NSCC Proud: Matthew McKown

As a student at Northwest State, Matthew McKown enjoyed the encouragement and support of faculty and staff. As a graduate of Northwest State, Matthew recognizes the wide-reaching impact the College has, noting that it feels like a big family.

In his career as business manager of a Toledo-area art gallery, Matthew routinely uses his business management education to help the gallery flourish. He is also finding his calling in the non-profit sector, heading up a local charity focusing on amputees, a subject Matthew is intimately familiar with. Thank you for your inspiring words, Matthew, and for your good work in the community! 

NSCC Proud: Ashley Schackow DeLuca

Ashley Schackow DeLuca attended Northwest State in the business administration program. She shared her #NSCCProud story with us:

“Attending NSCC set up the foundation for my success. The business plan I submitted before the panel that Lisa B. brought in gave me the confidence to open that business two years later. Through my education at NSCC and the opportunities & skills provided to me as a student worker under Robbin Wilcox, I’m able to confidently run my consulting business and speak to others about doing the same. This photo is the first professional speech I did with the help of Robbin. Thank you, NSCC!”

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NSCC Proud: Tim Kline

Like many students, Tim Kline was concerned about the cost of a four-year education and knew he needed to work while attending school. Tim’s mother and sister both graduated from NSCC in the school’s very first LPN class. He decided a local school would be a better fit than leaving home for college, so he started as an early admit student while still in high school.

While at Northwest State, Tim appreciated that many instructors brought real life experience to the classroom with practical insights you just can’t find in a textbook. As Tim put it, “Education you could actually use!”

He found many opportunities to network with industry experts and fellow students who were also out in the workforce. In fact it was a classmate, Gene Schubert, who helped Tim land a job that offered tuition reimbursement.

Larry McDougle, former Northwest State president, and Dwayne Orweiler, former NSCC instructor, were very influential in Tim’s life and career as well. He even joined Dr. McDougle on a trip to meet with state legislators in support of manufacturing education.

Tim graduated from Northwest State in 1977 with a degree in business administration, but his connection to the College has continued. He served as the commencement speaker in 1998 and continues to support the NSCC Foundation.

Today, he still recommends Northwest State Community College as smart financial decision. Affordable tuition, combined with great scholarship opportunities, make NSCC a great choice in Tim’s eyes.

NSCC Proud: Elizabeth (Sue) Fiser

Elizabeth Fiser shared why she is NSCC Proud:
 

“I recently accepted a position as senior specialist, physician training, THV medical affairs with Edwards Lifesciences, the global leader in transcatheter heart valves. I started this diverse career as a graduate of the very first class of registered nurses at (what was still) Northwest Technical College. We started with 22 students and graduated 11. After two grueling years as a student nurse, I was awarded the Health Sciences Award of Excellence and went on to specialize in cardiovascular nursing. After many years in the cardiac cath lab, I transitioned into medical device training support. In this role, I have supported training programs around the globe. I’ve worked in Japan, South Korea, and all over Europe and the U.S. My new position is the highlight of my career, and I can’t help but look back in amazement at my humble beginnings as a new nurse from northwest Ohio where I laid the foundation for this exciting ride.”

NSCC Proud: Richelle Avers

Richelle Avers has always been very self-motivated. She began taking College Credit Plus classes at NSCC as a freshman in high school and completed her associate of science degree before her high school graduation! Richelle credits the high-quality education she received at Northwest State, and the encouragement of sciences faculty, for her ongoing success. What’s next for Richelle? A trip to Germany to study molecular cell biology at Technische Univerität, Kaiserslautern

Returning Champions: Sam Shumaker

Sam Shumaker, NSCC graduate, returned to campus to talk to current students during a recent Pizza Posse networking event. While Sam was a student at NSCC, he took advantage of the internship credit, as well as the Prior Learning Assessment, to maximize the value of his time on campus. Sam earned college credit for his internship at Sauder and for his other life experiences outside the classroom. While Sam shared pizza with our students, he talked about his experiences as a young professional and the benefits of the NSCC visual communication graphic design program.

NSCC Proud: Erin Ford & Paige Grosjean

Erin Ford majored in paraprofessional and Paige Grosjean majored in pre-kindergarten at NSCC. They graduated together in spring 2019 and now share the same classroom in Fayette, Ohio. Both graduates shared their stories of success, including how their NSCC experience and education helped prepare them for a fulfilling career in the fields they studied.

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NSCC Proud: Alex Cummins

Alex reached out to help us celebrate 50 years of success, sharing a little about his education and career journey.

“I spent 4 years at NSCC, starting my junior year of high school. I switched from liberal arts to computer science, and graduated in spring 2019. I’ve been employed in the IT field for almost 2 and a half years now. Since December 2018, I have been employed at Millcreek-West Unity Local School District as their technology director. I am NSCC Proud!”

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