Fall Commencement Ceremony Awards 103 Degrees/Certificates

Northwest State Community College celebrated the December 2018 graduating class at the fall Commencement Ceremony on December 17 in the Voinovich Auditorium. The ceremony recognized the awarding of 103 degrees and/or certificates to 97 students from the divisions of Allied Health, Business & Public Services; Arts & Sciences; Industrial Technologies; Nursing; and Science, Technology, Engineering Technology & Math (STEM).

 

Dr. Cindy Krueger, NSCC vice president for institutional effectiveness & student services, kicked off the ceremony with a note of celebration. Krueger noted that 91 percent of the graduating class lives in the College’s six-county service area of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams Counties, and that the grade point average of the class is 3.22.

Daniel Stuckey of Montpelier was the student speaker. He received an Associate of Applied Business in Business Management and is a member of the Kappa Beta Delta and Phi Theta Kappa honor societies. During his speech, Stuckey noted how two significant life events – the death of his father when Daniel was 8 years old and the death of his son Josh just over 10 years ago – helped shape the direction of his life and his education.

Stuckey noted, “I thought that going to college would be impossible. I lacked an education and I was working two jobs. I never missed a day of bus driving and I exceeded my goals in real estate last year. I’m graduating from college at 56 years old. Never say you can’t do something until you have tried your very best to achieve it. Pursue your dreams with all that’s in you and never give up. You will not regret it.”

The keynote speaker for this year’s Commencement Ceremony was Dr. Larry McDougle, president emeritus and former president of Northwest Technical College/Northwest State Community College. McDougle reflected fondly on his time at the College, noting of his 45 years spent in college administration, “without a doubt, (this was) the best 12 years of my career.”

McDougle also noted the distinction between doing things right and doing the right thing, sharing a memory from the first commencement he attended as president. His engaging speech resonated with the graduates and the audience alike.

During the ceremony, twelve students were recognized as Award of Merit recipients. Award of Merit recipients are chosen by faculty from the respective divisions based on leadership involvement, special talents or abilities in their academic field, and significant contributions to Northwest State.

Award of Merit recipients included:
Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Bret Schliesser, Accounting
Amanda Andres, Accounting
Kristi Schlachter, Accounting
Stephen DeLaney, Business Management
Daniel Stuckey, Business Management
Janell Marchant, Criminal Justice
Brooke Thatcher, Medical Assisting

Arts & Sciences
Isabella Swartz, Associate of Arts
Noah Scheppler, Associate of Science
Arielle Young, Visual Communication/Graphic Design

Industrial Technologies
Micah Peterson, Mechatronics
Cody Herman, Mechatronics

Nursing
Kali Heffelfinger, Practical Nursing

Science, Technology, Engineering Technology & Math
Kurt Stokes, Electrical Engineering
Matthew Wulff, Electro-Mechanical Engineering
Hannah Roth, Mechanical Engineering
Trey Hesselschwardt, Project Management

The College also recognized three individuals who were recently awarded emeritus status, an honorary title awarded for distinguished service to the academic community. The three recipients were Lynda Cramer, former executive assistant to three NSCC president; Lori Bird, former dean of the Nursing Division; and Peter Beck, CEO of Automatic Feed, chair of the NSCC Foundation and former Board of Trustees member.

NSCC Participates in Medical Assisting Teleconference

The Toledo Lucas County Chapter of Medical Assistants (TLCCMA) recently offered a teleconference featuring the American Association of Medical Assistant (AAMA) CEO and Legal Counsel, Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA. Balsa presented on federal and state updates in the medical assisting cope of practice.

NSCC participated in the teleconference, welcoming Certified Medical Assistants, Registered Medical Assistants, medical assisting educators from two colleges, students, local community healthcare representatives and personnel from the Allied Health, Business & Public Services Division at Northwest State. Others joined in from across the country, as many state societies and local chapters also participated.

Balasa defined that, “Medical assistants are allied health professionals who work under provider supervision in outpatient settings and are delegated clinical and administrative tasks. A provider usually means a physician (i.e. an MD or DO), nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Some medical assistants, however, work under other licensed health care providers such as a podiatrist (DPMs) or dentists (DDSs or DMDs). Regulation of professions rests primarily with the states, not with the federal government.”

NSCC Allied Health Lab Practicum Coordinator and TLCCMA President Ann Zeller, CMA (AAMA) stated that, “It’s vital that there be a clear understanding of the medical assistant’s scope of practice, as that’s the compass that guides us all.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. Zeller said, “There’s a great demand for medical assistants in northwest Ohio. The AAMA teleconference provided an opportunity to gain clarification of guidelines and query AAMA legal counsel, Donald Balasa, on any outstanding questions or concerns. The teleconference was successful, enlightening, and strengthens the medical assisting profession.”

Find out more about the medical assisting program at NSCC.

2018 Medical Assisting CEU Event

NSCC is hosting a free teleconference that includes two general continuing education units.

Who: Medical assistants and students in the medical assisting program
What: “Medical Assistants Scope of Practice: Federal & State” by AAMA CEO & Legal Counsel, Donald Balasa, JD
When: Tuesday, February 27, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Room A224 at Northwest State Community College

2017 Fall Commencement Ceremony

Northwest State Community College celebrated the fall 2017 graduating class at its commencement ceremony on December 18, held in the Voinovich Auditorium. The ceremony recognized the awarding of 166 degrees and/or certificates to 158 students from the divisions of Allied Health, Business & Public Services; Arts & Sciences; Industrial Technologies; Nursing; and Science, Technology, Engineering Technology & Math (STEM). This represents the largest fall graduating class in the College’s history.

