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Congratulations, Class of 2022

North Central State College’s commencement is scheduled for Friday, May 13, 2022, at the Campus Recreation Center (CRC).  Two ceremonies will be held this year to maintain physical distancing.  Students will be assigned a specific ceremony according to their major.  The first ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. and will last approximately an hour.  The second ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. also lasting approximately an hour.  Graduates will march to the CRC from Ovalwood in caps, gowns, and tassels.

The doors for the first ceremony will open at 4:00 p.m. and the second ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.

Graduates’ guests will need a ticket to attend the ceremony.  Tickets are distributed to students prior to the ceremony and will NOT be available the day of the graduation ceremony.

The ceremony will be streamed live on YouTube and Facebook.

Engineering Students Research Safety

Nickolas Bowser examines the crash test dummy
Nickolas Bowser examines the crash test dummy.

Engineers are significant in shaping society and the future.  They are often on the leading edge of innovation.  The bachelor of applied science in mechanical engineering technology (BASMET) program at North Central State College is helping students prepare for their future careers in engineering with their capstone projects focusing on crash tests and helping those with disabilities.

Students in the program have been working with a Canadian institution studying the impact of a bicycle vs car crash and the effects on the rider.  They are working with crash test dummies to collect data on potential damage to internal organs sustained in the collisions.

Nickolas Bowser, a BASMET student working on the crash test says, “We are taking a crash test dummy, and trying to gather data so that we can better analyze crashes. We ultimately want to understand how much damage the crash causes to the human body.”

The students have been using materials in the classroom to build a brain and arm that will be able to collect data.  Mike Beebe, Assistant Professor of Engineering explains, “The students built a brain transducer and 3D flesh.  This is also teaching them how to do some biomechanics work.”

Chase Mullins, who is also working on the project, explains how they plan to collect the data.  “There are wireless sensors to collect information at the moment of contact during the crash test,” Mullins says. “The brain is injured differently during crashes.  We want to see what that data looks like so we have wireless sensors in the test dummy’s head to collect the data from the crash.”

On April 29, 2022, the students put their capstone project in motion, conducting multiple bicycle vs car crash events.  They were able to collect data that will be analyzed further, and also help shape future educational experiments by BASMET students.

Smoothing the ride for wheelchair users

Students examine the test dummy in a wheelchair
Owen Maynard helps team members examine the wheelchair while testing the suspension system.

Another project students are focusing on in the BASMET program will potentially have a big impact on wheelchair users.  Owen Maynard, a senior, is working with a team on a wheelchair suspension system that will help those in wheelchairs have an easier descent over large bumps.  “We have a shock system on the back of the wheelchair that will bear the load when it goes over a curb or a ledge,” Maynard explains.  “Instead of having to balance the wheelchair and hold the person up, the shocks will catch it and slowly descend to reduce the impact.”

The BASMET program is the first four-year program at NC State College with 150 students enrolled.

Many of the students transitioned into BASMET after being a part of the College-NOW Engineering program.  College-NOW is a two-year program that allows high school juniors and seniors to enroll full-time and earn their Associate degree as they complete their last two years of high school.  “It feels good to be graduating at such a young age,” Bowser says.  “I am getting my bachelor’s degree two years earlier than when I would normally have received it.  Graduating from NC State also save me money. This experience has been great for me.”

“I have been exposed to some interesting systems,” Maynard says.  “I’ve also learned quite a bit about how these systems will help me in the future.”

Beebe says the students will leave the program ready for entry-level engineering positions.  “I graduated from North Central State with my associate degree back in the 70s,” Beebe says.  “That led me to technician and design work.  The students graduating from the program could potentially have the same opportunities while searching for their career.”

“What we try to do in the program is to integrate math and sciences into practical hands-on projects because one of the entry-level jobs could be running test equipment,” Beebe explains.  “We try to expose students to that type of learning so they are prepared.  We want to make it fun but it’s all about learning the engineering process.”

