ARCHBOLD, OHIO –The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on April 1. The Dean’s Leadership Cluster, which is a select group of students, shared information about their recent trip to Portland, Oregon.
Five NSCC students travelled to Portland with Mike Wolf, NSCC dean of business technologies to visit Portland area businesses and learn firsthand about their growth and the principles of leadership that have helped them to thrive. The tour included visits with leaders from Columbia Sportswear, Travel Portland, Salt & Straw Ice Cream and a tour of Pendleton Woolen Mills in Washougal, Washington. Pendleton is a family owned business into its 6th generation. The students had time to discuss the success of the business with executive vice president, and Charlie Bishop, who is a 5th generation owner.
The Dean’s Leadership Cluster is an “invitation only” program that provides a full year of leadership training, guest speakers and volunteer opportunities. Dr. Mike Wolf, dean of Business Technologies and the advisor to the program shared, “The trip to Oregon was the icing on what has been two years of wonderful opportunities for our students. The willingness of the students to learn and grow by challenging themselves will help them both personally and professionally for years to come.”
The Board also heard a presentation from Lori Bird, dean of nursing who shared the continued success of the nursing program. NSCC continues to be a leader in the state and nation on national nursing board exam testing and is currently ranked in the top 4% of all nursing programs in the nation. This past year the nursing graduates once again surpassed the state and nation on the National Council Licensure Exam with at 98.1% passage rate as compared with a national average of 84.5%. NSCC graduates over 60 nurses annually though the registered nursing degree program.
NSCC Board Chair, Paul Siebenmorgen, welcomed Joel Miller to the Board of Trustees. Mr. Miller was appointed by Governor Kasich last month. He is the Executive Director of the Napoleon/Henry County Chamber of Commerce and resides in Henry County.
In other board action:
•Approved the employment of Melissa Vine, full-time in accounts payable.
•Approved the employment of Katrina Adams, full-time financial aid assistant.
•Approved employment of Donald Retcher, full-time industrial, technical, mechanical faculty.
•Approved the retirements of Jo McCormick, full-time faculty arts & sciences, Cheryl Geer, part-time division secretary CTS and Linda Maxcy, part-time food preparation worker.
•Approved the resignation of Andrew Kozal, full-time faculty member criminal justice, Misty Grahm, division secretary institutional advancement, Crystal Coopman, part-time faculty arts & sciences.
•Approved miscellaneous employment contracts for part-time faculty.
•Approved the financial report for February 29, 2016.
•Approved a school support personnel memorandum of understanding to be applied to the contract terms implemented by the College Board of Trustees effective immediately.