AquaHacking Challenge winners announced

Thanks to everyone at NMC who made the AquaHacking Great Lakes Challenge a success: Hans VanSumeren, Ed Bailey, Lisa Cooper, and Matt Hirsch, Steve Rice with the Office of Possibilities, with executive support from Jason Slade. At last week’s finale, $35,000 in prize money was divided among three start-ups, including Wave Lumina of Traverse City, the second-place finisher.

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Keeping our campuses beautiful

Thanks to NMC’s custodial, maintenance and grounds team for keeping our buildings and campuses looking good for visitors attending the many events hosted on campus this and next weekend. Saturday’s lineup includes the Big Little Hero Race on the Front Street campus, GLMA open ship on the Great Lakes campus, and the NMC Jazz Bands in concert at Milliken Auditorium.

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Audio Technology organizes scholarship fundraiser

Kudos to the Audio Technology department for organizing the “Rockin’ Into Spring: Dollars for Scholars” concert this Saturday from 7-9 p.m. at the Milliken Auditorium. Laith Al-Saadi, a Michigan native and former finalist on “The Voice,” will headline. Proceeds from ticket sales will fund scholarships for future Audio Technology students. Tickets are $10 for students and $25 general admission.

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Happy Community College Month!

Happy Community College Month! NMC is proud to transform the lives of our learners and communities. We are Traverse City’s first and largest provider of higher education, a cultural bastion, an employer and creator of economic impact. For all that you do to help us achieve all of that, thank you!

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Showcasing NMC’s leadership in water issues

Thanks to Lisa Cooper, Ed Bailey, Nathan Bootz and all who participated in the Water Leadership conference in Traverse City March 8-10. The event was part of the AquaHacking the Great Lakes Challenge, an entrepreneurship competition, and brought six Canadian and four U.S. finalist teams to the region. The winners of $35,000 in seed funding will be named May 10. Like the Freshwater Research Center, the weekend showcased NMC’s leadership in water issues.

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Police Academy instructors and alumni recognized at Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office annual ceremony

The Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office awarded, two instructors and five alumni from NMC’s Police Academy at their annual award ceremony last week. Congratulations to all the winners, including:

NMC instructors:

    • Nathan Ritter: Law Enforcement Employee of the Year for his work over the course of his career, which started in 1999. He is currently a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

    • Detective Sarah Metdepenningen: Award of merit.

NMC alumni:

    • Deputies Mariah Eberhardt and John Leach: Lifesaving awards for saving a Kingsley man from suicide.

    • Deputies Mitchell Hoffman and Hayden Talbot: Mothers Against Drunk Driving awards, with 29 and 30 OWI arrests, respectively. 

    • Deputy Jonathan King: Top shot award.

Thank you for your service to our community!

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Dual enrollment informational sessions

Thanks to the Admissions and Advising for organizing several upcoming info sessions on NMC’s new, lower, dual enrollment tuition rate for students who reside outside of Grand Traverse County. Families can learn more about getting a head start on college at virtual and in-person options starting this Wednesday. Know a high school junior or senior? Share with them!

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GLWSI provides training to diverse groups of learners

The Great Lakes Water Studies Institute will deliver two week-long Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI)-certified ROV training programs in New Jersey next month.

NMC’s ROV training program is the only one in the U.S. endorsed by ADCI, which has more than 600 member companies. Graduates will immediately support the rapidly growing offshore wind industry. The training is an example of the value NMC programming provides to multiple learner groups, and supports strategy 5 of NMC’s strategic plan, which states that the college will leverage distinctive programs that strengthen institutional sustainability and expand global connections.

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Providing FAFSA help to the community

Thanks to NMC’s Financial Aid staff for offering free assistance with the new FAFSA to the entire community. The service even won a compliment from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who saw a billboard when she was in Traverse City last month. NMC’s next Financial Aid workshop is Feb.12. Walk-in and drop-in appointments are also available every Wednesday throughout February. 

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Supporting neurodiverse learners

Communications faculty member Nancy Gray’s leadership has resulted in NMC’s Neurodiversity Support Center. Neurodiversity encompasses a range of learning differences, often including but not limited to anxiety, autism, ADHD and OCD. Gray spent her 2022-23 sabbatical year researching the support services other colleges and universities offer. Working with an advisory board, NMC’s NSC opened this semester in Scholars Hall 13. Find out more at

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Visual Communications looks for pro-bono design projects

To the Visual Communications department, which announced its annual pro bono design project opportunity earlier this month. One of NMC’s longtime experiential learning opportunities, students interact with clients as they execute a real-world project, including logos, film and new media production, creative advertising, graphic design and packaging. Area nonprofits have until Jan. 5 to submit projects for consideration. Read more here.

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Generous gifts to NMC

NMC is grateful for those who showed their support on Giving Tuesday (Nov. 28). Generous donors raised $14,653 to help students in danger of dropping out of school, including a $10,000 gift from an anonymous donor.

Additionally, donors to the Dennos raised $22,580, including the $10,000 matching gift from Ward and Mary Bevans Gillett, to preserve sculptures and to support all the work of the museum. 

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NMC students to attend national leadership academy

We’d like to thank NMC’s Employment Readiness Specialist, Lisa Baldyga, and the Career Services department for their continued work in the Jobs for Michigan Graduates (JMG) program. JMG has allowed NMC to expand the career services available to students. Because of JMG, participants can connect with fellow student mentors in their field, receive financial assistance with job equipment and transportation, gain paid work experience including job shadowing and internships as well as access other beneficial career opportunities such as the National Leadership Academy. 

Later this week, NMC students Gabby Paryani and Aby Kowalske are set to travel to Washington DC to participate in the National Leadership Academy. They will accompany Lisa Baldyga to the nation’s capital to build leadership skills, engage in experiential learning and advocate for their communities and youth. Seven students throughout the state of Michigan were selected to participate in the National Leadership Academy, and we are incredibly proud that two of those are from NMC.

NMC became the first college in Michigan and only the 5th in the nation to offer students the Jobs for Michigan Graduates program in 2021 in partnership with Northwest Michigan Works! and Networks Northwest.

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NMC community addresses food insecurity and homelessness

Thanks to those in the NMC community for helping to raise awareness about basic needs in Traverse City. The public is invited to join in the 8th annual Walk for Health & Housing on Wednesday, November 15. The walk departs at 5:30 p.m. from the Great Lakes campus.

On November 20, the 10th annual Thanks-for-Giving project will distribute 135 Thanksgiving meal boxes to area families. 

Both events are examples of experiential learning at NMC.

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