Volunteers sought for Hagerty Center vaccination clinic

The Grand Traverse County Health Department and United Way of Northwest Michigan are partnering to provide volunteers for the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at NMC’s Hagerty Center.

The health department is looking for general volunteers to help with non-healthcare related tasks during the vaccination clinics, running now through at least February. Volunteers will be required to wear a mask and follow all CDC guidelines. Anyone interested in volunteering their time will need to create a volunteer profile, including submitting to a background check, as well as completing a COVID-19 waiver. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Read more here.

Volunteers can register to help here: unitedwaynwmi.galaxydigital.com.

Message from the President: Thank You to Vicki Cook

Dear NMC community,

During the last year our society and our college have undergone significant changes due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. I have been so proud of NMC’s ability to adapt while remaining true to our mission. Vicki Cook, Vice-President of Finance and Administration, has demonstrated incredible leadership during this time, not only in managing the operational response to the pandemic, but also limiting the financial implications. Her work has been critical in allowing us to achieve our goals of keeping our students and employees safe, while limiting the disruption to learning as much as possible. We all owe her a tremendous amount of gratitude. Which is why it is difficult for me to share the news that Vicki will be retiring from full-time work at the college beginning in March, so she may spend more time with her family. However, in true Vicki form, we have worked together to create a plan that will ease the impact of this transition while we move toward the future and through this change in leadership.

Effective March 8, NMC Controller Troy Kierczynski will become Interim Vice President of Finance and Administration. Vicki will continue on part time at NMC to manage the college’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic through the end of 2021. She will also continue to co-chair the strategic planning process to the completion of its work.

Vicki has embraced the spirit of lifelong learning during her 18 years with NMC. She started as Lead Accountant in 2002, and as she continued her own education, she rose through the organization to become Assistant Controller, Director of Auxiliaries and finally, in 2011, to her current position as Vice President of Finance and Administration.

Vicki’s thoughtful risk taking is on display in the many significant building projects she oversaw that changed the face of main campus, including North Hall and the West Hall Innovation Center. Her planning helped leverage financial investments, and a commitment to sustainability by using geothermal wells, all while coming in under budget.

NMC is fortunate to be in a more stable financial position than many other colleges and universities thanks to Vicki’s commitment to fiscal thrivability. Her work on managing our budget and increasing the collegewide knowledge of the budget was illustrated by her annual meetings with the college community, and her enhancement of the cost to educate and cost of services databases to help us better understand our investments in instruction and services. Other colleges have sought this model out for their own work. She has also overseen the rigorous compulsory annual reporting process that resulted in continuous clean audits for our college.

These are just a few examples of the important work Vicki Cook has led to help ensure our college runs smoothly today, and will be in a position to continue to serve our learners well into the future. While much of her work is done quietly behind the scenes, the impact is significant and long lasting. We cannot thank her enough for her demonstrated commitment to our college, but I encourage each of you to take a moment to show your gratitude during her remaining time at NMC.

Nick

Nick Nissley, Ed.D. | President | Northwestern Michigan College

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COVID-19 vaccine scheduling update from Grand Traverse County

Schedule a COVID-19 vaccine buttonThe Grand Traverse County Health Department asks community members to visit gtcountycovid19.com/vaccine/ to learn more about the current status of COVID-19 vaccinations, including eligible groups, scheduling, and the proposed timeline for vaccinations. The available supply of COVID-19 vaccinations is limited for now compared to the estimated number of people eligible for the vaccine, and the county is scheduling appointments as new vaccine supplies are received. Current eligible vaccination groups are EMS, medical first responders, healthcare workers and  long-term care facility residents, people age 65 and older and some frontline essential workers. If you have questions, please go to gtcountycovid19.com/vaccine/ or grandtraverse.org/2394 for answers.

Message from the President: MLK Day Message

Dear NMC community,

Today, as we recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I encourage us all to take time to reflect on his impact. Lately for me, one of the most meaningful passages is from Dr. King’s 1968 speech at the National Cathedral, just weeks before his assassination. He proclaimed, “We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”   

This is an unparalleled time in our nation’s history. The images from the violence at our nation’s capital on January 6th are still fresh in our minds, and the effects are still unfolding. I want to acknowledge how deeply disturbing it was to see the U.S. Capitol under siege that day, but also how important it was to witness members of Congress complete their constitutional responsibility and certify the vote. 

