NSCC Board Learns About National Science Foundation Grants

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Friday, June 21 on the Archbold campus. As part of the meeting, NSCC Executive Vice President Todd Hernandez presented news on grants the College has received from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The two NSF grants were recently awarded to NSCC, totalling nearly $1 million.

NSF Cybersecurity Education for Advanced Manufacturing Organizations (CAMO) Grant: $488,426, terms: 8.1.19-7.31.22
Create cybersecurity training scenarios for advanced manufacturing that will be deployed at the Ohio cyber range, including basic networking and security audit theories and techniques. This will be especially beneficial for local employers concerned about cyber attacks on their manufacturing and process systems.

NSF Scaling Elements of a Competency-Based Hybrid Instruction Model into Advanced Manufacturing Courses (SCALE UP): $500,005, terms: 6.1.19-5.31.22
This project will achieve the long-term objectives of improving the effectiveness of advanced manufacturing courses, increasing access to technical education programs, and preparing technicians with the skills that employers require in a rapidly-changing workplace.

“The two NSF grants are a testament to the innovation of Northwest State Community College and will allow us to continue the great work in the areas of cybersecurity and industrial skilled trades,” Hernandez noted.

In other Board action:

  • Approved the employment of Julie Kemarly-Dowland, faculty & lab coordinator-natural sciences; Ashley Barth, working supervisor-custodial; and Jennifer Thome, director-accounting & business services
  • Approved the employment/promotion of Alex Mangotic, enrollment specialist, formerly administrative assistant for admissions & marketing
  • Approved the renewal of probationary faculty and non-teaching faculty contracts
  • Approved miscellaneous employment contracts and four resignations
  • Approved 2019-2020 operating budget
  • Approved per-credit-hour tuition increase for 2019-2020 academic year to $172.33 (from $167.33) for in-state and $333.66 (from $328.66) for out-of-state
  • Approved deferred compensation for NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson, based on his annual Board performance evaluation

NSCC Hosts Guests from UT Summer Leadership Program

On June 3, Northwest State Community College hosted the University of Toledo Summer Leadership Program, which includes visiting international scholars from the Netherlands. Also on hand were the most recent UT PhD cohort in community college leadership, led by Dr. Ron Opp and Dr. Penny Poplin Gosetti, doctoral program coordinator and UT faculty member.

After touring the campus, guests met with the NSCC academic leadership team to discuss credentials, programs and degrees that meet local needs. They also discussed areas of upcoming program growth at the College, including agriculture.

The esteemed guests then met with the College leadership team where President Thomson presented on the leadership challenges and opportunities facing community colleges, specifically in northwest Ohio. A lively question and answer period ensued to help our international guests as they prepare to meet their workforce needs using a model similar to our country’s community college system.

Lori Robison, NSCC vice president for academics, noted the visitors from the Netherlands were exploring ways to adopt our model of two-year associate degrees. “This is a newer concept in the European system and viewed as one that can offer more flexibility for the adult learner than their current system, as a direct path to a professional occupation or a step toward the bachelor’s degree,” Robison said.

NSCC was proud to be part of this educational afternoon, helping future higher education leaders both in Ohio and abroad as we work together to strengthen our local communities.

2019 Distinguished Alumni Winners Announced

Three individuals have been selected to receive the Northwest State Community College Distinguished Alumni Award for 2019. Those individuals will be officially recognized during a special luncheon ceremony prior to spring commencement. Plaques with their likeness will also be added to the prestigious Alumni wall of award recipients, located outside the Voinovich Auditorium in the College’s E wing.

“The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes excellence beyond Northwest State – education, professional achievement, service to the community and more,” said Robbin Wilcox, NSCC Foundation Director. “We are proud to recognize these three graduates with this prestigious award, and we congratulate them for their achievements, and for being tremendous representatives of Northwest State Community College,” Wilcox continued.

Brad Hurtig is a 2006 cum laude graduate with an associate of technical studies degree in machining manufacturing. He continued his education at Indiana Wesleyan University where he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in biblical studies.



William (Bill) Lammers is a 1997 graduate with an associate of applied science degree in electrical engineering technology. He furthered his education at Defiance College where he earned a bachelor of business management in 2000, a master of business and organizational leadership in 2004, and a master of business administration in 2010.


Michael Sawvel, DO is a 2001 magna cum laude graduate with an associate of applied science. He went on to graduate magna cum laude with a bachelor of science from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2005 and a doctorate of osteopathic medicine from Ohio University in 2009. Michael completed his neurological surgery residency at the Virginia Tech-Carilion Clinic from 2009-2015.

