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NEW Business Analytics Degree available at NC State

MANSFIELD, OHIO – North Central State College is offering a new associate degree in Business Analytics. Students will begin taking classes toward the new degree during the spring 2020 semester.

Business Analytics combines business knowledge (i.e. economics, management and marketing) with the use of processes and applications such as Microsoft Business Intelligence suite. Students will develop skills needed to improve business decision making through data analysis, critical thinking and problem-solving.

Representatives from accounting firms, manufacturing companies, banking institutions, health care providers and the non-profit sector helped North Central State College design this program.

Dr. Dorey Diab, president of North Central State College is pleased with the addition, “The need for employees with vision and insight to help businesses gather, analyze and make informed decisions is critical for the continuing viability of companies and institutions throughout the region. I am proud of our team and the work they completed to connect with area employers to develop this program to meet their needs.”

The Associate Degree in Business Analytics 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 skills and improve their careers. Many students will have the opportunity to complete internships to gain hands-on, real-world business experience.

“Almost every employer we meet with has expressed concern about hiring people with advanced skills. Certainly, this program will help answer those concerns and provide amazing career opportunities for our graduates,” stated Greg Timberlake, dean of the business, industry and technology division at NC State. “We live in a data-rich business climate today. Employees who can analyze and distill that information will become highly valued in every competitive market.”

Students enrolling in the Business Analytics program will also qualify for Choose Ohio First scholarship awards as part of their financial aid package. For the 2020-2021 school year, NC State has been awarded more than half a million dollars to assist student pursuing an education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical (STEM+M) programs.

For more information about the Business Analytics degree, go to www.ncstatecollege.edu/business-analytics.

Student Locks Down Future in Law Enforcement

Sometimes we get the most out of life by not helping ourselves but by helping others.  It is that motto that makes Alyssa Long, a criminal justice major, excited about getting her associate’s degree at North Central State College.

As a single mom and a full-time employee at the Crawford County Jail, she is well aware that life does not always go as planned. “Life got complicated once I had my daughter,” Long explains.  “But at 26 years old, I decided to go back to school.”

“I was a toddler when my mom also got her associate degree at NC State College,” Long said.  “My mom brought me to class a couple of times because she needed to and the professors got me crayons and stuff to do to keep me occupied.  The professors did everything they could to keep my mom going, and I appreciate and remember what they did for us.”

Long chose the online criminal justice degree.  “North Central State College was the right track for me to take,” she said.  “I was looking at graduation rates and saw how excellent they are here.”  In addition, that is where Long has her eyes, on the prize, to graduation.

However, that is not the only goal she has in sight.  She is passionate about helping others and has experience working with human trafficking victims.  Long wants to make a difference in the community.  “Right now there are so many young teens in Richland County that are known runaways.  However, it’s important for law enforcement to look into human trafficking as well.  It’s real and I want to help be a part of the solution,” Long admits.

Long credits instructor, Anne Strouth for helping her along the way.  “I found the job I currently have at the jail because Anne posted it.  They needed two females and I was chosen as one of them,” she said.  “The classes that really opened my eyes were the juvenile delinquency and family violence classes.  At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if it’s child abuse, sexual abuse, or physical abuse.  It  normally steams from the same type of environment.”

Long continues to be an advocate for those who need it.  She will graduate in May 2020.

Criminal Justice

Graduate goes from getting his degree to working at Disney

Degrees from North Central State can take you anywhere, even the happiest place on earth.  Chris Ebinger graduated from NC State in 2015 and now works as the engineering service manager at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  He earned his mechanical engineering technology and integrated engineering technology degrees at the college, where he says he learned the analytical thinking skill set that he applies to any problem or obstacle that he encounters in his life and career.

Ebinger was already working in his field of study when he chose to advance his career.  “I was a journeyman industrial technician when I went back to school.  I took some technical classes for the program at MTD Products in the mid-’90s,” he explains.  “My wife and I decided skillset advance in my profession; I needed an edge over the competition.  The degrees I received at NC State gave me the leverage I needed not only to advance my career but aligned me for my career.”

In Ebinger’s current role, he manages a team of cast members that ensure that the attractions at Animal Kingdom are properly maintained and comply with all safety standards.  He also assists with troubleshooting problems with equipment and processes.  “Some of the attractions I oversee range from high energy roller coasters like Expedition Everest to the most highly rated entertainment venue, Festival of the Lion King,” he explains.  “Our goal is to make sure everyone that comes to Animal Kingdom will be able to enjoy all we have to offer and have a magical experience that will last a lifetime.”

