Spring 2018 Transfer Fair is March 13!

Over 20 university representatives will be on NMC’s campus on Tuesday, March 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to talk with students, staff and faculty about their programs and the transfer process. The university representatives will be located in Health & Science Building Lobby – Main Level.

This is your opportunity to discuss transfer requirements and get information on degrees available at a variety of schools without having to travel to each university. Bring your questions and explore your options!

A Printable List of Colleges attending and Questions to Ask at a Transfer Fair is available on the College Visits page: nmc.edu/student-services/advising-center/college-visits.html

See you there!

Advising Staff

Northern Michigan Manufacturing Summit

TRAVERSE CITY — More than 40 regional manufacturers will discuss igniting the manufacturing base and economy at the fourth annual Northern Michigan Manufacturing Summit from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 6 at NMC’s Hagerty Center.

Free to manufacturers, the summit begins with breakfast at 7: 30 a.m. The program begins at 8 a.m. with keynote speakers John, Mark and David Vantongeren, owners of Grand Rapids-based Ferris Nut and Coffee. They will discuss the transformation of their nearly century-old business from a small family operation into a considerable employer in the Grand Rapids area. 

The summit also offers three breakout sessions. Attendees will rotate through all three.

  • Digital Movement – What to know to stay competitive in the advanced manufacturing world 
  • Continuous Improvement – Learn from companies that have fostered a culture of CI, and unlocked next-level business results 
  • Talent Development – How to start an internship program and the benefits of doing so.

The summit is offered by the Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council, a volunteer-led organization founded in 2012 to support the region’s manufacturing industries, foster collaboration and inspire the next generation of manufacturing talent. For more information or to register, contact Matt Schwarze at mschwarze@nmc.edu

Release date: february 26, 2018

For more information:

Matt Schwarze
Northwestern Michigan College
(231) 995-2009


Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

FREE Bring a friend week

Tighten and tone up for Spring Break at our New Fitness Center. The first week in March will be a free trial week for anyone interested. Bring your friends along.

Earn Money for Your Student Group at the NMC Foundation Phone-a-thon

Be a Hawk Owl Hero!

Ask our friendly community members to donate money to student scholarships, academic programs, and other initiatives on campus. 

No experience necessary! You will be trained to talk about the work of the NMC Foundation, given an easy phone-calling script, and given time to practice before you make phone calls.

This is a fantastic way to practice marketing skills, as well as a chance to talk with alumni and donors about their careers. 

Dinner provided.

You will earn $10/hour for your student group.

Date, time, and location:
Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. in Founders Hall.

For more information contact Katharine Zurek, Annual Giving Specialist at kzurek@nmc.edu or 231-995-1030.

Premiere “Price of Peace” screening to benefit AWQ team

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC’s International Affairs Forum will host the nationwide premiere of “The Price of Peace” documentary at 6 p.m. March 5 at the State Theatre in Traverse City. Admission is free but donations will benefit the Academic WorldQuest team from Petoskey High School, which will travel to national competition in April.

The one-hour film offers a searing new look at how countries have stumbled into conflict – or averted it – beginning with World War I and ending with a special look at Korea. Questions explored include: What price is society willing to pay for peace? How do we prevent war? Can we use the lessons learned through history to extend peace into tomorrow?

The film will be followed by Q&A with the filmmakers, Los Angeles.-based Kip Perry and Elan Bentov) Leland-based executive producer Tom Skinner, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. (ret.) Brian Bishop who commanded troops in Korea. Bishop, who also teaches in NMC’s Aviation division, also appears in the film. Former diplomat and IAF Co-Chair Jack Segal will moderate the discussion.

Academic WorldQuest is a program of IAF, a nationwide quiz-bowl style competition that challenges high school students to learn about global issues. This year’s winning team is the “Questosterones,” all seniors at Petoskey High School who will now represent northern Michigan at the national competition in Washington DC in April. All donations collected on March 5 will go to the team to defray travel expenses.

Release date: February 21, 2018

For more information:

Karen Segal
International Affairs Forum
(231) 715-6064


Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

Success Stories: Where are they now? Hawk Owl updates

February 21, 2018

Three years ago this month, the first issue of NMC Now debuted, sharing success stories of college students, faculty, staff, alumni, volunteers and more. On this anniversary, we update you on the new heights some of the most popular subjects have reached in their respective fields.

Kathy Tahtinen

Kathy Tahtinen“Ten years ago I never would have thought that I would go to college, let alone my kids,” said Tahtinen, featured in scholarships show excellence runs wide and deep a few months before her 2015 NMC graduation. Not only has she gone to college, she’s now poised to earn her third degree: A master’s in public administration from Central Michigan University at NMC’s University Center. In 2016 she completed her bachelor’s in business administration from Ferris State University.