Bowser, Mullins, and Maynard will graduate at the end of the spring 2022 semester.

College-NOW Opens Opportunities

At North Central State College, students have the opportunity to start college classes while in high school through College Credit Plus. Many enroll as full-time college students in College-NOW.

Mason Beam is part of the College-NOW engineering program. College-NOW is a two-year program that allows high school juniors to enter North Central State and Pioneer Career and Technology Center on a track to receiving their associate degree in conjunction with their high school diploma.

Beam is in his final year of the program and explains why he decided to begin his college education early. “Being from Lucas, this was an easy decision to come to North Central State,” Beam says. “I will be able to get my associate degree at the same time I also receive my high school diploma and not have to travel too far from home. The cost of tuition is less than a four-year university but with the same quality of education.”

College-NOW students are exposed to real-life problem-based learning opportunities provided by business partners. Beam is currently working on his capstone project, along with his classmates. Each team is building an electric vehicle that will be tested on the road with the Kehoe Grand Prix. Students began researching and designing their vehicles, including frame, steering, braking, gearing, power, and drive options.

The Kehoe Grand Prix is in its fourth year and is designed as an endurance race with a one-hour time limit. Each team’s vehicle, driven by team members, navigates a five-turn circuit laid out in the parking lot of the Kehoe Center.
“A big part of this class is project management and learning how to work with a team,” Beam says. “We are all making these cars and working with a team designing, producing, and manufacturing. All of those things we are going to be doing on the job one day. It is a very similar process to what I will eventually do for my career.”

Mike Beebe, assistant professor of engineering, says the projects students work on in the College-NOW program are preparing them for their future careers daily. “The whole process teaches them engineering as well as inventing the designs they will use for their projects,” Beebe says. “In 16 weeks the students go from a blank sheet of paper to a complete vehicle to race.”

Another skill Beam has learned in the College-NOW program while building his motorized vehicle is how to utilize a 3D printer.

“We use the lab’s printer for any special parts that are expensive,” Beam explains. “We like to 3D print them and it gives us the freedom of design. You can design any part you want and print it on the printer.”

“A lot of companies are migrating towards 3D printers,” Beam says. “For any company using plastic or Polylactic acid (PLAs), this is the way to go. They are less expensive and quick. You can make any part that’s feasible to print.”
Beebe adds the program allows students to learn more than just math. “It’s all those skills together that the instructors are trying to have the students put together. The program allows students to weld and drill holes all while understanding the math and science behind it. Students are having fun while learning advanced concepts about the engineering process.”

After College-NOW, Beam plans on staying at North Central State and continuing with the Mechanical Engineering Technology (BASMET) bachelor’s program. BASMET is the advanced practical application of engineering and scientific principles to design and manufacture quality products and systems.

The program utilizes project-based learning to provide students working individually and in teams, with hands-on learning. Additionally, training in innovative computer software is complemented with instruction in mathematics, science, and engineering analysis to provide our graduates with a solid foundation for the implementation of design and manufacturing solutions. Graduates of the (BASMET) program are prepared to compete in a competitive job market and assume a wide range of responsibilities in the industry.

Darcy Carns, College-NOW program director, says the College-NOW program is a perfect introduction to the bachelor’s program. “With the addition of our bachelor’s program a couple of years ago, it has become a very popular route for our students. They can graduate from the College-NOW program, earning their associate degree in integrated engineering technology, and then they can continue very seamlessly into our bachelor’s program in which they earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology with just two additional years,” Carns explains. “I have had students graduate with their bachelor’s degree at the age of 20 with very little debt.”

Bioscience degree leads to cutting-edge medical research

Some of the most versatile career options for NC State graduates begin with the study of STEM+M majors (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine). Alumna Kelly Murray is one of those students.  She started at North Central State College in the fall of 2011 where she enrolled as a bioscience major.  “North Central was the obvious choice for me given the low cost to attend, and transfer options,” Murray explains.  She is a non-traditional first-generation student who never actually planned on going to college, until she discovered her love for science.

