Re-Discover NSCC Alumni Event: Nov. 9, 2019

Join us on Saturday, November 9 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m and re-discover NSCC!

Alumni, family and friends are invited to this FREE event celebrating 50 years of learning and success at Northwest State Community College. The day will feature lots of fun, plus hands-on activities the entire family will enjoy.

This event includes a FREE lunch for alumni from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room C200. Guest lunches are available for $8 per person. Please RSVP for lunch.

The day will include:

  • 9-10 a.m. free coffee & donuts for alumni in Room C200
  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. meet and greet with President Thomson, deans, faculty, staff, alumni and current students throughout campus
  • 10: a.m.-1 p.m. tours of campus, state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, along with hands-on activities for the entire family, including:
    • Investigating a mock crime scene
    • Solving an escape room
    • Making your own slime
    • Learning to test medical specimens and more!
  • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. free alumni lunch (guest meals available for $8) in Room C200-RSVP here

We will also have photo and video booths to capture your stories and memories.

For more information, call 419.267.1351.

NSCC Embraces TechCred Program

Governor MiKe DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted officially unveiled the State of Ohio’s new “TechCred” program at Cincinnati State Community College on September 26. The program’s mission is two-fold: provide employees with the opportunity to earn industry-recognized, tech-focused credentials and connect those tech-trained employees with businesses to fill critical positions within their companies.

“No matter your industry, technology is having an impact on your business and the nature of your work,” Husted said in a state-issued release. “TechCred links businesses with the talent they need and provides a path for employees to advance their career. It is a win-win for Ohio.”

Employer funding will be made available via application to small employers (1-50 employees), medium-sized employers (51-200) and large employers (201+), with a $30,000 cap for each individual employer in the first round of funding. Multiple rounds of funding are expected. Employers will be reimbursed between $500-$2,000 for each certificate earned per employee. The first application period will be open October 1 through October 31, 2019. Additional funding rounds are expected later this year, with full details expected soon.

Any employer with W2 employees will be eligible to apply, which includes public sector employers. Contract employees or independent contracts receiving a 1099 will not be eligible. Some coursework criteria for this TechCred program includes:

  • Industry-recognized certificates
  • Technology-focused within any occupation that utilizes technology to develop, build and deliver products and services
  • Certificate can be completed in 12 months, with either less than 30 credit hours or 900 clock hours
  • Complete eligibility requirements and program details are available at Ohio.Gov

“TechCred’s focus on industry-recognized credentials and training available through community colleges is a strong validation of the work we have done to build bridges to businesses. I applaud how Gov. DeWine and Lt. Gov. Husted are responding to both the big-picture challenge of our state’s demographic shifts, but also the near-term challenges of finding workers with the skills businesses need. It’s a complex set of issues that TechCred addresses well and community colleges are well positioned to play a big role in providing solutions,” said Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president.

“NSCC is cited in Ohio and in the nation for our flexibility and innovation in helping employers in northwest Ohio. Tech Cred gives us the opportunity to deepen existing relationships and develop new relationships as we help local businesses keep their competitive advantage in the market – a well-trained and innovative team,” Thomson continued.

Additional information on the State of Ohio TechCred program can be found at TechCred.Ohio.Gov. Businesses and Organizations interested in partnering with Northwest State are encouraged to contact Tori Atkinson, workforce and Apprenticeship program manager with Custom Training Solutions, a division of Northwest State Community College, at 419.267.1219 or

Center for Lifelong Learning to Host “I Had No Idea” on Oct. 4, 2019

Some eyes will be opened on Friday, October 4 when the Center for Lifelong Learning at Northwest State Community College hosts an intriguing seminar under the header, “I Had No Idea!” The day-long programming is for all area residents 55 and over who are eager to embrace continued learning.

The day will open at 8:30 a.m. with light refreshments, followed by a presentation by Doris Piercefield and then a road trip to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

The talented Piercefield is well-known throughout the Toledo art community, including the Valentine Theatre, the Toledo Museum of Art and the Stranahan Theatre. She often creates costumes from start to finish with notes from the artistic directors, and other times she alters rentals for the performances to fit the cast at hand. Her name is associated with hits such as Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Jersey Boys, Wicked, The Producers, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Participants will learn how Piercefield’s artistry made its way to the bright lights of Toledo’s most prestigious theaters.

To enjoy the craftsmanship of fine stained glass windows, one may think of fine cathedrals in Europe. But, just one giant leap from the College is St. John’s Lutheran Church, featuring eight cathedral shaped stained glass windows and two round windows placed 30 feet up in the peaks of the sanctuary. The creators of these masterpiece windows are Ridgeville Corners native Sue Hurst and her husband Steve, who will describe their work for the group as they view.

Lunch will be served at the College between the morning and afternoon presentations.

The early afternoon session opens with Mark Graber and Kelvin Friesen, representatives from Sauder Manufacturing in Archbold. Sauder Manufacturing is well-known for its real wood craftsmanship that created church furniture. In recent decades, Sauder Manufacturing products have also been enjoyed in hospitals and nursing homes, schools, court rooms and even VIP boxes for professional sports teams. Hopefully, participants will be thinking, “I Had No Idea!”

The day’s final presentation is from Jeff Wiemken and Jordan Seedorf of Miller Bros. Const., discussing the costs and steps in creating a stretch of highway.

The cost for the day, including lunch, is $12.50. Pre-registration is required by Friday, September 27 by calling Lynn at 419.267.1312, but attendees can pay at the door if advance reservations have been made.

The sessions will be held in Room A215, easily accessible from the east entrance of the College. Contact the Center for Lifelong Learning coordinator Cecily Rohrs at 419.267.5502 or email with any questions.

Chili Cook Off: Oct. 9, 2019

Think you have what it takes to win? Sign up to compete starting Sept. 23 outside of the bookstore. Cash prizes will be awarded in two categories: traditional and alternative. The chili with the most votes will win the coveted Golden Ladle!

Want to eat? Join us in the Atrium on Wednesday, October 9 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For a $3 donation, you’ll get chips, a drink and chili. All proceeds benefit the PATH Center of Defiance.

NSCC Welcomes Chancellor Randy Gardner to Campus

Northwest State Community College was pleased to host Chancellor Randy Gardner and Representative Jim Hoops (Ohio House District 81) to the College’s Archbold campus this morning for a walking visit and discussion. During the hour-long visit, Chancellor Gardener and Rep. Hoops met with the NSCC admissions and advising center teams; toured active classrooms and labs; and met with administrators, faculty, staff and students.

“It was an honor to host Chancellor Randy Gardner and Representative Jim Hoops today. We are #NSCCProud to serve northwest Ohio residents. Our residents vote with their feet, and having an enrollment growth this fall means that our community is responding positively to our guided pathways and internships leading to better jobs locally,” noted Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president.

Thomson continued, “We really appreciate the Chancellor’s vision. He encouraged us to continue our partnerships with local employers, P-12/college partners, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Together, we are making a difference in areas of real need, and we look forward to building upon our current successes.”

Chancellor Gardner will return to NSCC as the College’s 50th anniversary commencement speaker on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 2 pm. Area residents are welcome to experience #NSCCProud on May 9 and help the College celebrate NSCC’s contribution to northwest Ohio.