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.


Eight Complete NSCC Law Enforcement Academy

Eight graduates from the Northwest State Community College Law Enforcement Academy were recently honored during a special ceremony. The class successfully completed both the state certification exam and the physical fitness requirements of the program. Current graduates who have taken the Ohio Peace Officer Training Certification examination achieved a 100% first-time pass rate, which is a requirement to become a law enforcement officer in the State of Ohio.GroupThe following graduates were recognized:

Defiance County: Desirae Hahn, Joshua Killion Heather Schwiebert and Andrew Seiple
Fulton County: Travis Pennington
Henry County: Leslie Tietje
Williams County: Jared McCann and Kyle Potts

Several students from the graduating class received additional recognition. Jared McCann was presented with the Top Gun Award for earning the highest score on the firing range. Heather Schwiebert received the Commander’s Citation of Excellence. Andrew Seiple received the Deputy Allan D. Ohlrich Outstanding Cadet Award.

Special recognition was given to NSCC Allied Health and Public Services Division secretary, Mary Kruse, who is retiring from the College after serving on and off since 1981.

The Northwest State Community College Law Enforcement Academy is an eight-month program that is offered annually. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 5:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. A new class is forming now and is scheduled to begin in August. For more information on the academy, contact Janet Koepplinger, dean of the Allied Health & Public Services Division, at 419.267.1258 or

Samantha Phillips Earns OSSMA Scholarship

Congratulations to Samantha Phillips, NSCC student, on earning the Mary Buckley Scholarship from the Ohio State Society of Medical Assistants (OSSMA). Samantha is one of only four students in the state to receive the scholarship this year.

Samantha PhillipsPictured left to right: Beth Nafziger, NSCC instructor; Ivana Susanek, OSSMA president; Ann Zeller, NSCC lab/practicum coordinator; Samantha Phillips, scholarship winner; and Natasha Geno, OSSMA vice president.

NSCC Proud: Megan Wiles

Megan Wiles graduated from Northwest State in 2015 with an associate of science in pre-kindergarten. Her education from NSCC provided a strong foundation and transfer credits, helping her earn a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Defiance College in 2017. Megan sat down with us to share her experiences, thank those who helped her along the way, and provide a glimpse into her bright future. Way to go, Megan! You are a great example of what it means to be NSCC proud.

2017 Spring Dean’s List

Congratulations to all of the students who made the spring Dean’s List! 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, averaging above a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Commencement Ceremony Recognizes More Than 320 Graduates

Northwest State Community College celebrated the 2017 graduating class at its forty-seventh Commencement Ceremony this past weekend. The ceremony recognized over 320 graduates who completed an associate degree or certificate program with the College during fall, spring or summer term.

Dr. Thomas Stuckey, NSCC president, congratulated the graduates on their achievements. He encouraged them to remember, “Your life has changed. And your life will continue to change. Education prepares you for that change.”

Rose Mansel-Pleydell was the student speaker selected. She shared that in her life, things have not always gone according to plan, as is the case with most people. “Plans almost never come to fruition without taking an alternate route,” Mansel-Pleydell stated. “Life isn’t about sticking to the plan, and more than likely, your greatest adventures will be found just beyond the comfort zone in which you mapped out your future.” Mansel-Pleydell earned an Associate of Applied Business in Business Management degree, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Keynote speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony was State Representative Rob McColley of Napoleon. McColley praised those individuals who sacrificed to help the graduates achieve their current and future goals. “No matter how hard you worked to get here today, and no matter how hard you work to get to where you want to be in the future, you never truly did it alone,” McColley remarked.

Following the recognition of the graduates, Dr. Stuckey announced Abby Jaggers as the recipient of the President’s Outstanding Student Award. Jaggers graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting. Jaggers resides in Stryker and is currently a part-time pharmacy technician with Rite Aid. She is the mother of two sons, ages 5 and 7. Jaggers completed her medical externships with Archbold Medical Group.

Medical Assisting Students Recognized

Six students completing Northwest State Community College’s medical assisting associate degree program were recently recognized in a special ceremony held for the graduates. The medical assisting program prepares students for entry-level medical careers entry in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Medical Assisting

The following graduates were honored for medical assisting: Karleen Gustwiller, Hailey Zimmerman, Alexis Wulff, Minnie Cain, Beth Habegger and Abby Jaggers. Jaggers was also recognized at the ceremony for earning an Award of Merit from NSCC.

NSCC Recognizes 23 Award of Merit Recipients

Northwest State Community College recently recognized twenty-three Award of Merit recipients. For over 25 years, Northwest State has recognized graduates within the degree programs for their academic achievements.  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

Awardee Program of Study Academic Division
Valentina Huerta Paraprofessional Education Allied Health & Public Services
Abby Jaggers Medical Assisting Allied Health & Public Services
Emily Creque Office Administrative Services Allied Health & Public Services
Hollie Hernandez Human Services Allied Health & Public Services
Andrea Lutz Human Services Allied Health & Public Services
Andrea Avers Associate of Arts Arts & Sciences
Michelle Trent Associate of Science Arts & Sciences
Christopher Weiss Accounting Business Technologies
Jordan Spackman Crop and Soil Management Business Technologies
Tegan Hurd Visual Communication – Graphic Design Business Technologies
Levie Rufenacht Computer Programming Business Technologies
Rebecca McBride Paralegal Studies Business Technologies
Rose Mansel-Pleydell Entrepreneurship Business Technologies
Lisa Wright Electrical Engineering Technology Math, Science & Engineering Technologies
Brock Hoops Mechanical Engineering Technology Math, Science & Engineering Technologies
Randy Belmares CAD/CAM Math, Science & Engineering Technologies
Nathan Butler Industrial Maintenance Industrial Technologies
Jared Fortman Industrial Maintenance Industrial Technologies
Scott Plummer Maintenance Technician – Mechatronics Industrial Technologies
Melissa Bowling Practical Nursing Nursing
Ashley Schlechty Practical Nursing Nursing
Andrea Hoying Registered Nursing Nursing
Samantha Hays Registered Nursing Nursing