Registration is open for Northwest Ohio Small Farm Conference & Trade Show

Calling all beginning and small farmers! Northwest State and OSU Extension Henry County invite you to spend a day networking with peers, attending targeted educational sessions, and learning more about the latest products and services available for small farms. Register for the Northwest Ohio Small Farm Conference & Trade Show by March 1.

Questions? Contact Garth Ruff at 419.592.0806 or ruff.72@osu.edu.

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.

 

Ag Studies Chair to Speak at Pettisville Ag Night on Feb. 4, 2019

The third meeting of the Pettisville Adult Agriculture Education Night Series will be held on Monday, February 4 at 7 p.m. in the Pettisville Ag Room. There will be two speakers for the evening. 

Gretchen Lee, 2018 Pettisville graduate and current Ohio FFA state secretary, traveled to South Africa for several days in January for an agriculture tour with state officers from around the nation. She will share information from the trip about the agriculture and cultural differences in that country.

Michael Leonard, department chair of agriculture studies at Northwest State Community College, will be sharing what NSCC has to offer in agriculture curriculum. Two majors are in the works for this program.

The meeting is free and open to the public, regardless of school district. Guests should park in the west lot and enter through door #12 on the southwest corner.

Questions? Contact John Poulson at jpoulson@pettisvilleschools.org or 419.446.2705. In the event of inclement weather, a cancellation will be announced on 96.1 WMTR and 103.1 WNDH.

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!

Learn more about the business programs available at NSCC.

Fall Commencement Ceremony Awards 103 Degrees/Certificates

Northwest State Community College celebrated the December 2018 graduating class at the fall Commencement Ceremony on December 17 in the Voinovich Auditorium. The ceremony recognized the awarding of 103 degrees and/or certificates to 97 students from the divisions of Allied Health, Business & Public Services; Arts & Sciences; Industrial Technologies; Nursing; and Science, Technology, Engineering Technology & Math (STEM).

 

Dr. Cindy Krueger, NSCC vice president for institutional effectiveness & student services, kicked off the ceremony with a note of celebration. Krueger noted that 91 percent of the graduating class lives in the College’s six-county service area of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams Counties, and that the grade point average of the class is 3.22.

Daniel Stuckey of Montpelier was the student speaker. He received an Associate of Applied Business in Business Management and is a member of the Kappa Beta Delta and Phi Theta Kappa honor societies. During his speech, Stuckey noted how two significant life events – the death of his father when Daniel was 8 years old and the death of his son Josh just over 10 years ago – helped shape the direction of his life and his education.

Stuckey noted, “I thought that going to college would be impossible. I lacked an education and I was working two jobs. I never missed a day of bus driving and I exceeded my goals in real estate last year. I’m graduating from college at 56 years old. Never say you can’t do something until you have tried your very best to achieve it. Pursue your dreams with all that’s in you and never give up. You will not regret it.”

The keynote speaker for this year’s Commencement Ceremony was Dr. Larry McDougle, president emeritus and former president of Northwest Technical College/Northwest State Community College. McDougle reflected fondly on his time at the College, noting of his 45 years spent in college administration, “without a doubt, (this was) the best 12 years of my career.”

McDougle also noted the distinction between doing things right and doing the right thing, sharing a memory from the first commencement he attended as president. His engaging speech resonated with the graduates and the audience alike.

During the ceremony, twelve students were recognized as Award of Merit recipients. Award of Merit recipients are chosen by faculty from the respective divisions based on leadership involvement, special talents or abilities in their academic field, and significant contributions to Northwest State.

Award of Merit recipients included:
Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Bret Schliesser, Accounting
Amanda Andres, Accounting
Kristi Schlachter, Accounting
Stephen DeLaney, Business Management
Daniel Stuckey, Business Management
Janell Marchant, Criminal Justice
Brooke Thatcher, Medical Assisting

Arts & Sciences
Isabella Swartz, Associate of Arts
Noah Scheppler, Associate of Science
Arielle Young, Visual Communication/Graphic Design

Industrial Technologies
Micah Peterson, Mechatronics
Cody Herman, Mechatronics

Nursing
Kali Heffelfinger, Practical Nursing

Science, Technology, Engineering Technology & Math
Kurt Stokes, Electrical Engineering
Matthew Wulff, Electro-Mechanical Engineering
Hannah Roth, Mechanical Engineering
Trey Hesselschwardt, Project Management

The College also recognized three individuals who were recently awarded emeritus status, an honorary title awarded for distinguished service to the academic community. The three recipients were Lynda Cramer, former executive assistant to three NSCC president; Lori Bird, former dean of the Nursing Division; and Peter Beck, CEO of Automatic Feed, chair of the NSCC Foundation and former Board of Trustees member.

2018 Award of Merit & PTK Inductees Recognized

Northwest State Community College recently recognized seventeen Award of Merit recipients.  For over 25 years, Northwest State has recognized graduates within the degree programs for their academic achievements.  Award of Merit recipients are chosen by faculty from the respective divisions based on leadership involvement, special talents or abilities in their academic field, and significant contributions to Northwest State.

During the ceremony, the College also recognized twelve students for induction in to the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. To be eligible for induction, students must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average after completing at least eighteen credit hours of college coursework. During the evening’s festivities, four students were also inducted into the Kappa Beta Delta International Honor Society, recognizing “scholarship and accomplishment among students of business pursuing associate degrees.”[1] Inductees included Amanda Andres, Kelly Anderson, Abigail Hull, Christopher Schaub, Jennifer Barnhart, Jacob Klopfenstein, Jason Stubblefield, Robert Simmons, Wesley Heuerman, Caleb Davila, Elizabeth Huffman and Mark Oliphant.

Phi Theta Kappa was established in 1918 to encourage academic achievement for two-year college students. Its mission is to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.3 million members.

The following students were recognized:

Bret Schlisser, Accounting
Amanda Andres, Accounting
Kristi Schlachter, Accounting
Stephen DeLaney, Business Management
Daniel Stuckey, Business Management
Janel Marchant, Criminal Justice
Brooke Thatcher, Medical Assisting
Isabella Swartz, Associate of Arts
Noah Scheppler, Associate of Science
Arielle Young, Visual Communication Graphic Design
Micah Peterson, Mechatronics
Cody Herman, Mechatronics
Kurt Stokes, Electrical Engineering Technology
Matthew Wulff, Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology
Hannah Roth, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Trey Hesselschwardt, Project Management Technology
Kali Heffelfinger, Practical Nursing

[1] https://www.kbdhs.org/about