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Sisters begin college journey together

Amanda and Ashley Stockmaster are twin sisters who grew up on a farm in New Washington, Ohio. It was the farm that helped them decide what they wanted to do with their future, which included attending North Central State College.

Amanda is studying to be a mechanical engineer while Ashley wants to study agriculture education eventually. She is currently getting her associate degree in liberal arts.

Growing up the girls had everything from horses to sheep to alpacas on their farm. They learned to take care of the animals and the farm equipment at a young age. The first animals the family began taking care of were horses. Those horses helped the young girls learn to walk. Ashley explains, “The way the horses shift is the same motion as your torso. It helps you gain your balance.”

Amanda adds, “We started with horses because the neurologist and the orthopedic doctors said they would help us learn to walk. When you ride horses, it is the same motion as when you are walking.”

The Stockmaster sisters have cerebral palsy, a developmental disability that affects movement, posture, and coordination. It is caused by brain damage before, during or after birth.

Amanda chose North Central State College for the mechanical engineering program. After graduating from Pioneer Career and Technology Center. She says, “Once I graduated from Pioneer, I wanted to keep going down the same path, so North Central State College was my next step.”

“It is nice that you have small class sizes and instructors that you can understand and can understand you and your circumstances.”

Amanda’s favorite class is engineering materials. She says, “In that class, we pulled metal and plastic bars apart to calculate the force that it took to break the bar. I’m learning a lot from those experiments.”

Ashley also enjoys the smaller class sizes. She explains, “Here you have classes that are small enough where you can get acquainted with your classmates. You can also send them a message through Canvas and ask them to explain the assignment.”

Both Ashley and Amanda will graduate in May 2018. Ashley will obtain her associate degree in Liberal Arts and would like to attend either Wilmington College or The Ohio State University for her bachelor’s degree. “What I am shooting for is to be in a high school setting teaching agriculture.”

Amanda will obtain her associate degree in mechanical engineering. She hopes to enter the workforce following graduation.

Graduate Finds Solace in Photography

For North Central State College graduate Taylor Ruiz, a love of photography first brought him to the Mansfield Campus to major in Visual Communication and Media Technology (VCMT). He explains, “The class that had the most impact on me was the photography class. I had no idea how much I loved photography until then. I would go back to North Central State College just to take a follow-up photography class.”

Ruiz attended NC State from 2012 to 2014. He chose to attend the campus after graduating from Ashland High School because he wanted to go to a college that offered smaller classes sizes. “I knew I wanted to go to college, but I was not ready for a large university. I was lucky to be able to come to North Central State, which was close to home and provided more intimate class sizes.”

During his time on the campus, he was the vice president of the design club and took the majority of his classes at the James W. Kehoe Center in Shelby. As a VCMT student he was able to take advantage of the photography studio. Ruiz says, “I used the photography studio quite often (even if it wasn’t just for a class!)” Students are encouraged to learn and use the facilities as much as possible while studying at North Central State College.

The VCMT program teaches students to use multimedia technology to assemble graphics, text, sound and video into meaningful production. Many VCMT graduates go directly into the workforce. Others, like Ruiz, transfer to other schools to complete their bachelor’s degree.

After graduating, Ruiz transferred his credits he received from his associate degree to Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. He is studying applied communications. He feels that NC State College truly prepared him for his time at Kent. “I feel that VCMT will eventually compliment my communications degree.”

Ruiz also serves with the Army National Guard.

Returning Home to Serve

Mansfield, OH — Austin Chaplin didn’t always know he wanted to be a police officer. But once he put on the uniform and served his community, the same community he grew up in, he knew he made the right choice for his future.

“I wasn’t 100 % sure what major I wanted to pursue when I first started classes at North Central State College. I began as a business major and realized that wasn’t going to work for me.” Austin admits. However, then he met Commander Anne Strouth, Associate Professor/Program Coordinator for Criminal Justice, and everything changed. He explains, “Commander Strouth encouraged and pushed me to follow a path to apply for the police academy. And I never looked back.”

For Chaplin, the discipline and straightforward approach attracted him to the police academy.

“I would have to say my favorite part of the police academy was the defensive tactics class,” he says. The defensive tactics course provides students with the basic principles of unarmed self-defense, including how to defend against physical attack, control aggressive behavior, and how to arrest/subdue an individual using the minimum amount of force.

Soon after graduating from the North Central State College Police Academy, Chaplin passed his civil services test and joined the Galion Police Department. “I am from Galion, so that’s where I wanted to be able to serve as a police officer,” he points out. “Most of the cadets I was in class with were hired by local law enforcement agencies.”

For future cadets thinking about joining the police academy at NC State Chaplin gives some advice. He advises, “Just remember this isn’t a 9 to 5 job. You will be out on the streets, working odd hours, but you will be doing the right thing for your community and keeping your neighbors safe. It’s worth it. It’s time-consuming and hard, but it’s worth it in the end.”

