NSCC President Michael Thomson Attends Ohio College Presidents Conference in Washington, D.C.

On June 19, United States Senator Sherrod Brown and his staff hosted his 12th annual Ohio College Presidents Conference in Washington, D.C.[1] The conference allowed Ohio college presidents to gather, listen to updates on key federal issues, speak with the Ohio Congressional delegation and interact with key federal policy makers. In attendance were both US Ohio senators as well as five Ohio representatives, including Rep. Bob Latta (OH 5th District). The focus of the day was improving student access to education and student success. A total of 33 Ohio college presidents from public and private schools attended the conference.

The Ohio Congressional delegation spoke of strong bi-partisan support in both houses for two key measures. The first is reforming the federal aid form (FASFA) from its current 180 questions down to 20 questions and a data exchange with the IRS to speed verification of financial aid eligibility. The second is using student federal financial aid for short-term education leading to in-demand jobs. The Ohio college and university presidents strongly endorsed these bipartisan measures.

In addition, the presidents heard from several policy makers, including the Trump administration, on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. The Act was last reauthorized in 2008, and Congress wants to complete a reauthorization before the August recess. Other key discussions focused on best practices to improve student success. Of noted interest was reshaping educational systems to fit the adult learner, the effectiveness of free tuition policies in other states, providing non-college services to support students (e.g. daycare, transportation), smoother transfer processes between institutions, and Ohio’s plans to implement an accelerated degree program.

NSCC President Michael Thomson was a first-time attendee of the event and found the gathering very meaningful. “It gave Ohio college presidents a place to voice uniform support on key issues that will help our students access and complete their education,” he said.

Thomson also mentioned the willingness of presidents around the state to work together to help reach the 65% degree attainment by 2025, as well as the strong esprit de corps of the Ohio Congressional delegation. “In a climate where politics often divides us, it was very heartening to see the Ohio Congressional delegation working together on a key issue – helping Ohioans access and complete education that leads to a higher quality of life,” Thomson noted.

[1] https://www.brown.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/brown-convenes-12th-annual-ohio-college-presidents-conference

NSCC Board Learns About National Science Foundation Grants

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Friday, June 21 on the Archbold campus. As part of the meeting, NSCC Executive Vice President Todd Hernandez presented news on grants the College has received from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The two NSF grants were recently awarded to NSCC, totalling nearly $1 million.

NSF Cybersecurity Education for Advanced Manufacturing Organizations (CAMO) Grant: $488,426, terms: 8.1.19-7.31.22
Create cybersecurity training scenarios for advanced manufacturing that will be deployed at the Ohio cyber range, including basic networking and security audit theories and techniques. This will be especially beneficial for local employers concerned about cyber attacks on their manufacturing and process systems.

NSF Scaling Elements of a Competency-Based Hybrid Instruction Model into Advanced Manufacturing Courses (SCALE UP): $500,005, terms: 6.1.19-5.31.22
This project will achieve the long-term objectives of improving the effectiveness of advanced manufacturing courses, increasing access to technical education programs, and preparing technicians with the skills that employers require in a rapidly-changing workplace.

“The two NSF grants are a testament to the innovation of Northwest State Community College and will allow us to continue the great work in the areas of cybersecurity and industrial skilled trades,” Hernandez noted.

In other Board action:

  • Approved the employment of Julie Kemarly-Dowland, faculty & lab coordinator-natural sciences; Ashley Barth, working supervisor-custodial; and Jennifer Thome, director-accounting & business services
  • Approved the employment/promotion of Alex Mangotic, enrollment specialist, formerly administrative assistant for admissions & marketing
  • Approved the renewal of probationary faculty and non-teaching faculty contracts
  • Approved miscellaneous employment contracts and four resignations
  • Approved 2019-2020 operating budget
  • Approved per-credit-hour tuition increase for 2019-2020 academic year to $172.33 (from $167.33) for in-state and $333.66 (from $328.66) for out-of-state
  • Approved deferred compensation for NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson, based on his annual Board performance evaluation

NSCC Proud: David Mohring

David Mohring appreciated having a smooth transition from high school into his classes at Northwest State. After graduating with a mechanical engineering technology degree in 1994, he found a successful career and an employer who offered financial assistance with his advanced degree from the University of Toledo. Although David didn’t expect to become an instructor, he was happy to return to NSCC during a downturn in the economy, finding a teaching career that allows him to use his mechanical knowledge.

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NSCC Proud: Sue Kohl

Sue Kohl attended NSCC after graduating from high school, then returned years later, changed majors and graduated from the associate degree nursing program in 1992. During her time as a student, she appreciated the wonderful faculty who went the extra mile to help her. Now a nursing instructor herself, Sue is able to provide that experience for today’s students.

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