Kevin Maynard graduated in 1981 from what was then Northwest Tech and put his electro-mechanical engineering degree to work right away in the utilities industry. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Defiance College, Kevin ascended to leadership roles in municipalities in Minnesota, Michigan and Ohio. He now serves as the director of utilities at Bryan Municipal Utilities in Bryan, Ohio, overseeing electric, water and communications services for the city. Kevin was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award from NSCC in 2003.
Owen Brigner started taking College Credit Plus classes at Northwest State during high school, earning about one year’s worth of credits in the process. He decided to continue his studies at NSCC after graduating from high school and earned his associate of arts degree in 2019. Owen graduated debt-free and transferred his credits to BGSU, where he is now working on his bachelor’s degree.
Tammy Cook dropped out of high school to start raising a family, but she had a goal to return to school to improve her situation. She eventually earned her GED with her step-daughter, fulfilling a promise they made to each other. Thanks to her education and training from NSCC, Tammy regained her confidence and completed her associate degree in office management.
Heather Galbraith knew from an early age she wanted to help people, it just took the encouragement of friends, family and NSCC instructors to guide her along her path. Heather graduated from NSCC in 2009 with a human services degree and now returns to the College to teach some of the very classes she once attended as a student.
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Raymond Payne took transfer courses at NSCC, completing his studies here in 2012 and later earning a master’s degree from BGSU. Check out the Q&A for more information about Raymond’s time at Northwest State.
Why did you choose NSCC originally to study? “I chose NSCC originally due to the affordability of the education and the easy to access location.”
What was the experience here like? “My experience with Northwest State Community College was very positive as there was tutoring available for math, English that I struggled with at first.”
When did you decide to continue your studies, and how was the transfer process for you? “I continued my studies at Bowling Green State University where I now carry a master’s degree in food and nutrition. The transfer process was easy as all my classes transferred from Northwest to BGSU seamlessly. I even went back to Northwest State Community College for a general education class (college algebra) while I attended full time at Bowling Green and had that class transferred in.”
How did NSCC help you prepare for your next steps? “NSCC helped me chose a career path and get my general education classes done with the location being close to home.”
What are you up to now? “I work as a registered dietitian nutritionist for a consultant company called NutraSourceRD I have been a dietitian for three years. This is my third job full-time job as a dietitian and I work in long-term care. I will be moving on to a hospital next month in a full-time job to expand my horizons.”
After serving in the United State Navy, Jacob Harper had a good idea which career path he wanted to take. Jacob transferred to NSCC and attended the UT-Scott Park location, graduating from the IT specialist program in 2015. He credits the well-rounded education at an accelerated pace for preparing him for his new career path. Thanks to his Northwest State education, Jacob now has a rewarding career doing exactly what he studied!
Adrian Brown is a two-time NSCC graduate, having completed both criminal justice program and the law enforcement academy. Adrian, currently an officer with the Pioneer Police Department, credits a female sergeant at the Montpelier Police Department for inspiring her to go into the academy and continue her career in law enforcement. Way to go, Adrian!