ARCHBOLD — The Northwest State Community College board of trustees met in regular session on Friday on the Archbold campus. As part of the meeting, NSCC executive vice president Todd Hernandez presented some news on grants the college has received from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The two NSF grants that were recently awarded to NSCC totaled nearly $1 million. This included an NSF Cybersecurity Education for Advanced Manufacturing Organizations (CAMO) Grant in the amount of $488,426 (Aug. 1, 2019-July 31, 2022). The project will create cybersecurity training scenarios for advanced manufacturing that will be deployed at the Ohio cyber range, including basic networking and security audit theories and techniques. This will be especially beneficial for local employers concerned about cyber attacks on their manufacturing and process systems.
The other is an NSF Scaling Elements of a Competency-Based Hybrid Instruction Model into Advanced Manufacturing Courses (SCALE UP) in the amount of $500,005 (June 1, 2019-May 31, 2022). This project will achieve the long-term objectives to improve the effectiveness of advanced manufacturing courses, increase access to technical education programs, and prepare technicians with the skills that employers require in a rapidly changing workplace.
“The two NSF grants are a testament to the innovation of Northwest State Community College, and will allow us to continue the great work in the areas of cybersecurity and industrial skilled trades,” Hernandez noted.
In other action the board:
• approved the employment of Julie Kemarly-Dowland, faculty and lab coordinator-natural sciences; Ashley Barth, working supervisor-custodial; and Jennifer Thome, director of accounting and business services.
• approved the employment/promotion of Alex Mangotic, enrollment specialist, formerly administrative assistant for admissions and marketing.
• approved the renewal of probationary faculty and non-teaching faculty contracts.
• approved miscellaneous employment contracts and four resignations.
• approved 2019-20 operating budget.
• okay per-credit-hour tuition increase for 2019-20 academic year to $172.33 (from $167.33) for in-state students, and $333.66 (from $328.66) for out-of-state students.
• okayed deferred compensation for NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson, based on his annual board performance evaluation.