NSCC Honors Award of Merit Recipients

Northwest State Community College recently recognized thirty-one 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.

2018 Award of Merit Recipients

Awardee Program Academic Division
Nicholas Weber Accounting Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Sydney Critten Business Management Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Haley Oehler Business Management/Human Resource Management Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Kristen Olashuk Criminal Justice Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Monica Rocha Tavares Criminal Justice Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Abram Klopfenstein Crop & Soil Management Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Brittany Keller Human Services Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Alexis Conrad Human Services Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Alexandra Maneval Medical Assisting Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Keighla Eis Office Administrative Services Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Summer Carr Paraprofessional Education Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Angel Dietrich Pre-Kindergarten Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Sarabeth Basker Associate of Arts Arts & Sciences
Teena Pinckney Associate of Arts Arts & Sciences
Adam Grisier Associate of Individualized Studies Arts & Sciences
Heather Huff Associate of Science Arts & Sciences
Gavin Keasler Associate of Science Arts & Sciences
Christopher Jadwisiak Industrial Automation Industrial Technologies
David VanSteenkiste Industrial Electrical Industrial Technologies
Adam Malone Industrial Technologies Industrial Technologies
Pamela Reynolds IT Specialist Industrial Technologies
Blake M. Pfund Mechatronics Industrial Technologies
Israel Laguna Programmable Controller Industrial Technologies
Jesus Perez III Welding Technologies Industrial Technologies
Lucas Blanchong Computer Science Science, Technology, Engineering Tech & Math
Mark Atkison Electrical Engineering Science, Technology, Engineering Tech & Math
Donald Gomez Internet Security Science, Technology, Engineering Tech & Math
Spencer Sunderland Mechanical Engineering Science, Technology, Engineering Tech & Math
Cody Mercer Project Management Science, Technology, Engineering Tech & Math
Dawn R. Cooper Practical Nursing Nursing
Emaline Westrick Registered Nursing Nursing

2017 Fall Commencement Ceremony

Northwest State Community College celebrated the fall 2017 graduating class at its commencement ceremony on December 18, held in the Voinovich Auditorium. The ceremony recognized the awarding of 166 degrees and/or certificates to 158 students from the divisions of Allied Health, Business & Public Services; Arts & Sciences; Industrial Technologies; Nursing; and Science, Technology, Engineering Technology & Math (STEM). This represents the largest fall graduating class in the College’s history.

Dr. Cindy Krueger, NSCC vice president for institutional effectiveness & student services, kicked off the ceremony with a note of celebration. “Tonight, we are celebrating the achievements of our graduates. We, your family, friends and the College community, have gathered to celebrate with you,” Krueger said.

Renee Limbacher of New Bavaria was the student speaker. She received an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting and graduated Summa Cum Laude. During her speech, Limbacher offered her thanks for her support system–family, friends and NSCC students, faculty and staff–by noting, “Your support has enabled us to face the trials we have encountered on this journey to success, and we have all had trials.”

Limbacher encouraged graduates to continue to move forward. “Now it’s time to see what you can do. Test your limits, break through the barriers trying to hold you back, reach for the sky. Follow your heart, and never stop climbing,” she said.

The keynote speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony was the Honorable Denise Herman McColley, Common Pleas Judge of the Domestic Relations/Juvenile Divisions with the Henry County Family Court. McColley encouraged graduates to continue to reach for their highest ideals, saying, “There’s always something we can do to better ourselves, always an option to continue learning, always a way to assist others. I truly believe that we should continue to reach for those higher ideals that better self, and the degree or certificate you are receiving today is another step on your journey to reach your ideals.”

McColley concluded her remarks by reflecting on the importance of “paying it forward” and helping others in any way possible, then led the graduates in a standing ovation of thanks for those who helped them each achieve their education goals.

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
Emily Branham, Office Administrative Services
Josh Carmody, Business Management
Kasara Kovar, Criminal Justice
Jennifer Majchrowski, Medical Assisting

Arts & Sciences
Dustan Bradley, Associate of Arts

Industrial Technologies
Timothey Yocklin, Maintenance Technology-Mechatronics

Nursing
Devyn Stouffer, Registered Nursing

Science, Technology, Engineering Technology & Math
Levi Brumbaugh, Mechanical Engineering Technologies
Trevor Kepler, CAD/CAM
Tyson Spangler, Mechanical Engineering Technologies
Rob Weisenburger, Electrical Engineering Technologies
Alex Yoder, Network Administration

NSCC Celebrates Manufacturing Day

Four hundred fifty students from area high schools and middle schools arrived at Northwest State Community College, perhaps with varying preconceived notions of what manufacturing is, or at least what it used to be. Manufacturing Day, recently held at the College, sought to positively change those opinions and show how the sector has evolved over the past decade. Joining those students were representatives from nearly 45 area businesses, each presenting the exciting facets of their businesses and interacting with the students as part of the day’s activities.

