Returning Champions: Shalina Zwick

Shalina Zwick, NSCC graduate and Sauder employee, returned to campus for one of our recent student networking events.

Brad Geer, event organizer, shared this about her visit, “Allied Moulded and the Sauder family companies are strong supporters of NSCC students. The result of that investment is a strong member of the northwest Ohio community, Shalina Zwick. Shalina is an NSCC graduate who interned and worked with Allied Moulded before starting her career at Sauder. It was a proud moment for all of NSCC when Shalina came back to meet with current students during the Returning Champions feature of the Pizza Posse.

Shalina was a dynamic student when she was on campus and earned the 2016 honor being named to the All-Ohio Academic Team. During the Pizza Posse networking event, she talked with students about the value of her classroom education as she was interning at Allied Moulded. She also mentored the students and prepared them to be her future support as an administrative engineer at Sauder Manufacturing.”

NSCC Hosts Game Con

Northwest State Community College hosted Game Con 2019 on December 7, welcoming over 250 people to the Archbold campus. Game Con, a creation of the NSCC visual communication graphic design program, consisted of retro gaming consoles (from the Atari to modern platforms), a Lego build station, and card & board games. The highlight of the Game Con event was the Super Smash Bros. (aka “Smash”) tournament, which boasted a field of over 70 competitors. Kameron East of Twinsburg, Ohio, approximately 170 miles from NSCC , was the tournament winner.

According to a recent article on, Goldman Sachs analysts estimate, “the monthly size of competitive esports gamers…will hit 276 million by 2022.” The article continues by noting, “the North American region will have generated $335 million in industry revenue, and will account for over a third of global esports revenue.” Northwest Ohio is definitely on board with this trend, as local high schools and colleges have esports teams that compete on a regional and national level.

Prior to the Game Con event on Saturday, a breakfast meeting was held on campus with local school-affiliated esports clubs and school administrators. During the breakfast, it was announced that NSCC will begin offering a gaming club in the spring 2020 semester. The game club will incorporate esports, plus board and card games, and potentially other activities within the “gaming” genre.

As part of the breakfast, NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson announced that six Presidential Scholarships will be awarded to esports participants in an effort to build up the College’s esports team. The NSCC Presidential Scholarship is a full-tuition, renewable scholarship which covers tuition for three consecutive years, including fall, spring and summer semesters.

“Northwest State is very aware of the growing popularity of esports in our area and across the United States,” said Dr. Thomson. He continued, “We are proud to offer Presidential Scholarships to six deserving students to help build our esports team – these students excel in the classroom, and they will represent NSCC admirably in the gaming community as well.”

Students Recognized in Fall Honors Ceremony

Northwest State Community College recently honored students achieving academic excellence during its Fall Honors Ceremony, held on December 6, 2019. Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Delta Nu and Award of Merit students were recognized during the one-hour ceremony, held in the Voinovich Auditorium on the College’s Archbold campus.


Following a welcome by NSCC Executive Vice President Todd Hernandez, the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) induction was emceed by Amy Drees, NSCC Arts & Sciences faculty. Fifteen students were inducted into the PTK 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.

PTK inductees included Rebecca Abell, Amanda Crompton, Christopher Ferguson, Matthew McKown, Lucia Myers, Steven Sabins, Eric Shininger, Elliot Wannemacher, Jillian Clapp, Deon Daughtery, Jenna Keesecker, Jennifer Menz, Nathaniel Rodriguez, Jacqueline Sager and Cora Vanslyke.

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 next group honored at the ceremony was the thirteen new inductees into the Alpha Delta Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu (ADN) Nursing Honor Society. In order to qualify, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, with at least a B in all nursing classes. ADN inductees included Melissa Bowling, Maelynn Growden, Katalina Kelley, Alicia Luke, Hanah Meter, Haley Pierce, Kimberly Clingaman, Kimberly Holmes, Brittany Ludemann, Shaylee Manahan, Kelsea McNeil, Ashley Patton and Morgan Rice.


The College also recognized eleven 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. Recipients included Keetyn Ayers and Jacqueline Sager (Business & Public Services Division); Maxie Ratanasri, Rachelle Wyse, Caleb Davila, Kassidy Swanson and Seth Brakefield (Arts & Sciences Division); Melissa Bowling and Kimberly Clingaman (Nursing and Allied Health Division); and Kyle Nicely and Scott Zimmer (STEM Division).

Public Notice of Upcoming Accreditation Review Visit by ACEN

Northwest State Community College will host a site visit for continuing accreditation of its associate degree nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). You are invited to meet with the site visit team and share comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, in the Auditorium of Building E at 22600 State Route 34, Archbold, Ohio.

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:

Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Director
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Or email:
All written comments should be received by the ACEN by January 20, 2020.

NSCC Celebrates 25 Graduates Through Cherry Street Mission Partnership

Northwest State Community College held a special workforce development graduation ceremony on Sunday, November 17 to celebrate the accomplishments of 25 new graduates in machine tool and die, welding, customer service call center, and digital literacy. The programs were offered at Cherry Street Mission in Toledo through both Northwest State and Owens Community College.

Cherry Street Mission President Ann Ebbert welcomed and congratulated all graduates for their accomplishments. Following Ebbert’s address, graduate Kevin Esmond offered his reflections of a life journey from incarceration to a new life including a good-paying job, a place to live and a spiritual home. Owens Community College President Steve Robinson and NSCC President Michael Thomson both offered reflections and awarded certificates to their new graduates.

Graduates recognized during the ceremony:

Machine Tool & Die: Michael Clark, Christopher Currie, Kevin Esmond, Michael Hart
Welding: Timothy Binder, Kevin Esmond, Ferras Hebaichi, Demani Mincey and Devin Padua

*Customer Service/Call Center: Shi’Ann Crawford, Jerry Drouillard, Lucian Horn, Emily Johnson, Thomas Moses, Joseph Mateo, Mia McCarthy and Shaquena Watson

*Digital Literacy: Deborah L Garabrandt, Maria Morales, Shira Summers and Amanda Willoughby

*IT Customer Service Online Program: Jerry Drouillard, Debra L Garabrandt, Maria Morales and Shira Summers

*Denotes NSCC programs recognized

Dr. Thomson lauded the collaborative efforts between the two community colleges, as well as the ongoing importance of continued education programs with Cherry Street Mission and other community-focused agencies. “The Cherry Street Mission’s Life Revitalization Center is a prime example of the positive impact from multi-partner collaborations that help local citizens use education and a strong support system to create a better life,” Thomson said.

Thomson also noted how this program, along with others facilitated with active support of Northwest State Community College, are prime examples of short-term learning platforms that can lead to immediate, high-demand jobs in needed areas.

Courses in customer service/call center, digital literacy and MSSC Certified production technician will be offered again at the Life Revitalization Center beginning February 2020. Contact Cherry Street at 419.214.6776 for more information.

Register During November & Receive a $100 Scholarship

Any new student who registers during the month of November 2019 will receive a $100 scholarship. To qualify for the scholarship, students must:

  • Be a new student at NSCC (students with prior CCP and/or transfer credit are eligible)
  • Meet with an advisor and register during November
  • Meet payment date
  • Meet attendance verification

It’s easy to get started! Contact the NSCC Advising Center or attend an upcoming Express Registration & Advising Day.