The Distinguished Alumni Award represents the most prestigious award presented by the Alumni Association of Northwest State. This award was established in 1998 to honor graduates of Northwest State Community College who have achieved recognized prominence in their chosen career and have made significant contributions to their profession, community and the lives of others. Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award represent the ideal of a committed, industrious, and caring individual to whom Northwest State Community College may look as an example. 

Green Carpet Event Raises Over $80,000 for Student Scholarships

The Northwest State Community College Foundation recently hosted its tenth annual Green Carpet Event, “Golden Gala,” and raised over $80,000. All proceeds from the event go directly to student scholarships. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2019 Making a Difference Awards, which were created by the NSCC Foundation as a way to recognize and celebrate individuals, businesses and organizations in the six-county area committed to improving their communities. This year’s recipients were the Four County ADAMHs Board, the Bryan Area Foundation and Keller Logistics (Operation KAVIC).

In addition to the Making a Difference Awards, the Green Carpet Event included an unforgettable performance by Piano Wars!™ Premier Dueling Pianos. Gourmet food stations, a cash bar and a silent auction rounded out the festivities, as the Auditorium and surrounding areas were decorated in the event’s “Golden Gala” theme, which is an homage to NSCC celebrating 50 years of service.

“The Green Carpet Event and the Making a Difference Awards celebrate hard work, community support and giving,” said Robbin Wilcox, NSCC director of development. “We work year-round to raise awareness and needed funds for student scholarships, and this event is a critical piece of those efforts. Within a month’s time, we have hosted the Scholarship Awards Night, our spring Commencement Ceremony, and now the Green Carpet Event. We are blessed to work in a community where people want to help make a difference for others,” Wilcox continued.

A special recap program of the NSCC Green Carpet Event will soon be available on the Northwest State YouTube channel and will be distributed to local television providers for airing consideration.

About the NSCC Foundation
The NSCC Foundation was established in 1978 to provide support for the students, people and programs of NSCC. For over 40 years, the foundation has remained true to its mission to enhance, expand and sustain Northwest State so that NSCC can continue to fulfill its mission of creating opportunities for transformational learning. The NSCC Foundation works diligently to raise much-needed funds for educational opportunities that directly and indirectly impact students.

RN Graduates Recognized

Twenty-four students completing Northwest State Community College’s registered nursing associate degree program were recently recognized during spring Commencement. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam and enter directly into the workforce, or they may transfer their credits into a bachelor’s degree program.

In a separate ceremony, the College recognized ten students for induction into the Alpha Delta Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu 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. One student, Brittany Opsomer of Deshler, also earned the prestigious Award of Merit.

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. 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.

The following graduates were recognized during the ceremony:

Defiance County: Chelsea Benecke (Defiance), Cody Brown (Defiance), Elizabeth Huffman* (Defiance), Aubrey Kemerer* (Hicksville), Courtney Polce* (Defiance), Michal Troyer (Hicksville) and Sheila Worthington* (Ney)

DeKalb County: Brooke Greathouse (Auburn)

Fulton County: Cherese Bussing (Wauseon), Andrea Hernandez* (Wauseon), Aubrey Knierim* (Wauseon) and Elliet Rupp (Archbold)

Greene County: Montgomery Irvine (Xenia)

Henry County: Jared Mullins (Napoleon), Brittany Opsomer* (Deshler), Leah Vandenberghe (Napoleon) and Sarah Ward (Napoleon)

Paulding County: Julie Brown* (Grover Hill) and Katherine Murphy* (Cecil)

Van Wert County: Cameron Lautzenheiser* (Van Wert) and Bethany Roberts (Convoy)

Williams County: Shayla Coffman (West Unity), Paul Diaz (Bryan) and Malorie Heer (Bryan)

*Indicate students who were also inducted in to the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society.

Medical Assisting & Phlebotomy Graduates Recognized

Eleven students completing Northwest State Community College’s medical assisting associate degree or phlebotomy technician certificate program were recently recognized during spring Commencement. Both options lead to entry-level positions in the health care field, and students earning the phlebotomy technician certificate may choose to continue their education for an associate degree in medical assisting.


The following graduates were honored:

Fulton County: Amy Huffman* (Delta), Deborah Gillen (Wauseon), Aimeth Rosillo Babadilla (Wauseon), Madison Zimmerman (Delta)

Henry County: Danielle Rieger (Napoleon), Taylor Smith (Napoleon), Rachel Thomas (Holgate)

Lenawee (MI) County: Erin Vanderpool* (Morenci)

Putnam County: Chelsea Hoffman (Leipsic)

Williams County: Ava Moats-Landis* (Bryan), Hannah Minck (Edgerton),

*Denotes medical assisting graduates. All others are phlebotomy graduates.

 Medical assisting graduate, Amy Huffman, also recently received Award of Merit honors.