After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, join NMC in #GivingTuesday Dec. 2

What is it?
#GivingTuesday is a worldwide call to action to celebrate generosity  during the holiday season. NMC is joining the third annual event December 2, and invites you to do so, too.
But I’m not wealthy.
You don’t have to be a world leader or a millionaire to give back. #GivingTuesday is about everyday people coming together to do extraordinary things with small acts of philanthropy.
Hmm. Tell me more.
Getting involved is easy. Watch the video for ideas. Give a tweet, give a dollar, give the gift of education! Follow the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #YouMeNMC on Facebook and Twitter to join the fun, spread the word to your friends and give because it helps. Please join us on December 2!

Meal Madness taking place the first week in December

meal madnessFor four days straight in the first week of December, managers from Sodexo will be featured each day creating culinary masterpieces at the West Hall cafeteria. Vote for your favorite manager to win Meal Madness!

  • Monday, December 1: Robert Scott
  • Tuesday, December 2: Roy Bartle
  • Wednesday, December 3: Susan Gross
  • Thursday, December 4: Patrick Tesner


“Understanding Autism’ lecture

“Understanding Autism’ lecture

TRAVERSE CITY — A panel of experts from Michigan State University will discuss “Understanding Autism” as the Your Health Lecture Series revisits Traverse City on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

The program will be at 9 a.m. in the Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College and streamed live online at Panelists include:

  • Sarah N. Douglas, Ph.D., assistant professor in MSU College of Social Sciences’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies
  • Laurie L. Linscott, M.A.,director of Child Development Laboratories in MSU College of Social Science’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies
  • Anthony J. Richtsmeier, M.D., associate professor in MSU College of Human Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics and Human Development

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one in 68 American children are identified with autism spectrum disorders. Expanded awareness of the condition and the application of new diagnostic criteria have contributed to the increase in prevalence over the past 40 years. The panel will discuss its effect on individuals, their families, and the health care system.

The Your Health Lecture Series is a collaborative community event sponsored by Northwestern Michigan College, Munson Medical Center, and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine – Traverse City campus.

The Dennos Museum Center is located at 1701 E. Front St. in Traverse City. The  lecture will also be recorded and archived for later viewing.

Release date: November 12, 2014

For more information:

Dale Killingbeck
Munson Healthcare
Corporate Communications
(231) 935-3393

NMC earns spot on national “Best for Vets” list

US-Flag1Northwestern Michigan College has been selected by Military Times magazine for its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2015” list recognizing NMC’s commitment to providing opportunities to America’s veterans.

NMC was ranked 68th out of the top 100, four-year schools nationwide. The college was placed in that group because NMC now offers three baccalaureate degrees. Other notable schools in that category include the University of Michigan which was ranked 56th. (more…)



Grand Traverse area girls will learn how to make strides in non-traditional careers at the thirteenth annual GirlTECH Friday, November 21, 2014 at NMC’s Parsons-Stulen Building.

GirlTECH was developed to encourage high school girls enrolled in any Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District school to consider non-traditional careers, defined as those careers in which women comprise 25 percent or less of the workforce.

Multiple speakers will discuss their career paths network with students. Non-traditional students from NMC and the TBA Career-Tech Center will present students with information about local training programs for high school junior and seniors and NMC programs.

Event sponsors include NMC, the American Association of University Women, Traverse Bay Area Career-Tech Center, Benzie Area Zonta Club and the Zonta Club of Leelanau County.

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Everyone Has A Story: Sit and Share Our Bench

“Everyone Has A Story: Sit and Share Our Bench” is a performance of written work by writers experienced with homelessness.

The event will take place Sunday, Dec. 7 at Inside Out Gallery, 2 p.m. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

The NMC Writing Workshop is sponsored by a NMC Foundation Innovation Grant. (more…)

ROV pilot technician open house

ROV pilot technician open house

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC will host an open house for prospective students interested in a new, short-format ROV pilot technician certificate program at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Parsons-Stulen Building on the Aero Park campus.

Classes for the ten-week program begin Jan. 12. Students will learn the basic skills and competencies required to gain entry-level employment in the offshore marine industry as a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Pilot Technician. Graduates of the program will find:

  • Global opportunities for employment in an extremely fast growing industry
  • Immediate industry interviews on site upon successful completion (presently scheduled for March 19-20, 2015)
  • Starting salaries range from $40,000–$50,000 with excellent benefit packages
  • Applied training in electronics, hydraulics, safety, and mechanical/ROV systems
  • Industry-aligned curriculum following International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) guidelines included in IMCA R 002 and IMCA R 004 standard

Highly-trained instructors have experience in the industry. Training competencies can be applied toward credit at NMC for completion of Marine Technology degrees. Prospective students must be able to obtain a U.S. passport and Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card prior to enrollment.

Food will be provided. Interested students are asked to RSVP online at

Release date: November 11, 2014 

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
(231) 995-1019

Taco Tuesday is Nov. 11

tacotuesdayWest Hall cafeteria will hold their Taco Tuesday on November 11. For lunch only taco specials will be as follows:

  • 1 Taco and sides for $4.99
  • 2 Tacos and sides for $5.99
  • 3 Tacos and sides for $6.49

Be sure to document your awesome feast of tacos on social media: #HowdoUtacURtaco (more…)

International Education Week event scheduled announced

international education weekInternational Education Week is November 16-22. The week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education and celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. It was first held in 2000 and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world. Read more about International Education Week’s beginnings here.

The following scheduled events are sponsored by NMC Office of International Services & Service Learning, Dennos Museum Center, NMC Student Life, Sodexo, International Affairs Forum, TCAPS, and the NMC International Club. See our Schedule of Events here.