NSCC Proud: Bob Orewiler

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 Orewiler & Family

NSCC Proud: Bob Kroeger

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.


NSCC Proud: Ron Coles

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.


NSCC Proud: Pat Turpening

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.

NSCC Proud: Jamie Huber

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!

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NSCC Proud: Nancy Gilligan

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.

NSCC Proud: Tanya Brunner

Tanya Brunner is a 1993 business management graduate of NSCC (then Northwest Technical College) and the office manager of the Defiance County Veterans Office. Tanya is a nationally-accredited service officer with over 25 years experience on the job. She is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served from 1988-1996, including time in a unit dedicated to underwater surveillance to uncover drug smuggling operations. Tanya earned the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004 and shares her experience in this video. We greatly appreciate Tanya’s service to our country, as well as  that of all veterans.

NSCC Proud: Fran Franklin

Francisca Franklin had a full plate before coming to Northwest State, working full time and raising a family. NSCC’s flexible scheduling options, including online classes, helped Fran fulfill her educational goals while achieving the important work-life-school balance she needed. Fran is now the human resources director at Heartland of Wauseon, a facility that specializes in outpatient rehabilitation, short-term care, memory care and long-term care.

Learn more about the business programs available at Northwest State.