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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 CARES aid!*

Stimulus Emergency Payments for Students – up to $1,800 in Additional Help for Spring!

NC State has awarded $2.3 million in stimulus emergency grants to hundreds of students. Given the ongoing pandemic, Congress has passed additional legislation providing even more emergency aid to students. NC State has responded with a plan to auto-award grants for spring 2022. Most post high school students who have filed a 2021-22 current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be eligible.

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

If you have any questions not answered below, please email or call 419-755-4761.

    • These are emergency grants for students contained within stimulus legislation passed by Congress in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

    • 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 progress in line with federal financial aid rules – including grades for spring term.
    • Spring 2022 students must have a 2021-22 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 requirements for filing a FAFSA, which includes submission of a high school diploma, GED or equivalent credential.
    • Spring term students will need to be enrolled by the end of the first week of the term to qualify for the aid. The level of enrolled credit hours at the end of February will determine final award amounts.

    • Yes, there is no exclusion based on receiving a prior award.

    • 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 that desire a direct payment will receive checks in early March, upon confirmation of enrollment. Students should opt-in by January 28th.

    • Students that desire to have funds applied to their bill for spring 2022 should first fill out the opt-in form to alert the college of their desire. Unfortunately, federal law prohibits NC State from applying these funds in advance as they can only be awarded to students actually enrolled for that term.
    • However, a student can get on a tuition payment plan and have the stimulus apply to the third installment payment on due March 1. Anything emergency grant aid left over would be refunded to the student.
    • Students wishing to discuss payment plan options should contact the cashier’s office at 419-755-4722.

    • 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.

    • NC State feels this is the safest means to ensure against unintended use of student funds between academic terms.

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

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

    • NC State intends to ask for an extension of unspent stimulus funds after it issues spring awards. It has to wait until this time to request the extension from the federal government.

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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)
    • 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. $4,062,372.
    • 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 09/30/2021 – $2,307,314.
    • 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
    • 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 9/30/2021 – 2,458 Students
    • 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.
    • 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.

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
  • Have your school send your transcript/grade report to
  • 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

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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Join us for information on: NC State degrees/programs available on campus and online, application assistance, grants/scholarships, advising, and career services. Even take a virtual campus tour.

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.

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

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!