As part of her financial aid package at NC State, Murray was awarded a Choose Ohio First Scholarship (COF), which helped her as an undergraduate immensely.  COF is a state-funded program for Ohio residents pursuing a major in one of the STEM+M fields.

The second-year she received the COF award, it allowed her to accept an unpaid internship in a research lab that helped her gain valuable experience in her chosen field.  “I would not have been able to afford to take an unpaid internship without the scholarship,” she says.  “The experience I gained ultimately resulted in my deciding to continue to earn my bachelor’s degree and then begin my doctoral work in 2017.”

Today Murray is a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University studying cells and Ribonucleic Acid (RNA), a molecule similar to DNA.  “Any time your cells need a specific protein, the process starts with transcribing RNA, using your DNA as a template. This RNA is then used as a sort of blueprint for making the protein,” Murray explains.  “But there’s a catch. The RNA needs to be processed before it’s ready to be used. I study how machinery in the cell processes that RNA- specifically, how regions of the RNA that need to be removed are identified and cut out of the RNA transcript.”

She goes on to explain, “This process needs to occur very quickly, but also with very high precision. Many diseases in humans are caused by mistakes in the removal of these pieces of RNA. Our cells have the remarkable ability to balance the tradeoff between accuracy and speed, removing these pieces of RNA very quickly, while maintaining a high level of accuracy. My doctoral work is focused on understanding this process.”

It is no surprise that Murray’s favorite class at North Central State College was the biotechnology course.  “It was my first biology lab and I was able to learn so much about lab techniques,” she says.  “We also covered a lot of laboratory math, which I admit was a little frustrating at the time, but has been very helpful for me both in more advanced coursework and my current day-to-day lab work.”

The combination of lab and coursework in the classroom at North Central helped prepare her with a firm foundation in biological research.  “I am especially thankful because I was able to get inside a research lab very early in my undergraduate career,” Murray says.  “I was able to take a wide variety of courses and that helped to broaden my depth of knowledge and was instrumental in my getting a good score on the subject GRE for graduate school application.  After obtaining her associate degree in the spring of 2014, she was able to transfer her credits and continue her education at Ashland University.

Murray truly enjoyed the educational experience at North Central State College.  “I loved the small class sizes,” she explains.  “I benefited from having the opportunity to discuss course content one-on-one with my professors, and to talk about career options.  I felt welcomed into the community.”

After earning her doctorate, Murray hopes to enter a teaching-focused career.  “I am very lucky to have gotten experience while tutoring at North Central State and now at Cornell where I am teaching a course I designed myself about RNA,” she says proudly.  “Starting at a community college and interacting with professors who are passionate about teaching inspired me toward my career path!”

Murray’s journey to the cutting edge of medical research began at NC State. 

 

Pursuing Two Majors Pays Off

Some set out on their higher education journey knowing exactly what they want to do.  For some, while the journey is not a straight line, the destination can be just as rewarding.  Hannah White began her college career as a health science major interested in radiological sciences.  “It wasn’t until my second year at North Central State College where I realized that my intended interest wasn’t for me,” White explains.

She then began her search for a new career. “The staff and faculty went above and beyond not only helping me figure out what my next steps were academically but also guiding and connecting me to where I would eventually succeed,” White says.  “I connected with my advisor, Brandel Boyd, who was wonderful.  She had multiple chats with me after class and was able to help me establish and complete my academic goals.  Without her help, I would not have graduated with two degrees!”

White pursued both business management and marketing degrees while working two full-time jobs. She recently graduated with both degrees in December 2021. “I was lucky enough to schedule most of my classes as hybrids or fully online to help with my work schedule,” she explains. “I took a lot of night classes, so after work, I would drive straight to campus for my lectures and labs.”

She chose NC State because it is close to her hometown of Bucyrus.  She began classes at the Crawford Success Center, a satellite campus of North Central. She wanted to attend a college where she could live at home with her parents and work to complete her education.  Coming from a small town, she enjoyed the smaller class sizes and connecting with her professors, as well as other students.  She also mentioned the lower tuition, which helped her financially.

