Student Town Hall Meeting: April 13, 2020

Hey, NSCC learners! You are invited to participate in our first-ever Student Town Hall Meeting on April 13 at 6:00 p.m. This video conference will be hosted by Northwest State Career and Activities Coordinator Mike Jacobs. During this event, you will have an opportunity to connect with other students, share your successes and struggles, and ask any questions pertaining to recent events.

Please check your NSCC email for the Zoom invitation. We look forward to connecting with you on Monday!

NSCC Proud: Alex Cummins

Alex Cummins started at NSCC as a College Credit Plus student and was motivated for success. Balancing high school classes, college-level classes and employment, Alex had some long days but found the effort was well worth it. Alex was a regular at Brad Geer’s internship and co-op meetups and made valuable contacts while he earned his degree.

He graduated from NSCC in 2019 with a degree in computer science engineering technology and is now employed with Hilltop High School, where he also heads up the school’s eSports program. We are especially grateful to Alex for gathering valuable resources for Northwest State faculty to use during this spring’s switch to online learning. Thank you, Alex!

Updates on Incomplete & Withdrawal Options for Students

By now, you have been contacted by your instructors and we hope that you are well on your way to adjusting to remote learning and completing course requirements. Your instructors and all of us in NSCC Learner Services want you to succeed, and we want you to be kind to yourself in these unusual times. Our offices are operating remotely and ready to serve you. See our contact information.

If these unusual circumstances have caused you to fall behind, NSCC has options for you. Learner services staff members and your instructors are here to help you walk through these choices. Please contact your instructor or the NSCC Advising Center (advising@NorthwestState.edu or 419.267.1390) to explore the options discussed below.

  • Incomplete Grade Option
    One alternative is an “incomplete grade.” This allows extended time to complete remaining requirements and earn a final grade in a course. Please contact your instructor to explore this option.
  • Withdrawal
    If the course work is overwhelming and you do not see yourself being able to complete missing assignments in the coming days and weeks, it may be beneficial to take advantage of late withdrawal. A “W” grade would not impact your GPA and may be the best academic decision that you can make for yourself at this time. The deadline to officially withdraw has been extended to April 10. To withdraw from a course follow these steps: log into your myNSCC -> Select Add/Drop course – > Select Term -> Select “Withdrawal-COVID-19” from the drop-down arrow for desired course -> Press Submit. NOTE: If you have multiple courses, any combination of the above may utilized. For example: if you have four courses, you may withdraw from one course and finish the other three for a final grade; or withdraw from two courses and finish one for a final grade and one as an incomplete grade.
  • College Credit Plus (CCP) Learners
    Please be mindful that the courses you are taking are also fulfilling high school credits and contribute toward your full-time enrollment status. If you feel you are in a position where you may need to withdraw from a course due to COVID-19, please reach out to your guidance counselor and CCP advisors. Together, they will be able to direct you on your options and help you make the choice that benefits you most.

