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Northwest State Community College Shares Trade Skill Successes with Community Leaders

 

By Artisha S Lawson

Sojourner’s Truth Reporter

 

Several Toledo-area political, civic and faith-based leaders received a progress report from Northwest State Community College last week. The Thursday, January 4, 2018 report incorporated visual aids, a panel discussion, summary of successes and a tour at their satellite location on the grounds of the University of Toledo’s Scott Park Campus.

 

“We had a good year and we’re striving to be better and strengthen the community. I personally want to thank each of you for attending tonight,” shared Todd Hernandez of Northwest State Community College.

 

Leaders from WSOS Community Action, Toledo City Council, City of Toledo Mayor’s office, Lucas County Metropolitan Housing Authority, Toledo Unit NAACP, Ohio Legal Rights Commission, Buckeye Health Plan and First Church of God were invited to hear updates and provide feedback that would shape the community college’s directional plan.
 

“Last year we had a roundtable to see what training local businesses would want from us. Today is about providing an update to the community and what the community wants from us.” explained Dave Conover of Northwest State Community College.

 

Northwest State Community College opened in March 2016, with a satellite location at the University of Toledo’s Scott Park Campus. The Scott Park location is a manufacturing training center, and offers a 22,000-square foot facility.

 

The community college has offered a successful Jeep Wrangler training, which is delivered through curriculum the college developed for the new production line in partnership with the University of Toledo for 2,200 Jeep employees. This is in addition to the General Mills partnership that was announced last year.

 

The college plans to expand the current list of local and corporate business partners and develop specific trainings, designed for their current and future workforce and their bridge programs. One of the successful bridge programs is a short-term certificate, in the skills trade, that takes between six months to one year to complete. This certificate can be used as credits towards an associate’s degree. One of their most popular local bridge programs is the MSSC. This program focuses on teaching manufacturing skills and how to measure in an eight-week program. The MSSC is currently un-credited, but the college has three different programs available; one which is funded in part by Local Initiatives Support Corroboration (LISC).

 

“You’re serving the community and that I applaud you for. Personally, I recommend an advisory committee of some sort that includes African Americans. We must understand as a community that there are some things that a community college can and cannot do. Let’s focus on setting up another meeting, and coming up with clear goals, objectives and a vision,” said Bishop Robert Culp, D.Min, pastor of First Church of God.

 
   
   


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