For students in the Mansfield area searching for a community college experience with programs that will prepare them for careers in technologically driven fields, North Central State Community College is a great place to begin the higher education experience or polish their resume with some great career technical programs.
North Central State College has a main campus in Mansfield, OH and another campus in Shelby, OH as well as outreach centers in downtown Mansfield, Ashland, Bucyrus and Willard. The school is perhaps best known for its very successful health and public services programs.
North Central State Community College was established 50 years ago as Mansfield School of Technology. In 1968, the school became the North Central Technical College and began offering more programs. In time, more and more programs were added, as well as satellite campus locations and in 1999, the school became North Central State College.
North Central State College offers career and academic classes, with a heavy slant toward business, engineering and health related courses. Altogether, the college offers more than 60 associate and career technical programs.
The most popular majors at North Central State College include:
- Health: 45 percent of enrollment
- Business: 18 percent of enrollment
- Social and Behavioral Sciences: 8 percent of enrollment
- Engineering: 7 percent of enrollment
Distance Learning and Outreach Centers
The college offers a variety of distance learning classes for students, including online classes, hybrid classes that consist of both Web and classroom work, and videoconferencing classes at the college’s outreach centers. About 50 NCSC courses are offered via distance learning.
Outreach centers are college facilities scattered throughout the nearby area to make getting an education more convenient for students. Classes at the outreach centers are taught by rotating faculty or via videoconferencing.
The college recently won praise from its accrediting agency for its strides in improving the quality of its educational programs.
The college opened the Kehoe Center for Advanced Learning in 2002. This 163,000 square foot facility houses state-of-the art Integrated Systems Technology labs, and Advanced Manufacturing Tool & Die Center and more workforce development programs.
Health and Public Services
A point of pride for the college is its health and public services programs. Students from these programs lead the state in obtaining licensure on their first attempt at state licensing exams. The college is also proud of the relevance of its programs to real world job markets. Nearly 95 percent of NCSC graduates find jobs within a short period after graduation.
For students who want to pursue a four-year degree after graduating from NCSC programs, the college has articulation agreements worked out with many nearby colleges and universities that will allow students community college credits transfer over almost seamlessly. The college’s university center also allows students to complete some bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the NCSC campus.
High School Academics
The college has a number of programs intended to help high school students get a leg up on their college careers, including programs that let students take college courses for high school and college credit and another program that puts high school students through a rigorous program of courses but grants them an associate’s degree along with their high school diploma when they finish high school.
The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The association also accredits schools for the Navajo Nation.
Most Popular Fields of Study
North Central State Community College has an open admissions policy, meaning that any student with a high school diploma or GED will be accepted. Some programs in the college, such as the nursing, physical therapist assistant, respiratory therapy, radiologic technology and pharmacy technology programs, may have coursework and ACT test score requirements.
Students may be asked to take a COMPASS placement test to determine whether they will need to take remedial courses.
The school has a rolling admissons deadline, but students applying for financial aid should turn in their documentation by April 1. Students should complete the FAFSA and turn in high school transcripts as well as test score and other relevant information.
As of Sept. 2011, the college has no application fee.
Students applying to North Central State Community College are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Ohio, the college itself, and other outside organizations that students may be eligible for.
For example, the NCSC Scholarships for Graduating High School Students provides scholarships that can cover up to the full cost of tuition for students based on academic achievement.
The college’s foundation has 27 endowed and special funds providing scholarship and emergency funding for students.
The college’s website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and other programs, such as short-term loans, students can use to attend class at NCSC.
The colleges office of financial aid stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for. About 74 percent of North Central State Community College students receive financial aid of some type.
Student Financial Aid Details
North Central State College enrolls more than 3,500 students. Like many community college students, NCSC students tend to be a little older than the traditional college age. The average age at NCSC is 26, and 45 percent of students are over the age of 26.
The college’s main campus in Mansfield is located on 600 acres of woodlands, with lots of walking trails and other natural attractions for students to enjoy. The Mansfield campus also has a student recreation center, which has exercise and fitness equipment, tennis courts, a football field, a baseball field and more to provide students with recreational activities.
NCSC has a child care center to help students who are parents. The center provides services for children ages six weeks through kindergarten. Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack are provided for students and center hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Student Enrollment Demographics
North Central State Community College is a member of the NJCCA and participates in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference. The college offers men’s and women’s basketball, men’s baseball, men’s soccer, cheerleading and women’s volleyball. The school also offers several intramural sports.
North Central State Community College teams are known as the Mavericks. School colors are green and gold.
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