On June 3, Northwest State Community College hosted the University of Toledo Summer Leadership Program, which includes visiting international scholars from the Netherlands. Also on hand were the most recent UT PhD cohort in community college leadership, led by Dr. Ron Opp and Dr. Penny Poplin Gosetti, doctoral program coordinator and UT faculty member.
After touring the campus, guests met with the NSCC academic leadership team to discuss credentials, programs and degrees that meet local needs. They also discussed areas of upcoming program growth at the College, including agriculture.
The esteemed guests then met with the College leadership team where President Thomson presented on the leadership challenges and opportunities facing community colleges, specifically in northwest Ohio. A lively question and answer period ensued to help our international guests as they prepare to meet their workforce needs using a model similar to our country’s community college system.
Lori Robison, NSCC vice president for academics, noted the visitors from the Netherlands were exploring ways to adopt our model of two-year associate degrees. “This is a newer concept in the European system and viewed as one that can offer more flexibility for the adult learner than their current system, as a direct path to a professional occupation or a step toward the bachelor’s degree,” Robison said.
NSCC was proud to be part of this educational afternoon, helping future higher education leaders both in Ohio and abroad as we work together to strengthen our local communities.