Learner Services Update

NSCC Learner Services Offices – including admissions, advising center, career & activities office, financial aid office, registrar’s office, and the success center are remote services only effective March 19, 2020. Virtual office hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Staff are prepared to fully serve your needs remotely.

  • Admissions Office: 419-267-1320, Admissions@NorthwestState.edu
    ACCUPLACER testing is suspended until further notice. New testing dates will be added here: https://northweststate.edu/testing/ when testing resumes.
  • Advising Center: 419.267.1390, Advising@NorthwestState.edu
    Please direct any questions regarding coursework to your course instructor. For all other areas of inquiry or concern along with registration beginning March 20, 2020, please contact the advising center.
  • Career and Activities Office: 419.267.1330, mjacobs@NorthwestState.edu
    Career activities and resources will be made available virtually in the near future. Please continue to watch your email for updates. All activities and student group meetings are canceled through the end of the spring semester.  
  • Financial Aid Office: 419.267.1333, FinAid@NorthwestState.edu
    Financial aid second 8-week disbursements will go out the beginning of April. If you have not completed your 20-21 FAFSA please complete it online at fafsa.gov.  Financial aid staff will continue to run processes and will communicate with you via your student email.
  • Registrar’s Office: 419.267.1395, Registrar@NorthwestState.edu
    Registrar staff will continue to run processes and will communicate with you via your student email. 
  • Success Center: 419.267.1457, Success@NorthwestState.edu
    All Tutoring Services will be offered remotely. E-tutoring is available. No test procter services are provided – see you instructor for directions.
  • NSCC Counseling Services
    If at any point you feel overwhelmed, anxious, or uncertain about anything – reach out to NSCC Counseling Services. Text NSCCHELP to 419.591.6487 and someone will respond to your inquiry and assist you with your needs.

Internet Service Providers
If you have slow internet or no internet at all please reach out to service providers in your area. A few providers are listed below.

Important Spring Course Information for Students

As we continue to work through the issues around COVID-19, our first priority is the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. Our second priority is ensuring our students have the best possible opportunity, in the current environment, to complete their courses and related programs.
 
Classes will resume Monday, March 23, with remote delivery only. Please stay alert for communication from your instructor covering how your course will proceed after resuming on Monday. All faculty and staff are here to support you, as our learners, and understand this is a difficult and challenging time. Please rest assured, we are here to help you succeed and are diligently working to provide the best learning environment in the given circumstance. Following are some general expectations as we go forward.  
 
  • Courses that began the term as online will continue as such with potentially minor modifications due to the extended spring break period.
  • All other courses (face-to-face and hybrid) will be taught with remote delivery utilizing various conferencing tools and your Sakai shell. Your instructor will provide details on this process by the end of this week.
  • Courses or parts of courses which cannot be supported remotely, such as lab experiences, will have special arrangements made to ensure an appropriate lab experience. Your instructor will provide details on these by the end of this week.
  • If you are a CCP student currently enrolled in a course at NSCC or an off-site location such as Automatic Feed, you are still required to attend courses via the remote delivery methods outlined by your instructor. If you are a CCP student currently enrolled in a course at your high school, you are expected to complete the course per your home high school’s current protocols.
Again, please stay alert as you will soon, if you have not already, receive specific instructions from your instructor on how you will continue your courses beginning March 23, 2020. Please note the aforementioned course modifications will continue through the end of the term.
 
Please remember, we are here to help! For course related questions, please contact your instructor; or your advisor for any program related questions. For additional information and announcements, continue to monitor NorthwestState.edu/covid-19. If you have any technology related questions, please contact the NSCC Help Desk at: helpdesk@NorthwestState.edu or 419.267.1461. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Dan Burklo, MSE, PhD
Vice President of Academics

Spring Semester Updates

At Northwest State Community College, our team is meeting the needs of our learners, but in a different way, as we respond to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 virus. Our primary focus is the continued safety of all Ohioans at this time. We receive updates on a daily basis from our Governor, and from Washington, and we are following their lead in maintaining a safe working and learning environment. We encourage you to continue visiting the official CDC website for all information pertaining to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In these times of uncertainty, it’s beneficial to lean on family, friends and coworkers for support. For our students and employees in need of additional support, we encourage you to text NSCCHELP to 419.591.6487. NSCC provides no-charge, confidential counseling services, supported by the Center for Child & Family Advocacy in Napoleon.