This act of violence on our nation’s capital goes against NMC’s core values: ethics, integrity, and trust. What happened there was also a stark reminder of the fragility of our democratic institutions. The event will impact each of us in different ways due to our own backgrounds and experiences. Still, we are all called to work hard to achieve a “more perfect union” to ensure that we help bend the long arc toward justice in our democracy.

NMC is committed to supporting its students’ educational goals. We encourage them to harness their minds and voices, their campus and civic engagement, and service to others, and in that process, to learn how to engage productively with those whose opinions differ from their own. We hold them, and ourselves, to this standard and expectation.

In response to last year’s nationwide social protests, we re-committed to our values in support of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at NMC. I formally charged a new team of employees, students and community members to help us better embrace diversity, advance equity and justice, and build an inclusive and welcoming community with a shared sense of belonging. This passionate team has been doing tremendous work so far, and I look forward to sharing their initiatives and celebrating the positive impact at NMC.  

NMC students, as you reflect today, I hope you will also take the opportunity to participate in a students-only virtual showing of the 2020 documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble with Q&A to follow. Lewis began his lifelong dedication to civil rights as a college student working with Dr. King. He died at 84 last summer after serving as Congressman from Georgia’s 5th District. The event begins at 7 p.m. via Zoom and is sponsored by NMC Student Life and hosted by the DEI Student Team.

As we move forward in 2021, let us all work toward solutions that unite us and our country.

Be safe. Be well. Lead with service.

Nick

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Grand Traverse County expanding COVID-19 vaccination effort to NMC’s Hagerty Center

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse County is partnering with Northwestern Michigan College to launch a vaccination clinic for COVID-19 beginning Monday, January 18 at NMC’s Hagerty Center through at least April. Vaccines will be given by appointment only and are currently available for individuals in Phase 1A and Phase 1B of the priority groups endorsed by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

PHASE 1A includes:

  • EMS, medical first responders, healthcare workers and residents in long-term care facilities.

PHASE 1B includes:

  • Persons age 65 and older
  • Some frontline essential workers including:
    • Police officers
    • First responders
    • Frontline state and federal workers
    • Jail and prison staff
    • Pre-K-12 teachers and childcare providers
    • Adult and child protective services, and
    • Homeless shelter staff

For next week, appointments will be available Monday, January 18 through Friday, January 22. To schedule an appointment, please visit gtcountycovid19.com/vaccine/ We are expecting these appointments to fill up very quickly and it is likely that you will experience difficulty scheduling an appointment early on. Additional appointments will be added weekly as the county receives more vaccine. We encourage you to visit gtcountycovid19.com/vaccine/ frequently to check if additional appointments are available. If you have already signed up for notice on how to schedule an appointment, you will be receiving an email with the link to this website. You must schedule your appointments through this website.

This partnership with NMC will allow for the rapid expansion of the vaccination efforts in our community. “We are excited to expand the availability for more people to get this life-saving vaccine. This is a highly complex and rapidly evolving process that takes incredible logistical coordination and patience from our communities. But any challenges are far outweighed by the promise of a return to normal when we have made it through and are safe from COVID-19,” said Health Officer, Wendy Hirschenberger.

“COVID-19 is a community-wide challenge that will require a community-wide response. We at NMC feel it is both our responsibility and our privilege to support this effort and keep our residents safe,” said Dr. Nick Nissley, president of Northwestern Michigan College. “I have been pleased to see the people and organizations of Grand Traverse County step up during this time. The finish line is in sight and I know we can get there by continuing to work together.”

“Since March 13, 2020 Grand Traverse County and the entire community have worked together to minimize the impact of the Coronavirus on our community. This partnership with NMC highlights the type of commitment our community has to ridding ourselves of the impacts of COVID-19,” said County Administrator Nate Alger. “We are continuing to expand our efforts in vaccination planning to vaccinate as many people as quickly and safely as possible. That said, in the early stages of the mass vaccination efforts we are expecting that you will experience difficulty finding an open appointment until the vaccine becomes widely available to us.”