“Thinking back to my first college classes and how I was the quiet kid sitting in the front row, not asking questions, and just trying to figure out what college is,” White says.   “Now flash forward to last year where I was leading many discussions, not afraid to ask questions, and volunteering for any opportunity that came my way.”  She goes on to say that, the only way to learn effectively is to assert yourself into the material.  Whether it is applying items or practicing policies and procedures in the real world, White says you have a better chance of remembering it and even asserting it in your daily tasks.

In terms of personal growth, White has advanced her skills in technology and software and has learned how to work more cohesively in group projects.  Her professional growth can be measured in her increased job responsibilities and assignments as well as the fact that she was able to create connections with a variety of business owners, customers, and representatives. “I was able to develop more of a growth mindset,” she says. “The more opportunities and challenges that are out there, the more I want to experience them and learn from each one.”

Before White began college, she was already working full-time which helped her gain experience as well as financial stability to pursue her academic dreams.  But it was one of her college classes that helped lead her to her future career. “I was able to land my current job through a final exam for one of my business classes,” White says proudly.  “Our instruction was to make a new business model for a local business, present it to the owner, and then conduct an interview to showcase the findings.  After my interview was over, the owner simply asked me if I would like a job at his business.”  She accepted the job opportunity and continues to work in the company’s marketing department.

White offers some words of advice for undergraduate students at NC State College, “Never give up, go into everything with an open mind, and make as many connections as possible with professors, faculty, and other students.”

“Remember that everything happens for a reason,” she says.  “Obstacles tend to show up when you think it’s the worst possible time.  By remembering that these obstacles are very vital in shaping your sense of character, you will be able to make each one a learning experience.”  She wants students to know that the connections you make in college, whether they are friendships or acquaintances, will stick with you for life.  “Keeping a positive attitude is the best attribute one can possess and will take you far in life.  All your hard work will pay off in the end!”

Permanent Resident, DACA, or Immigrant Students

DACA, Permanent Resident, and Other Visa Holders

We welcome all students at NCSC!  However, whether you are an undocumented student, Permanent Resident, or DACA recipient, we will need certain documentation from you to determine if you are eligible for in-state tuition or possibly financial aid. Below you will find information specific to your situation. Click on the heading that applies to you and let us know if you have any questions. Our office can be reached at studentrecords@ncstatecollege.edu.

  • These instructions are for refugee, immigrant, asylee, and any other students granted permanent residency in the United States by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).If you are waiting for results of an immigrant petition/pending visa petition with USCIS but not yet adjudicated, please refer to the “Other Visa Holder” process below.

    Step 1: Apply

    Apply by completing the online application. You will need to indicate you are a non-citizen. You will be able to enter a permanent resident number, but will still need to send your documentation to our office.

    Step 2: Submit Proof of Immigration Status

    To determine Ohio residency classification for tuition purposes, submit a copy of the documentation verifying your current immigration status in the United States (both sides of Permanent Resident/Green Card, I-94, Employment Authorization Card, or Visa Stamp on passport) to studentrecords@ncstatecollege.edu. Print your name and student ID number on the documentation you send.

    Step 3:  Take a Placement Test, or Submit Test Scores and/or Transcripts

    Submit an official copy of your final high school transcript or GED to our Admissions office as soon as possible. Email your transcript or GED to admissions@ncstatecollege.edu or mail to North Central State College, 2441 Kenwood Circle, Mansfield, OH 44906.

    You may need to take the Accuplacer placement test to determine your course placements.

    Step 4: Advising Appointment/Complete an Orientation

    Next, a Success Coach will walk you through the rest of the enrollment process.  Call the Student Success Center at 419-755-4536 to schedule your testing or advising appointment.  During your advising session, we will review program requirements and plan your first few semesters of courses.

