NSCC Foundation Presents Check to Board of Trustees

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Friday, October 25 on the Archbold campus. After roll call, Robbin Wilcox, executive director for development and NSCC Foundation Board representative Brian Roth presented the Board with a check in the amount of $765,431. The money is designated for student scholarships, equipment, outreach programs and student support efforts.

Nearly $5 million has been provided through the generosity of businesses and individuals who have supported the Foundation over the past ten years. Brian Roth, NSCC Foundation representative, noted that the support comes from within the NSCC campus, as well as throughout the community. “I don’t know of a more valuable resource that this area has, and we’re very proud to be a part of (NSCC),” Roth noted.

During the presentation, Roth noted the necessity for the skills and training an NSCC education provides in areas such as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and agriculture, among others.

The NSCC Foundation has approximately 30 board and committee members representing Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams Counties.

The Board also heard from Michael Leonard, department chair for agricultural studies, about the proposed agribusiness degree program at NSCC. Leonard shared information about the prevalence of science and technology in ag-related studies, as well as his ongoing efforts to forge strategic partnerships with ag-related organizations, boards and area schools.

In other Board action:

  • Approved the promotion of Makenzie Warncke to associate director-financial aid
  • Approved the employment of Matthew Gomez, custodian; Jason Baun, working supervisor/facility maintenance; and Kaylea Scott, financial aid counselor
  • Approved the 2019-2020 revised budget
  • Approved a monetary donation of $500 for the Veterans Lounge and a monetary donation of $100 for networking events, as gifts to the College
  • Approved the offering of the Associate of Applied Science-Agribusiness degree program
  • Approved miscellaneous employment contracts and one resignation

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 tatkinson@NorthwestState.edu.

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 crohrs@NorthwestState.edu with any questions.

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.

NSCC Hosts GenCyber Teacher Camps

Earlier this summer, NSCC successfully held its second annual GenCyber teacher camps at the College’s Scott Park location in Toledo. In the week-long camps, faculty and staff from NSCC and BGSU provided hands-on instruction in cybersecurity awareness and best practices to teachers from Toledo Public Schools and Springfield Local Schools, as well as a representative from Imagination Station, while helping them find ways to incorporate these concepts into their curriculum.

“The NSA GenCyber 6 Cybersecurity Concepts are cybersecurity best practices for anyone using a computer on a network,” said Tami Norris, training coordinator at NSCC and lead instructor of the camp. “The group of teachers we had at the camp were fantastic. It was obvious they have a deep regard for their students as every person in attendance was very interested in learning information that they can take back to their classrooms,” Norris continued.

The GenCyber program is co-funded by the National Security Administration and the National Science Foundation. Northwest State Community College was one of only three higher education institutions in Ohio to receive the GenCyber grant. The camps, open to all teachers K-12, provide expert training designed to enhance the safety and educational experience for students. Topics covered in the camps included online ethics, cyberbullying, coding, networking basics & security, robotics and more. Additional information on the GenCyber camps is available at gen-cyber.com.

As a follow up to the camps, NSCC will be hosting an event in October for Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This will be a resource fair at our Toledo location. Area teachers will be able to connect with resources to help further their ability to incorporate cybersecurity into their classrooms.

For additional information on the Northwest State programs and workforce development, including those programs held at the UT-Scott Park location, please visit trainwithCTS.com, or call 419.267.1332 (Archbold) or 419.267.1497 (Toledo).

Northwest State and Exploring™ Collaborate on Career Education

The Black Swamp Area Council’s Exploring Division is excited to announce a great collaboration that includes Northwest State Community College, Impact 419, Ohio Means Jobs, and the CCMEP Young Adult Program.

This new program is a continued effort to engage students with hands-on experiences, provide mentors, network with potential employers, and equip youth with life and career skills needed to become productive in the career field they chose. Teens in the Impact 419 program will investigate careers considered in demand by Ohio Means Jobs during monthly meetings, beginning in early September.

During the meetings, students will get hands-on experience in a different career field in the labs at Northwest State and will then return to their home county to further investigate the career at a local business that corresponds with that month’s career. This new program allows for students to learn about numerous careers, understand the opportunities that are available to them locally, and provides students with the knowledge of what skills and certifications are needed to be successful in their career.

“Northwest State is thrilled to participate in this collaboration. It is part of a larger initiative to engage our youth in experiential learning opportunities to help them determine their pathway to a career,” noted Todd Hernandez, executive vice president for Northwest State.   

