Spring Semester Updates

At Northwest State Community College, our team is meeting the needs of our learners, but in a different way, as we respond to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 virus. Our primary focus is the continued safety of all Ohioans at this time. We receive updates on a daily basis from our Governor, and from Washington, and we are following their lead in maintaining a safe working and learning environment. We encourage you to continue visiting the official CDC website for all information pertaining to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In these times of uncertainty, it’s beneficial to lean on family, friends and coworkers for support. For our students and employees in need of additional support, we encourage you to text NSCCHELP to 419.591.6487. NSCC provides no-charge, confidential counseling services, supported by the Center for Child & Family Advocacy in Napoleon.

In an effort to provide uninterrupted service to our students and community partners within current state and federal guidelines and recommendations, the following updates are being implemented effective today, March 17, 2020:

  • Our recommended communication methods during this time include video conferencing, email or phone. Our campus will remain open for in-person emergent situations.
  • Campus hours will now be Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • All students and guests must enter through the A-10 (north/Atrium) entrance, where they will be asked a few CDC-recommended symptoms and travel questions prior to admittance. Employees are permitted to access perimeter doors via their NSCC keycard.

The spring semester will continue on March 23, with all classes being provided via remote learning delivery. Students will receive communication from their instructors this week with course-specific instructions. We are also asking students to complete a technology survey as we begin implementing remote learning delivery. Please view this short video, which contains details and a survey link.

As always, please visit NorthwestState.edu/COVID-19 and follow Northwest State Community College on social media to get the most up-to-date information.

A grateful,
President Michael Thomson

NSCC & BGSU Sign Nursing Articulation Agreement

Northwest State Community College (NSCC) and Bowling Green State University (BGSU) signed an articulation agreement  that will allow students to transfer credits from an associate of applied Science in nursing (RN) degree at Northwest State into a bachelor of science in nursing degree at BGSU. Participants in the signing included NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC Vice President of Academics Dr. Dan Burklo, BGSU President Dr. Rodney Rogers, and BGSU College of Health and Human Services Dean Dr. Jim Ciesla.

The nursing articulation agreement was signed at Henry County Hospital in Napoleon, highlighting the lifeline between higher learning institutions and local healthcare providers in terms of workforce development. Kim Bordenkircher, CEO for Henry County Hospital, served as the emcee of the event and noted a Bureau of Labor Statistics study that concluded there will be a shortage of 200,000 nurses in the healthcare setting over the next decade.

“We are pleased to strengthen our relationship with Bowling Green State University in this nursing pathway, and we are equally honored that Henry County Hospital volunteered to host this signing event,” said Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president. “This articulation agreement is not just an academic connection. It is about strengthening the community overall, so we can have a high quality of life,” Thomson continued.

“Educating the next generation of nurses drives the health vitality of our communities. This transfer agreement is a great example of two public organizations coming together to create public good,” said Dr. Rodney Rogers, BGSU president. “BGSU is excited about the nursing education opportunities this partnership brings.”

During the signing event, the creation of the Henry County Hospital nursing scholarship was also announced. The hospital’s foundation board agreed to a philanthropic gift of $35,000 to support an endowed nursing scholarship for BGSU’s RN to BSN program. The scholarship will give preference to students matriculating to BGSU from Northwest State Community College. Bordenkircher announced the gift at Tuesday’s press conference.

“I think at times it’s easy to support something through hosting press conferences, talking and getting to know people, but sometimes you have to put your money where the issue is,” commented Bordenkircher.


Board of Trustees Elects Officers

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Friday, February 28 on the Archbold campus. After roll call, the Board met the business office team and shared their appreciation for the hard work the business office does to serve the students, the College and the community.

From L to R: Scott Mull, second vice chair; Joel Miller, chair; NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson; and Lisa McClure, vice chair.

As one of the final pieces of the meeting, the Board held its annual election for the positions of chair, vice chair and second vice chair. Joel Miller of Napoleon was elected to assume the duties as chair, replacing Laura Howell. Lisa McClure ascended to vice chair, and Scott Mull became the second vice chair. All officers will serve in these positions for the period of February 2020 through February 2021. Former Chair Laura Howell nominated Miller to serve the College in this capacity. NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson congratulated Howell for her service as outgoing chair, and Joel Miller presented her with a plaque and noted the long hours, hard work and dedication Howell showed in the role.   

