Sixteen Teachers Attend GenCyber Camp at NSCC

NSCC recently held its first-ever GenCyber teacher camp at the Scott Park location in Toledo. During the week-long camp, NSCC faculty and staff provided hands-on instruction in cybersecurity awareness and best practices to sixteen Toledo Public Schools (TPS) teachers, helping them to incorporate these tools into their curriculum. The TPS teacher participants represented eleven schools and teach at the first through twelfth grade level.

Cyber Training Group“The NSA GenCyber Camp 10 principles are cybersecurity best practices at a high level,” said Roger Spears, cybersecurity training coordinator at NSCC and lead instructor of the camp. “The group of TPS teachers we had at the camp were absolutely outstanding,” noted Spears. “Every teacher in attendance was engaged during the camp. It was obvious from day one how much they care about their students,” he 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 receive the GenCyber grant. The camps, open to all K-12 teachers, provide expert training designed to enhance the safety and educational experience for students. Topics covered in the camps include online ethics, cyberbullying, internet safety, wireless network basics & security, networking basics and more. Additional information on the GenCyber camps is available at

Northwest State currently has two cybersecurity programs. The short-term certificate program is geared toward the working individual needing more cybersecurity knowledge, while the two-year program is a more traditional associate degree program. “NSCC also has 2+2 programs available with other state institutions that allow NSCC students to earn a bachelor’s degree in the discipline without leaving the NSCC campus for course work,” said Spears.

For additional information on Northwest State certificate, degree and transfer option programs, contact the NSCC Admissions Office. For additional information on workforce development, visit

NSCC Welcomes New Member to Board of Trustees

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Friday, June 22 at Sweetwater Chophouse in Defiance. As part of the meeting, a swearing-in ceremony was held for new board member Lisa McClure.

Lisa McClure

McClure (right) is shown taking her oath of office with Kathy Soards (left), chief fiscal and administrative officer at NSCC.

McClure, a 1980 graduate of Wayne Trace High School, and resident of Grover Hill, Ohio, has served as the executive director of the Paulding County Area Foundation for the past seven years. McClure cited the quality of education as the main driver for her wanting to serve the College as a board of trustees member. Her term on the board of trustees runs through June of 2023.

After an executive session, the board gave special recognition to Dr. Tom Stuckey, former NSCC president, and Lynda Cramer, executive administrative assistant to the president. Stuckey and Cramer are retiring from the College after many years of valued service.

In other Board action:

  • Approved 2018-2019 budget
  • Approved miscellaneous employment contracts and resignations
  • Approved a textbook selection policy, allowing faculty to select the textbooks and instructional materials
  • Approved the College’s 2018-2020 completion plan, a state requirement, which targets connection, first-year entry, progress and completion, and workforce. The completion plan is modeled after the Completion by Design Loss and Momentum Framework, a national initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Appointed Megan Batt as president’s designee, secretary to the board

Eleven Graduate From Law Enforcement Academy

Eleven graduates from the Northwest State Community College Law Enforcement Academy were honored during a special ceremony held in the Atrium. The class successfully completed both the state certification exam and the physical fitness requirements of the program. Current graduates who have taken the Ohio Peace Officer Training Certification examination achieved a 98% first-time pass rate, which is a requirement to become a law enforcement officer in the State of Ohio.

Law Enforcement Graduates

The following graduates were recognized:

Defiance County: Austin Beckett (Defiance), Agustin Hinojosa (Defiance), Austin Little (Defiance), Eric Rubio (Defiance), Jared Sanchez (Defiance)

Fulton County: Christine Fouty (Delta), Noah Quintanilla (Archbold), Jacob Whitcomb (Wauseon)

Henry County: Tyler Murrey (Napoleon)

Williams County: Adrian Brown (Montpelier)

Wood County: Ryan Kohlhofer (Walbridge)

Several students from the graduating class received additional recognition. Eric Rubio was presented with the Top Gun Award for earning the highest score on the firing range. Tyler Murrey earned the highest score on his Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy test, with a 93% on the 200-question test. Austin Little was awarded the Top Driver Award for excellence in numerous testing scenarios behind the wheel. Adrian Brown received the final individual award of the evening, the prestigious Deputy Allan D. Ohlrich Outstanding Cadet Award.

The Northwest State Community College Law Enforcement Academy is an eight-month program that is offered annually. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 5-10 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. A new class is forming now and is scheduled to begin in August.

For more information on the academy, contact the Allied Health, Business & Public Services Division. Learn more about degree and certificate programs, as well as a transfer module for students interested in earning a bachelor’s degree.

NSCC Foundation Raises Over $70,000 for Student Scholarships

The Northwest State Community College Foundation recently hosted its annual Green Carpet Event, “Denim & Diamonds,” and raised over $70,000. All proceeds from the event go directly to student scholarships. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2018 Making a Difference Awards, which were created by the NSCC Foundation as a way to recognize and celebrate an individual, business and organization in the six-county area committed to improving their communities. This year’s recipients were Ed & Carol Nofziger, Parkview Physicians Group and Quadco Rehabilitation Center.

