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NC State College celebrates first bachelor’s degree graduating class

On May 7, 2021, North Central State College celebrated its first graduating class of Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology (BASMET).  The eight graduates were honored during a drive-through ceremony on the campus.

May 2021 BASMET Graduates (front row left to right) Luke I. Howard, Trevor D. Reed, Lucas Andrew Burkhalter, Joseph Stephen Ball. (back row left to right) Michael Jacob Adams, Isaac Joseph Baldridge, Hannah Jayne Haas, Mason Ray Hoskins.

“I’m proud that the first NC State Bachelor’s Degrees were awarded from our division. These graduates are in demand. Many are employed with a local manufacturer,” says Dan Wagner, dean of the Business, Industry, and Technology Division who helped develop the BASMET program and teach some of the classes.  “We’re proving that we can provide relevant programming that meets the needs of employers in our region. At the same time, it’s a great value for our graduates.”

“By earning credit in high school through College Credit Plus and College NOW, some of these graduates brought 2-years of credits forward into the bachelor’s program. That saved them thousands of dollars in tuition.  We’re providing BASMET degrees to younger students and many are graduating debt-free. It’s directly in line with the mission of NC State,” Wagner explains.

BASMET is the first bachelor’s program offered at NC State in its fifty-year history of serving the communities of North Central Ohio.  In the spring of 2018, Ohio’s community colleges were invited to explore offering bachelor’s degrees that responded to the specific needs of local employers in the regions they serve.  North Central applied to the State of Ohio and the Higher Learning Commission to offer the Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology with the support of numerous businesses in North Central Ohio.  This request was approved in March 2019.

NC State Receives Over $1.8M Choose Ohio First Scholarship Funds

The Ohio Department of Higher education has awarded North Central State College a total of $1,818,339.50 in Choose Ohio First (COF) Scholarship Funds.  These funds will provide scholarships for students enrolled in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) coursework beginning with the 2021 school year.

This was the second-largest COF award in the state of Ohio. At NC State, students in seven areas of study are eligible to receive grant dollars: Bioscience, Integrated Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Visual Communications Multimedia Technology, IT Networking, and Cybersecurity, Nursing, Licensed Practical Nursing, and Respiratory Care.

“North Central graduates are entering the workforce bringing additional expertise in healthcare, manufacturing, and business,” Dean of Academic Services Toni Johnson at NC State College explains. “Employers need this pool of talented graduates to recover from the realities brought on by the pandemic – reduced revenues in many business areas, increased costs of doing business remotely, shortages of workers in healthcare, the growing threats of cyber-attacks throughout business, industry, and society. The Choose Ohio First scholars are filling this void right now.”

COF awards range from $1,500 to $2,250 per two-semester academic year and will help over 538 students over the next five years.

“Choose Ohio First provides an excellent opportunity for those students who stay in Ohio and continue their education to get the skills they need to succeed in promising career fields,” Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner said.

The Choose Ohio First scholarship program began in 2008 to increase the number of Ohio students enrolling in and completing STEMM programs at Ohio’s public and independent colleges and universities.  North Central State College has been awarding Choose Ohio First Scholarships to students since 2010.

Exploring Extraordinary Careers Opportunities

Jason Rothhaar credits North Central State College for helping him look beyond the job in front of him and reach for more.  He currently works for NASA at the Neil Armstrong Test Facility in Sandusky, Ohio in electrical operations.

“I studied industrial maintenance electricity during my time at North Central,” he explains. “I attended the college for roughly two years as part of an apprenticeship program with my employer at the time.”

In 2000, Rothhaar was hired into an electrical apprenticeship program with a previous employer who required college level classes in industrial electricity.  He was one of the first students to attend the Kehoe Center when it opened.  North Central was exactly what he was looking for in a college.  “I had a young family at the time.  The cost and location was perfect for me.”  He lived in Willard at the time.

“The lessons I studied in class were the same things I was working on in real life at my job,” Rothhaar explains.  “The classroom material and the lab equipment were up-to-date with modern industry. Often times I was able to use the things I learned in class the following day at my job.”

Rothhaar says North Central gave him a broad perspective of what types of opportunities were available to him in the industry outside of the job he was working at the time.  “The college equipped me with the tools to make that vision a reality.  I still use the knowledge I gained at North Central every day at my job.”

Rothhaar previously served as the Facility Operations Manager at Ohio Health.  Now his electrical team at the NASA Neil Armstrong Test Facility gets various assignments, supporting aerospace research and development.  The facility recently tested the Space X Dragon that docked with the International Space Station in 2020 and the Artemis Space Module that will return humans to the moon in 2024, plus so much more.

