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Early Start Leads 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.”

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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.

Helping others begins with a psychology degree

      Photo of NC State student, Victoria Spear    For many students, transfer degrees are a great decision; it lets them adapt to college courses and save money before transferring to a four-year university.  Victoria Spear recently graduated with her associate of arts: psychology focus at North Central State College.  “I chose North Central because I wanted a college that was both affordable and flexible with my schedule,” Spear says.  “I was able to maintain working full-time and get my degree in a little over two years.”

            The associate of arts in psychology degree prepares students for careers in counseling, human resources, industrial-organizational psychology, and research (with continued education at a four-year university).  Spear chose psychology because she has always wanted to help people and make a positive difference.  “I truly believe we have the power to make our world a better place,” she exclaims.  While attending North Central Spear took online classes.  “I was nervous about taking all online classes, but it taught me a lot about time management.  Overall, it was an amazing experience,” she says.

            Spear also spent her time tutoring at the college.  She has been a tutor since the fall semester of 2020. “It is essential for students to visit the tutoring center,” she says.  “Tutoring helps build important learning skills.  It also gives students the attention they may not feel comfortable getting in a classroom.”

            Spear plans to transfer her credits to The Ohio State University in Columbus, where she currently resides.  At North Central State College, the courses are guaranteed to transfer to any Ohio college under the Ohio Transfer Module (general education) or as applicable to psychology-related major. The Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Articulation and Transfer Policy established the Transfer Module concept. North Central State College’s transfer module consists of 56 to 60 semester credit hours of coursework in English composition, mathematics, arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and natural and physical sciences.

These courses are gathered into areas of study which transfer seamlessly. Find our more at https://ncstatecollege.edu/degrees-certificates/transfer/

Welcome Back to Spring Semester

Offices are open virtually through January 19, 2021.  Offices hours will be from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Fridays.

Starting January 11, we will begin the semester totally online for the first week. All classes will meet online for that first week, and no in-person, on-campus classes will be held until Tuesday, January 19. Staff will also work remotely until Tuesday, January 19Students scheduled for off campus clinical/practicum/fieldwork courses should verify assignments with their faculty.

Even as Spring Semester begins, you can still explore enrolling at NC State. Use the link below to begin the enrollment process for Summer and Fall 2021!

Pathway Program Offers Seamless Transition

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North Central State College offers several transfer options that allow students to finish their associate degree and keep their earned credits towards a bachelor’s degree.

Angela Persky’s obtained her associate degree quicker and transferred all of her credits using the North Central State College to Franklin University pathway.  This unique option allows NC State students pursuing degrees in business management, marketing, and accounting to complete their bachelor’s degree at the Kehoe Center in Shelby or online.

Persky says it was a seamless experience.  She worked with an advisor to find the courses she needed to complete her associate degree and transfer for full credit.  She chose the associate of applied business – business administration major.  “Classes were on matters essential to business today such as human resources, logistics, and excel gave me instant real-world application and benefits.”

After graduation from NC State in December 2019, Persky continued with the 3+1 pathway program that allows students to transfer up to 94 semester hours from NC State College toward a bachelor’s degree from Franklin University. “The pathway has been extremely beneficial to me,” she says.  “NC State offers many classes that provide needed flexibility for working adults.  My classes also received the maximum transfer credit to Franklin through the pathway program.”

For students at North Central planning to continue their education towards a bachelor’s degree, Persky strongly recommends this pathway.  “It has been extremely cost-effective for me,” she explains.  “North Central’s tuition is about one-third the cost as other universities, which saved me approximately $22,000 in tuition for a four-year degree.”

“The application to Franklin University was easy.  I would encourage students to transfer credits each semester to closely monitor the overall progress toward their degree.”

Persky will graduate from Franklin University with her bachelor of science in management and leadership in the spring of 2021.  “I plan to apply the knowledge I have obtained through my education to advance the vision and mission of the Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc where I currently work.”


Welcome Back!

Everyone at North Central State College has been working to meet the educational needs of our students while maintaining the safety of everyone.

While some things are changing, our commitment to provide support for you as you continue toward your goals will not change.  We’re ready to help you learn, strive to succeed, and I know your persistence will pay off!

Thank you for your effort, and for joining us at North Central State College.

Dr. Dorey Diab, President & C.E.O.
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Before Coming to Campus

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When Students Arrive on Campus

  • You will be required to enter through a single door for each NC State Building
    • “A1” at Fallerius
    • “A1” at Byron Kee
    • “A2” at Kehoe Center
    • “A1” at Health Science (“C1” for faculty at Health Sciences)
    • “B1” at the Crawford Success Center.
  • Upon entering, your temperature will be taken.
  • You will be required to wear a face mask.
  • You will be asked a series of travel and health screening questions.
  • If you complete the health screening successfully, you will be given a wrist band that will need to be worn for the rest of the day. This visual will signify that you have been screened, however, your temperature will be taken each time your enter a building.
  •  If you answer yes to any of these questions, or if your temperature is above 100.4° F, you will be asked to fill out and submit an expanded form at https://ncstatecollege.edu/health-travel-information/

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Throughout the day while on campus

  • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet of spacing.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often. Use hand sanitizer when washing your hands is not possible.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth throughout the day.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Get plenty of rest, and practice good hygiene habits.

