Students Recognized in Honors Ceremony

Northwest State Community College recently held an Honors Ceremony, recognizing students earning induction in to Phi Theta Kappa, Kappa Beta Delta, and Alpha Delta Nu, as well as those students earning Award of Merit distinction. In total, eleven students were inducted in to Phi Theta Kappa, six students were inducted in to Kappa Beta Delta, and ten students were inducted in to Alpha Delta Nu. Twenty students also earned Award of Merit status. 

Phi Theta Kappa: 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.

Kappa Beta Delta: Kappa Beta Delta was established in 1997 as a specialty honor society for two-year college students in business programs. Its purpose is to recognize student scholarship and accomplishments, as well as encourage personal and professional improvement and service to others.

Alpha Delta Nu: Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society aims to recognize the academic excellence of associate degree nursing students and encourage students to pursue advanced nursing degrees. In order to qualify, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, with at least a B in all nursing classes.

Award of Merit: 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.

Montpelier HS Students Try Virtual Welding

Representatives from NSCC provided a virtual welding experience for students at Montpelier High School as part of the school’s recent Skilled Trades Day event. Advanced manufacturing is alive and well in northwest Ohio, and skills like welding translate to great career opportunities with family-sustaining wages.

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Three Students Named to All-Ohio Academic Team

Three Northwest State Community College students have been named to the 2019 All-Ohio Academic Team. Caleb Davila of Defiance, Jacob Klopfenstein of Paulding, and Mark Oliphant of Edgerton were named to the All-Ohio Academic Third Team, placing them among the top thirty community college students in the state. The students were honored at a recognition luncheon on April 25 in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse.

Three NSCC students were named to the All-Ohio Academic Team and were honored at a recognition luncheon in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse. Pictured L to R: Ron Scozzari, NSCC dean of Industrial Technologies; Kaitlyn Rohrs-Cordes, NSCC academic advisor and Phi Theta Kappa representative; Jacob Klopfenstein, student; Mark Oliphant, student; and Lori Robison, NSCC vice president for academics. Caleb Davila (not pictured) was also honored at the ceremony.

“We are proud of the accomplishments of Caleb, Jacob and Mark,” said Lori Robison, vice president for academics at Northwest State. “They have set tremendous examples in the classroom and in their community.” Robison also praised NSCC faculty and staff for their ongoing contributions to student success.

Davila is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and will graduate in May with an associate of science. He plans to attend the University of Toledo to major in public administration.

Klopfenstein is a College Credit Plus student who will graduate from NSCC before he graduates from high school. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and will graduate in May with an associate of applied science in electro-mechanical engineering. He plans to attend Miami University in Oxford.

Oliphant is the president of the Alpha Omicron Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. He will graduate in May with an associate of applied science in industrial technology. He plans to enter the workforce in a tool and die department and would like to begin an apprenticeship program.

Created in 1997, the All-Ohio Academic Team provides recognition to outstanding students in Ohio’s public two-year colleges.

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

Learning in Action: NSCC Regatta

NSCC College Credit Plus students from the MET 100 (Intro to Engineering) class designed, built and tested cardboard boats as part of their course curriculum. Students represent all of the Henry County schools: Patrick Henry, Napoleon, Liberty Center and Holgate. The class meets at Automatic Feed Co. as part of an ongoing partnership designed to engage and inspire students in the fields of engineering and advanced manufacturing.

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Learning in Action: International Manufacturing Technology Show

Several local high school students who are part of the College Credit Plus Program through the APT Manufacturing Solutions Training Center attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago this fall. NSCC representatives accompanied the group for the manufacturing show, which is the largest of its kind in America.

The group especially enjoyed the Student Summit area that was designed for youth interested in manufacturing careers. The event also showcased the latest manufacturing technology such as additive manufacturing, CNC, machine tool, robots, software and single board computers. The students attended several demonstration sessions where they saw this technology in action.

Sixteen Teachers Attend GenCyber Camp at NSCC

NSCC recently held its first-ever GenCyber teacher camp at the Scott Park location in Toledo. During the week-long camp, NSCC faculty and staff provided hands-on instruction in cybersecurity awareness and best practices to sixteen Toledo Public Schools (TPS) teachers, helping them to incorporate these tools into their curriculum. The TPS teacher participants represented eleven schools and teach at the first through twelfth grade level.

Cyber Training Group“The NSA GenCyber Camp 10 principles are cybersecurity best practices at a high level,” said Roger Spears, cybersecurity training coordinator at NSCC and lead instructor of the camp. “The group of TPS teachers we had at the camp were absolutely outstanding,” noted Spears. “Every teacher in attendance was engaged during the camp. It was obvious from day one how much they care about their students,” he continued.

The GenCyber program is co-funded by the National Security Administration and the National Science Foundation. Northwest State Community College was one of only three higher education institutions in Ohio receive the GenCyber grant. The camps, open to all K-12 teachers, provide expert training designed to enhance the safety and educational experience for students. Topics covered in the camps include online ethics, cyberbullying, internet safety, wireless network basics & security, networking basics and more. Additional information on the GenCyber camps is available at gen-cyber.com.

Northwest State currently has two cybersecurity programs. The short-term certificate program is geared toward the working individual needing more cybersecurity knowledge, while the two-year program is a more traditional associate degree program. “NSCC also has 2+2 programs available with other state institutions that allow NSCC students to earn a bachelor’s degree in the discipline without leaving the NSCC campus for course work,” said Spears.

For additional information on Northwest State certificate, degree and transfer option programs, contact the NSCC Admissions Office. For additional information on workforce development, visit trainwithCTS.com.