Faculty Spotlight: Pat Hofbauer

Thanks to Pat’s hard work and dedication, NSCC was just re-approved through fall 2023 by the ODHE and the Department of Education to offer the program leading to the Ohio Prekindergarten Associate License. The recommendation reads in part: “(NSCC)’s Prekindergarten Associate License preparation program meets the Chancellor’s requirements for program approval and the State Board of Education’s minimum standards for associate level programs leading to the Prekindergarten Associate License.”

NSCC Proud: Kristin Pilarski

As a part-time officer for the Edgerton Police Department, Kristin Pilarski is doing more than protecting and serving her community. She’s also breaking down barriers. With the support of her family and instructors at NSCC, Kristin found the encouragement she needed to pursue her dream career, even though it’s in a male-dominated field.

Learn more about the NSCC Law Enforcement Academy and criminal justice programs.

Learning in Action: Medical Assisting

Students in Ann Zeller’s medical assisting clinical class completed some lab exercises recently, but they left a little time to have fun as well. See the photos here.

Medical assisting is a two-year degree program, and it’s one of nearly 70 programs available at Northwest State. Registration is open now for summer and fall classes.

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NSCC Proud: Britni Brown

Earning a degree from Northwest State gave Britni Brown more than a jump start on her career—it also gave her a jump start in life. Thanks to affordable tuition, a generous scholarship program and a location close to home, Britni completed her education without any student loan debt. Since graduating in 2015, she is employed as an administrative assistant in the HR department at Alex Products. Congratulations on your accomplishments, Britni!

Learn more about the office administration program.

NSCC Proud: Beth Nafziger

In addition to being a proud adjunct faculty member, Beth Nafziger is an NSCC graduate two times over. She graduated from what was then Northwest Technical College with an associate degree in business management and worked in the automotive industry for more than 30 years. The work landscape changed, leading Beth down a new path. She returned to Northwest State, earning an associate degree in medical assisting. Beth now “walks the walk,” working in the field at Defiance Mercy Hospital and serving as an adjunct faculty member in the Allied Health & Public Services Division at NSCC. Her combination of work experience and education helps prepare students to excel not only in class, but in the workplace as well.

Fall 2016 Dean’s List

Congratulations to all of the students who made the fall 2016 Dean’s List. To be eligible, students must have taken at least 12 credit hours for full-time or 6-11.99 for part-time and have averaged above a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Fall Commencement Ceremony Awards 113 Degrees & Certificates

Northwest State Community College celebrated the 2017 graduating class at the fall Commencement Ceremony on December 19. The ceremony recognized 113 degree and/or certificate recipients from the divisions of Allied Health & Public Services; Arts & Sciences; Business Technologies; Nursing; and Math, Science & Engineering Technologies. Sixty-six students participated in the ceremony.

Dr. Cindy Krueger, NSCC vice president for academic and student services, encouraged graduates on their journey ahead. “You have completed an important task–your college degree. You are now ready for the next chapter in your life,” Krueger said. “As you go forth, hold your head high, for you are on the path to success.” Krueger concluded her speech with a congratulations to the graduating class, thanking them for “allowing Northwest State to be (their) educational partner.”

Katherine Wolfe of Defiance was the student speaker. She received an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and graduated Summa Cum Laude, with memberships in Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Delta Nu honor societies. During her speech, Wolfe mentioned that her registered nursing degree “represents a mid-life career change…one that (she) never expected,” a circumstance also shared by other fall graduates. Wolfe continued, “You are only as happy as you make up your mind you’re going to be. It’s less about possessions and fully about attitude. Count your blessings and be happy.”

The keynote speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony was James Hoops, associate vice president for strategic initiatives at Northwest State. Hoops, a former Henry County auditor and Ohio state representative, mixed personal stories of triumph and tragedy with words of encouragement.

“Life is uncertain and changing, life is going to be a challenge,” Hoops said. He also encouraged the graduates to stay connected. “You will become part of a large family of Northwest State Community College as an alumni. Please come back and visit, let us know how you’re doing. Also let us know what we can do better to help the surrounding communities.”

During the ceremony, fifteen 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 & Public Services
Rebecca Meyer, Medical Assisting
Ashley Malone, Medical Support
Kim Rosales, Human Services
Susan Benson, Paraprofessional Education
Mariah Slayback, Criminal Justice

Arts & Sciences
Ariel Krouse, Associate of Arts

Business Technologies
Bree Rolon, Accounting
Francisca Franklin, Human Resource Management
Arika Nuest, Visual Communications – Graphic Design

Engineering Technologies
Rebekah Both, Electrical Engineering Technology
Logan Brooker, Mechanical Engineering Technology

Industrial Technologies
Shane Hancock, Machining
Zebulun Lillard, Maintenance Technology – Mechatronics

Haley Robbins, Practical Nursing
Katherine Wolfe, Registered Nursing

Phlebotomy & Medical Assisting Graduates Recognized

Six 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.

medical assisting-phlebotomyThe following graduates were honored for medical assisting:

Defiance County: Rebecca Meyer (Defiance), Alexis Parrish (Defiance)
Williams County: Aimee Dickinson (Bryan)
Wood County: Vanessa Garcia (Perrysburg)

The following graduates were honored for phlebotomy:
Fulton County: Michelle Fouty (Wauseon)
Henry County: Morgan Medina (Holgate)