The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees discussed an update on initiatives and and concealed weapon carry on campus during its regular session Feb. 9.
On the agenda was the Advanced Manufacturing Consortium established by NSCC two years ago. The consortium has over 60 members representing area manufacturers, hospitals, and economic development. It was developed to advance manufacturing by connecting manufacturers to public-private resources in the northwest Ohio region, the state of Ohio, and through the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) network.
“Manufacturing is the backbone of our region, providing thousands of jobs and important tax dollars to our communities,” according to Jim Drewes, director of workforce development at NSCC. “The AMC has been able to offer great educational and training opportunities for area industry leaders that have connected businesses with resources to help enhance operations and support growth for the future.”
In-demand job needs of area manufacturing led Northwest State to build the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in 2015. The state-of-the-art center supports training that meets the needs for the many businesses throughout the region that are looking for skilled employees. Over $1 million in equipment was purchased through a grant-matching program the college secured. The funding for equipment included over $300,000 in donations from area business leaders.
The trustees also discussed a new law allowing trustees at public colleges to provide provisions that would permit licensed gun owners to carry concealed firearms on campuses with representatives from the state’s attorney general’s office. The law is scheduled to go into effect in March. Current policy prohibits firearms on the campus.
NSCC has a committee examining the new law, but no action was taken.
In other business, the 2015-16 college audit was approved, and the board re-elected the following officers for one-year terms: Paul Siebenmorgen, chair; Sandra Barber, vice chair; and Jeffrey Erb, second vice chair.
The board also approved:
• The promotion of Joel Gibson, Chief of Police.
• The employment of: Dawn Hauter, full-time admissions recruiter; Jennifer Behnfeldt, full-time Nursing Simulation Laboratory coordinator; and Kristi VonDeylen, full-time payroll accountant.
• The retirements of Lou Helsel, full-time registrar assistant; Sandra Buchop, full-time custodian; and Gary Kadesch, full-time Engineering Technologies faculty.
• Miscellaneous employment contracts for part-time faculty.
• The 2017-2018 Student Fee Schedule.
• The financial report for Dec. 31, 2016.
• The 2016-17 revised budget.
• The appointment of Sandra Barber on the Ohio Association of Community Colleges governing board, and Sue Derck to serve as alternate.