The NMC Hagerty Center site will be used as an off-site vaccination clinic through at least April. Munson Healthcare is coordinating vaccine distribution through its system.

So far, the Grand Traverse County Health Department has vaccinated more than 2,000 individuals in Phase 1A which includes EMS, medical first responders, healthcare workers and residents in long-term care facilities.

Decisions on moving to the next phase are made at the state level, but distribution depends on vaccine availability at the county level and may vary by community. The entire vaccination process statewide is projected to take 9 to 12 months. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging all residents to develop a plan to get vaccinated. Residents should know which phase they belong to and to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Michigan vaccinations phases are as follows:

  • Phase 1A: Paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home as well as residents in long term care facilities.
  • Phase 1B: Persons 65 years of age or older and frontline essential workers in critical infrastructure.
  • Phase 1C: Individuals 16 years of age or older at high risk of severe illness due to COVID-19 infection and some other essential workers whose position impacts life, safety and protection during the COVID-19 response.
  • Phase 2: Individuals 16 years of age or older.

These prioritizations may change as more information on vaccine effectiveness and additional vaccination products become available. Grand Traverse County residents seeking more information about the COVID-19 vaccine can visit gtcountycovid19.com/vaccine/

 

Release date: January 15, 2021

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019

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COVID-19 vaccine update

Good afternoon NMC community,

The COVID-19 vaccine is now being distributed throughout our region. Reaching a 70% vaccination rate of our population is the fastest way for our society to return to normal, but this vaccination process is a highly complex and rapidly evolving undertaking for public health leaders.

Right now only health departments and hospitals are distributing the vaccine. So far, the Grand Traverse County Health Department (GTCHD)  has vaccinated more than 2,000 individuals in Phase 1A which includes EMS, medical first responders, healthcare workers and residents in long-term care facilities. Starting Monday, January 18 the GTCHD is planning to begin giving vaccinations at off-site clinics including a temporary clinic NMC’s Hagerty Center through at least April. Please note this information is not yet public. (More details below.)

Decisions on moving to the next phase are made at the state level, but distribution depends on vaccine availability at the county level and may vary by community. The entire vaccination process statewide may take 9-12 months. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging all residents to develop a plan to get vaccinated. Residents should know which phase they belong to and  continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Michigan vaccinations phases are as follows:

  • Phase 1A: Paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home as well as residents in long term care facilities.
  • Phase 1B: Persons 65 years of age or older and frontline essential workers in critical infrastructure.
  • Phase 1C: Individuals 16 years of age or older at high risk of severe illness due to COVID-19 infection and some other essential workers whose position impacts life, safety and protection during the COVID-19 response.
  • Phase 2: Individuals 16 years of age or older.

These prioritizations may change as more information on vaccine effectiveness and additional vaccination products become available. Right now higher education employees are included in Phase 2. Unless an individual qualifies for an earlier phase, the majority of  NMC employees and students will likely not qualify for the vaccine until after the spring semester.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine can visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine. Locally, go to www.grandtraverse.org/2394.

Great Lakes campus building access during vaccination clinics:

The schedule for next week is:

  • Monday & Tuesday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday – Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

Right now the vaccines will be given by appointment only. Patients are being instructed to use the main entrance to the Great Lakes campus with county employees managing the process on site. Clinic hours may vary week to week. We will keep you informed of the impact on the Great Lakes campus.

Please avoid visiting this campus during clinic times, if possible. Culinary and Maritime employees and students should use the side entrances and avoid the main entrance. The side entrances will be unlocked during the class scheduled times so students and employees can avoid using the entrance that the general public will use. We have worked to reschedule NMC classes and events at the Hagerty Center.

A spring semester welcome message from President Nissley (video)

Good afternoon NMC students,

Welcome to the start of the Spring 2020 semester! President Nick Nissley has a special message for you as we begin the new semester and a new year together. While this is an unusual time, we are still so excited and proud to have you as members of our NMC community. We look forward to helping you keep reaching your goals.