Food, Housing & Utility Assistance

Food Banks

  • See this document for a listing of Defiance County resources
  • Fish Archbold (Archbold residents only): Call 419.445.0366 and leave message with your needs, and someone will contact you to arrange for delivery.
  • First Christian Church/Fish Wauseon (Wauseon residents only): Call 419.335.4557 to inquire about food boxes. Please note, boxes may take up to 48 hours to prepare. Pick-up is available at 129 East Elm St. in Wauseon, and delivery may be available for seniors who are unable to pick up items. If this is the first time you are picking up, provide one piece of mail with a Wauseon address and the number of people in the family.
  • Helping Hands Food Pantry (Fulton County residents only): Located at 203 Railroad St. Ste. 2 in Fayette, Helping Hands is open the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 1-4 p.m. Clients can “shop” for food, with a limit on how many can enter at one time.
  • Delta Community Outreach (Delta school district residents only): Call 419.822.4407 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday before 1 p.m. Pick up happens at Open Door and individuals need to bring proof of residence and picture ID.
  • Trinity United Methodist Church (Swanton residents only): Located at 210 North Main St. in Swanton. Call 419.826.2492 or walk in from 9:30 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays to pick up a $25 Kroger voucher (eligible for one every three months). Please bring a driver’s license and electric bill. Address on both need to match. 
  • Oasis Christian Fellowship (Fulton County residents only): Call 419.335.9800 and leave a message. Someone at the church will follow up and arrange a time to pick up food box. No verification is required.
  • True North Church (Fulton County residents only): Located at 850 W. Elm St. in Wauseon. Food bags/boxes are passed out at the door on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (or until gone).
  • Wauseon First Church of God– Located at 507 N. Fulton St. in Wauseon. Free sack lunches are available from Noon-1 p.m. All ages welcome.
  • Hands of Grace (Fulton County residents only): Primarily serving the elderly and disabled, there is limited help with pick-up for groceries, prescriptions and food from food banks. Transportation to and from appointments is available for a fee.
  • Crossroads Evangelical Church: Clients can call 419-335-3686 and leave message. Volunteers are available to pick up groceries and medicines for the elderly or disabled who are not able to get out.
  • Fulton County United Way: Clients can call 419.337.9606 or email unitedway@fultoncountyoh.com Food vouchers can be mailed to families with food insecurities (availability based on current funding).
  • Many local school districts are offering free meals for students. Please contact your school district for specific information on pick up locations and times.

Housing & Utility Assistance

  • NOCAC: For HEAP, PIPP, utility assistance, rental assistance and other emergency needs, call 1.844.493.1193 to make an appointment. For emergency shelter & services to homeless people, call 419.990.5135.
  • Fulton County Job & Family Services (Fulton County residents only): Apply online for housing, utility and repair assistance.

Answering the Call for PPE

Northwest State Community College faculty are universally busy, having deftly made adjustments to course delivery to continue providing the best-possible education for students in the new remote-learning environment. Some faculty in the STEM and Industrial Technologies Division have also answered the call to serve the community in another critical way. Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted and Dr. Amy Acton recently advised Ohioans of the oncoming shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and first responders in the face of COVID-19. In particular, items such as masks, goggles, gloves, gowns and face shields were noted.

During a recent faculty conference through Ohio TechNet, NSCC faculty members Dave Mohring and Colin Doolittle began exchanging design concepts for face shields using 3D printing technology. Because the Archbold campus is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they had to take turns starting a print batch, then clearing the beds to begin a new batch.

Doolittle noted the STEM team was contacted by a representative at the Bryan Hospital (CHWC). “(The individual) inquired whether or not we had the ability to make face shields. I had read about similar projects online, did some quick research and we began working on it,” Doolitle said.

“I brought Dave into the loop and we sat down in the CAD lab, six feet apart, and developed a design that would fit our current machine capabilities. We are currently producing the shield head bracket on the printers and will be completing full masks, once materials come in (sometime this week). Dave and I rotate our time in the lab, to minimize exposure to each other. We have a unique opportunity to give back to the community during this difficult time. It gives us a great sense of pride to give back to our community. Our medical professionals are on the front lines of this fight, and it is an honor to help them anyway we can,” Doolittle said.

NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson added, “NSCC’s mission is to strengthen communities. In these unique times, we are blessed with faculty and staff using their innovation and ingenuity to serve Northwest Ohio in ways that our community needs right now. Whether it’s serving learners remotely, creating needed PPE or being an overflow medical unit, NSCC remains committed to doing our part.” 

A March 26, 2020, release from the governor’s office noted that taking care of a COVID-19 patient in intensive care for a 24-hour shift requires:

  • 36 pairs of gloves
  • 14 gowns
  • 3 pairs of goggles
  • 13 N-95 face masks

A call to action was sent for residents and businesses, and many including NSCC have generously taken action. In-depth data on the new dashboard can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.

