Board of Trustees Recognizes 30 Years of Nursing Success

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Friday, October 26, 2018, on the Archbold campus. As part of the meeting, Dr. Kathy Keister was formally introduced as the new dean of the Nursing Division. Keister succeeds Patti Altman, who will be retiring effective January 1, 2019. Keister provided the Board with an overview of the nursing programs at Northwest State, which included introductions of some faculty members, and some impressive data from registered nursing and practical nursing board exam passage rates, both of which have generally exceeded both state and national averages.

At the end of the presentation, Dr. Keister and NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson noted the upcoming “30 Years of Associate Degree Nursing” celebration happening on November 8.

In other Board action:

  • Approved the employment contracts of Kathy Keister, dean-nursing; Anne Kindinger, assistant-data entry & testing; Jared Nofziger, associate director-financial aid; Nicole Hand, administrative assistant-community & workforce development; Deborah Hartzell, program & clinical coordinator; and Brittany Galbraith, enrollment advocate
  • Approved miscellaneous employment contracts and one resignation
  • Approved an employee benefits policy revision for graded (non-union) employees, to maintain consistency with contract employees
  • Approved a resolution to approve the 2018 Affordability and Efficiency Report. The report is for a term of five years, and the framework was originally created in 2015 by Governor Kasich’s Ohio Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency.
  • Approved a resolution to amend alternative retirement plans and assign administrative and investment duties. These are defined contribution plans under Section 401(a) and 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Entrepreneurship Forum: Nov. 6, 2018

In celebration of the spirit entrepreneurship and the power of small business, NSCC is proud to host its fifth annual Entrepreneurship Forum on Tuesday, November 6 from 10 a.m.-noon in the Voinovich Auditorium. The event is open to all residents of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding and Williams Counties with an idea, concept or business plan, as well as those who simply want to attend and enjoy the presentations and discussion.

This year’s event includes two new features.

  • One presenter will earn some investment cash! Thanks to the generosity of First Federal Bank of the Midwest, start-up money will be given to one presenter during the event.
  • Jim Weaner of Weaner, Yoder, Hill & Weber, Ltd. has generously provided use a commercial real estate property in Defiance. As an attorney, Weaner is able to also assist the entrepreneur with the proper business setup.

“There are a lot of great ideas generated by innovative entrepreneurs in our area,” said Lisa Becher, business faculty at Northwest State. Becher is also the State of Ohio Small Business Development Center consultant and a local business owner.

She has created the event to help aspiring business owners by removing barriers to market. “The Entrepreneurship Forum at Northwest State encourages those innovative thinkers and risk-takers to bring their ideas to the table, where our panel of experts will carefully listen to the concepts and provide real-time, valuable insight to help those ideas succeed,” Becher continued.

Panelists for this year’s event include:

  • Darrell Handy, president/CEO at Defiance Chamber of Commerce
  • Matt Gilroy, executive director of Fulton County Economic Development
  • Joel Miller, executive director of Henry County Chamber of Commerce and Denise Dahl, executive director, Henry County Economic Development
  • Jerry Zielke, executive director of Paulding County Economic Development
  • Matt Davis, executive director of Williams County Economic Development
  • Northwest State Community College: Michael Thomson, president; Janet Delcamp, dean of business; and Lisa Becher, business faculty, State of Ohio Small Business Development Center advisor, local business owner
  • Dave Dorner, mentor and consultant to start-up businesses, former director at Rocket Ventures and executive director at Oregon Economic Development
  • Dave Figley, commercial lender at First Federal Bank
  • Ray Meiers, intellectual property attorney at Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh LPA

How to Regiser
Register by contacting Lisa Becher at 419.267.1264 or emailing The event is free to attend, but registration is required for everyone.

Please note: because of the change in event time, lunch will not be provided to attendees. Guests are encouraged to visit the NSCC Café (2nd floor ‘C’ building) for meal and snack options.

Community Invited to 30-Year Anniversary Celebration

The community is invited to a celebration of 30 years of the associate degree nursing program at NSCC. The event is set for Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 4:30-6 p.m in the Voinovich Auditorium. In addition to tours, guests will have the opportunity to welcome Dr. Kathy Keister, dean of nursing, and congratulate Patti Altman, former dean, on her recent retirement.

