The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on August 25, 2017. Peter Beck, chair of the NSCC Foundation, presented a check for $559,396 to the College from the Northwest State Community College Foundation. The money is designated for scholarships, equipment, STEM outreach programs and support for students.
Nearly $3 million has been provided through the generosity of businesses and individuals who have supported the Foundation over the past ten years. Beck praised donors, volunteers and NSCC staff for their ongoing efforts.
Paul Siebenmorgen, NSCC Board of Trustees Chair, added, “The growth (of Foundation support to NSCC) can’t happen without the community support. It shows the commitment our communities have to supporting the College.”
The NSCC Foundation has over 25 board and committee members representing Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams Counties. “The Northwest State Community College Foundation donors have made a tremendous impact for our students with their generosity,” commented Robbin Wilcox, NSCC director of development.
Abram Klopfenstein, second-year NSCC crop and soil management student, also provided an informative update to the Board following his recent meeting in Washington D.C. with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, where the focus was on agriculture and education. Klopfenstein cited a key benefit of Northwest State: its ability to work with the community to identify needs and provide the right training and education. “Community Colleges are engaged in what the local communities need and can create programs to address those needs,” Klopfenstein said.
In other Board action:
• Approved employment contracts for Terri Lavin, full-time director of admissions; Verna Chears, full-time outreach specialist for the Custom Training Solutions Division; and Samantha Morr, full-time secretary, admissions and student services
• Approved miscellaneous employment contracts, resignations and one layoff
• Approved the adoption and implementation of the state-supported Career Advantage Fee for new students. The one-time fee, approved by the State of Ohio on August 4, is part of a new Career Advantage Plan to assist new students in their degree completion and/or transfer in the future in pursuit of additional post-secondary education.