 
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Find more information on nmc.edu, including a registration checklistupdates on how the college is working to limit the disruption to learning during the pandemic and resources to help you including virtual and online tools. You can also find important information on how we can all continue working together to keep safe on campus at nmc.edu/keep-safe.

If you have any questions, please let us know and our student services experts will work to get back with you in less than 24 hours.

Welcome again to the spring semester and we look forward to seeing you soon, whether virtually or in person!

Free on-campus preschool available for 3-5 year olds

The preschool is run by Munson Healthcare and children of NMC students are welcome. Call (231) 342-7861 or email kkogge@mhc.net to enroll.

MORE DETAILS:
Head Start is a federally-funded preschool program. Its success is based on compassionate partnerships between Head Start program staff and parents. In Michigan, local Head Start programs work with families to remove barriers to success and to deepen parents’ ability to support their children. Head Start services at NMC run from 8A-1:15 Monday- Thursday year-round with before and after care, as well as all day Friday care available for $4.25 per hour. DHS funding is accepted. Head Start is available to 3- and 4-year-old children.

Visit the Michigan Head Start Association website to learn more.

GSRP: the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a state-funded preschool program with aims that are similar to those of Head Start. While fewer children qualify for Head Start than GSRP, Great Start Readiness Program also serves families whose circumstances indicate a need for free early childhood education. GSRP at NMC runs from 8:30-3:30 Monday – Thursday during the school year. Before and after care is accepted, as well as all day Friday for $4.25 per hour, and DHS funding is also accepted. GSRP is available 4 yr. old children who turn 4 by Dec 1.

STRONG BEGINNINGS: Our 3 yr. old funded program is beginning January 11. Children must have turned 3 by Dec 1, 2020.

Visit the Michigan Department of Education website to learn about GSRP.

Possible COVID-19 exposure on the Aero Park campus Jan. 6-7

TRAVERSE CITY — Today NMC confirmed an employee tested positive for COVID-19 who had recently been at the Aero Park campus. Widespread exposure is believed to be low from this case.

The employee was asymptomatic when at the Parsons-Stulen Building and Aviation Sim Lab:

  • Wednesday, January 6 from 8 a.m.–Noon
  • Thursday, January 7 from 9–11 a.m.

The employee received the positive test result January 11 and remains in quarantine.

Any individuals who were in those areas during those times are asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days following the potential exposure.

NMC has safety protocols in place including mandatory masks, social distancing and cleaning of the space before and after each class. You can read more at nmc.edu/keep-safe.

The College will continue to work with county health departments to monitor the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to communicate with you about cases on our campuses. You can also check the Cases on Campus Dashboard for additional information.

Any student who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact NMC’s Health Services at (231) 995-1255. Any employee who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact Human Resources. We encourage all students and employees to stay home if you are sick or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Staying safe and limiting the spread of COVID-19 on NMC’s campuses is a shared responsibility. For more information on NMC’s response to the pandemic and important safety information please visit nmc.edu/covid-19. Thank you for your continued commitment to safety at NMC.

 

Release date: January 12, 2021

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019

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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 Story: Tami Putney is Chief Nursing Officer at Munson


Success Story: Tami Putney is Chief Nursing Officer at Munson

January 6, 2021

An NMC nursing alumna is among the northern Michigan healthcare leaders guiding the region’s response to COVID-19 as the pandemic enters the hopeful stage of vaccination.

Tami Putney

Last August, Tami Putney, a 2002 graduate of NMC’s associate degree in nursing program, became Chief Nursing Officer and vice president of patient care services at Munson Medical Center. She also serves as chief of operations for the hospital’s Incident Command team responding to COVID-19. Working through a pandemic has been a life-changing, humbling experience, she said.

“What I’ve seen is this (Munson) team come together like you can’t even imagine,” she said. The Traverse City hospital, the largest in northern Michigan, has had to adjust its model of care and become flexible and nimble in order to fulfill its duty to the community amid a pandemic.

“It’s so important for us to get it right. It’s so important for us to help each other,” Putney said. It was at NMC where lessons like respect for others, self-discipline and the value of diversity were instilled.

“Their expectations were very high. They do a great job of helping students realize their potential,” Putney said of NMC’s nursing instructors.