RSVP to by Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The agenda for the evening includes:

4:30 p.m. Refreshments
4:45 p.m. Program Begins
5:00 p.m. Meet & Greet
5:30 p.m. Tours of the Nursing Lab

CLL to Host Mental Health First Aid Training

To be a good neighbor, friend or family member, it would be beneficial to understand signs of mental instability. Sometimes those around us, or maybe even we, are overcome by sadness, anger and anxiety. What should a caring person do? Where do we turn?

The public is invited to two sessions of the Mental Health First Aid Workshop, sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning at Northwest State Community College. Presenters of the ADAMhs Board will lead the training and all participants will have a workbook to keep for future reference.

The Mental Health First Aid Workshop is divided into two different Friday sessions. The first is Friday, October 5 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and the second part of the workshop will be offered Friday, October 12 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Both sessions will take place at the College and those who complete both sessions will earn a Mental Health First Aid USA certificate.

The workshop is a grass-roots approach to identifying mental health behaviors that need our attention. As a community, we need to be aware of things we say and do that add to the stigma of those suffering from mental illness. The interactive sessions will stir participants to better understand the complexity of the issues and teach techniques for de-escalating the situations.

All around us, stories of senseless shootings make the news. Professionals all agree that being aware of mental health issues is at least one of the components to making safer neighborhoods.

On October 5 after the lunch, which is included in the registration, Bev Miller, a Wauseon native and former teacher, will speak to the group about her battle with mental illness. She openly shares her story of the highs and lows of a very misunderstood disease. Today, Ms. Miller is co-owner of her family business and speaks of her journey toward mental stability. The Friday session will wrap up by 3 p.m. The second half of the workshop will be Friday, October 12 and will conclude by 12:30 p.m. with no lunch included.

Registration Information

The registration fee for the entire workshop is $12, which includes lunch on Friday, October 5. To register call 419.267.1312 by Monday, October 1. Credit card payments are accepted, or you can make arrangements to pay at the door.

To register by mail, send a check with your name, address, and contact number in the to: Center for Lifelong Learning, Northwest State, 22600 State Route 34, Archbold, Ohio 43502. For questions call the Center’s coordinator, Cecily Rohrs, at 419.267.5502.

NSCC Welcomes Kathy Keister as Dean of Nursing Division

Northwest State Community College is pleased to welcome Kathy Keister as the dean of the Nursing Division. Keister will be in charge of a nationally-renowned nursing program that has experienced tremendous achievement in National Council Licensure Examination passage rates and job placement in healthcare facilities throughout northwest Ohio. Her first official day on campus was Tuesday, September 4, and it is expected that the NSCC Board of Trustees will officially confirm her appointment at the next regularly-scheduled meeting on October 26.

Kathy KeisterKeister graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1979 with a bachelor’s of science in biology and in 1982 with a bachelor’s of science in nursing. She continued her education, earning a master’s of science in nursing in 1988 from University of Illinois at Chicago and a doctorate in nursing in 2004 from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to her position at NSCC, Keister was an associate professor at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She has also held education positions at Miami University, Owens Community College, Medical College of Ohio and others.

Perhaps the most fascinating and heart-warming aspect of this story is that thirty years ago, Keister was one of two original faculty hired to implement the nursing program at Northwest Technical College, which would eventually become Northwest State. Noting that family in northwest Ohio encouraged her to apply for this position, Keister appreciated the thought of her career coming full-circle. “My long-term plan was to return to this part of the state once I retired, but that timeline sped up thanks to this opportunity,” Keister said.

Keister loves the daily challenges and opportunities in nursing education. “I love seeing the students develop from the first day they walk through the door to the last day they walk out with that diploma,” she said. Keister also noted that she has enjoyed the loving and accepting campus culture at Northwest State, from staff and students alike.

NSCC Showcases STEM Partnerships

Northwest State Community College was pleased to welcome Cheryl Rice, associate vice chancellor, higher education workforce alignment; John Magill, assistant deputy chancellor, economic advancement; and Eli Faes, assistant director of workforce engagement all from the Ohio Department of Higher Education, along with Senator Rob McColley and others yesterday. During the meeting, Dr. Dan Burklo, dean of Northwest State’s STEM Division, presented a showcase of the College’s public and private partnerships with area high schools and industry.

