Northwest State Community College has been awarded a $2.2 million Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant, paid out over a five-year period, will aid the College’s continued efforts to improve student success. The Department of Education awarded grant funding to a maximum of 10 colleges and universities throughout the United States, putting Northwest State Community College in esteemed company.
The plan Northwest State submitted for consideration, titled “The Graduation Pathways for Success (GPS) Project,” will serve to increase student success, including completion and transfer rates, through a variety of objectives. Dr. Cindy Krueger, vice president for institutional effectiveness and student services at NSCC, noted that the grant allows the College to enhance student success through the hiring of full-time academic advisors.
Krueger, who worked on the project alongside Melissa Rupp and Lana Snider said, “We are very fortunate to receive this grant, as it allows NSCC to continue to head in the positive direction set by the College’s strategic plan.”
The five-year strategic plan, approved by the Board of Trustees in 2016, represents goals developed following an environmental scan and multiple meetings with internal and external stakeholders. The strategic plan represents a common direction for all of NSCC’s activities and initiatives and is cognizant of the performance funding model used by the state of Ohio.
“One of our strategic plan goals is the continued focus on encouraging excellence and success in all aspects of the student experience, and this grant provides a huge boost in those ongoing efforts,” Krueger said.
The Title III grant will enable Northwest State to create and develop an advising center team, including a director, professional advisors and an administrative support individual. NSCC plans to hire these positions within the first year of the grant. The advising center director will report to Dr. Krueger, who will serve as the Title III project director.
Congressman Bob Latta, who recently visited the College to discuss cybersecurity issues across the state, was pleased to see NSCC receive the grant. “This awarding of this grant will be beneficial as Northwest State Community College continues to prepare its students for the modern economy,” said Latta. “Having recently visited NSCC, I was able to see the great work they are doing to ensure the success of graduates once they complete their education. I commend President Stuckey’s leadership in obtaining this grant, and I look forward to seeing the benefits of this funding for the school and the local community.”
Dr. Tom Stuckey, NSCC President, reflected that, “This (grant) is a result of hard work and forward-looking vision by a dedicated team, including our campus, our Board of Trustees, the NSCC Foundation and the entire community.” He continued, “Education is a critical building block to improving lives and strengthening communities. Building a pathway to student success, from application to graduation and career opportunities, remains a top priority for us.” Stuckey concluded, “Receiving this grant is a tremendous start, but now we get to roll up our sleeves and successfully accomplish the goals that we have collectively established.”
Northwest State Community College offers nearly 70 degree and certificate programs at its Archbold campus and offers select programs in Toledo at the UT Scott Park campus, as well as in Van Wert at Vantage Career Center. For more information on NSCC, browese our website or call 419.267.5511.