    Step 5: Registration and Payment

    Once registered, payment will need to be made. You may be eligible for financial aid and in-state tuition based on your specific status. In-state tuition will be determined by what documentation you provide as well as the amount of time you have lived in the state of Ohio.

    Information regarding financial aid can be found here (PDF). It is always best to ask these questions directly with our Financial Aid office.

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students are welcome to pursue their education at North Central State College. Our staff and faculty are committed to help you reach your goals. Please be aware though that undocumented/DACA students could have difficulty completing certain programs of study. Programs that require a practicum or licensure such as Nursing, may be restricted to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents based on Ohio statute or regulation. Contact your academic advisor for more information.

    Step 1: Apply

    Apply by completing the online application. You will need to indicate you are a non-citizen. If you are asked to enter a social security number, you can use 999-99-9999.

    Step 2: Submit Proof of Immigration Status

    To determine Ohio residency classification for tuition purposes, submit a copy of your I-797 Notice of Deferred Action (approval notice only) from USCIS to studentrecords@ncstatecollege.edu. Print your name and student ID number on the documentation you send.

    If your Deferred Action has already expired, you can be admitted to North Central State College, however, you will not be considered eligible for Ohio residency classification and your tuition fees will be calculated at the international student tuition rate.

    Step 3:  Take a Placement Test, or Submit Test Scores and/or Transcripts

    Submit an official copy of your final high school transcript or GED to our Admissions office as soon as possible. Email your transcript or GED to admissions@ncstatecollege.edu or mail to North Central State College, 2441 Kenwood Circle, Mansfield, OH 44906.

    You may need to take the Accuplacer placement test to determine your course placements.

    Step 4: Advising Appointment/Complete an Orientation

    Next, a Success Coach will walk you through the rest of the enrollment process.  Call the Student Success Center at 419-755-4536 to schedule your testing or advising appointment.  During your advising session, we will review program requirements and plan your first few semesters of courses.

    Step 5: Registration and Payment

    Once registered, payment will need to be made. DACA students are not eligible for any federal government financial aid programs (i.e. Pell Grants, student loans, Federal Work Study). You are encouraged to apply for outside funding that does not require U. S. citizenship, such as the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and Latino Dollars for Scholars.

  • Please be aware that our school does not participate in the F-1 International Student program and will not enroll any F-1 visa holder.A student is considered Non-immigrant if they meet one of the following:

    • Hold a valid non-immigrant visa/status in the USA, such as F-2, H1B, J-2, L-2, etc.
    • Are “undocumented” with no immigration status
    • Are under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
    • Are “pending permanent resident” or “pending aslyee” (application for permanent residency or asylum status has been submitted to USCIS but has not yet been adjudicated)

    Step 1: Apply

    Apply by completing the online application. You will need to indicate you are a non-citizen. If you are asked to enter a social security number, you can use 999-99-9999.

    Step 2: Submit Proof of Immigration Status

    To determine Ohio residency classification for tuition purposes send copies of your current immigration documents to studentrecords@ncstatecollege.edu. Examples of immigration documents include: passport page, visa, I-94 (arrival/departure document), DS-2019, and/or other documents concerning your current immigration status. Print your name and student ID number on the documentation you send.

    Step 3:  Take a Placement Test, or Submit Test Scores and/or Transcripts

    Submit an official copy of your final high school transcript or GED to our Admissions office as soon as possible. Email your transcript or GED to admissions@ncstatecollege.edu or mail to North Central State College, 2441 Kenwood Circle, Mansfield, OH 44906.

    You may need to take the Accuplacer placement test to determine your course placements.

    Step 4: Advising Appointment/Complete an Orientation

    Next, a Success Coach will walk you through the rest of the enrollment process.  Call the Student Success Center at 419-755-4536 to schedule your testing or advising appointment.  During your advising session, we will review program requirements and plan your first few semesters of courses.

    Step 5: Registration and Payment

    Once registered, payment will need to be made. You will not be eligible for any federal government financial aid programs (i.e. Pell Grants, student loans, Federal Work Study). You are encouraged to apply for outside funding that does not require U. S. citizenship.