NSCC_ODHE group picture

The partnerships, which include Automatic Feed in Napoleon; Defiance Metal Products and B&B Molded Products in Defiance; AP Tool in Hicksville; and area high schools, provide primarily high school juniors and seniors awareness of a modern manufacturing facility and the opportunity to learn about engineering technology careers in manufacturing. Students benefit from classes that include hands-on experiences and manufacturing facility tours. The program has served over 100 students to date, including participation from the Ayersville, Defiance, Hicksville, Holgate, Liberty Center, Napoleon, Patrick Henry, Tinora and Wauseon school districts.

The NSCC program is particularly vital, given the growing skills gap in the area. According to the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, state manufacturing is responsible for 18% of Ohio’s gross domestic product, accounts for about 700,000 jobs across the state, and is the largest of the 20 sectors of Ohio’s economy, including government. The average annual earning of an Ohio worker on a manufacturing payroll in 2015 was $58,190. (Source:

Following the presentation, Dr. Burklo led the group on a tour of the College’s ‘E’ Building, where engineering technology courses and labs are utilized to educate and prepare students for their next steps: career or transfer. The tour included the synchronous classroom where students continue with Miami University to attain their bachelor of science degree in engineering technology.

“We are proud to have established partnerships with some great local businesses and high schools,” Burklo said. “The flexibility of all the partners involved allows us to deliver this hands-on education to keep northwest Ohio running strong and strengthen our communities.”

For more information on this program, contact the NSCC STEM Division office at 419.267.1394 or email

Cybersecurity Compliance Event: Sept. 28, 2018

Northwest State Community College, the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Advanced Manufacturing Consortium will be hosting a very important informational cybersecurity event on Friday, September 28 at the Northwest State Archbold Campus in Room C200.

This cybersecurity event is geared toward small to medium-sized businesses, suppliers to the Department of Defense and their supply chains, automotive manufacturing companies and their supply chains, and manufacturers in general. Some of the topics that are scheduled to be covered include the DFARS Mandate and what it means, NIST cybersecurity framework, risk assessment and gap analysis, and new developments such as Ohio Senate SB220 and the NIST SB Cybersecurity Act.

“The manufacturing sector is the second-most popular target for cyberattacks.  Fortunately, there are industry standards and best practices that businesses can put in place to reduce their risk.  We are very pleased to host this event and allow this information to be shared with area businesses,” said Todd Hernandez, vice president for innovation and chief information officer at Northwest State.

Register now! Networking will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the program running from 8-10 a.m. The cost is $25 per company, with no limit on the number of attendees per company. Register online, email Tori Wolf at, or call 419.267.1219 today.

NSCC Foundation Makes Record-Setting Donation

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Friday, August 24, 2018, on the Archbold campus. As part of the meeting, Robbin Wilcox, NSCC Foundation executive director of development, and Peter Beck, NSCC Foundation board chairperson, presented a record-setting check for $808,682 to the College from the NSCC Foundation. The money is designated for student scholarships, equipment, STEM outreach programs and support for students.

NSCC Foundation Presents Check

Pictured from left to right are Robbin Wilcox, NSCC Foundation executive director of development; Peter Beck, NSCC Foundation board chairperson; Jeffrey Erb, NSCC Board of Trustees chairperson; and Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president.

Over $4 million has been provided through the generosity of businesses and individuals who have supported the Foundation over the past ten years. Peter Beck, chair of the NSCC Foundation, noted that the support comes from within the NSCC campus, as well as throughout the community. “The (NSCC) Foundation works hard to allow us to do the things we can do for this College and its students,” Beck said. “This is a very exciting

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

In other Board action:

  • Approved the employment contracts of Ashlynn Cox, accounts payable clerk; Donald (Chris) Gomez, technician-network/systems technology; Kayleigh Nofziger, assistant-financial aid; Megan Leppelmeier, administrative assistant-Arts & Sciences Division; Tracy Deblin, student accounts receivable clerk; Erin Jacob, clinical teaching assistant (nursing); and Linette Will, nursing faculty
  • Approved the transfer contract of Annette Oberhaus, coordinator-nursing lab
  • Approved the title changes of James Drewes, executive director-workforce development; Kathryn McKelvey, vice president-human resources & leadership development; and Robbin Wilcox executive director-development & NSCC Foundation
  • Approved miscellaneous employment contracts and resignations
  • Approved the College to locally administer the ‘B’ Building renovations ($2.329 million), as required for capital projects under $4 million
  • Approved a motion that “guest” and other student populations, as a group that will not utilize the services funded by the career advantage fee and career service fee for new students, will now be exempt from being assessed those fee