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.”

NSCC Proud: MatthewMcKown

Matthew McKown shared why he is NSCC Proud.

“Northwest State has taken me to places I never would have dreamed! This photo is me at the Toledo Museum of Art, researching a masterpiece for a class at NSCC. Being an amputee and non-traditional student, getting out to learn and experience new things has often proven to be an almost Herculean effort, but being a student at NSCC has given me confidence to pursue the best in life! The faculty and staff at the College are truly hands-on and passionate about the students’ achieving the highest level of success in class as well as in life. Northwest State has inspired me to be a lifelong learner and a better human being. Thank you to everyone at NSCC who has made the magic of learning their selfless mission. “

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NSCC Proud: Richelle Avers

Richelle Avers has always been very self-motivated. She began taking College Credit Plus classes at NSCC as a freshman in high school and completed her associate of science degree before her high school graduation! Richelle credits the high-quality education she received at Northwest State, and the encouragement of sciences faculty, for her ongoing success. What’s next for Richelle? A trip to Germany to study molecular cell biology at Technische Univerität, Kaiserslautern

NSCC Proud: Taylor Brown

After graduating from NSCC and The Ohio State University, Taylor Brown decided to take her education even further. She’s now studying in the natural resources program at Cornell University Graduate School.

Taylor shared with us how Northwest State provided a foundation for her educational success.

“I began my studies at NSCC through the Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program while I was a sophomore at Napoleon High School. Attending NSCC provided the opportunity to earn college credit, prepare for transfer to a four-year university, and even obtain an associate degree, all while I was still a high school student. On top of the academic benefits, the PSEO program supplied tuition and textbooks, which meant I could affordably pursue my higher education goals.

When I first started at NSCC, I was broadly interested in science and my plan was to obtain an Associate of Science with a social science focus, with the eventual goal of obtaining a Bachelor of Science in a related field.

During my junior and senior years of high school, I transitioned to full-time coursework at NSCC. I truly enjoyed the academic freedom to explore my own interests and take a variety of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The classes I took simultaneously challenged and inspired me, all the while confirming my goals to continue in higher education.

Both Lisa Aschemeier and Greg Tefft helped to solidify both my foundational understanding of and passion for biology and ecology. As a scientist, I spend much of my time writing and thinking critically about complex problems, and I can trace these skills back to my literature and humanities courses with Sherry Howard. If I had the chance, I would happily take another class with Sherry – she is an amazing instructor who constantly challenged us to improve intellectually while also cultivating an enjoyable classroom environment.

NSCC was the springboard for my journey in higher education. As a first-generation college student from a working-class family, community college was my gateway into academia. Thanks to the foundational courses I took and the supportive academic environment, I was able to confidently transition to The Ohio State University after graduating with my A.S. in 2015.

Honestly, when I first started at NSCC at a mere 15 years old, I could never have imagined that I would be doing the work I am today. I graduated from OSU with my B.S. in evolution & ecology in 2018 and am currently a graduate student at Cornell University, working towards both my Master of Science and PhD in natural resources. My graduate research is focused on the ecology, early life-history, and management of two fish species native to the Great Lakes, cisco and lake whitefish. My career goals include conducting research as either a university professor or a federal fishery biologist.

I would recommend NSCC as an economical transfer option to a four-year university and as an opportunity to explore different fields of study before declaring a major. Thanks to the general education classes I took at NSCC, I was able to transfer over 70 credit hours and solely focus on my major classes at OSU.

Further, I was able to take various classes for my general education requirements at NSCC that introduced me to potential careers that I had not previously considered. Originally, I planned to pursue a career in sociology; however, I began taking courses in the natural sciences and realized that I was more interested in biology and ecology. I was able to change my coursework focus within the A.S. degree requirements towards the biological sciences, which I may not have had the flexibility to do if I had started directly as a sociology major at a four-year university.”

NSCC Proud: Pamela Stephey

Pamela Stephey came to the United States from Costa Rica to continue her education and open up opportunities for a better life. She has been quite busy lately, both in her studies and in her personal life. Pamela is a medical assisting and phlebotomy student at NSCC and recently earned U.S. citizenship. She greatly appreciates the love and support she has received along the way from NSCC faculty and from her family. Pamela plans to use her Northwest State education to become a medical interpreter.