Tahtinen hopes to take her education into the nonprofit world. She especially enjoys volunteer work, including for the NMC Foundation.

“I want to make a difference, I want to give back. I didn’t come through the last 20 years alone,” she said.

Meanwhile her eldest son, who attended NMC with her, has transferred to a school in Ohio. Her youngest graduated from high school last spring and she hopes he’ll also attend NMC.

Study abroad

Study abroad studentsNMC still leads Michigan in short-term study abroad, a rank achieved in 2015. Last year it rose to number 12 in the nation among community colleges, and was also recognized as a Generation Study Abroad leader by the Institute of International Education for more than doubling student participation in study abroad experiences in three years. Studying abroad is a major way that NMC achieves its strategic direction of ensuring that learners are prepared for success in a global society and economy.

This year, more than 60 students will study in five countries: India, Italy, Ireland, Indonesia and Costa Rica. Between 2013 and this May, more than 330 NMC students and 30 faculty members will have participated in or led an academic study abroad experience to 17 different countries.

Leslie Farrer

Leslie FarrerBack in 2015, Leslie Farrer was a pastry sous chef at Trump Hotel in Chicago and had helped Sixteen, one of the hotel’s restaurants, earn a coveted Michelin star.

After two and a half years there Farrer called a career timeout coinciding with daughter Norah’s birth in July 2017. Now the 2008 Great Lakes Culinary Institute graduate has kicked off 2018 with a new venture: operations manager for Aya Pastry, a new wholesale, soon-to-be retail Chicago bakery led by Aya Fukai. She’s Farrer’s former Sixteen colleague and is considered among the nation’s best pastry chefs.

“It has been an exciting change for me that allows for a much healthier work-life balance,” Farrer said.

Her move also exemplifies the rising stature of baking and pastry within the culinary world, which NMC addressed by adding a one-year bakery certificate last year. As part of the certificate, watch for Lobdell’s Teaching Restaurant to open as a morning cafe operation this summer.

Mac Beeker

Mac BeekerThree years into his career on the NMC nursing faculty, Beeker, also a 2010 alumnus, still holds the distinction as its sole male member. He’s joined another illustrious group, too: NMC’s Imogene Wise Faculty Excellence recipients, selected by students as the 2017 recipient for teaching excellence, innovation in the classroom, dedication and rapport with students. Exemplifying that rapport, Beeker keeps in touch with many of the students he’s mentored, including Ryan Biehl, a 2016 graduate who just went on to become the first male nurse at his workplace, Farmington Elementary School in Culpeper County, Virginia.

Know a Hawk Owl with a noteworthy flight path? Share it with us by emailing publicrelations@nmc.edu.

Human Trafficking: Awareness to Action

Friday, March 16

10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Milliken Auditorium

Human Trafficking: Awareness to Action is a one-day event that features the Northern Michigan premier of the award-winning film “Break the Chain” by filmmaker Laura Swanson. The purpose of this educational conference is to bring awareness to human trafficking in Michigan. A panel discussion will follow, featuring the filmmaker, founder of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Grand Traverse Prosecuting Attorney. A complimentary lunch will be provided.

Afternoon keynote speaker Elinor Jordan is the lead attorney for the Survivor Law Project and the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. Lunch will be provided to all that attend. There will also be an opportunity to continue the conversation with coffee following the conference.

Register to attend this free event at form.jotform.com/80357887484170.

Food Pantry Food Drive

Donate to win! Donate non-perishable items at the NMC Bookstore between February 19 and March 2, and be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card to the NMC Bookstore! Every item donated enters your name… enter five items, get your name in the drawing five times!

All donated items will be given to the NMC Food Pantry, which directly assists students in need.

On-Campus Jobs

Student jobs can be found on the Student MyNMC page under  “Jobs On Campus.”


  • Enrollment Services Office Assistant
  • Elementary Reading Tutor
  • Tutor
  • White Pine Press Writer (Independent Contractor)
  • White Pine Press Advertising Salesperson (Independent Contractor)
  • White Pine Press Staff Photographer (Independent Contractor)
  • White Pine Press – Staff Designer
  • Lab Assistant – Biology
  • Lab Assistant – Chemistry
  • Lab Assistant – Physics
  • Grounds
  • Reader Scribe

Feb. 15 TCIAF event is FREE to students and educators

International Affairs Forum logoThe Traverse City International Affairs Forum (TCIAF) at NMC kicks off the second half of the 2017-18 speaker series on Thursday, February 15, at 6 p.m. at the Milliken Auditorium. with a reception prior starting at 5:15 p.m. This event is FREE to NMC students and educators. February’s event is U.S.-China Trade: The Economics Behind the Politics with James Levinsohn, Professor of Economics at Yale University. His biography is available at campuspress.yale.edu/levinsohn/biography/. To learn more about the TCIAF and upcoming events, please visit tciaf.com.

