NSCC Proud: Jesse & Abigail Perez

Jesse Perez and his daughter, Abigail, are both dedicated engineering students at Northwest State. Jesse’s sister and wife attended NSCC, so the family was already familiar with the College. With a strong curiosity for how things work, Jesse found the mechanical engineering program a natural fit as his major.

Abigail got her start at NSCC as a College Credit Plus student in high school and thoroughly enjoys the hands-on nature of learning in a manufacturing environment. Not only does this father-daughter duo study at NSCC, they also both work at Sauder Woodworking.

Learn more about the engineering programs available at Northwest State.

Fall Commencement Ceremony Awards 103 Degrees/Certificates

Northwest State Community College celebrated the December 2018 graduating class at the fall Commencement Ceremony on December 17 in the Voinovich Auditorium. The ceremony recognized the awarding of 103 degrees and/or certificates to 97 students from the divisions of Allied Health, Business & Public Services; Arts & Sciences; Industrial Technologies; Nursing; and Science, Technology, Engineering Technology & Math (STEM).


Dr. Cindy Krueger, NSCC vice president for institutional effectiveness & student services, kicked off the ceremony with a note of celebration. Krueger noted that 91 percent of the graduating class lives in the College’s six-county service area of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams Counties, and that the grade point average of the class is 3.22.

Daniel Stuckey of Montpelier was the student speaker. He received an Associate of Applied Business in Business Management and is a member of the Kappa Beta Delta and Phi Theta Kappa honor societies. During his speech, Stuckey noted how two significant life events – the death of his father when Daniel was 8 years old and the death of his son Josh just over 10 years ago – helped shape the direction of his life and his education.

Stuckey noted, “I thought that going to college would be impossible. I lacked an education and I was working two jobs. I never missed a day of bus driving and I exceeded my goals in real estate last year. I’m graduating from college at 56 years old. Never say you can’t do something until you have tried your very best to achieve it. Pursue your dreams with all that’s in you and never give up. You will not regret it.”

The keynote speaker for this year’s Commencement Ceremony was Dr. Larry McDougle, president emeritus and former president of Northwest Technical College/Northwest State Community College. McDougle reflected fondly on his time at the College, noting of his 45 years spent in college administration, “without a doubt, (this was) the best 12 years of my career.”

McDougle also noted the distinction between doing things right and doing the right thing, sharing a memory from the first commencement he attended as president. His engaging speech resonated with the graduates and the audience alike.

During the ceremony, twelve students were recognized as Award of Merit recipients. Award of Merit recipients are chosen by faculty from the respective divisions based on leadership involvement, special talents or abilities in their academic field, and significant contributions to Northwest State.

Award of Merit recipients included:
Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Bret Schliesser, Accounting
Amanda Andres, Accounting
Kristi Schlachter, Accounting
Stephen DeLaney, Business Management
Daniel Stuckey, Business Management
Janell Marchant, Criminal Justice
Brooke Thatcher, Medical Assisting

Arts & Sciences
Isabella Swartz, Associate of Arts
Noah Scheppler, Associate of Science
Arielle Young, Visual Communication/Graphic Design

Industrial Technologies
Micah Peterson, Mechatronics
Cody Herman, Mechatronics

Kali Heffelfinger, Practical Nursing

Science, Technology, Engineering Technology & Math
Kurt Stokes, Electrical Engineering
Matthew Wulff, Electro-Mechanical Engineering
Hannah Roth, Mechanical Engineering
Trey Hesselschwardt, Project Management

The College also recognized three individuals who were recently awarded emeritus status, an honorary title awarded for distinguished service to the academic community. The three recipients were Lynda Cramer, former executive assistant to three NSCC president; Lori Bird, former dean of the Nursing Division; and Peter Beck, CEO of Automatic Feed, chair of the NSCC Foundation and former Board of Trustees member.

2018 Award of Merit & PTK Inductees Recognized

Northwest State Community College recently recognized seventeen Award of Merit recipients.  For over 25 years, Northwest State has recognized graduates within the degree programs for their academic achievements.  Award of Merit recipients are chosen by faculty from the respective divisions based on leadership involvement, special talents or abilities in their academic field, and significant contributions to Northwest State.