“Manufacturing Day is a nationwide celebration, inspiring the next generation and promoting in-demand career opportunities,” said Tori Wolf, account manager for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at Northwest State. Wolf, who organized the event with the support of area economic development and community improvement leaders, saw an increase in school participation from previous years. “Based on previous attendance, we initially estimated 300 or so students, but we ended up with nearly 500. It shows the importance of manufacturing in our area and the renewed commitment of area schools to give students exposure to what (manufacturing) is today – it’s definitely not your grandpa’s factory,” noted Wolf.

Students in attendance were given three questions to answer in a scavenger hunt format. They had to locate the manufacturer and ask the question to complete the task. While browsing the manufacturer displays in the NSCC Atrium, students gained valuable exposure to the variety of career opportunities that exist in our area – everything from engineering, science and skilled trades to finance, accounting and marketing.

Students also watched informative panel discussions, moderated by WNDH-FM’s Dave Kleck. Some of the panel topics included the role of education in career options, daily challenges and opportunities, and individuals’ favorite things about their jobs. The panels were comprised of employees from Sauder Woodworking, CK Technologies, Spangler Candy Company and APT Manufacturing Solutions.

The local Manufacturing Day event was presented as a partnership between Northwest State, Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Fulton County Economic Development Corporation, Defiance County Economic Development, Williams County Economic Development Corporation, Community Improvement Corporation of Henry County and Paulding County Economic Development, Inc.

Additional information on the nationwide Manufacturing Day celebration is available at http://www.mfgday.com/.

Commencement Ceremony Recognizes More Than 320 Graduates

Northwest State Community College celebrated the 2017 graduating class at its forty-seventh Commencement Ceremony this past weekend. The ceremony recognized over 320 graduates who completed an associate degree or certificate program with the College during fall, spring or summer term.

Dr. Thomas Stuckey, NSCC president, congratulated the graduates on their achievements. He encouraged them to remember, “Your life has changed. And your life will continue to change. Education prepares you for that change.”

Rose Mansel-Pleydell was the student speaker selected. She shared that in her life, things have not always gone according to plan, as is the case with most people. “Plans almost never come to fruition without taking an alternate route,” Mansel-Pleydell stated. “Life isn’t about sticking to the plan, and more than likely, your greatest adventures will be found just beyond the comfort zone in which you mapped out your future.” Mansel-Pleydell earned an Associate of Applied Business in Business Management degree, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Keynote speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony was State Representative Rob McColley of Napoleon. McColley praised those individuals who sacrificed to help the graduates achieve their current and future goals. “No matter how hard you worked to get here today, and no matter how hard you work to get to where you want to be in the future, you never truly did it alone,” McColley remarked.

Following the recognition of the graduates, Dr. Stuckey announced Abby Jaggers as the recipient of the President’s Outstanding Student Award. Jaggers graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting. Jaggers resides in Stryker and is currently a part-time pharmacy technician with Rite Aid. She is the mother of two sons, ages 5 and 7. Jaggers completed her medical externships with Archbold Medical Group.

NSCC Recognizes 23 Award of Merit Recipients

Northwest State Community College recently recognized twenty-three 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.

Award of Merit

Awardee Program of Study Academic Division
Valentina Huerta Paraprofessional Education Allied Health & Public Services
Abby Jaggers Medical Assisting Allied Health & Public Services
Emily Creque Office Administrative Services Allied Health & Public Services
Hollie Hernandez Human Services Allied Health & Public Services
Andrea Lutz Human Services Allied Health & Public Services
Andrea Avers Associate of Arts Arts & Sciences
Michelle Trent Associate of Science Arts & Sciences
Christopher Weiss Accounting Business Technologies
Jordan Spackman Crop and Soil Management Business Technologies
Tegan Hurd Visual Communication – Graphic Design Business Technologies
Levie Rufenacht Computer Programming Business Technologies
Rebecca McBride Paralegal Studies Business Technologies
Rose Mansel-Pleydell Entrepreneurship Business Technologies
Lisa Wright Electrical Engineering Technology Math, Science & Engineering Technologies
Brock Hoops Mechanical Engineering Technology Math, Science & Engineering Technologies
Randy Belmares CAD/CAM Math, Science & Engineering Technologies
Nathan Butler Industrial Maintenance Industrial Technologies
Jared Fortman Industrial Maintenance Industrial Technologies
Scott Plummer Maintenance Technician – Mechatronics Industrial Technologies
Melissa Bowling Practical Nursing Nursing
Ashley Schlechty Practical Nursing Nursing
Andrea Hoying Registered Nursing Nursing
Samantha Hays Registered Nursing Nursing