Choose Ohio First Scholarships

Choose Ohio First Scholars at NC State

Choose Ohio First (COF) provides scholarships for students pursuing degrees in STEM+M programs, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine. Choose Ohio First Scholarships target these professions and encourage students to pursue training in these demanding fields. NC State offers a number of Certificate and Associate Degree programs that are eligible for COF awards including:

Alumni Spotlight

From NC State Bioscience to Cornell University

As part of her financial aid package at NC State, Kelly Murray was awarded a Choose Ohio First Scholarship (COF), which helped her as an undergraduate immensely.  COF is a state-funded program for Ohio residents pursuing a major in one of the STEM+M fields. Now she is completing her Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Click here to read her complete story. (PDF)

    • Students enrolled in an eligible STEM+M program beginning with your first-term of enrollment at NCSC past high school or current students moving from pre-health classes into their program studies.
    • COF scholars must have a 3.0 high school GPA, 165 on English/math GED or WorkKeys scores of five on each test for Adult Diploma graduates.
    • Students must apply to NC State and submit their high school (or equivalent) transcripts for consideration.

    • COF awards are renewable as long as funding remains available from the state of Ohio.
    • Scholars must remain continuously enrolled (summer optional) in one of the eligible programs.
    • They must maintain a 3.0 cumulative college GPA by the end of their second enrolled semester to continue the scholarship.

    • Choose Ohio First is funded by the State of Ohio
    • Awards range from $1,500 to $2,000 per academic year toward tuition.
    • Students must enroll for a minimum six credits per semester.
    • There is no family income limit for the scholarship.
    • FAFSA is not required, but encouraged, to assist students in finding all available financial aid.

    • North Central State College has been honored to participate in the Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program for more than 10 years. COF scholarships have helped thousands of students train for in-demand jobs and rewarding careers.

Lt. Gov. announces Tower Technician Program

Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted made a stop at North Central State College today for the announcement of a new Tower Technician Program at the James W. Kehoe Center in Shelby.  The certificate program is a partnership between NC State College and Governor Mike DeWine’s Office of Workforce Training (GOWT).  North Central is one of three sites selected across the state for this new training program.  The goal of the Tower Technician Program is to provide a reliable stream of qualified employees to support the expanding 5G networking needs of multiple utility providers throughout Ohio.

Lt. Gov. Husted believes the addition of the Tower Technician Program will play a crucial part in keeping our state up-to-date with new and improving technology.  “We have a lot of opportunity in our state to grow this industry.  This is the next generation opportunity to expand the 5G Network and high-speed internet,” he explains.  “With all of us working together in collaboration it allows us to get this done and our educational programs are an essential element.”

Dorey Diab, President of NC State was pleased the college was chosen, “The Kehoe Center is perfect for the Tower Tech program.  We have the space available and numerous laboratories already in place to support the training required. In addition, we’re excited to work with new industry partners to provide the qualified workforce they require. NC State is always striving to adapt to meet the evolving needs of our regional partners.”

The Tower Technician Program is in response to the substantial workforce shortage in several industries.  The program at North Central State College will prepare tower technicians for employment by providing training on numerous fronts including installation, maintenance, and repair on towers, antennas, microwave dishes, and lighting systems.  Students will learn how to perform routine inspections and tests while practicing safety on all levels.

“The program is serving a critical need, giving people the skills they need, and will also lead to great paying careers,” Husted said.  “Individuals who complete the program can earn $50-$60,000 in the first year on the job.”  The areas of training will include safety, basic rigging and fall protection, CPR/First aid, OSHA, RF awareness, capstan hoist, defensive driving, cell component, antenna basic, and NWSA certification training.

Those interested in the Tower Technician Program should visit ncstatecollege.edu/certificates/tower-technician/  or contact the North Central State College Admissions Team at 419-755-4761 or admissions@ncstatecollege.edu.