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Learning Environment Fall 2020

  • Whenever possible, classes will be taught in a distance learning format.
  • You will have access to advising, tutoring, financial aid, student records, admissions, career services both online and in person. We encourage you to reach out via phone and email first to see if your needs can be met without meeting face-to-face.
  • Similarly, instructors will provide opportunities to meet one-on-one remotely, or in-person if necessary, to assist you in your studies.
  • Keep classroom doors open whenever possible.
  • Don’t share classroom materials.
  • Water fountains are closed. Bring your own water with you.

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Hands-on learning environment

  • Many programs at NC State require laboratory work, and clinical experiences. We have prepared lab spaces to accommodate students safely, building physical barriers between work stations in some labs, and increasing space between students in other areas.
  • You will be required to wear masks while in laboratory settings.
  • Hand sanitizer and/or hand washing stations will be provided for your use upon entering and before
    exiting the laboratories.
  • Instructors will disinfect any work stations used between classes.
  • Deep cleaning of all laboratory spaces will occur every evening.

For a printable PDF of this information go to: NCState_Fall2020_reopeningV2 (PDF)

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No matter where you want to go, you can get there from here.

This online Zoom informational session with NC State Admissions representatives will provide details on:

  • Affordable tuition
  • Scholarship and grant opportunities to those who qualify
  • Transferable credits
  • Financial Aid process
  • Enrollment steps to become an NC State student

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CARES Act Emergency Grants FAQs

NC-CARES Emergency Grants Frequently Asked Questions

If you were enrolled in classes on March 16, 2020 and have current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file, there is a good chance you are eligible to receive assistance. These funds were made available as the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). We have created the following opportunities related to this funding:

  • Spring degree and certificate graduates will receive a $200 check for their efforts.
  • Students who re-enroll in summer or fall can receive up to $1,200 on top of other financial aid.
  • Students with immediate basic needs may also request a special small grant by filling out a brief application. Please note these funds are limited, and we ask that students consider the weight of their needs before applying.

If you have any questions not answered below, please email nc-cares@ncstatecollege.edu, or call 419-755-4730.

  • These are emergency student grants from the federal stimulus CARES Act designated to assist students disrupted by the COVID crisis during spring term.

    • Paying tuition and fees.
    • Other living expenses such as food, housing, vehicle repair, course materials, technology, health care and childcare.

    • Students enrolled at NC State College as of March 16, 2020 in a major eligible for federal financial aid. The CARES Act requires these students be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program. College Credit Plus students are not eligible. Currently enrolled students must be making satisfactory academic progress in line with federal financial aid rules – including grades for spring term.
    • The student must have a complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the college. Even if a current FAFSA is not on file, a student can still file a FAFSA for fall term. Note that an individual may first wish to check basic eligibility requirements for filing a FAFSA, which includes submission of a high school diploma, GED or equivalent credential.

    Finally, students that were enrolled as of March 16 in a designated fully online program are ineligible per the CARES Act rules. These students would have had a special designated advisor (Brad Dunmire of Casey Kelley) during spring term.

    • NC State does offer other avenues for assistance, though these are more limited than funds from the CARES Act. These include an emergency loaner laptop program, on-campus food program and a small emergency grant program run through the NC State Foundation. Further, NC State is working to develop additional scholarship assistance to persons impacted by the crisis – especially for certificates. We encourage all interested persons to inquire through nc-cares@ncstatecollege.edu even if they feel they do not qualify for CARES grants.

  • 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 required by CARES is part of that filing. Students enrolled in spring term that do not have a current FASFA on file are encouraged to complete a new one.

  • As long as a student has a last day of course attendance of March 16 or later, and maintains satisfactory academic progress, withdrawal should not impact their ability to take part. However, they would still need to re-enroll for summer and/or fall terms.

    • Spring degree and certificate graduates (financial aid eligible programs only) will receive a $200 payment. This will include spring petitioners whose graduation was delayed until summer due to inability to complete clinical or practicum courses. Certificate graduates had to have been majoring in their certificate, and not a related degree.
    • Post high school students from spring term who enroll in summer or fall will receive an automatic formula distribution based on their enrollment and Pell eligibility. This distribution will be in addition to other financial aid or scholarships. Course attendance will be verified over the first portion of the term, after which students will receive the payment. Students can only receive this stipend once, even if they attend both summer and fall. The majority of CARES funds have been directed to this formula distribution.

    Distribution Formula

    How the funds will be disbursed

    Term Enrollment Level: Full-Time (greater than or equal to 12 credits)
    Pell Eligible: $1,200
    Not Pell Eligible: $800
    Term Enrollment Level: Three-quarter (7-11 credits)
    Pell Eligible: $1,000
    Not Pell Eligible: $600
    Term Enrollment Level: Half-time (6 credits)
    Pell Eligible: $800
    Not Pell Eligible: $400
    Term Enrollment Level: Less than half (less than 6 credits)
    Pell Eligible: $600
    Not Pell Eligible: $200
    • A smaller amount of CARES funds have been set aside as a small emergency grant for basic needs for students enrolled in spring who continue onto summer and fall. Students are asked to fill out an application and take part in a short meeting to help best meet their needs. Students can receive both a small discretionary grant and the formula distribution, though the amount of discretionary grants is limited.