NMC’s 12th annual Career and Employment Fair is March 1

Are you looking for a job, internship, or potential career? We invite you to check out the NMC Career Fair! Students and the public are invited to NMC’s 12th annual Career Fair, set for 4-6 p.m. March 1 at the Hagerty Center on NMC’s Great Lakes Campus.

Employers from professional and occupational fields will be recruiting for career-track positions, seasonal and entry-level opportunities, as well as internships, service learning and networking opportunities.

Job seekers are encouraged to dress professionally, bring resumes and be prepared to talk to local employers about open positions/opportunities. On-site interviews are possible, at the discretion of the employer on a first-come, first-serve basis. Click here for information to help you prepare for the Career Fair.

NMC Career Success Coach Andrea Hentschel is available to help get ready for the event. To schedule an appointment, email ahentschel@nmc.edu or call (231) 995-3024 for assistance with resumes, interview pitches and general preparation for the career fair.

More than 80 employers are scheduled to participate. For the most updated list as well as more information, visit nmc.edu/careerfair.

5th Annual NMC SVA Chili Cook Off

February 21, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Health & Science Building Atrium

Come to the annual chili cook off benefiting NMC veterans, which is sponsored by NMC’s Student Veterans of America (SVA). ANYONE can enter. For more information including rules and an entry form, contact Scott Herzberg at sherzberg@nmc.edu.

  • $1 donation for 3 samples
  • $1 for a bottle of water

Come vote for your favorite chili or enter to win!

Don’t let the LOVE BUG bite you!

Come to Health Services – LB 106 –  Wednesday, February 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to learn more about Safe Sex, Abstinence and Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Free Juice, Cookies and Educational Materials

Success Story: Experiential learning, live from downtown

February 7, 2018

NMC Audio Tech students set up for a 2017 show at the Opera HouseFor NMC Audio Technology students, Picnic at the Opera House is anything but.

Under the direction of instructor Jonah Powell (right, foreground), 20-some students are responsible for all set-up and tear-down, changing the stage between each of the seven acts and mixing audio for both live and television audiences.

“Audio is one of the more critical parts. It’s got to work on TV and it’s got to work in the house,” said Matt Cowall, communications director at the UpNorth Media Center, which broadcasts the free, live show that started its sixth season run today.

That pressure means Picnic, performed each Wednesday in February, offers an ideal experiential learning, or EL, setting. With spring semester now in full swing, audio technology students are among many at NMC gaining from EL, defined as experiences where learning is deepened and enhanced through direct application of knowledge, both in and out of the classroom.

Leaders of a project to expand EL at NMC estimate at least half of students have one experiential class, and are striving to increase that.

NMC success coach Leeann Fountain and student Taylor ByersIt’s a natural fit for classes like Audio Tech.

“We have to make an effort to make it like a classroom,” Powell joked of the program.

Picnic’s four-week run also fulfills the EL requirement of reflection on the experience in order to improve it the next time.

“It allows students the opportunity to tweak something and try it again the next week,” said Kristi Dockter, marketing director at the Opera House.

Classes traditionally taught via lecture and textbook are also working to incorporate EL in order to capitalize on research showing it deepens learning, student engagement, and persistence toward educational goals.

Check out NMC students’ talents as Picnic continues Feb. 14, 21 and 28, from noon–1 p.m. at the City Opera House. Cowall added that the students have enhanced the live side of the event in particular.

“It’s a different beast in the performance space. It’s something we on the TV side aren’t that well versed in,” he said of the house sound. “Having (NMC’s) expertise at the table really makes this thing go.”

Foundation Excellence Awards

Honor an outstanding NMC employee or team through the annual Foundation Excellence Awards program.

The Foundation Excellence Awards promote exemplary service to students and clients and recognize the dedication to and demonstration of NMC values. Tell us about how you or someone you know has demonstrated innovation and thoughtful risk taking in their work or has demonstrated exceptional stewardship of resources entrusted to us or is exceeding expectations and exhibiting foresight by helping to prepare learners for the future.

Remember, multiple awards may be granted annually, and the recipients are announced at the Retirement and Recognition Reception in April. All college employees are eligible for this award: regular and adjunct faculty, as well as full-time, part-time and supplemental staff.  

Any member of the faculty, staff, community, or student body may nominate a person or group for the award by completing a nomination form and submitting it to Human Resources (hr@nmc.edu) by Friday, March 2. 

Download the nomination form here »