Impact 419 is a workforce initiative that serves young adults in Auglaize, Defiance, Henry, Paulding, Williams, and Wood Counties. The initiative provides supportive career coaching, work experiences, and the opportunity to find your career pathway.

The Exploring™ program covers thirteen counties in northwest Ohio, enabling students to discover their future through immersive, hands-on career experiences. The Exploring™ program serves students ages 14-20, who have completed the 8th grade, and seeks to shape the workforce of tomorrow by engaging and mentoring today’s youth.

To learn more about the Impact 419, contact Andrea Morrow, training coordinator with Northwest State, at amorrow1@NorthwestState.edu or 419.771.3121. To find out more about Exploring™, contact Matt Kibler, Exploring executive, at matt.kibler@scouting.org or 567.245.1259.

NSCC & Terra State Collaborate on Enrollment and Workforce Development

The collaborative spirit of two community colleges in northwest Ohio was on display last Thursday as representatives from Terra State Community College visited Northwest State Community College for an exchange of ideas and best practices. Terra State has made a tremendous turnaround on its enrollments, having gone three consecutive semesters with increases. Northwest State is lauded throughout the region, and the state, for its workforce development efforts. What ensued was a day of in-depth conversations with a show of mutual respect and appreciation for the power of teamwork and the impact of a quality education on the overall community.

NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson offered his perspective, “In northwest Ohio, we work together to help each other. Building partnerships is the way we move things forward. President Ron Schumacher and his team provided valuable assistance for NSCC’s newly created Enrollment Management Team. The Terra team stressed the importance of working college-wide on enrollment, the value of building individual relationships in enrollment work and the appropriate use of technology to free up team members’ time. Terra has used a variety of techniques with positive enrollment success in the last three terms. We are hoping to adapt those best practices at NSCC as we strive for a more sustainable enrollment future.”

Terra State President Dr. Ron Schumacher echoed those sentiments, “Terra State is proud to continue to collaborate with our partners across the state. Having an opportunity to work with our friends at Northwest State was truly special for me and the team from Terra State! We will continue to work closely together to solve the many issues around the State of Ohio.”

NSCC Partners with DOL to Help Expand Apprenticeships

Northwest State Community College is partnering with regional community colleges and industry partners, as well as the U.S. Department of Labor as part of a continued effort to expand apprenticeship opportunities in the United States. Grants received where Northwest State will provide direct support total approximately $360,000-$90,000 annual over four years.

Per the Department of Labor (“Department”), a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was made public that would establish a process for the U.S. Department of Labor to advance the development of high-quality, industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs). The Department further announced awards totaling $183.8 million to support the development and expansion of apprenticeships for educational institutions partnering with companies that provide a funding match component. The Department will also make available an additional $100 million for efforts to expand apprenticeships and close the skills gap.[1]


The Department awarded three separate grants in Ohio, each including academic institutions and consortia with private-sector partners:

Information Technology: Columbus State Community College and 25 colleges and universities with 10 firms

Information Technology: University of Cincinnati and five colleges with Northrup Grumman, IBM, GE Aviation and four firms

Advanced Manufacturing: Lorain County Community College and Manufacturing Institute of the National Association of Manufacturers, Ohio Manufacturers Association and National Institute of Metalworking Skills


“In addition to serving as a training partner for the region, Northwest State Community College is the fiscal agent for the northwest Ohio region,” said Todd Hernandez, NSCC executive vice president. Hernandez noted the local grant totals approximately $90,000 per year, for a period of up to four years.

NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson added, “This Department of Labor grant demonstrates how the Ohio community colleges work together to acquire major resources that have a positive impact on our local economies. We have established a great track record with the Department of Labor and this new funding will lead to more quality trained apprentices in high-demand fields.”

Northwest State Community College is a proud partner of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, offering apprenticeship training in the electrical field at locations throughout Ohio. These locations include Rossford, Akron, Cincinnati, Dayton, Lima, Lorain and Youngstown to name a few. The College also specializes in advanced manufacturing training at its UT-Scott Park location, a highlight of which is the recent Jeep training for hundreds of employees. More information on these opportunities is available at NorthwestState.edu/satellite-locations


“The apprenticeship model of earning while learning has worked well in many American industries, and today we open opportunities for apprenticeships to flourish in new sectors of our economy,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said. “With 7.4 million open jobs and job creators searching for skilled job seekers, apprenticeship expansion will continue to close the skills gap and strengthen the greatest workforce in the world – the American workforce.” [2]

[1] https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20190624

[2] https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20190624