NSCC Experiences Continued Enrollment Growth

For the second straight semester, Northwest State Community College has experienced enrollment growth, both in terms of physical headcount on campus, as well as full-time equivalency (FTE). The head count increase is attributed in great part to a 19% increase in College Credit Plus students from spring 2019. The FTE is up a modest 0.44%, but repeated growth is noteworthy, which provides an opportunity to reflect and show appreciation.

“We are so grateful to the families in this area who continue to rely on us for both direct to job as well as transfer education,” said Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president. Northwest State proudly serves a six-county service area of Williams, Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Paulding and Van Wert Counties. The College also has a high-quality training facility in Toledo at the UT-Scott Park location.

Thomson remarked, “As we complete our 50th anniversary year and embark on a new strategic plan, we are singularly focused on meeting our community’s needs for high-quality, affordable education. It’s very rewarding when the community sees Northwest State as their primary educational partner.”

With the start of the 16-week spring semester, the College now also turns its attention to second eight-week courses, which will begin March 16. Eight-week courses are available across virtually all academic divisions as a way for students to catch up or stay ahead on their education pathway.

Thomson concluded, “In a country where someone’s economic fate seems more and more dictated by their birth zip code, it is imperative that Northwest State help local families attain their educational hopes and dreams. Our graduates become northwest Ohio future leaders, enjoying family sustaining wages and a high quality of life. This is the fundamental purpose of community colleges in the United States, and it makes us the envy of the world.”

Nursing Program Announces NCLEX Passage Rates

The need for skilled nurses continues to grow nationwide, and Northwest State Community College is leading the way in preparing students to meet the healthcare demands of our communities. The practical nursing graduates from 2019 at NSCC earned a 100% pass rate for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX), while the registered nursing graduates earned a 92.86% pass rate.

“The faculty and I are pleased to announce the NCLEX results for both the practical nursing and associate degree nursing programs. Our graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX examination and qualify for entry-level nursing positions,” noted Dr. Kathy Keister, dean of the Nursing & Allied Health Division at NSCC.

“Keys to graduate success include the dedication of our experienced faculty and the strong partnerships with area hospitals and healthcare facilities who provide highly effective clinical experiences,” Keister continued. Dr. Keister also noted that within six months of graduation, 100% of NSCC nursing graduates are either working or enrolled in a baccalaureate program.

“Having consistently high passing rates, with multiple times 100% pass on the first try, is a testament to a dedicated group of faculty that ensures high-quality learning environments and student success,” said Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president. “As Northwest State’s premier community institution, local hospitals depend on our medical programs, like nursing, so they can ensure high-quality medical care. We’re so proud of our nursing students, and look forward to their success serving our local families,” Thomson continued.

Nursing careers are hard work, but are also potentially lucrative, which makes the NSCC education worth the time and effort. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage from May 2018 for a registered nurse is $75,510, while the mean annual wage for a licensed practical nurse is $47,050.

Both the practical nursing and registered nursing programs are accepting applications at Northwest State’s main campus in Archbold. 

[1] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291141.htm

[1] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm

SQL Coding Boot Camp: Feb. 27-May 14

Join us at the Scott Park Campus in Toledo for SQL Coding Boot Camp. This special event runs Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. February 27-May 14.

If you’re trying to learn more about your business or add value to your company, learning SQL is a great place to start. SQL is a programming language that is used to manage information and data structures stored in databases. With SQL, you can order and sort your data in any manner you’d like.

The SQL Coding Boot Camp will take beginners through the basics of SQL to an ability to write queries with confidence. We will use a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises to ensure participants leave with a working grasp of SQL fundamentals.

To learn more, contact Debra Fortney at  dfortney@NorthwestState.edu. Online registration is available.


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 Foundation Receives FRS Grant

The Northwest State Community College Foundation received a $5,000 community grant from the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), to conduct a three-day cybersecurity and telecommunications summer camp for high school students in northwest Ohio in 2020. Per FRS, the camp will, “instill cybersecurity awareness, spark interests and provide hands on technical skills.”

Robbin Wilcox, executive director for development and the NSCC Foundation, noted that the grant, “provides another exciting opportunity for Northwest State to provide high school students from our area with engaging, hands-on learning opportunities in high-tech areas.” Wilcox also noted her appreciation for the Foundation of Rural Service and its ongoing commitment to engagement efforts in rural communities.


FRS is the philanthropic arm of NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, which includes Farmers Mutual Telephone Company as a member. FRS advances the quality of life in rural communities through programs that support young people in rural areas, encourage community development, and help the public – especially policymakers – better understand the challenges that rural communities face.

The dates and details of this summer camp are not yet confirmed. Once finalized, complete information on the cybersecurity and telecommunications summer camp will be available at NorthwestState.edu/Events.

Ohio Community Colleges Seek Donations to Help Students

 As the 2019 tax year comes to a close and Ohioans are looking for charitable-giving tax deductions, the state’s 23 community colleges are encouraging families to consider making a financial gift to their local college, boosting efforts to help improve student success and advance innovation. Northwest State Community College President Dr. Michael Thomson lauds the generosity of our community, while noting the students’ need for help on their educational journey. 

“Northwest State had a record year of giving – the NSCC Foundation issued the College a check for more than $765,000, and we proudly awarded $650,000 in scholarships to roughly 330 students at our annual Scholarship Awards Night event,” Thomson said. He continued, “The need continues to be great — many of our current students receive some type of financial aid, and we are committed to making a high-quality education accessible to all.”

“Community colleges provide tremendous value to Ohio families and our overall economy, but there’s a troubling gap between that value and the low level of annual giving those colleges receive,” said Jack Hershey, president and CEO of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC). “It’s amazing that just one percent of all the annual giving to higher education nationally is directed to community colleges, when those colleges enroll more than 35 percent of all the postsecondary students in the state.”

Hershey said the OACC is stressing five compelling reasons for giving to a community college:

  • Donors may be able to take advantage of charitable tax deductions.
  • Students are appreciative. Many of the students attending community colleges are the first in their family ever to attend college or are nontraditional students, often raising families. The cost of college can be a particular burden to these individuals.
  • Invest in YOUR community. After receiving their degree or certificate, a large percentage of community college students seek job opportunities locally compared to graduates of larger four-year schools, who too often move away from the local hometown to find work.
  • Scholarships help! While Ohio’s community colleges are affordable, private giving helps increase scholarships and opportunities for more students to get on the path (and stay on the path) to a rewarding new career.
  • Help close Ohio’s skills gap. Community colleges are playing a critical role in Governor Mike DeWine’s efforts to help more Ohioans get a degree, certificate or credential needed to close the state’s skills gap by developing new programs and training workers for emerging industries.

Learn more about the NSCC Foundation online or by contacting Robbin Wilcox, executive director – development & NSCC Foundation, at 419.267.1460 or rwilcox@NorthwestState.edu.