Northwest State Community College held a special workforce development graduation ceremony on Sunday, November 17 to celebrate the accomplishments of 25 new graduates in machine tool and die, welding, customer service call center, and digital literacy. The programs were offered at Cherry Street Mission in Toledo through both Northwest State and Owens Community College.
Cherry Street Mission President Ann Ebbert welcomed and congratulated all graduates for their accomplishments. Following Ebbert’s address, graduate Kevin Esmond offered his reflections of a life journey from incarceration to a new life including a good-paying job, a place to live and a spiritual home. Owens Community College President Steve Robinson and NSCC President Michael Thomson both offered reflections and awarded certificates to their new graduates.
Graduates recognized during the ceremony:
Machine Tool & Die: Michael Clark, Christopher Currie, Kevin Esmond, Michael Hart
Welding: Timothy Binder, Kevin Esmond, Ferras Hebaichi, Demani Mincey and Devin Padua
*Customer Service/Call Center: Shi’Ann Crawford, Jerry Drouillard, Lucian Horn, Emily Johnson, Thomas Moses, Joseph Mateo, Mia McCarthy and Shaquena Watson
*Digital Literacy: Deborah L Garabrandt, Maria Morales, Shira Summers and Amanda Willoughby
*IT Customer Service Online Program: Jerry Drouillard, Debra L Garabrandt, Maria Morales and Shira Summers
*Denotes NSCC programs recognized
Dr. Thomson lauded the collaborative efforts between the two community colleges, as well as the ongoing importance of continued education programs with Cherry Street Mission and other community-focused agencies. “The Cherry Street Mission’s Life Revitalization Center is a prime example of the positive impact from multi-partner collaborations that help local citizens use education and a strong support system to create a better life,” Thomson said.
Thomson also noted how this program, along with others facilitated with active support of Northwest State Community College, are prime examples of short-term learning platforms that can lead to immediate, high-demand jobs in needed areas.
Courses in customer service/call center, digital literacy and MSSC Certified production technician will be offered again at the Life Revitalization Center beginning February 2020. Contact Cherry Street at 419.214.6776 for more information.