In other Board action:

  • Approved the promotions of Lana Snider to vice president-enrollment management & student Affairs, Dr. Dan Burklo to vice president-academics, and Brittany Galbraith to advisor-academic
  • Approved the employment of James Boone, industrial technologies faculty
  • Approved the transfer of Sarah Stubblefield to grants management coordinator
  • Approved the 2020-2021 student fees
  • Approved the 2019-2020 revised budget
  • Approved the 2020-2021 academic year tuition via approval by Governor DeWine, which will begin with the summer 2020 semester. In-state tuition will now be $177.33 per credit hour (up from $172.33), and the additional fee for out-of-state students will now be $171.33 per credit hour (up from $166.33).
  • Selected John Bridenbaugh to serve as a delegate from the Board of Trustees to serve on the Governing Board of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges and selected Sue Derck to serve as the alternate representative
  • Approved miscellaneous employment contracts, four resignations and one resignation for retirement

POSTPONED-Center for Lifelong Learning Meet & Greet: March 19, 2020

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to COVID-19 precautions, this event has been postponed until further notice. Postcards and email notifications have been sent out. Please continue to check back for updates. If you have any questions, please email dwikstrom@NorthwestState.edu.

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Northwest State Community College is planning a “Meet and Greet” so save the date! The incoming coordinator, Debbie Wikstrom, is holding an informal, drop-in meet and greet for the members of the Lifelong Learning Center community on Thursday, March 19, 2020, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

This session will be held in the George E. Voinovich Auditorium on the west end of the campus in E-42. Please consider stopping by to meet the new coordinator, enjoy a light dessert, get updates on upcoming events, and fill out a survey on what you would like to see for future happenings. There is no cost to attend this special event.

Contact the Center for Lifelong Learning coordinator Debbie Wikstrom by email at dwikstrom@NorthwestState.edu with any questions.

NSCC Receives $513,000 Workforce Development Investment

Northwest State Community College received a $513,000 investment from JobsOhio to enhance and expand the College’s workforce education and development efforts throughout northwest Ohio. This is part of a $1.5 million investment JobsOhio is making in the region, with the expressed goal of “increasing the number of workers with in-demand skills to power northwest Ohio manufacturers.” The specific programs at Northwest State that will be featured are machining and industrial automation maintenance (IAM), both of which are existing short-term certificate programs that are in high demand in the region.

Per a release from JobsOhio, this $1.5 million investment “will support a regional marketing effort, driving interest and enrollment into existing programs, and go toward eight education providers to ensure the institutions have the equipment, instructional expertise and tools that align with the area’s industry needs.” The release also noted their work with the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP), the economic development partner for JobsOhio in the area. Through this collaboration, JobsOhio “engaged with 30 manufacturing businesses in the region to map critical skills, identify employer needs, and assess the education landscape and capacity to fill those job requirements.”


The $1.5 million investment made by JobsOhio will benefit a total of eight educational institutions and is new money to the area for workforce education, training and development. Meanwhile, RGP and OhioMeansJobs recently highlighted their $2.3 billion capital investment in a total of 124 projects, creating over 4,000 new jobs and retaining over 20,000 retained jobs – all in our region. The investment in education will further strengthen the pipeline between Northwest State and area employers and is lauded as a major investment in the power of education and strategic partnerships.

“We live in an era of leveraged partnerships. By working together we make a real difference in the Northwest Ohio quality of life. We are a proud partner with civic, business, and educational partners to make this happen. NSCC remains mission focused on strengthening our local communities,” said Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president.

“Job creators led this process, and JobsOhio and our many partners in northwest Ohio will continue to collaborate to successfully deliver the talent they need every time,” added JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer J.P. Nauseef.


JobsOhio is a private nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth, One Columbus, Dayton Development Coalition, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Additional information is available online at JobsOhio.com.

NSCC and Purdue University Fort Wayne Sign Articulation Agreement

Northwest State Community College (NSCC) and Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW) signed an articulation agreement on February 5 that will allow students to transfer credits from an associate of applied science degree at NSCC into a bachelor of applied science degree at PFW. NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson participated in the signing, along with PFW Executive Director of General Studies, La Tishia Horrell.

