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Published: Tuesday, 11/12/2013

Northwest State Community College: Strong Partnerships For A Better Student Experience

Henry Ford once said, "If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself."

At Northwest State Community College, that spirit is alive and well. From transfer partnerships with other colleges and universities to community events hosted on campus, collaboration can be seen in various forms.

Many students who want to earn a bachelor's degree, or beyond, choose to start their education at Northwest State and transfer their credits. NSCC has strong partnerships with other colleges and universities, which help make the process easier and provide more options for students. Some of those partnerships include:

• 2+ 2 degree options: Students can take the first two years of a bachelor's degree at Northwest State and transfer seamlessly into the final two years at a partnering institution.

• Transfer module: This program is 40 credit hours that will transfer to any Ohio public college or university.

• University Center: NSCC has dedicated space on campus where students can meet one-on-one with representatives from local colleges and universities. Members include Bowling Green State University, Bluffton University, Defiance College, Lourdes University, Spring Arbor University and the University of Toledo.

• Miami University Engineering Partnership: Engineering technology students can earn a bachelor's degree from Miami University without leaving NSCC's campus. Students take the first three years of a bachelor's degree through Northwest State at the community college's lower tuition rate. The final year of the program is then completed through Miami University using synchronous distance learning technology.

NSCC's collaborative efforts reach beyond educational institutions and out into the community as well. After all, community is part of Northwest State's name and mission.

The College's student groups positively impact the community through numerous service projects each year, and the groups welcome public participation. Whether the cause is raising money and collecting toys for families in need during the holidays or raising awareness about suicide prevention, Northwest State's students are active and involved.

The campus is home to numerous community events each year as well. Northwest State has partnered with local organizations to host art exhibits, musical acts, theater performances and other cultural activities. Each year, NSCC and a group of local businesses, restaurants, churches and individuals collaborate to host "It's a Fiesta." The event celebrates Hispanic culture and heritage.

When people work together, it is amazing what can be accomplished. Whether it is helping students reach their goals or assisting others through a community service project, collaboration can change lives.



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