Agriculture continues to be a major aspect of life and business in northwest Ohio, and Northwest State Community College continues to explore ways to grow its agriculture-focused curriculum through associate degree and short-term certificate programs. NSCC presently offers a crop and soil management associate degree program, in partnership with the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, which allows students to earn the majority of their degree close to home.
Janet Delcamp, dean of the Allied Health, Business and Public Services Division at Northwest State, intends to expand those programs. “It is our mission to sustain and grow area agriculture in northwest Ohio through a variety of ag-related degree and certificate programs,” said Delcamp. “We are blessed to have an active farming community to provide valuable feedback on the state of today’s and tomorrow’s agriculture. This helps us shape our classes, and prepare our students to take agriculture well into the twenty-first century,” she continued. As part of the ag program expansion, the College recently hired Michael Leonard as the department chair of agricultural studies.
Leonard is an accomplished educator and administrator with extensive experience in professional and technical educational program development and operational oversight. Prior to joining Northwest State, Leonard was the agroecology program manager for Hocking College, where he developed a comprehensive farm plan for the New Appalachian Farmstead Learning Center, focusing on ecological approaches to agriculture while supporting county and high school ag requirements.
Leonard earned his Master of Agricultural and Extension Education from North Carolina State University in 2014, a Master of Science-Geosciences from Mississippi State University in 2008, and his Bachelor of Science-Animal Science from the University of Missouri in 2001. Leonard was also a military officer (operations/acquisitions) for the U.S. Air Force (’02-’13), and a non-commissioned officer (aviation maintenance) with the U.S. Army (’87-’97).
“I look forward to using my passion for agriculture in service of the people, communities and businesses of Ohio,” Leonard said.
Northwest State Community College offers 70 degree and short-term certificate programs in the divisions of Allied Health, Business & Public Services; Arts & Sciences; Industrial Technologies; Nursing; and Science, Technology, Engineering Technologies & Math.