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.
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.
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.
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Abby Hornish graduated from Paulding High School then went straight to NSCC where she earned a degree in banking in finance in 2002. While affordability and proximity to home were immediate draws, Abby also earned a Presidential Scholarship and local scholarship that made Northwest State an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. Prior to graduating, Abby landed a job at First Federal Bank where she has worked her way up to being the community banking center manager in Paulding. She loves that her job allows her to help families she has known for years and provides an opportunity to give back to the community by volunteering.
Amy Moore graduated from Northwest Technical College in 1987 with a degree in computer programming and a foundation that would help open doors in her career. Thanks to her skill set, Amy has always been the computer and technology “go-to” in her office. Now, she works as a SWAT conservationist with Fulton Soil & Water Conservation District.
Like many others, Abigail Wurm’s educational and career paths weren’t in straight lines. After high school, Abigail attended the University of Toledo for a year before transferring to Northwest State. After graduating from the paralegal program at NSCC in 1998, she went to work in the insurance industry. Eventually, Abigail decided to return to legal studies, landing back at the University of Toledo to finish what she had started. Now, she owns and operates a general practice law office in Montpelier. Abigail has also shared her knowledge as an adjunct instructor at Northwest State.
Christine Robinson graduated from Northwest Technical College in 1985 with a degree in accounting. Her experience as a student not only gave her solid foundation for her career, but it also encouraged her to explore her interest in education. Christine now shares her knowledge and passion for accounting and business as an instructor at Northwest State Community College.
Feeling unfulfilled as a professional photographer, Amanda Waldfogel was unsure if she should go back to school but quickly realized her NSCC instructors were truly there to help her succeed. Although she didn’t start college until her 30s, the diverse age range of students at Northwest State helped her feel at ease. The positive experience put her on a path to continue her education at Defiance College, and Amanda is now a social worker at A Renewed Mind in Bryan.