In addition to the Making a Difference Awards, the Green Carpet Event included a musical performance by Kerry Patrick Clark and a fun stage show featuring “Magic With Eli.” Gourmet food stations, a cash bar and a silent auction rounded out the festivities, as the Auditorium and surrounding areas were decorated in the event’s “Denim & Diamonds” theme.

“The Green Carpet Event and the Making a Difference Awards celebrate hard work, community support and giving,” said Robbin Wilcox, NSCC director of development. “We work year-round to raise awareness and needed funds for student scholarships, and this event is a critical piece of those efforts. It’s fitting that we had our scholarship awards night, commencement, and then Green Carpet all within about a month’s time,” she continued. “It’s the circle of education.”

A special recap program of the NSCC Green Carpet Event will be available on TV26, and is also available on the Northwest State YouTube channel.

The NSCC Foundation was established in 1978 to provide support for the students, people and programs of NSCC. For nearly 40 years, the foundation has remained true to its mission to enhance, expand and sustain Northwest State so that NSCC can continue to fulfill its mission of creating opportunities for transformational learning. The NSCC Foundation works diligently to raise much-needed funds for educational opportunities that directly and indirectly impact students.

Board Approves Support Staff Contract

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in special session on Saturday, May 12. At the meeting, the Board unanimously approved a motion to adopt the tentative support personnel bargaining agreement reached between the College and the NSCC Education Association support staff bargaining unit. The agreement will take effect July 1, 2018, for a period of three years.

Some of the tentative agreement details for support personnel include:

  • Compensation: Pay will increase by 2.5% each year (based on market value) and will include a “plus 2%” boost in years two and three.
  • Medical: Employees will be able to select the plan of their choice and will mirror graded employee medical plans.
  • Some miscellaneous position/job changes were also included in the agreement, including implementation of individual job descriptions for positions, elimination of shift premiums, changing “secretary” titles to “administrative assistant,” and a change in unpaid leave of absence allowances.

Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president, shared his appreciation for the teamwork behind the scenes that helped make this resolution possible. “The negotiating teams for both parties did a tremendous job putting their needs in perspective and coming to a fair compromise. The process was smooth, effective, and allows us to all continue forward so we can best serve northwest Ohio – one student, one family, and one community at a time,” Thomson noted.

Commencement Ceremony Recognizes 400 Graduates

Northwest State Community College celebrated the 2018 graduating class at its forty-eighth Commencement Ceremony this past weekend. The ceremony recognized 400 graduates who completed an associate degree or certificate program with the College during fall, spring or summer term. Rainy conditions forced the College to move the ceremonies indoors to the Voinovich Auditorium, where two ceremonies were held to properly acknowledge the large group of graduates.

Dr. ThomsonDr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president, first took a moment to honor President Emeritus Dr. Larry McDougle and Dr. Tom Stuckey, former NSCC president who will be elevated to President Emeritus on July 1. Dr. Thomson noted the countless hours of service both men poured in to the College.

Dr. Thomson went on to congratulate the graduating class, remarking, “I commend you for your dedication and persistence that have led to this remarkable achievement. You balanced work, family and other obligations in order to complete your education. You not only rise to meet life’s many challenges, you thrive and overcome them.”

Student SpeakerPage Doornbos was the student speaker selected. Doornbos shared a very personal story about the circumstances that brought her to northwest Ohio and about how fear plays a part in all of our lives. She noted that she was reluctant to explore a new career nearing the age of 30, but those closest to her encouraged her to believe in herself and pursue her goals.

She then related fear to the graduating class, saying, “Think back to this day – this very minute – and remember how you felt getting dressed to come here today. This is where that fear pushed you to. Don’t worry about being scared. Worry about not being scared. If it’s easy, is it really worth it?”

Doornbos earned an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing. She is a member of the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society, and she also recently received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Northwest Ohio Nurse’s Association.

Tony GeftosKeynote speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony was Tony Geftos, senior reporter and co-anchor for WTVG 13abc. Geftos, a two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, lauded the graduates for their achievements. He noted, “You’re here today because you have already challenged yourselves. You’re here today because you already inspire others. You’re here today because you already lead by example, even if you don’t realize it. That’s why I’m here today: to challenge you to be lifelong learners.” Geftos went above and beyond for the unique occasion, creating two separate keynote speeches for the dual ceremonies.

Following the recognition of the graduates, NSCC Vice President for Academics Lori Robison announced Sydney Critten and Haley Oehler as the recipients of the President’s Outstanding Student Award. Critten graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Applied Business in Business Management. She is a member of the Dean’s Leadership Cluster and Kappa Beta Delta honor society. Critten plans to continue her education at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington to pursue a degree in marine biology. Oehler graduated Summa Cum Laude with a dual major, two Associate of Applied Business Degrees in Business Management and Human Resource Management. She is a member of the Kappa Beta Delta and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Societies, as well as the Dean’s Leadership Cluster. Oehler plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in human resource management.