In an effort to provide uninterrupted service to our students and community partners within current state and federal guidelines and recommendations, the following updates are being implemented effective today, March 17, 2020:

  • Our recommended communication methods during this time include video conferencing, email or phone. Our campus will remain open for in-person emergent situations.
  • Campus hours will now be Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • All students and guests must enter through the A-10 (north/Atrium) entrance, where they will be asked a few CDC-recommended symptoms and travel questions prior to admittance. Employees are permitted to access perimeter doors via their NSCC keycard.

The spring semester will continue on March 23, with all classes being provided via remote learning delivery. Students will receive communication from their instructors this week with course-specific instructions. We are also asking students to complete a technology survey as we begin implementing remote learning delivery. Please view this short video, which contains details and a survey link.

As always, please visit NorthwestState.edu/COVID-19 and follow Northwest State Community College on social media to get the most up-to-date information.

A grateful,
President Michael Thomson

NSCC Receives “One Step at a Time” Grant from United Way

Northwest State Community College received a $3,500 “One Step at a Time” grant from the United Way of Defiance County. The grant project is a partnership with the Maumee Valley Guidance Center (MVGC) and the Defiance Dream Center to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid and cyberbullying training sessions free of charge to residents of Defiance County. The mental health training will be provided by MVGC, while the cyberbullying training will be provided by NSCC.

The training sessions will benefit any person interacting with youth; including parents, teachers, coaches, childcare providers and youth group leaders. Light refreshments will be provided and participants will receive a take-home resource book.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Northwest State and partners to continue the good work of serving our community,” said Ashley Pere, grants coordinator at NSCC. “We strongly believe that providing this valuable free training will help prepare our community members to identify and respond to the mental health issues that youth in Defiance County face today,” Pere continued.

The training sessions will take place at the Defiance Dream Center on the following dates and times:

Cyberbullying Sessions:

  • Friday, April 24 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m.-noon

Youth Mental Health First Aid Sessions:

  • Session I: Saturday, May 9 from 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. (one, 8-hour session)
  • Session II: Tuesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 21 from 10 a.m.-2:15 p.m. (two, 4-hour session spread over 2 days)

This opportunity is made available through proceeds from the One Step at a Time 5k Run/Walk. The eighth annual event took place on Saturday, September 28 at Defiance College with more than 400 walkers and runners participating in honor of Scott Hammersmith. Scott’s mother Sherri has a personal mission to bring awareness to depression and suicide for youth in Defiance County. The event’s goal is to encourage conversations about suicide, depression and mental wellness, as well as raise funds to support education and prevention programs for youth in Defiance County.

Once finalized, complete registration information will be available at NorthwestState.edu/Events. Additional information is also available by emailing Ashley Pere, liaison for these events, at apere@NorthwestState.edu.

NSCC & BGSU Sign Nursing Articulation Agreement

Northwest State Community College (NSCC) and Bowling Green State University (BGSU) signed an articulation agreement  that will allow students to transfer credits from an associate of applied Science in nursing (RN) degree at Northwest State into a bachelor of science in nursing degree at BGSU. Participants in the signing included NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC Vice President of Academics Dr. Dan Burklo, BGSU President Dr. Rodney Rogers, and BGSU College of Health and Human Services Dean Dr. Jim Ciesla.

The nursing articulation agreement was signed at Henry County Hospital in Napoleon, highlighting the lifeline between higher learning institutions and local healthcare providers in terms of workforce development. Kim Bordenkircher, CEO for Henry County Hospital, served as the emcee of the event and noted a Bureau of Labor Statistics study that concluded there will be a shortage of 200,000 nurses in the healthcare setting over the next decade.

“We are pleased to strengthen our relationship with Bowling Green State University in this nursing pathway, and we are equally honored that Henry County Hospital volunteered to host this signing event,” said Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president. “This articulation agreement is not just an academic connection. It is about strengthening the community overall, so we can have a high quality of life,” Thomson continued.

“Educating the next generation of nurses drives the health vitality of our communities. This transfer agreement is a great example of two public organizations coming together to create public good,” said Dr. Rodney Rogers, BGSU president. “BGSU is excited about the nursing education opportunities this partnership brings.”

During the signing event, the creation of the Henry County Hospital nursing scholarship was also announced. The hospital’s foundation board agreed to a philanthropic gift of $35,000 to support an endowed nursing scholarship for BGSU’s RN to BSN program. The scholarship will give preference to students matriculating to BGSU from Northwest State Community College. Bordenkircher announced the gift at Tuesday’s press conference.

“I think at times it’s easy to support something through hosting press conferences, talking and getting to know people, but sometimes you have to put your money where the issue is,” commented Bordenkircher.

 

Board of Trustees Elects Officers

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Friday, February 28 on the Archbold campus. After roll call, the Board met the business office team and shared their appreciation for the hard work the business office does to serve the students, the College and the community.