While he was taking classes at North Central State College, Ebinger says the faculty was what he enjoyed most.  “I didn’t really have a favorite instructor, because all of the faculty members I had a chance to be involved with were outstanding,” Ebinger said.  “It was a very nurturing environment with most of the instructors or professors with “real-life” experiences and backgrounds in their field of study.  The teacher to student ratio gave great opportunities to be more engaged in the classwork.”

“Even though it had nothing to do with my field of study, the history class I took gave me a new perspective on how different cultures perceived the facts of the past,” Ebinger said.  “It taught me to look at a problem or event from multiple angles of perception to find the true meaning or root cause of the issue.”

For Ebinger, he believes that education was the tool he needed to get him to his current position.  He believes everyone should take the chance to further his or her education.  “Always keep education in your life,” he said.  “Degrees are not the endpoint, but rather milestones tracking the progress you make in the journey of life.  Never settle for less.”

Marketing Student Lands Dream Job

Lauren Deese has already landed her dream job before graduation, but she couldn’t have done it without first experiencing classes at North Central State College.

Deese recently moved to Ohio from Florida, where she met her fiancé.  She chose NC State because of the smaller class sizes and affordability.  “I grew up in a small town in Florida.  When I moved here, I heard great things about North Central State,” Deese says. “With my immediate family so far away, I feel like I’m coming to my second family when I come to class.  The faculty and staff have really opened their ears and hearts to their students.”

“I have been able to grow such strong relationships with my instructors. If I need a little encouragement or wisdom they are there for me.”

One of the instructors that made a profound difference in Deese’s life is Paula Waldruff, the career pathway coordinator.  Along with her full-time position, she is an adjunct faculty member teaching a marketing class.  “She is a wonderful instructor,” Deese exclaims.  “Because of the skills and knowledge I gained in Mrs. Waldruff’s class, I got a job opportunity that I’ve always wanted.”

Deese recently accepted a position at Spire Advertising in Ashland as a sales coordinator.  She is also finishing her associate degree in marketing at NC State College.  “The classes in marketing have really helped me with time management, which is so important when you are a student and an employee at a business,” Deese explains.  At her job as a sales coordinator, Deese meets with local businesses throughout Richland, Ashland, and Wayne counties.  “I wouldn’t have been able to get this position without my education at NC State.”

Deese plans on graduating with her marketing degree next semester.

Program Review

What is the purpose of program review at North Central State College?

The primary purpose of a review is to foster improvement. The review process was designed to create a supportive climate for promoting continuous quality improvement. The review is intended to nurture innovation and viability. It will ensure the continuation of high-quality programs and services at North Central State College. The review process of programs and non-instructional services support the College mission.

North Central State College exists for the citizens of its service region to attain the knowledge and skills to succeed in their chosen path of learning, work or enrichment, sufficient for the college to justify available resources.

Below you will see a sample of the feedback a number of our academic and service areas have received over the years from the “Institutional Service and Program Review Committee”.

Layoff leads to new path

It’s not easy starting something new.  Ron Hedrick was recently laid off after nearly 30 years at the Rolls Royce plant in Mount Vernon.  He knew his next step was to get an education.

Immediately after high school, Hedrick went into the workforce.  When the announcement came that the plant would be closing, he needed to find another path.  That is when he chose North Central State College.  “With my background working in the auto industry, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in business management.

“My history and 28 years of working on the floor at an auto plant just transferred over into the business atmosphere,” he says.  “The classes I am taking are formulated based on what the business needs are for the community.  Whatever I am learning in the classroom today, I can take out to the marketplace tomorrow and become successful.”

On his first day, he sat excitedly in his first class.  What happened next still makes him laugh, “I was sitting there dressed up, just as an old-style student used to go to class the first day.  Then more students began to walk into class.  You could imagine my surprise when they turned to me and asked if they had assigned seats.  They thought I was the instructor.”

However, Hedrick did not blame them and was not surprised.  “I never thought I would be a 50-year-old man returning to college after being in the workforce,” he explained.  “I pretty much saw the first building put up on campus.”