 

Virtual Tutoring Services Available Beginning March 30

If you have used our walk-in tutoring labs in the past, you will be pleased to know that these services are now going virtual and our faculty tutors are prepared and looking forward to serving you in the upcoming days.Transitioning from face-to-face classes to online, remote classes can be challenging, so we would like to encourage you to tap into these services so we can provide you with the added support you may need to help get you to the spring semester finish line successfully. 

Virtual tutoring services will begin Monday, March 30. Hours will be 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday. If you are not available to meet with a tutor during those hours, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Services will cover:

  • Accounting/business
  • Computer and technology
  • Life sciences
  • Match
  • Writing

 If you need help in other subject areas, please let us know.  

Here is how virtual tutoring services will work:

  • Email success@NorthwestState.edu and let us know the subject area you need assistance with. Your email will then be directed to a tutor who can assist you.
  • The tutor will contact you by email to see when you are available and will then send you an invitation to join them for a virtual tutoring session. Please keep a close eye on your emails while you are awaiting your tutor’s response.
  • If you are in need of writing assistance, we ask that you attach the paper that you would like the tutor to review with your initial email so we can forward it to the tutor right away. If you would like to meet with the writing tutor,  please let us know that, otherwise, the tutor will review your paper and return it to you with their embedded comments and feedback. 

eTutoring Also Available

This online  offers tutoring assistance in several different subject areas including: 

  • Writing
  • Math
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Anatomy & physiology,
  • Computer sciences

Login to etutoring here.

Questions?
Contact Cherie Rix, success center coordinator, at crix@NorthweStstate.edu.

We hope you find these resources helpful! As always, we are pleased to serve you and wish you much success as you continue your journey with us here at NSCC. Our goal is your success!

Learner Services Update

NSCC Learner Services Offices – including admissions, advising center, career & activities office, financial aid office, registrar’s office, and the success center are remote services only effective March 19, 2020. Virtual office hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Staff are prepared to fully serve your needs remotely.

  • Admissions Office: 419-267-1320, Admissions@NorthwestState.edu
    ACCUPLACER testing is suspended until further notice. New testing dates will be added here: https://northweststate.edu/testing/ when testing resumes.
  • Advising Center: 419.267.1390, Advising@NorthwestState.edu
    Please direct any questions regarding coursework to your course instructor. For all other areas of inquiry or concern along with registration beginning March 20, 2020, please contact the advising center.
  • Career and Activities Office: 419.267.1330, mjacobs@NorthwestState.edu
    Career activities and resources will be made available virtually in the near future. Please continue to watch your email for updates. All activities and student group meetings are canceled through the end of the spring semester.  
  • Financial Aid Office: 419.267.1333, FinAid@NorthwestState.edu
    Financial aid second 8-week disbursements will go out the beginning of April. If you have not completed your 20-21 FAFSA please complete it online at fafsa.gov.  Financial aid staff will continue to run processes and will communicate with you via your student email.
  • Registrar’s Office: 419.267.1395, Registrar@NorthwestState.edu
    Registrar staff will continue to run processes and will communicate with you via your student email. 
  • Success Center: 419.267.1457, Success@NorthwestState.edu
    All Tutoring Services will be offered remotely. E-tutoring is available. No test procter services are provided – see you instructor for directions.
  • Library: Library@NorthwestState.edu
    Online library resources are available 24/7. Library staff is available remotely to answer your questions via email. Working on a paper or project? The best places to start your research are 1). the library website or 2). the “Library Resources” link within your Sakai courses (link on the left-hand side).
  • NSCC Counseling Services
    If at any point you feel overwhelmed, anxious, or uncertain about anything – reach out to NSCC Counseling Services. Text NSCCHELP to 419.591.6487 and someone will respond to your inquiry and assist you with your needs.

Internet Service Providers
If you have slow internet or no internet at all please reach out to service providers in your area. A few providers are listed below.