired, but that timeline sped up thanks to this opportunity,” Keister said.

Keister loves the daily challenges and opportunities in nursing education. “I love seeing the students develop from the first day they walk through the door to the last day they walk out with that diploma,” she said. Keister also noted that she has enjoyed the loving and accepting campus culture at Northwest State, from staff and students alike.