The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Friday, December 15. As part of the meeting, the Board heard a presentation from Dave Mohring, NSCC STEM faculty member, regarding ongoing recruitment and community outreach efforts from the Science, Technology, Engineering Technologies & Math (STEM) Division. The pilot project, “Advising for Engineering Career Pathways,” includes engineering classes at Automatic Feed and Defiance Metal Products, plastics classes at B&B Molded Products in Defiance, strategic visits to high schools throughout the College’s service area, and numerous other school and community outreach functions in an effort to increase STEM field student enrollment at NSCC.
Mohring noted that as of mid-September, there were over 2,300 current engineering-related job openings in northwest Ohio and nearly 23,000 engineering-related job openings throughout the state, further illustrating the need for more students in STEM fields of study. He also shared a personal story of his education path, relaying how his associate degree from NSCC and subsequent bachelor’s of science from the University of Toledo cost him just $12,000, thanks to a tuition reimbursement program from his then-employer. Similar degree path from four-year institutions can cost over ten times as much for the same education.
In other Board action:
- Approved the promotion of Cassie Rickenberg to director of advising center and the employment of Makayla Windau as admissions recruiter
- Approved miscellaneous employment contracts, transfers and a resignation
- Approved a tuition increase for in-state students to $167.33 per semester credit hour, as well as an out-of-state surcharge of $161.33 per semester credit hour, both effective summer 2018 semester
- Approved 2016-2017 College audit and 2016-2017 budget transfers, as well as the financial report