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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.

Interns Gain Valuable Skills

Alyvia Erow sits at a computer in a lab in the Kehoe Center.

NAME: Alyvia Erow
MAJOR: Accounting
INTERNSHIP: Foos-Garvin Accounting LLP

Alyvia Erow began classes in the fall of 2017 at North Central State College after attending Fredericktown High School.  She accepted a position as an intern at Foos-Garvin Accounting LLP to gain experience in the accounting industry. That’s where she believes she found her future career.  Foos-Garvin Accounting, located in Galion, provides professional tax and bookkeeping services.

“I learned a great deal about the tax world, like what forms need to be used and why,” Erow explains.  “I wanted to get my feet wet.  Instead of just sitting in a classroom and learning about accounting, I was able to gain hands-on experience at the business.”

“It is a little bit scary at first.  I was very nervous when I went to Foos-Garvin my first time but after a couple of weeks I started to really enjoy my position,” Erow says.

For other students who may be thinking about participating in the internship program, Erow recommends,   “Ask questions.  Don’t feel like you know everything when you walk in there, because there is so much to learn.  The businesses and employees are there to help you with your experience.  Everyone at Foos-Garvin was very helpful in answering every question I had.”

Erow graduated with her degree in accounting in May 2019 and plans to return to Foos-Garvin for the tax season.


Jaylin Beebe poses with her Rain Drop Products, LLC shirt where she recently got a full time position.


NAME: Jaylin Beebe
MAJOR: Business Management
INTERNSHIP: Rain Drop Products, LLC

Jaylin Beebe knew she needed more experience in her field to help her get a job after graduation.

Luckily while at the North Central State College Career and Job Fair, she was able to meet representatives from Rain Drop Products, LLC in Ashland.  As an intern, she worked with the Marketing Department on projects as well as helped update the website to help with information for clients and future customers.

Rain Drop Products manufactures water playground equipment, water slides, water structures and custom designed water parks for Spraygrounds, amusement water theme parks, and public swimming pools.

“It was a great experience for me.  I learned what it’s like to work at a business, while I was able to still learn about the business world,” Beebe explains.  “Rain Drop was exactly what I was looking for in my future career.  It was definitely a trial and error experience, but it was worth every minute.”

Beebe graduated with her degree in business management in May 2019. Raindrop offered Beebe a full-time position following her internship with the company.


Cedria Howell poses in the hall of the Kehoe Center in Shelby.


NAME: Cedria Howell
MAJOR: Business Management
INTERNSHIP: Destination Mansfield

Cedria Howell has a hunger for knowledge.  It’s her drive that brought her to an internship at Destination Mansfield.   As a graduate of Mansfield Senior High School, she was already familiar with the Mansfield area and what it has to offer. Destination Mansfield generates money for the local economy through tourism across Mansfield/Richland County.

“I loved being an intern because I wanted the knowledge of what it takes to be successful in a career,” Howell says.  “I was able to learn the economic as well as the marketing side of running a successful business like Destination Mansfield.”

Participating in the internship program is a must, according to Howell.  “I would recommend finding an internship closely related to your major.  It will help you in the long run because businesses are more likely to hire you after graduating because you are already equipped with the knowledge that is useful to that particular business. I would definitely tell everybody that if the college offers internships, take advantage of it.”

Howell will return to North Central State College for the fall 2019 semester.

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Grant Supports Foster Youth

North Central State College is one of 19 colleges and universities across Ohio, working to improve the success rates of youth as they transition from the foster care system, into higher education. These institutions will share grant funding designed to help students from the foster care system pursue their dreams of higher.

The Short-Term Certificate Foster Youth Grant equally divides a statewide total of $385,000 in short-term certificate funding to help students from foster care earn credentials and certificates that will help them achieve their academic and career goals.

“My vision for all young Ohioans is the same I have for my own children and grandchildren – that they have the opportunity to live up to their potential and achieve their dreams,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “This grant will help foster youth have the opportunity to earn the certificates and credentials required by many in-demand jobs. I thank Chancellor Gardner for making this funding available and for his assistance in helping students reach their goals.”

The grant dollars will provide financial support for eligible students to allow them to complete a short-term certificate program. The programs are designed to take less than one year, but can provide the skills and knowledge to help students get a jump on a successful future.

“Supporting foster youth and families is a priority of Governor DeWine’s administration, and I’m pleased that we are able to provide some additional support to help our higher education partners assist students who have been in foster care programs,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner. “These grants can make a difference in the lives of students who deserve our best efforts.”

Tom Prendergast, vice president of student services at NC State recently convened local service providers. “The response from area organizations serving the needs of foster children was amazing. More than 40 people attended our first meeting to discuss how we might encourage them to attend college. This grant will serve as seed money for an effort we intend to lead as an ongoing process to encourage these youth toward a certificate or degree that will provide them with a rewarding career.”

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to renew the commitment to ensuring a bright future for the thousands of children and youth in foster care across the country.