“The atmosphere at NC State is awesome,” Hedrick said.  “The faculty, students, and leadership are all about helping others hone their skills.  So when we go into the community we can be successful within any job we find.”

He says his favorite role model is English associate professor Beth Franz.  “The first essay that I wrote for her class, there was more red ink on it than I had pencil on the paper,” Hedrick laughs.  “However, her support and dedication allowed me to be successful.”

With the help of Franz and other instructors, Hedrick says he was able to make his goal of being named to the dean’s list.  He also belongs to the two honor societies at the college as well as TRIO student support services.

Hedrick says his biggest accomplishment is yet to come.  “The greatest opportunity is to be a part of this upcoming graduating class,” he exclaims.  “I’ve created so many friendships.  The students that attend this college have a purpose; to grow and make our community better off from what was yesterday to today.”

Hedrick plans to walk across the stage to get his diploma this May.

Alumna goes from CCP to Lawyer

Getting an early start on your college education can lead to great things, including a successful career.  That was the case for Jennifer Harmon who began her college career at North Central State College and worked her way through law school at The Ohio State University to become a lawyer in Richland County.

She began as a College Credit Plus student from 2011-2013.  She was able to start her college class while she was still in high school.  “The flexibility as a high school student, who always had to be at school at 7:30 a.m., made taking classes at NC State College very appealing,” Harmon explains.  “It was very exciting to have the ability to make my schedule.”

In the CCP program, students in grades 7-12 can take courses at Ohio Public Colleges at no cost earning both high school and college credit.  Funding is also provided to private and home school students.  The CCP classes are offered at local high school as well as on the North Central State College campus or online.

It wasn’t only the scheduling that made her enjoy her time on campus, but also the fact that she was able to begin college classes before most of her high school classmates.

“NC State was incredibly important to the development of my life and career.  It afforded me the opportunity to obtain an associate degree prior to graduating high school,” Harmon says.  “Because of that, I was able to finish my bachelor’s in business administration at Ohio State in two years and then graduate from law school in 2018.  That’s the year I would have been starting it in the first place.”

Harmon was surprised by the class she enjoyed most on campus.   “English composition, with professor Thomas Shields,” she exclaims.  “He was an incredible teacher who advanced my writing abilities beyond what I would have thought possible.”  She attributes many of her successes in legal writing due to the fact that Shields established an incredibly strong foundation for her writing skills.

Harmon’s goal wasn’t always to practice law, instead, she wanted to be a business owner.  “My initial goal starting out was to graduate with an MBA/JD and had planned to start my own business.  After I began law school, I realized I wanted to practice law, focusing on business law, sales, and contracts as well as criminal defense,” Harmon says.  “I chose to forget the additional year for the MBA and opted for a year of experience as an attorney instead.

Harmon now practices law in downtown Mansfield at JRH Law, Ltd. She chose to return to the Mansfield area to be closer to friends and family.  She says North Central State College also felt like home to her.  She encourages anyone looking to enhance their education to take a sincere look at the campus.

“NC State is the starting point for a lot of careers, and that is fantastic.  I am a big proponent of the practical training and certifications also offered.  When I began as a high school student, I was in a position where I wanted to eventually have a professional degree.  Students need to realize that at any point in their life, no matter what the circumstances are, by having an associate degree, you are setting yourself up to be in the best possible position.”


Convenience is Key for Online Classes

Online classes give students the freedom to schedule class work on their own time.  That’s why Mikayla Johnson, a business administration student, first became interested in classes online at North Central State College.

“I had my daughter at a young age,” she explains.  “When I thought about college it was on the back burner.  Then I just decided it’s time to do something for me because doing something for me is doing something for her in the long run.”

“I would recommend taking online classes at North Central because it revolves around your schedule.  You can take classes on your time,” Johnson says.

North Central’s online degrees and certificates are designed for students with busy schedules so they can take the step toward a future without sacrificing the things most important to them.  Online classes are taught by the same faculty who teach our traditional classroom-based courses.

Students also have access to tutoring and career services on campus.  “Even though I don’t want to go to a normal college setting and go to class every day, I still want the convenience of going to the tutoring center or the library,” Johnson says.  “I also get invited to the events going on around campus.”

Financial aid is also available for online students.  About 72% of North Central students received grants and scholarships during the 2017-18 school year and many had their costs reduced significantly.