For those thinking about coming to North Central, Rothhaar has this advice, “Learn a trade.  The skills you will learn at the college will help you go far in the career you choose to pursue.  It was a great first step for me as I expect it to be for anyone else.”

Students eligible for up to $3,600 in CARES aid!*

Stimulus Emergency Payments for Students – up to $3,600 in Additional Help!

NC State has awarded $705,000 in emergency grants to more than 900 students from the first federal stimulus (CARES act). Given the ongoing pandemic, Congress passed additional legislation providing even more emergency aid to students. NC State has responded with a plan to auto-award grants in fall  2021 and spring 2022 terms. * Most post high school students who have filed a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be eligible, including over multiple terms.

Student Type: Pell Eligible 12+ hours
Fall 2021: $1,800
Spring 2022: $1,800
Student Type: Pell Eligible 7-11 hours
Fall 2021: $1,250
Spring 2022: $1,250
Student Type: Pell Eligible 6 or less hours
Fall 2021: $500
Spring 2022: $500
Student Type: Not Pell Eligible 12+ hours
Fall 2021: $1,300
Spring 2022: $1,300
Student Type: Not Pell Eligible 7-11 hours
Fall 2021: $750
Spring 2022: $750
Student Type: Not Pell Eligible 6 or less hours
Fall 2021: $300
Spring 2022: $300

If you have any questions not answered below, please email nc-cares@ncstatecollege.edu or call 419-755-4761.

    • These are emergency student grants from the federal stimulus Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) passed in December 2020.

    • Yes, as long as you are enrolled after the second week of the term.

    • Yes, unlike the first stimulus this new legislation allows fully online students to receive grants.

    • Paying tuition and fees. Note that students can “opt-in” to directly credit their student account. Only “opt-in” if you wish the college to directly credit your account instead of mailing a check.
    • Other living expenses such as food, housing, vehicle repair, technology, course materials, health care and child care.

    • Spring term students should receive checks at the end of April. Summer term students should receive checks at the end of June, and fall term students should receive checks around the middle of September. For summer and fall, the college needs to verify final term enrollment after the initial drop/add period of the first two weeks.

    • These funds can help secure your registration for an upcoming term. Even smaller awards can be very important for helping put an installment on a payment plan to avoid losing your place in a registered class.

    • In a situation like this, the stimulus cannot be used to pre-pay because the enrollment hasn’t taken place yet.
    • However, a student can get on a tuition payment plan with NC State and have the stimulus apply to their later installments. The summer stimulus could apply for the final summer payment due July 13th. The fall stimulus could apply for the third (of four) payments due September 28th.
    • Students wishing to discuss payment plan options should contact the cashier’s office at 419-755-4722.

    • For unique situations like this, students should contact the cashier’s office at 419-755-4722 to discussion options.

    • The opt-in could cover any tuition and fees on your account, with the exception of books and educational materials purchased through the campus bookstore.

    • Yes. NC State feels this is the safest means to ensure against unintended use of student funds between academic terms. Eligible students will be notified when the new opt-in window is available.

    • Anything over and above a next term’s balance will be issued in a refund check for that given term.

    • Students enrolled at NC State College in a major eligible for federal financial aid. Students still in high school are not eligible, though former College Credit Plus students that have enrolled after high school can be eligible. Currently enrolled students must be making satisfactory academic progressin line with federal financial aid rules – including grades for spring term.
    • The student must have a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the college – even if the student is not eligible for federal aid. Note that an individual may first wish to check basic eligibility requirementsfor filing a FAFSA, which includes submission of a high school diploma, GED or equivalent credential.
    • Spring term students will need to be enrolled as of April 5. Students for summer and fall terms will need to be enrolled through the first two weeks of the term.

    • Yes, there is no exclusion if a student received a grant from CARES.

    • Most post high school students will be automatically eligible by virtue of having filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) – even if not awarded a Pell grant. The eligibility data is part of that filing.
    • Students planning to enroll for summer or fall are encouraged to file a FAFSA to likely qualify. Summer enrollees will need a 2020-21 FAFSA, and fall enrollees a 2021-22 FAFSA.

    • NC State will notify eligible spring term students after April 5th. They will have until April 23rd to opt-in apply against their account through the online form, after which they will be mailed a check. Likewise, summer and fall term students will be given an opt-in period, after which those not opting in will be mailed payments.

    • NC State is awaiting additional guidance on potential funding for student grants from the third federal stimulus.
    • Regardless of the third stimulus, students may be able to access other options for emergency help. NC State programs for emergency laptop loaners, an on-campus food distribution, and even small emergency grants/loans through the NC State Foundation. Further, it has outside partnerships with community organizations that can provide for basic needs. We encourage all persons to inquire through nc-cares@ncstatecollege.edu.