From L to R: Scott Mull, second vice chair; Joel Miller, chair; NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson; and Lisa McClure, vice chair.

As one of the final pieces of the meeting, the Board held its annual election for the positions of chair, vice chair and second vice chair. Joel Miller of Napoleon was elected to assume the duties as chair, replacing Laura Howell. Lisa McClure ascended to vice chair, and Scott Mull became the second vice chair. All officers will serve in these positions for the period of February 2020 through February 2021. Former Chair Laura Howell nominated Miller to serve the College in this capacity. NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson congratulated Howell for her service as outgoing chair, and Joel Miller presented her with a plaque and noted the long hours, hard work and dedication Howell showed in the role.   

In other Board action:

  • Approved the promotions of Lana Snider to vice president-enrollment management & student Affairs, Dr. Dan Burklo to vice president-academics, and Brittany Galbraith to advisor-academic
  • Approved the employment of James Boone, industrial technologies faculty
  • Approved the transfer of Sarah Stubblefield to grants management coordinator
  • Approved the 2020-2021 student fees
  • Approved the 2019-2020 revised budget
  • Approved the 2020-2021 academic year tuition via approval by Governor DeWine, which will begin with the summer 2020 semester. In-state tuition will now be $177.33 per credit hour (up from $172.33), and the additional fee for out-of-state students will now be $171.33 per credit hour (up from $166.33).
  • Selected John Bridenbaugh to serve as a delegate from the Board of Trustees to serve on the Governing Board of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges and selected Sue Derck to serve as the alternate representative
  • Approved miscellaneous employment contracts, four resignations and one resignation for retirement

POSTPONED-Center for Lifelong Learning Meet & Greet: March 19, 2020

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to COVID-19 precautions, this event has been postponed until further notice. Postcards and email notifications have been sent out. Please continue to check back for updates. If you have any questions, please email dwikstrom@NorthwestState.edu.

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Northwest State Community College is planning a “Meet and Greet” so save the date! The incoming coordinator, Debbie Wikstrom, is holding an informal, drop-in meet and greet for the members of the Lifelong Learning Center community on Thursday, March 19, 2020, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

This session will be held in the George E. Voinovich Auditorium on the west end of the campus in E-42. Please consider stopping by to meet the new coordinator, enjoy a light dessert, get updates on upcoming events, and fill out a survey on what you would like to see for future happenings. There is no cost to attend this special event.

Contact the Center for Lifelong Learning coordinator Debbie Wikstrom by email at dwikstrom@NorthwestState.edu with any questions.

NSCC Receives $513,000 Workforce Development Investment

Northwest State Community College received a $513,000 investment from JobsOhio to enhance and expand the College’s workforce education and development efforts throughout northwest Ohio. This is part of a $1.5 million investment JobsOhio is making in the region, with the expressed goal of “increasing the number of workers with in-demand skills to power northwest Ohio manufacturers.” The specific programs at Northwest State that will be featured are machining and industrial automation maintenance (IAM), both of which are existing short-term certificate programs that are in high demand in the region.

Per a release from JobsOhio, this $1.5 million investment “will support a regional marketing effort, driving interest and enrollment into existing programs, and go toward eight education providers to ensure the institutions have the equipment, instructional expertise and tools that align with the area’s industry needs.” The release also noted their work with the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP), the economic development partner for JobsOhio in the area. Through this collaboration, JobsOhio “engaged with 30 manufacturing businesses in the region to map critical skills, identify employer needs, and assess the education landscape and capacity to fill those job requirements.”

INVESTING IN EDUCATION

The $1.5 million investment made by JobsOhio will benefit a total of eight educational institutions and is new money to the area for workforce education, training and development. Meanwhile, RGP and OhioMeansJobs recently highlighted their $2.3 billion capital investment in a total of 124 projects, creating over 4,000 new jobs and retaining over 20,000 retained jobs – all in our region. The investment in education will further strengthen the pipeline between Northwest State and area employers and is lauded as a major investment in the power of education and strategic partnerships.

“We live in an era of leveraged partnerships. By working together we make a real difference in the Northwest Ohio quality of life. We are a proud partner with civic, business, and educational partners to make this happen. NSCC remains mission focused on strengthening our local communities,” said Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president.

“Job creators led this process, and JobsOhio and our many partners in northwest Ohio will continue to collaborate to successfully deliver the talent they need every time,” added JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer J.P. Nauseef.

ABOUT JOBSOHIO

JobsOhio is a private nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth, One Columbus, Dayton Development Coalition, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Additional information is available online at JobsOhio.com.