In addition, NMC taught a holistic approach to health care that includes patient families. That’s been important during COVID, which has changed normal visiting procedures.

“The family structure is stressed,” Putney said. “(We are) nursing patients back to health, but never forgetting about the families along the way.”

The circle of care then widens from families to the broader community, who may still need surgery or cancer treatment or labor and delivery services.

“We still want to serve the community,” Putney said. “We want to continue all normal operations, but we have this whole other unexpected population we have to care for.”

That has led to the creation of multidisciplinary teams and staff working in areas outside their usual assignments, like obstetric nurses serving as PPE buddies, ensuring that personal protective equipment is donned and discarded correctly.

After NMC Putney earned both a BSN and an MSN from Ferris State University in 2013 and 2016, respectively, and then her nurse executive certification in 2018. She worked as a bedside nurse for several years before transferring to clinical informatics at Munson from 2011 to 2014.

“That’s bridging the gap between the technology world and bedside care delivery,” she said, including transitioning the hospital from paper to electronic health records. “That was kind of groundbreaking work for the time.”

At Munson Putney said the vaccine rollout has been smooth. As of Tuesday, 5,371 staff, physicians and contract workers had received their first shot of the two-shot series. That’s 50 percent of those eligible at Munson in the tier that the state of Michigan has designated as first priority: health care workers and long-term care facility residents.

Putney has received the first shot herself, but only did so after she made sure all the bedside nurses and staff had an opportunity to schedule theirs.

“We can’t run the hospital and serve the community without those folks at the hospital,” she said.

When it comes time for the general public to be vaccinated, Putney said Munson expects to announce partnerships with area pharmacies to distribute the vaccine. Munson, NMC and the Grand Traverse County Health Department are all part of Grand Traverse County’s Joint Operations Center coordinating a community-wide response.

Current NMC nursing students may also join the COVID front lines to help with vaccination. Nursing Director Amy Jones said the department is working with the Grand Traverse County Health Department to allow students to participate in administration of the vaccine.

“It will be a benefit for both the community and our students,” Jones said.

Join the NMC Esports Club

The NMC Esports Club would like to invite existing and new NMC students to join the group. Come engage with other gamers in casual scrimmages, pick-up games, NMC tournaments, and external tournaments. New for the spring semester will be tryouts in late January for official Hawk owl teams. Three informational meetings will be taking place the week of January 11th via Zoom.

If you are interested in joining the club or attending one of the meetings, please contact Dr. Terri Gustafson (tgustafson@nmc.edu) or join the NMC Esports Discord server: discord.gg/69DSzHTZPR.

Parking enforcement starts Jan. 18

The Traverse City Parking Patrol will begin issuing citations for parking violations at NMC on Monday, January 18. All NMC students and employees must have their 2020-2021 permits displayed by that date. If you haven’t received your permit, they’re available at the Campus Safety & Security office in the West Hall Innovation Center (#9 on the Main Campus Map).

The Traverse City Police Department has provided the following information on how to avoid parking tickets on campus by properly displaying your parking permit:

  • Place your permit in the bottom left-hand corner of your windshield.
  • Place your permit right side up. An upside-down permit will be considered invalid.
  • Hang tags must be on the rear view mirror. 
  • Be sure that the expiration date on your permit can be seen from the outside of your vehicle. (Some vehicles have a tint on the edges of their windshield, so be sure your permit is not behind a tint, as it will make it difficult to see from the outside.) When it doubt, get out of your vehicle and be sure you can see the entire permit from the outside.

If you do get a ticket, payment can be made at the red drop-off payment box at the east end of the Cedar lot in front of the Health & Science Building on main campus. You can also mail the fine in to the city, or pay at the parking services office in the public parking garage at 303 E. State St. Payment information is also on each ticket.

If you have any questions about parking enforcement on campus, please call Campus Safety & Security at (231) 995-1111.

Possible COVID-19 exposure on the Great Lakes campus Jan. 4

TRAVERSE CITY — Today NMC confirmed an employee tested positive for COVID-19 who had recently been at the Great Lakes campus.

The employee was asymptomatic when at the Great Lakes campus, specifically onboard the Training Ship Michigan, Monday, Jan. 4 from 6:45–9:30 a.m.