 

Fall Commencement Ceremony Awards 113 Degrees & Certificates

Northwest State Community College celebrated the 2017 graduating class at the fall Commencement Ceremony on December 19. The ceremony recognized 113 degree and/or certificate recipients from the divisions of Allied Health & Public Services; Arts & Sciences; Business Technologies; Nursing; and Math, Science & Engineering Technologies. Sixty-six students participated in the ceremony.

Dr. Cindy Krueger, NSCC vice president for academic and student services, encouraged graduates on their journey ahead. “You have completed an important task–your college degree. You are now ready for the next chapter in your life,” Krueger said. “As you go forth, hold your head high, for you are on the path to success.” Krueger concluded her speech with a congratulations to the graduating class, thanking them for “allowing Northwest State to be (their) educational partner.”

Katherine Wolfe of Defiance was the student speaker. She received an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and graduated Summa Cum Laude, with memberships in Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Delta Nu honor societies. During her speech, Wolfe mentioned that her registered nursing degree “represents a mid-life career change…one that (she) never expected,” a circumstance also shared by other fall graduates. Wolfe continued, “You are only as happy as you make up your mind you’re going to be. It’s less about possessions and fully about attitude. Count your blessings and be happy.”

The keynote speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony was James Hoops, associate vice president for strategic initiatives at Northwest State. Hoops, a former Henry County auditor and Ohio state representative, mixed personal stories of triumph and tragedy with words of encouragement.

“Life is uncertain and changing, life is going to be a challenge,” Hoops said. He also encouraged the graduates to stay connected. “You will become part of a large family of Northwest State Community College as an alumni. Please come back and visit, let us know how you’re doing. Also let us know what we can do better to help the surrounding communities.”

During the ceremony, fifteen 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 & Public Services
Rebecca Meyer, Medical Assisting
Ashley Malone, Medical Support
Kim Rosales, Human Services
Susan Benson, Paraprofessional Education
Mariah Slayback, Criminal Justice

Arts & Sciences
Ariel Krouse, Associate of Arts

Business Technologies
Bree Rolon, Accounting
Francisca Franklin, Human Resource Management
Arika Nuest, Visual Communications – Graphic Design

Engineering Technologies
Rebekah Both, Electrical Engineering Technology
Logan Brooker, Mechanical Engineering Technology

Industrial Technologies
Shane Hancock, Machining
Zebulun Lillard, Maintenance Technology – Mechatronics

Nursing
Haley Robbins, Practical Nursing
Katherine Wolfe, Registered Nursing

Registration Days

New & returning students who need to meet with an advisor and register for 2017 spring classes are invited to do so during an upcoming registration day.

  • Friday, Dec. 9: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 4: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Appointments will last about 20 minutes and availability is limited. Make your appointment today by calling the NSCC Admissions Office at 419.267.1320 or emailing admissions@NorthwestState.edu.

Discover NSCC Day: Nov. 5, 2016

Saturday, November 5, 2016
10 a.m.-Noondiscovernscc

Join us for a morning filled with hands-on activities the entire family will enjoy!

  • Become captivated by the science of 3-D printing, examine an electric vehicle and bring chemistry to life.
  • Test specimens in the medical assisting lab, explore the in-demand field of respiratory care, investigate a mock crime scene and visit our education students at the children’s reading corner.
  • Picture yourself in scrubs as you observe high-tech simulations in our state-of-the-art nursing lab.
  • Put your leadership skills to the test in our team-building and problem solving challenges.
  • Control a robot and try out the technology that makes manufacturing tick.
  • Learn more about financial aid opportunities and be one of the first to apply for NSCC scholarships. Complete an application at the event and be entered for a chance to win one of two $500 scholarships!