Dr. Cindy Krueger, NSCC vice president for institutional effectiveness & student services, kicked off the ceremony with a note of celebration. “Tonight, we are celebrating the achievements of our graduates. We, your family, friends and the College community, have gathered to celebrate with you,” Krueger said.

Renee Limbacher of New Bavaria was the student speaker. She received an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting and graduated Summa Cum Laude. During her speech, Limbacher offered her thanks for her support system–family, friends and NSCC students, faculty and staff–by noting, “Your support has enabled us to face the trials we have encountered on this journey to success, and we have all had trials.”

Limbacher encouraged graduates to continue to move forward. “Now it’s time to see what you can do. Test your limits, break through the barriers trying to hold you back, reach for the sky. Follow your heart, and never stop climbing,” she said.

The keynote speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony was the Honorable Denise Herman McColley, Common Pleas Judge of the Domestic Relations/Juvenile Divisions with the Henry County Family Court. McColley encouraged graduates to continue to reach for their highest ideals, saying, “There’s always something we can do to better ourselves, always an option to continue learning, always a way to assist others. I truly believe that we should continue to reach for those higher ideals that better self, and the degree or certificate you are receiving today is another step on your journey to reach your ideals.”

McColley concluded her remarks by reflecting on the importance of “paying it forward” and helping others in any way possible, then led the graduates in a standing ovation of thanks for those who helped them each achieve their education goals.

During the ceremony, twelve students were recognized as Award of Merit recipients.  Award of Merit recipients are chosen by faculty from the respective divisions based on leadership involvement, special talents or abilities in their academic field, and significant contributions to Northwest State.

Award of Merit recipients included:

Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Emily Branham, Office Administrative Services
Josh Carmody, Business Management
Kasara Kovar, Criminal Justice
Jennifer Majchrowski, Medical Assisting

Arts & Sciences
Dustan Bradley, Associate of Arts

Industrial Technologies
Timothey Yocklin, Maintenance Technology-Mechatronics

Nursing
Devyn Stouffer, Registered Nursing

Science, Technology, Engineering Technology & Math
Levi Brumbaugh, Mechanical Engineering Technologies
Trevor Kepler, CAD/CAM
Tyson Spangler, Mechanical Engineering Technologies
Rob Weisenburger, Electrical Engineering Technologies
Alex Yoder, Network Administration

Medical Assisting & Phlebotomy Graduates Recognized

Nine students completing Northwest State Community College’s medical assisting associate degree or phlebotomy technician certificate program were recently recognized in a special ceremony held for the graduates. Both options lead to entry-level positions in the health care field, and students earning the phlebotomy technician certificate may choose to continue their education for an associate degree in medical assisting.

Phlebotomy & Medical Assisting Grads

The following graduates were honored:

Defiance County: Renee Limbacher and Micaela Miller
Fulton County: Kaycee Ford, Amy Huffman* and Jennifer Majchrowski
Paulding County: Jodi Carlisle
Putnam County: Darcie Hoffman and Ashley Malone
Williams County: Shylo Nailor

*Denotes phlebotomy honoree. All others are medical assisting.

NSCC Proud: Drew Seiple

For Drew Seiple, a 2017 graduate of the NSCC Law Enforcement Academy, having a mother who is an NSCC graduate and a grandfather who was an NSCC instructor meant attending Northwest State was an obvious choice. What wasn’t so obvious? His career path.

Drew shared with us what led him to pursue a career in law enforcement after originally being interested in graphic design. He also offered insight on how his education at Northwest State prepared him for his career as an officer with the Stryker Police Department.

Learn more about the NSCC Law Enforcement Academy and academy option program.

Nine Complete Phlebotomy Technician Program

Nine students completing Northwest State Community College’s phlebotomy technician certificate program were recently recognized in a special ceremony held for the graduates. This program leads to entry-level positions in the health care field, and students earning the phlebotomy technician certificate may choose to continue their education for an associate degree in medical assisting.

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The following graduates were honored:

Defiance County: Destiny Dennis

Fulton County: Allison Cuff, Jennifer Majchrowski, Dustin Snow and McKenzie Yoder

Henry County: Katie Kurtz

Williams County: Pamela Brown, Jessie Hoffman and Courtney Retcher

Ann Zeller Named TLCCMA President

Congratulations to Ann Zeller, allied health faculty, on her recent appointment as president of the Toledo Lucas County Chapter of Medical Assistants (TLCCMA). Ann will lead the organization for its 2017-18 year.
Pictured are current and former TLCCMA officers. Front row:  Christina Siwa, councilor; Paula Birney, past treasurer; and Ann Zeller, president. Back row: Diane Morlock, treasurer; Veronica Burgert, vice president; Judie Alessi, past president; and Amy McMasters, secretary.

Pictured are current and former TLCCMA officers. Front row: Christina Siwa, councilor; Paula Birney, past treasurer; and Ann Zeller, president. Back row: Diane Morlock, treasurer; Veronica Burgert, vice president; Judie Alessi, past president; and Amy McMasters, secretary.