The day and night academies begin each fall semester and conclude at the end of spring semester. The application period for the 2018-2019 academic year will begin April 1, 2018.

For more information about the Police Academy go to https://www.ncstatecollege.edu/cms/certificates/police-academy.

NC State College to offer Bachelors of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

MANSFIELD, OHIO – North Central State College has received approval to confer a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. NC State becomes one of only four community colleges in Ohio to receive approval to develop and confer a bachelor’s degree.

The opportunity for community colleges to apply to the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) to provide a bachelor’s degree, was established by a directive of the ODHE in November 2017. That directive required that the proposals meet numerous guidelines, summarized as answering an established need for employees with in-demand skills to meet the workforce requirements of area businesses. Local employment data was required showing the availability and sustainability of jobs created. The program also needed to be unique to the area served by the community college.

John Carey, chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, stated in his letter of July 23, 2018, approving the proposal from NC State, “ODHE observed strong evidence of workforce need, clear testimony that NCSC responded to requests of local employers in curriculum development, and evidence that the students’ needs are best met with program delivery at the NCSC location.”

Dr. Dorey Diab, president of North Central State College, is already looking ahead: “We are very pleased to receive approval of this program and the meaningful training it will provide students who will join the workforce serving our community partners. At its core, this program helps bridge part of the skills gap we have been discussing for years. The Chancellor cited the strong support of businesses throughout the region in their approval of our proposal. I’m proud of our team, and I hope we can replicate the responsiveness and vision of this program to meet the needs of other employers throughout the area.”

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology will provide opportunity for students of all ages – from current high school students taking College Credit Plus courses to currently employed workers who want to expand their knowledge and improve their careers.

Diab reflected on the value of this new degree as part of a pathway for area students: “By taking advantage of CCP courses, the Tuition Freedom Scholarship, and now the baccalaureate degree, students will be able to receive high quality higher education, at a very affordable rate, with less concern about debt.”

NC State is now working with the Higher Learning Commission, the college’s accrediting body, and ODHE for approval of curriculum and course content as well as the learning outcomes.

50th Anniversary

At 50 years, it is fitting to look back and reflect on what the college has done, on what thousands of dedicated employees have accomplished for tens of thousands of students and graduates.

But we also see this celebration as a precursor for the future of North Central State College. This institution has evolved and adapted countless times to meet the changing needs of our students and the business of this region. We will continue to evolve, inspire, and lead higher education in north central Ohio.

Today, North Central State College is more viable and needed than ever.

Making the most of every opportunity

Kelly Radcliff enrolled at North Central State College as a single mom and a full-time employee at Ohio Mutual Insurance Group in spring 2000.

However, as life often goes, she found herself faced with challenges.  She became pregnant and dropped out. At first, she felt like she wouldn’t be able to get back to further her education, but several years later she was given an opportunity to receive her degree in two years with the help of her employer.

“When this opportunity came up, I knew immediately I wanted to continue my education,” Radcliff explains.  “At the time I had two kids, both teenagers, and believed they could handle mom taking classes. I began going to the Crawford Success Center one night a week.”

Radcliff lives in Galion and works in Bucyrus.  Having the center so close to home made it convenient for her to work, take classes, and continue spending as much time with her family as possible.  “It’s great to have the Crawford Success Center in Bucyrus.  I think more people in this community should be taking advantage of the opportunity right in our backyard,” Radcliff says. “When I started, I was a single mom with two kids, and I was working full-time.  It was nice to be able to study and take classes at the Crawford Success Center.”

“With the help from Ohio Mutual and the grants I was awarded, I was able to go to school without paying a penny out of my pocket,” Radcliff explains.  “I thought so many times why aren’t more single moms doing this?  I was lucky enough to have a great position already, but I viewed this opportunity as something I wanted to do for myself and to be able to move up in my company.”

Most of her first-year classes were held at the Crawford Success Center.  As she continued working for her degree in business management, Radcliff also took courses at the Kehoe Center in Shelby and online.  She appreciated the smaller class sizes and personal attention.

One example is when she took algebra and found herself faced with math equations she hadn’t encountered in over 20 years.  Her instructor provided her with the help she needed to finish the class successfully. “I loved the one-on-one attention I was able to get from my instructors,” she explains.

Radcliff graduated in 2017 with honors.  She obtained her associate degree in business management.  She is now married and has added to her family with another child.  “It was a busy couple of years, but it was worth it.  My final three weeks of class I got married, took my finals, then went on my honeymoon,” she says with a smile.

“I am proud of myself, and now I see my kids working hard to get good grades.  I believe my efforts were a great example for them to show how hard work does pay off.”

Radcliff says she will continue to work at Ohio Mutual and knows that with her associate degree she will be able to move up in the company she has loved being a part of for 18 years.

She suggests checking with your employer to see if they offer educational assistance.  She was surprised at the support she received and says more people should take advantage of the opportunities surrounding them.  “All you have to do is take a chance.  I have absolutely no regrets that I did!”