Colleges and universities interested in receiving the funds were asked to submit a plan of how the funding would be used along with a list of targeted credentials.

Partner Institutions receiving this grant include:

  • Belmont College
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Central Ohio Technical College
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
  • Cleveland State University
  • Columbus State Community College
  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • Eastern Gateway Community College
  • Hocking College
  • Lorain County Community College
  • Marion Technical College
  • North Central State College
  • Rhodes State College
  • Sinclair Community College
  • Southern State Community College
  • Stark State College
  • Terra State Community College
  • Wright State University


Producing Powerful Women Engineers

Only about 5.8% of engineers in the United States are women.  That’s a statistic that helps motivate Emily Keller, a manufacturing technology operations management (MTOM) student at North Central State College.

While working at a local factory she admired the work being done on large machines by the engineers.  “After I had my daughter, I went back to working second shift and worked alongside some of the engineers in the factory,” Keller explains.  “Watching them work and how they operated, fascinated me.”

Keller, a single mom, knew she wanted a better life that would provide her with the training she needed to make her goals a reality.  She enrolled in classes at North Central State College and has been working towards that goal ever since.

“The classes I have taken so far have been amazing.  I’ve learned how to read blue prints, how to use a 3-D printer, and so many other skills I need for my future career,” Keller says.  “I’ve learned so much about software and how the machines work.”

Women remain underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce, although to a lesser degree than in the past, with the greatest disparities occurring in engineering, computer science, and the physical sciences.

Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce.  Female scientists and engineers are concentrated in different occupations than men, with relatively high shares of women in the social sciences (62%) and biological, agricultural, and environmental life sciences (48%) and relatively low shares in engineering (15%) and computer and mathematical sciences (25%).

As for being a woman in a predominately male career path, Keller says she sees it as an advantage.  “I have a lot of classes where I am the ONLY female in my class,” Keller says.  “I would tell any female looking into being a part of the MTOM major to not be afraid.  Trust your gut.  You can do anything you put your mind to, whether it’s a male dominated career or not.  I believe I have found my true passion.”

Nearly 100% of NC State graduates in this field are employed.  There is a growing need for graduates with drafting and design skills.  The MTOM program teaches hands on skills that employers need.

Beginning in fall 2019, students may also enroll to complete the Bachelor of Applied Science Mechanical Engineering Technology, the first bachelor’s program approved for NC State College.  The coursework continues the hands-on learning concepts developed in partnership with area businesses.

“I was very interested in engineering.  If you have that motivation, pursue it,” Keller encourages.  “There are so many people at North Central State College that will help you get through it and help you succeed.  Once you make those connections, especially at this college, they are for life.”

Kehoe Grand Prix

Five teams of students enrolled in the College-NOW engineering Academy put their capstone projects on the road this morning at the Kehoe Center in Shelby – literally – competing in the Kehoe Grand Prix.

Each team has been building an electric vehicle throughout the year. They began by researching and designing the types of vehicles they might want to build, including frame, steering, braking, gearing, power and drive options – and the optimal combination to provide the best overall performance and energy efficiency.

The Kehoe Grand Prix was designed as an endurance race with a one-hour time limit. Each team’s vehicle, driven by team members, navigated a five turn circuit laid out in the parking lot at the Kehoe Center. The team completing the most laps in 60 minutes was the Mario Cart team of Caleb Butler, Noah Blum, Spencer Welch and Mayalana Wilson. They completed 6X laps in their vehicle.

“It’s been a great experience,” Welch says.  “Even if you don’t go into engineering, which a lot of us are doing, this program has prepared us for this task.  It’s 100% worth it.”

Four of the five vehicles finished the entire hour of racing. The fifth was sidelined early with a mechanical failure.

Dr. Dorey Diab, president of North Central State College was present for the event, “This is a terrific example of what we do here at NC State. These students, who are all still in high school, combined their study of numerous engineering concepts to build vehicles powered by batteries that just ran for more than an hour. This is a great moment for them as they complete their education in College-NOW. I look forward to handing them their college diploma next month from NC State, even before they graduate with their high school diploma.”

online freedom

Life is busy. With work, family, and other obligations, a quality degree may seem out of reach. North Central State Online is here to help! Our online degrees and certificates are designed for students with busy schedules so you can take the next step toward your future without sacrificing the things most important to you. North Central State Online is committed to providing students with an educational program that is accessible, achievable, and affordable.

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TAG – Comedian & Juggler Marcus Monroe

Tuesday, April 9, 12:30-1:30 pm, Eisenhower Student Union, 2nd Floor Eisenhower Center

Marcus Monroe is a New York City-based, award-winning comedian and juggler. His show is a high-energy blend of innovative juggling with in-your-face comedic banter riddled with awkwardness. He has recently appeared on The Late Show, HBO, MTV, Netflix, and Comedy Central. Most recently he has performed at Bonnaroo, TedxBroadway, and Outside Lands alongside with Neil Patrick Harris. This upcoming year Marcus will be releasing his full hour comedy special. Marcus communicates heavily with his fans on social media and has over one million unique views on YouTube.

