After a ride-along with a friend who was a sheriff’s deputy, a 26-year-old John Cooper decided to trade in factory life for a new path. John completed the NSCC Law Enforcement Academy and earned a degree in criminal justice in 2007. Now, he’s a school resource officer for Holgate Schools and maintains his patrol duties with the Henry County Sheriff’s office as well. John particularly enjoys the opportunity to work with students, helping to create a safe and positive atmosphere in the schools and the community.
While Rick Cole was a journeyman maintenance technician with Campbell’s Soup Supply Company, his supervisors saw his talent for business and encouraged him to make a switch. Rick graduated from NSCC’s business management program in 2004. His technical background served him well in the classroom and continues to have a positive impact on his professional life too. He credits the composition, public speaking and accounting classes in particular for helping him as he travels the country serving as a valuable support person for Campbell’s.
Bob Orewiler was among the earliest graduates at Northwest State, graduating in 1972 when it was still known as Four County Technical Institute. Bob earned his degree in building and construction technologies and was one of nine who completed the program that year. Bob put his education to use, working with the Bechtel Corporation as a field engineer, field construction supervisor and construction manager. After 33 years with Bechtel, Bob accepted a position with Turner Construction in Brentwood, Tennessee, working on the construction of a commercial office building, two hospitals and a cancer care center. Now retired, Bob reflects fondly on his experience at NSCC and strongly recommends the College to students of all ages.
Bob Kroeger got his start at NSCC when it was still known as Four County Technical Institute. He decided to take classes to gain mechanical knowledge after serving in the United States Navy. Although Bob started as a college student in his 30s, he felt at ease on campus and took to his studies with his signature focus and passion, graduating in 1974. Bob is very active in Veterans of Foreign Wars, continuing his proud service to our country. He was recognized for his excellence professionally and in the community in 2000 when he was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award from the NSCC Alumni Association.
What began as a promise to his mother turned into a lasting partnership that continues to this day. Ron Coles transferred to NSCC from Defiance College to keep his promise and finish his business management studies. After graduating in 1981, Ron has continued to be an ambassador for the College, serving as an adjunct faculty member, working with the NSCC Alumni Association and actively promoting Northwest State to potential students. That dedication was formally recognized in 2001 when Ron received the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award.
Ever since high school, Pat Turpening found herself interested in business classes, so it’s no surprise that she chose a business program at NSCC. She graduated with an accounting degree in 1987 and has used various elements of her education to help forge her path. Despite a 25-year break, Pat was able to transfer her credits to the University of Toledo, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. Now, Pat works as the twenty-first century after school program coordinator with the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center.
Jamie Huber knew she had more to offer and wanted to do something different with her career. After waiting nearly 20 years to return to school, her passion for fundraising and business led her to Northwest State. Jamie pursued a degree in marketing and graduated in 2018. Balancing a full-time job in healthcare, a family and her studies, Jamie took advantage of online courses to help her make it all work. She thanks her support system for helping her achieve her goals and encourages students to keep going!
Nancy Gilligan turned a major setback into a beautiful career path. As a high school dropout, Nancy didn’t think college would be a part of her future. Once the factory where she worked closed, college helped guide her in a new direction. Nancy credits Marty Phillips, an NSCC instructor, with connecting her to First Call for Help. An internship there cemented Nancy’s desire for a career helping others. Nancy graduated from the human services program in 2012 and is now the coordinator for the partial hospitalization program at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon.