The Voinovich Auditorium was the site for the Northwest State Community College “State of the College” Address, held Sept. 30, 2021.
In attendance were state officials, business and community leaders, and area educators. Following introductions from NSCC Board of Trustees Chair Joel Miller, NSCC President Dr. Todd Hernandez provided an important update on the college’s mission, vision and values, its enrollment success, and its fiscal strength, among other topics.
At the conclusion of Dr. Hernandez’s speech, Chancellor Randy Gardner from the Ohio Department of Higher Education shared his “State of Higher Education” presentation. The event’s closing speaker was AJ Genter, a 2003 NSCC graduate and a 2017 NSCC Distinguished Alumni.
Dr. Hernandez provided a 40-plus minute speech that included a number of topics that showed the strengths of NSCC. Three key takeaways from the speech include:
• The college remains resolute in its core values – people, integrity and learning – and it will continue to be forward-looking to best serve its learners, its community, and its employees.
• NSCC is a healthy organization, with strong enrollments and financials, and with the support of a hard-working and successful Foundation office.
• Northwest State remains the community’s college, and it remains committed to serving all of its six-county service area, including plans to open a full-service facility in Van Wert in the near future.
Gardner noted his appreciation for the hard work NSCC continues to do in student success and workforce development. He also thanked Governor Mike DeWine for the opportunity to serve on his Cabinet, noting “(DeWine) is the most engaged, intensive listener and engaged statewide official that I’ve worked with in 35 years.”
Gardner recalled an example of DeWine attending a Zoom conference with college and university students where the subject was counseling and mental health services. After learning of delays in service to students, DeWine quickly proposed using a portion of CARES Act funds to Ohio schools for increased counseling and support services. Gardner concluded his speech congratulating NSCC on its accomplishments.
The entire “State of the College” presentation is available for viewing by visiting YouTube.com/NorthwestStateCC).