During the ceremony, the College also recognized twelve students for induction in to the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. To be eligible for induction, students must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average after completing at least eighteen credit hours of college coursework. During the evening’s festivities, four students were also inducted into the Kappa Beta Delta International Honor Society, recognizing “scholarship and accomplishment among students of business pursuing associate degrees.”[1] Inductees included Amanda Andres, Kelly Anderson, Abigail Hull, Christopher Schaub, Jennifer Barnhart, Jacob Klopfenstein, Jason Stubblefield, Robert Simmons, Wesley Heuerman, Caleb Davila, Elizabeth Huffman and Mark Oliphant.

Phi Theta Kappa was established in 1918 to encourage academic achievement for two-year college students. Its mission is to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.3 million members.

The following students were recognized:

Bret Schlisser, Accounting
Amanda Andres, Accounting
Kristi Schlachter, Accounting
Stephen DeLaney, Business Management
Daniel Stuckey, Business Management
Janel Marchant, Criminal Justice
Brooke Thatcher, Medical Assisting
Isabella Swartz, Associate of Arts
Noah Scheppler, Associate of Science
Arielle Young, Visual Communication Graphic Design
Micah Peterson, Mechatronics
Cody Herman, Mechatronics
Kurt Stokes, Electrical Engineering Technology
Matthew Wulff, Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology
Hannah Roth, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Trey Hesselschwardt, Project Management Technology
Kali Heffelfinger, Practical Nursing

[1] https://www.kbdhs.org/about

Learning in Action: NSCC Regatta

NSCC College Credit Plus students from the MET 100 (Intro to Engineering) class designed, built and tested cardboard boats as part of their course curriculum. Students represent all of the Henry County schools: Patrick Henry, Napoleon, Liberty Center and Holgate. The class meets at Automatic Feed Co. as part of an ongoing partnership designed to engage and inspire students in the fields of engineering and advanced manufacturing.

Music: www.bensound.com.

Cryptic Cyborgs Compete in Young Astronaut Day

Northwest State Community College’s Cryptic Cyborgs, a FIRST robotics team, competed in the Young Astronaut Day at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland Ohio on November 3, 2018. The team was chosen from a lottery selection to attend the event where they participated in hands-on engineering activities.

The team earned a third place finish in the Commander Grand Challenge Division. The challenge was with designing a Mars rover, which required a parachute design and programming a LEGO Mindstorm robot rover. 

The Cryptic Cyborgs team is made up of local high school students in grades 9-12, competing in the FIRST robotics program. The NSCC team has over 40 students involved and is recruiting students for the 2019 competition season, which kicks off on January 5. To join the team contact Jim Drewes at 419.267.1439 or email jdrewes@northweststate.edu.

About the Competition
Young Astronaut Day is a STEM outreach event for students in grades 1-12.  Every year since 1992, NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, hosts students to compete in hands-on activities related to engineering problem solving. These range from pasta towers to LEGO robots. The activities vary from year to year and all have an aerospace theme. Ribbons are awarded to the top three teams of each activity. During the day, the students also engage in the ‘Canstruction®’ community service activity.  In partnership with Herschman Architects, the students assemble an aerospace themed structure (like the space shuttle or Curiosity rover) out of donated canned foods. The day-long activity includes a presentation from a NASA astronaut and a STEM competition. 

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: Ohiomfg.com)

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 STEM@NorthwestState.edu.

NSCC Proud: Laurie Schlosser

How does Laurie Schlosser describe her educational and professional journey? “I took a path of finding myself,” she said. After moving to northwest Ohio from New York, that path brought her to what was then Northwest Technical College. She graduated with a business management degree in 1989, then returned later to take classes in mechanical engineering. She credits the faculty at NSCC for providing students with a strong foundation in practical, real-world knowledge in the fields they teach. Now, Laurie has come full circle, bringing her own real-world knowledge to the classroom as an adjunct instructor.