    • According to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators based on conversations with the federal Department of Education that grants awarded to students are not treated as EFA when packaging students. Likewise, emergency grants are not treated as taxable income or untaxed income for Title IV federal student aid purposes.

    • Institutions receiving CARES Act monies are required to prepare quarterly reports of their budget and expenditures.The report dated September 30, 2020 can be downloaded here. (PDF)The report dated December 31, 2020 can be downloaded here. (PDF)The report dated March 31, 2021 can be downloaded here. (PDF) This report now includes information from both the first and second rounds of CARES Act funding.

College Credit Plus

Now is the time to start planning for College Credit Plus.

College Credit Plus New Student Enrollment Checklist

  • Attend CCP info meeting and meet with your school’s guidance counselor to talk to your interest in the program
  • Apply online at ncstatecollege.edu/ccp
  • Have your school send your transcript/grade report to ccp@ncstatecollege.edu
  • Make sure NC State receives your qualifying test scores
  • Taking NC State courses being offered at your school?
    • Meet with your counselor in spring to plan and schedule your courses
    • If you’re only taking NC State courses offered at your school, you’re done with your checklist!
  • Taking Courses at NC State Campus online?
    • Set up your first meeting by calling 419-755-4765 option 0

Starting College Early Led to Educational Success

Shannon Yetzer began her college career even before she graduated high school.   As a senior she was able to take College Credit Plus classes at North Central State College.  After graduating high school, she wanted to stay close to home, so she chose to continue her studies at North Central State.

“NC State made it easy for me to schedule classes around my busy schedule.  I was working two jobs, including my internship with ArcelorMittal in Shelby,” Yetzer explains.  “I was able to take advantage of scholarship programs including one that paid for my associate degree.”  She was one of the first students to take advantage of the Tuition Freedom Scholarship program.  Tuition Freedom provides up to 64 total credits tuition free to every qualifying College Credit Plus or Career Tech student, to continue their education after graduating from high school. That’s enough credits to complete an associate degree program.

Yetzer chose business as her major because she knew it would open doors.  “I did not know exactly what field in business I wanted to pursue but knew that a business degree would be a great start.”  She soon fell in love with business classes because it helped her relate to real-life experiences.  “My favorite class was business law because it challenged me to see both sides of an argument.”  In this class, Yetzer and her classmates created a mock trial.  She says it helped her grow and opened her eyes to what goes on within the field of law today.

“My experience at North Central State College was amazing and personal,” Yetzer says. “The advantage of choosing a local, smaller college is that I was able to create a better connection with my professors and work with them closer than I would have at a large college. They took time to invest in me and answer all the questions I had. I believe that with a smaller class size I was able to get a better education.”

After graduating with her business degree from North Central in 2018, Yetzer continued her education with Franklin University. The Franklin transfer program allows students to complete a third years at North Central State and finish their bachelor’s degree with one year of Franklin University classes online.

Yetzer also chose to stay with Franklin University to pursue her master’s degree in business.

She says the NC State College to Franklin University transfer pathway was beneficial to her both personally and professionally.  “The transition from my associate degree to my bachelor’s and master’s degrees was seamless.  All of my credits transferred, and I was able to finish all three of my degrees within four years.  Franklin’s courses are designed for working individuals and they make it easy to follow along through the courses.”

“I also had multiple instructors who helped me schedule my Franklin classes.  I told them I wanted to finish as quickly as possible and they worked with me to make that happen,” Yetzer explains.

Yetzer says she would encourage students to take this pathway because obtaining an associate degree can serve as an introductory degree to determine where the individual wants to go with their career.  “I was able to save a lot of money choosing to go to North Central first then transfer for my bachelor’s degree.”

While continuing her education, her career has blossomed.  She currently works at Gorman-Rupp Pumps as a supplier sourcing engineer.  Yetzer says her education prepared her for her career in many ways.  “It challenged me to think outside of the box, work better in a group, be more accountable, and to think deeper,” she explains.  “A lot of people think a degree is something that people get to make more money, get a better job, etc.  A degree to me is so much more.  Every time I wanted to give up, I had to remind myself to just keep going.  Learning and continuing to develop yourself is endless.  If you believe you can, you can.”

Presidents’ Day Virtual Visit

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Scholarship Application

Students completing this application will be considered for all NC State College Foundation Scholarships awarded for the 2021-2022 school year. This application should be completed between February 1, 2021 and February 28, 2021.