NSCC Proud: Dan Gariepy

Dan Gariepy has taken the education he received at NSCC around the world – literally. Through an amazing “semester at sea” learning opportunity after NSCC, Dan developed a strong global perspective that still guides him today. His mission work and his music both reflect the foundational education received at Northwest State and his studies at other institutions.

Our interview with Dan includes a live performance of his original composition “Imaginations.” Information on Dan’s mission work, music and more can be found at DanGariepy.com. 

NSCC Proud: Alex Cummins

Alex Cummins started at NSCC as a College Credit Plus student and was motivated for success. Balancing high school classes, college-level classes and employment, Alex had some long days but found the effort was well worth it. Alex was a regular at Brad Geer’s internship and co-op meetups and made valuable contacts while he earned his degree.

He graduated from NSCC in 2019 with a degree in computer science engineering technology and is now employed with Hilltop High School, where he also heads up the school’s eSports program. We are especially grateful to Alex for gathering valuable resources for Northwest State faculty to use during this spring’s switch to online learning. Thank you, Alex!

NSCC Proud: Jacob Klopfenstein

Jacob Klopfenstein doesn’t shy away from hard work. While studying in the electro-mechanical engineering program at NSCC, Jacob regularly worked with Brad Geer, prior and workplace learning coordinator, to enhance his education and develop his career pathway. Since graduating from Northwest State in 2019, Jacob is continuing his studies through NSCC in the Miami University program, balancing education with a part-time position in the engineering field at Alliance Automation. Keep up the good work, Jacob! 

NSCC Proud: Matthew McKown

As a student at Northwest State, Matthew McKown enjoyed the encouragement and support of faculty and staff. As a graduate of Northwest State, Matthew recognizes the wide-reaching impact the College has, noting that it feels like a big family.

In his career as business manager of a Toledo-area art gallery, Matthew routinely uses his business management education to help the gallery flourish. He is also finding his calling in the non-profit sector, heading up a local charity focusing on amputees, a subject Matthew is intimately familiar with. Thank you for your inspiring words, Matthew, and for your good work in the community! 

NSCC Proud: Drew Kaufman

Drew Kaufman attended NSCC from 2015-2017. He shared with us why he chose Northwest State, what his experience was like as a student, and how easy it was to transfer his credits on to a four-year university.

“When I was in high school, I thought I would go to Ashland University to get my degree to be a social studies teacher, and then make my way back to Northwest Ohio to start my career. As I write this 2,000 miles away, I can’t help but smile at how much differently my life turned out.

Northwest State is an incredibly attractive choice, and reflecting upon my two years spent, I am beyond grateful for what it offered. A quick commute, small class sizes, and along with it being affordable made it such an easy decision. More importantly, it was the right decision. Northwest not only prepared me educationally to move on, it gave me time to figure out what I wanted from life and allowed me to weigh my options for my future.

My experience at Northwest was tremendous. The staff and faculty were professional and knowledgeable, giving me an education for a fraction of the price. Not only that, but they were also personable, taking the time to know the students on campus. All classes were manageable, and accommodations were available for those who needed just a bit extra. It was nice to go to a school for two years and feel like a part of the community, rather than another face.

The transfer process from Northwest was very easy and manageable. They took care of most of the work for me, even though I opted to go far away and out of state. I had around 50 credits when I transferred, and all but one of my classes was accepted, and it was solely because my current state’s teaching credentials are different. Other than that, all my core classes, as well as those directed toward my major, ALL transferred.

Knowing I wasn’t ready for a four-year institute, yet wanting to pursue a bachelor’s degree, the two years at NSCC prepared me for a traditional four-year academic experience. They offered a wide array of classes, exposing me to new ideas or concepts, allowing me to develop interest in a variety of subjects.

My life right now is a-typical for those who I attended Northwest with. Many of my friends stayed local, opting to go to Bowling Green, Toledo, or Ohio State. Not only are they thankful for their time at NSCC, they would agree that it was an important step for them.

As for me, I finished my two years and packed up to move out west to Washington. During my second year at Northwest I had a yearning to go and do something else. Nearly all my classes would transfer to whatever university I decided to attend, so why not do something crazy?

I had the opportunity, so I decided to take it. I packed up, and now live in Washington, and I will forever credit Northwest with helping me realize this. I graduate this year with a bachelor’s in history/social studies from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, and will pursue accreditation to become a secondary social studies teacher.

Yes, I do plan on staying out west because it’s simply incredible. I have learned that I LOVE to play the guitar, have made some of my best friends out here, and have done a better job of learning who I am. Reflecting on my time at NSCC makes me laugh, because who would have thought that this decision I made almost 5 years ago shaped me into the person I am today.

I will forever and always tell people that NSCC is a brilliant choice. I like to think I turned out great, and they will too! Northwest gave me great classes, great people (hey Sherry Howard!), and a great future.”

NSCC Proud: Ashley Schackow DeLuca

Ashley Schackow DeLuca attended Northwest State in the business administration program. She shared her #NSCCProud story with us:

“Attending NSCC set up the foundation for my success. The business plan I submitted before the panel that Lisa B. brought in gave me the confidence to open that business two years later. Through my education at NSCC and the opportunities & skills provided to me as a student worker under Robbin Wilcox, I’m able to confidently run my consulting business and speak to others about doing the same. This photo is the first professional speech I did with the help of Robbin. Thank you, NSCC!”

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NSCC Proud: Tim Kline

Like many students, Tim Kline was concerned about the cost of a four-year education and knew he needed to work while attending school. Tim’s mother and sister both graduated from NSCC in the school’s very first LPN class. He decided a local school would be a better fit than leaving home for college, so he started as an early admit student while still in high school.

While at Northwest State, Tim appreciated that many instructors brought real life experience to the classroom with practical insights you just can’t find in a textbook. As Tim put it, “Education you could actually use!”

He found many opportunities to network with industry experts and fellow students who were also out in the workforce. In fact it was a classmate, Gene Schubert, who helped Tim land a job that offered tuition reimbursement.

Larry McDougle, former Northwest State president, and Dwayne Orweiler, former NSCC instructor, were very influential in Tim’s life and career as well. He even joined Dr. McDougle on a trip to meet with state legislators in support of manufacturing education.

Tim graduated from Northwest State in 1977 with a degree in business administration, but his connection to the College has continued. He served as the commencement speaker in 1998 and continues to support the NSCC Foundation.

Today, he still recommends Northwest State Community College as smart financial decision. Affordable tuition, combined with great scholarship opportunities, make NSCC a great choice in Tim’s eyes.

NSCC Proud: Elizabeth (Sue) Fiser

Elizabeth Fiser shared why she is NSCC Proud:

“I recently accepted a position as senior specialist, physician training, THV medical affairs with Edwards Lifesciences, the global leader in transcatheter heart valves. I started this diverse career as a graduate of the very first class of registered nurses at (what was still) Northwest Technical College. We started with 22 students and graduated 11. After two grueling years as a student nurse, I was awarded the Health Sciences Award of Excellence and went on to specialize in cardiovascular nursing. After many years in the cardiac cath lab, I transitioned into medical device training support. In this role, I have supported training programs around the globe. I’ve worked in Japan, South Korea, and all over Europe and the U.S. My new position is the highlight of my career, and I can’t help but look back in amazement at my humble beginnings as a new nurse from northwest Ohio where I laid the foundation for this exciting ride.”