Per the articulation agreement between the two schools, students must meet the admission and graduation requirements for both Northwest State Community College and Purdue University Fort Wayne. The two-state articulation is not uncommon for institutes of higher learning and is particularly advantageous for community colleges like NSCC given its proximity to the Indiana and Michigan borders.

“We are very pleased to strengthen our relationships with the four-year partners that our students rely on. It’s important that we provide clear pathways for our students to make it as easy as possible to complete both their two and four-year degrees,” said Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president.

“This exciting partnership is yet another example of how Purdue University Fort Wayne strives to make completing a bachelor’s degree more convenient for our students,” said La Tishia Horrell, executive director of general studies at Purdue University Fort Wayne. “Since the requirements for our bachelor of applied science degree can be completed online, a Purdue degree, and the excellent education that accompanies it, is now accessible without the need to relocate. We look forward to welcoming our new Mastodons from Northwest State Community College.”

NSCC Foundation Receives Ag Grant

The Northwest State Community College Foundation received a $3,000 Agriculture Action and Awareness Grant from the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. The grant funds will allow NSCC to offer two summer camps that will expand the knowledge of agriculture among northwest Ohio youth. NSCC will partner with Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Nature Conservancy, and Fulton Soil & Water Conservation District on the project. The camps are expected to serve up to 50 students, ages 10-15, from the College’s six-county service area of Williams, Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Paulding and Van Wert counties.

Robbin Wilcox, executive director for development and the NSCC Foundation, noted, “By offering hands-on activities and visits to agricultural facilities, we will provide opportunities for youth to explore careers in agriculture. This is vital not only for the future of agriculture, but for the economic development in our local communities.”

Wilcox noted the success of the 2017 ag camp held at the College’s Archbold campus, and shared the upcoming camps, “will promote the sharing of fundamental concepts in agriculture, demonstrating how agriculture improves lives. We are grateful for the generous support of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation for helping make these camps a reality in 2020.”

The project seeks to accomplish three main goals: 1) Teach students the fundamentals of agricultural science and its impact in their daily lives and future; 2) Spark interest among youth to pursue careers in agriculture; 3) Promote mentorship and networking between the youth and local agricultural businesses.

The Ohio Farm Bureau is “a grassroots membership organization that works to support our state’s food and farm community.” The campaign for the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation “will expand our endowment to provide increased support for scholarships and professional development opportunities allowing individuals to advance their knowledge, share ideas, and improve people’s lives.” Foundation support provides student scholarships, funds for innovation in the communities, and much more – all helping to drive economic growth through agriculture. Additional information on the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is available online at OFBF.org/foundation/.

The dates and details of these summer ag camps are not yet confirmed. Once finalized, complete information will be available at NorthwestState.edu/Events.

NSCC Experiences Continued Enrollment Growth

For the second straight semester, Northwest State Community College has experienced enrollment growth, both in terms of physical headcount on campus, as well as full-time equivalency (FTE). The head count increase is attributed in great part to a 19% increase in College Credit Plus students from spring 2019. The FTE is up a modest 0.44%, but repeated growth is noteworthy, which provides an opportunity to reflect and show appreciation.

“We are so grateful to the families in this area who continue to rely on us for both direct to job as well as transfer education,” said Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president. Northwest State proudly serves a six-county service area of Williams, Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Paulding and Van Wert Counties. The College also has a high-quality training facility in Toledo at the UT-Scott Park location.

Thomson remarked, “As we complete our 50th anniversary year and embark on a new strategic plan, we are singularly focused on meeting our community’s needs for high-quality, affordable education. It’s very rewarding when the community sees Northwest State as their primary educational partner.”

With the start of the 16-week spring semester, the College now also turns its attention to second eight-week courses, which will begin March 16. Eight-week courses are available across virtually all academic divisions as a way for students to catch up or stay ahead on their education pathway.

Thomson concluded, “In a country where someone’s economic fate seems more and more dictated by their birth zip code, it is imperative that Northwest State help local families attain their educational hopes and dreams. Our graduates become northwest Ohio future leaders, enjoying family sustaining wages and a high quality of life. This is the fundamental purpose of community colleges in the United States, and it makes us the envy of the world.”