PN Students Success in Crawford

The opening of the Practical Nursing lab at the Crawford Success Center is providing many opportunities for students.

Emily Christy, practical nursing student, spoke about the blossoming program and the possibilities for her future career.  She explains, “I know a lot of us started maybe not knowing exactly what path we were going to take and I think the majority of us have decided to move forward now after starting the practical nursing program.”

The new medical training lab officially opened in November 2018 when the first cohort of eight students began classes.  Christy says, “We are the first PN students to come out of the Crawford Success Center.  I think it has been a fantastic opportunity and I am sure all of my classmates would say the same.”

“The facility is gorgeous.  The staff and instructors have been incredible working with us.  This is really our first taste into nursing.”

For Sara Cress, a student at the Crawford Success Center, it’s a chance to advance her career as an STNA while taking classes in her own backyard in Bucyrus.  Cress is no stranger to hard work and dedication.  She says, “I was the first of five generations to graduate from high school.   I was able to get my STNA and then after a 15-year break I decided to come back and continue my education.”

Cress is a mother of five children.  Taking classes at North Central State College’s Crawford Success Center was something she was able to work into her busy schedule.  “I looked at some other schools for the PN program, however, they were offering classes that would take 4-5 hours a day and that wouldn’t work for me.  My children are a priority and my husband works the night shift,” she explains.  “I was able to walk into the Crawford Success Center and ask questions.  They explained it to me step by step and here I am now.”

Crawford County is a close-knit community and the Success Center likes provides the same feel for its students.  Dawn Fagan, the practical nursing instructor at the center grew up in Crawford County.  She says it is important for the community to have easy access to higher education.  “Students can now gain a career that will last them a lifetime, by starting in Bucyrus.  Some of the students also want to continue into the registered nursing program so this allows them to go to the main campus to get the rest of the RN program experience,” she says.  “I believe that the close-knit atmosphere here helps them to be successful in the program.”

“We are looking for people who are excited about healthcare,” Fagan encourages. “People who want to become a nurse and want to help others.  We have everything here at North Central from Crawford County to the main campus.  We work together.  We collaborate so we have all the resources that a student needs to help them succeed in the nursing program.”

If you are interested in finding out more about the Practical Nursing Program at North Central State College go to https://ncstatecollege.edu/certificates/practical-nursing/ or at the Crawford Success Center https://ncstatecollege.edu/crawford-success-center/.

OTA Students Refresh Recess

Educators, researchers, and parents are realizing how important recess time is for a student’s development.  North Central State College Occupational Therapy Assistant students are using a program called Refreshing Recess which focuses on embedding strategies throughout the day to help all children become mentally healthy in order to succeed in school, at home and in the community.

The OTA students have brought the initiative into the Colonel Crawford Local Schools.   During the six-week program students from the occupational therapy assistant program meet at Hannah Crawford Elementary School during recess to provide activities meant to bring the students together as a unit.

Cindy Cornell, Occupational Therapist and Fieldwork Coordinator at NC State explains how the program is impacting the students. “The program itself is really centered on children’s positive mental health experiences,” she says.  “So making sure that kids learn ways to work together, build friendships, learn social skills, and how to interact with one another is important.”

OTA students at NC State College learn how to help those whose lives have been disrupted by a developmental or learning disability, a physical injury or illness, aging, as well as social and/or psychological challenges.

“We’ve done activities like a giant tug of war, obstacle courses, and even a parachute activity,” Cornell says.  “We work on a lot of teamwork that makes the kids feel included and a part of recess.  There are studies that show students learn better when they get recess.  It’s important for the physical activity and gives them a break in the day.  So if we can make them productive and positive, they tend to engage more in the classroom.”

Refreshing Recess has helped the students immensely since day one.  Cindy Voss, principal at Hannah Crawford Elementary is grateful for the partnership between the school and North Central State College.  She says, “The Occupational Therapy assistant students are giving us some great ideas of what we might want to try with our students later and implement into our recess program.”

“It’s been a program to help kids develop ways of including everybody at recess.  If someone is sitting by themselves, they are now encouraged to engage and feel included, and that’s one of the main goals of the program whether we are having indoor or outdoor recess.”

Voss says the OTA program with NC State students has also has changed some of the mundane activities the students are used to during recess. “They run, play kickball, and climb on the climbers.  That’s great but there are some kids who get bored with those types of activities and it’s great to change it up a bit.”

Alli Sparr and Zachery Danner are both OTA students participating in the program.  Alli says, “We are implementing occupational therapy into what we are teaching the kids.  We are trying to get all of them involved and engaged.”

Danner says they are able to use the curriculum they learned in the classroom.  “We are implementing the OT process into it,” Danner explains.  “We get the students involved in teamwork.  They are more engaged and it seems to be working very well.”

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program plans to continue the Refreshing Recess activities in the future.