Fall commencement is set for 7 p.m. on Monday, December 17. For those who cannot make it to campus, a live stream will be available on the NSCC YouTube channel. No matter where you’re located, we invite you to tune in and celebrate with our graduates!
Campus offices will have special hours leading up to holiday break:
Dec. 17: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Dec. 18-20: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Campus will be closed December 21, 2018 through January 1, 2019. Regular office hours will resume on January 2.
NSCC Art Instructor Michael Clink discusses the fall 2018 student art exhibit going on through December 10, 2018, and the ongoing collaboration with other departments. The public is welcome to come check out this fantastic display, which is located on the second floor of the ‘A’ Building, just off the Atrium. [music by audionautix.com]
Students, faculty and staff have once again shown their generosity for local families in need. In addition to the many gifts pictured below, this season’s Christmas for Kids campaign raised $145 on campus.
Special thanks to the Dean’s Leadership Cluster for leading the effort with the students vs. employees giving challenge. This fun event helped generate giving on both sides, which is what the holiday spirit is all about.
Thank you to the entire campus community!
The National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced that President Michael Thomson of Northwest State Community College has taken its Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge. Through the pledge, presidents of community colleges throughout the country pledge to take five action steps that will increase their focus on entrepreneurship and the impact these colleges have on the economic well being of the communities they serve.
With the economy still lagging in many regions of the United States, more than 200 community colleges throughout the country have signed the entrepreneurship pledge, and by doing so, have committed to playing a greater role in stimulating economic development in the communities they serve.
“The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in northwest Ohio, especially on the campus of Northwest State,” said Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC President. “Our Entrepreneurship Forum is a highly-anticipated event each year, bringing in some of the best ideas and expertise in the spirit of collaboration. Our Dean’s Leadership Cluster [student organization] provides students with a unique opportunity to study business practices from multiple levels. We are also a host site for the Ohio Small Business Development Center, facilitated by one of our business faculty members. We are NSCC Proud to take the ‘Presidents’ pledge,” Thomson continued.
About the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge
The Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge is in response to the Obama Administration’s Startup America call to action to stimulate economic growth state by state by encouraging entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. NACCE is a founding affiliate of the Startup America Partnership, an alliance of the country’s most innovative entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders.
According to NACCE President and CEO Rebecca Corbin, the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge is a way for community colleges to advance entrepreneurship and create jobs across the country. Community college presidents who take the pledge commit to these five action steps:
• Develop transparency of community college and community assets
• Create internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship
• Increase entrepreneurs’ engagement in community colleges
• Engage in industry cluster development
• Create broad exposure to their college’s commitment to entrepreneurship.
“The five action steps were developed based on NACCE’s observations of what was working best on member campuses,” said Corbin. “After observing the entrepreneurship-related activities of our members over a period of years, we started to see commonalities among the more successful institutions,” she said. “One of the major things that clearly makes a difference is the commitment by leadership to entrepreneurship.”
The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is an organization of educators, entrepreneurs, and distinguished business development professionals providing quality programs and services in entrepreneurship education and serving as advocates for community-based entrepreneurship. Founded in 2002, NACCE is at the heart of the “entrepreneurship movement.” Through membership, an annual conference and exhibition, a quarterly journal, monthly webinars and podcasts, a dynamic list-serv, and other resources, NACCE serves as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurship education and student business incubation. These programs and courses advance economic prosperity in the communities served by its member colleges. For more information, visit http://www.nacce.com. Follow NACCE on Twitter at @NACCE and like the NACCE – National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship page on Facebook.
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Inspiring the next generation of manufacturers was the theme at the Manufacturing Day Expo, held recently at Northwest State Community College in Archbold, Ohio. Now in its fifth year, the event brings manufacturers and high school juniors and seniors together to teach students about the opportunities available to them right here in northwest Ohio. This year’s event hosted 40 area manufacturers and almost 400 area students.
“This is not your grandpa’s factory” is one of the key components of showing these students that manufacturing is clean, automated and safe. It is also a well-paying career choice that typically includes health care benefits, retirement and tuition reimbursement.
New this year, automotive industry manufacturers were highlighted in the College’s north parking lot. Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers to automobile companies like GM, Chrysler, Honda and Ford were able to show off the parts that they make and where you would find them in your vehicle. Whether it was brakes, seat frames or windshields, the students were able to make the connections of how important northwest Ohio manufacturers are.
Inside the Atrium, numerous manufactures brought hands-on activities, videos and plenty of success stories of young adults who graduated and went into the manufacturing industry.
Here’s what some of the participating companies had to say about the event:
“Sauder is excited to share in the manufacturing day experience for our northwest Ohio area youth. Our facilities are filled with technology and robots that run our day-to-day operations. After students experience Manufacturing Day, they can see how modern manufacturing offers job security and stability and a variety of career paths,” said Kevin Sauder, president/CEO of Sauder Woodworking.
“Northwest Ohio is a great place to live and work! Manufacturing Day is a prime opportunity for students to learn about employment opportunities available in their own back yard. Worthington Industries is proud to sponsor an event that not only encourages, but facilitates the building of relationships between students and employers. This year’s level of student engagement with employers was very impressive and we hope they continue to consider local employment after high school,” said Jessica Double, HR generalist at Worthington Industries.
“The Manufacturing Day event at NSCC is a celebration of what we do in America – we make things! This community event connecting local companies and schools is our attempt to educate the youth on the career opportunities in our community. We have world-class companies with world-class career opportunities for local youth,” said Jim Drewes, executive director of workforce development at Custom Training Solutions.
About manufacturing Day
Manufacturing Day is planned and coordinated through a partnership comprised of Custom Training Solutions, a division of Northwest State Community College, the Henry County CIC, Fulton County Economic Development, Williams County Economic Development, Defiance County Economic Development and Paulding County Economic Development. Students also completed a pre and a post-event survey showing an increase of 12% of students who would consider working in manufacturing and an 8% increase on whether they knew what manufacturing was when comparing the pre and post-event surveys.