  • Payments to spring graduates will be processed prior to ending of the term. Students receiving the formula award must maintain enrollment through the first part of their terms to qualify. For the discretionary grant, students must be enrolled or at least registered for summer or fall terms.

  • To maximize this award for the greatest number of people, we ask that requests be reasonable.

  • NC State has made the policy decision to allocate the majority of CARES Act funds to the formula distributions for summer and fall. Therefore, we have allocated approximately $40,000 toward small discretionary grants to meet immediate basic needs prior to the start of summer or fall terms. We ask that students weigh their needs versus those of others when considering these special requests. Further, students in NC State’s TRiO Student Support Services program are asked to first access emergency grants available through that program.

    • Yes, if you choose too. NC State is developing a form that will allow students to indicate the intention to apply all or part of the grant to tuition. This will soon be available online.
    • As noted earlier, the formula grant is not disbursed until after the start of the term. However, NC State is willing to discuss flexibility to holding fall registrations past the standard cancellation deadline for students that wish to apply their formula grant. Students must contact the NC State cashier’s office at 419-755-4722 or cashier@ncstatecollege.edu to make arrangements for payment plans.

    • Spring graduate petitioners eligible for the $200 award will have checks mailed to their home address.
    • Discretionary grant requests will be processed as soon as possible. To speed the request, the application provides options to set up the short telephone or Zoom meeting to best determine needs and additional supports. Please note that as NC State employees are working from home this summer, checks are run once a week.
    • Formula grants for enrolled students in summer and fall will be disbursed in the first half of the semester once attendance patterns have been verified. Since awards are partly based on level of credit hours, it is important for students to maintain enrollment and participation in their classes to avoid being dropped.
    • While the NC State campus is closed, checks will be mailed to a student’s address of record.

  • The Internal Revenue Service has provided information for students who receive money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Recovery Act (CARES Act) program to assist students with expenses incurred as a result of the CORVID-19 closure of the college. For more information, click here.

  • May 8, 2020

    To: All NC State Students (post high school) enrolled for the Spring 2020 Semester

    From: Dr. Dorey Diab, President and CEO

    Re: Announcement of CARES Act funding for NC State Students

    Congratulations on the successful completion of your studies for Spring 2020. It was certainly an unprecedented term in many ways, and I am proud of you for adapting and maintaining your commitment to your education.

    As you finish finals this week, we are finalizing the plans for disbursing emergency grants provided to our students in the COVID-19 Stimulus Package approved by the federal government. These funds were made available as the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). If you were enrolled in classes on March 16, 2020 and have current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file, there is a good chance you are eligible to receive assistance. We have created the following opportunities related to this funding:

    • Spring degree and certificate graduates will receive a $200 check for their efforts.
    • Students who re-enroll in summer or fall can receive up to $1,200 on top of other financial aid.
    • Students with immediate basic needs may also request a special small grant by filling out a brief application. Please note these funds are limited, and we ask that students consider the weight of their needs before applying.

    We invite you to visit our website to review the Frequently Asked Questions about the CARES Act which explain all of the details of the distribution of funds. Funds can be used for a variety of living expenses, including payment of tuition and fees. We would be happy to help you align a portion of your CARES Act award to continue your education, including summer term that starts May 20th. Finally, you can still file a FASFA to become eligible for CARES grants – regardless of whether you qualify for a Pell grant.

    In closing, welcome to your summer break. Our faculty and staff will continue working remotely and doing all we can to meet your needs. We are planning to provide lab and clinical experiences required for students as the summer begins. And we have tentative plans to provide some in-person classes this fall (as allowed by the state of Ohio). Many students are telling us they are becoming more comfortable with distance learning and the flexibility it provides.

    I encourage you to continue believing in yourself, believing in your dream of a college education and a better life, and most importantly, to continue working during these current challenging times. The effort you invest today will prepare you for a brighter future – and I believe that future will be here very soon.

    I am proud of you all, and look forward to seeing on campus very soon!

    Well done one and all,

    Dorey Diab, Ph.D.

    President & CEO

    North Central State College

    Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction

    1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. North Central State College submitted the signed Certification and Agreement for the student aid portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to the Department of Education on April 14, 2020. The Grant Award Notification was received on April 21, 2020. North Central State College intends to use at least 50 percent of its total CARES Act funds to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to eligible students. The entire agreement is available here. (PDF)
    2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. $1,410,128.
    3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter). As of 03/31/2021 – $705,064.
    4. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. As of 2/1/2021 – 642 Students
    5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. As of 11/1/2020 – 913 Students
    6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. See “Distribution Formula” and “How will funds be distributed” above.
    7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. This information is provided in numerous sections above.

  • 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.