Jamie Huber knew she had more to offer and wanted to do something different with her career. After waiting nearly 20 years to return to school, her passion for fundraising and business led her to Northwest State. Jamie pursued a degree in marketing and graduated in 2018. Balancing a full-time job in healthcare, a family and her studies, Jamie took advantage of online courses to help her make it all work. She thanks her support system for helping her achieve her goals and encourages students to keep going!
Jesse Perez and his daughter, Abigail, are both dedicated engineering students at Northwest State. Jesse’s sister and wife attended NSCC, so the family was already familiar with the College. With a strong curiosity for how things work, Jesse found the mechanical engineering program a natural fit as his major.
Abigail got her start at NSCC as a College Credit Plus student in high school and thoroughly enjoys the hands-on nature of learning in a manufacturing environment. Not only does this father-daughter duo study at NSCC, they also both work at Sauder Woodworking.
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Nancy Gilligan turned a major setback into a beautiful career path. As a high school dropout, Nancy didn’t think college would be a part of her future. Once the factory where she worked closed, college helped guide her in a new direction. Nancy credits Marty Phillips, an NSCC instructor, with connecting her to First Call for Help. An internship there cemented Nancy’s desire for a career helping others. Nancy graduated from the human services program in 2012 and is now the coordinator for the partial hospitalization program at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon.
Tanya Brunner is a 1993 business management graduate of NSCC (then Northwest Technical College) and the office manager of the Defiance County Veterans Office. Tanya is a nationally-accredited service officer with over 25 years experience on the job. She is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served from 1988-1996, including time in a unit dedicated to underwater surveillance to uncover drug smuggling operations. Tanya earned the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004 and shares her experience in this video. We greatly appreciate Tanya’s service to our country, as well as that of all veterans.
Francisca Franklin had a full plate before coming to Northwest State, working full time and raising a family. NSCC’s flexible scheduling options, including online classes, helped Fran fulfill her educational goals while achieving the important work-life-school balance she needed. Fran is now the human resources director at Heartland of Wauseon, a facility that specializes in outpatient rehabilitation, short-term care, memory care and long-term care.
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Kathy Keister may be the new dean of the Nursing Division at NSCC, but she certainly isn’t a stranger to the College. Thirty years ago, Kathy was part of the team that implemented the nursing program at Northwest State. Now, she looks forward to using her extensive experience to build on the nationally-renowned nursing program with the support of talented faculty, students and community partners.
Abby Hornish graduated from Paulding High School then went straight to NSCC where she earned a degree in banking in finance in 2002. While affordability and proximity to home were immediate draws, Abby also earned a Presidential Scholarship and local scholarship that made Northwest State an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. Prior to graduating, Abby landed a job at First Federal Bank where she has worked her way up to being the community banking center manager in Paulding. She loves that her job allows her to help families she has known for years and provides an opportunity to give back to the community by volunteering.
Amy Moore graduated from Northwest Technical College in 1987 with a degree in computer programming and a foundation that would help open doors in her career. Thanks to her skill set, Amy has always been the computer and technology “go-to” in her office. Now, she works as a SWAT conservationist with Fulton Soil & Water Conservation District.