The employee received the positive test result on 1-8-21 and remains in quarantine.

Any individuals who were in those areas during those times are asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days following the potential exposure.

NMC has safety protocols in place including mandatory masks, social distancing and cleaning of the space before and after each class. You can read more at nmc.edu/keep-safe.

The College will continue to work with county health departments to monitor the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to communicate with you about cases on our campuses. You can also check the Cases on Campus Dashboard for additional information.

Any student who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact NMC’s Health Services at (231) 995-1255. Any employee who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact Human Resources. We encourage all students and employees to stay home if you are sick or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Staying safe and limiting the spread of COVID-19 on NMC’s campuses is a shared responsibility. For more information on NMC’s response to the pandemic and important safety information please visit nmc.edu/covid-19. Thank you for your continued commitment to safety at NMC.

 

Release date: January 8, 2021

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY NOTICE

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

Fall 2020 Dean’s List released

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College is pleased to announce its Dean’s List for the Fall 2020 semester.

Published at the end of each semester, the Dean’s List recognizes outstanding academic achievement based upon a student’s semester grade point average. To be eligible, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or above out of a possible 4.0 while taking five or more credits in a semester.

 

RELEASE DATE: January 8, 2020

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director, NMC Public Relations, Marketing & Communications
(231) 995-1019
dfairbanks@nmc.edu

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY NOTICE

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

Students: Build the skills needed to succeed in college!

College Success Workshops illustrationThe NMC Student Success Center offers Free College Prep Courses to help students prepare for their college journey.

These non-credit Math, English & Tech courses are for students who would like to build their foundational math, reading, writing & tech skills. You’ll meet with instructors who you’ll be seeing in the classroom and also support resources that will be available throughout your journey.

These short courses are delivered tuition free and are available for current, new and prospective students. Learn more and register here.

Student Tech Talks Spring 2021

Free Intro To College Tech Workshops

Can technology make you a better student? Join Alison Thornton from Technology Support Services as she covers all of the FREE time-saving and life-hacking technology that NMC offers to its students! Download a new set of skills by learning about the technology and features available to you through NMC, how to level-up in your tech skills, and where you can get support for all things tech-related.

Sign up at the link below to receive your Zoom link to the course(s) you are signing up for. Your signup will ensure you receive the Zoom link prior to the course.

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Course List

Course

Dates

Getting Started with Zoom and more….

Come join an overview of how to use Zoom at NMC, covering polls, rooms, reactions and more.

  • Thursday, January 7, 7–7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 8, 1–1:30pm 
  • Monday, January 11, 9–9:30 a.m.
  • Monday, January 11, 7–7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 12, 11–11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, January 13, 9–9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 14, 9–9:30 a.m.

File Management – Network Drives and Google Drive
Come join a demonstration of how to save your files (word processing, presentations, and more) to various locations at NMC, so that you make sure they are backed-up and easily accessible to Moodle. 

  • Wednesday, January 13, 7–8 p.m.
  • Friday, January 15, 3–4 p.m.

Google Docs

Google Docs is a word processing software that is easy to use and allows convenient access.  It is a great resource for your academic and vocational course work.  

  • Friday, January 8, 3–4 p.m.
  • Monday, January 18, 7–8 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 28, 3–4 p.m.

Google Slides

Google Slides is a free and easy to use presentation software.  Come watch an overview of how to use this software. 

  • Wednesday, January 20, 3–4 p.m.
  • Monday, January 25, 7–8 p.m.

Possible COVID-19 exposure on main campus Jan. 5-6

TRAVERSE CITY — Today NMC confirmed a student tested positive for COVID-19 who had recently been on main campus. NMC Health Services believes the risk is low for widespread exposure from this case.

The student was asymptomatic when at the following locations:

  • North Hall 1-5-21
  • Bookstore (Health & Science Building) 1-6-21 2-2:30 p.m.
  • Health Services (Biederman Building) 1-6-21 2:30-4 p.m.

The student received the positive test result today and remains in quarantine.

Any individuals who were in those areas during those times are asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days following the potential exposure.

NMC has safety protocols in place including mandatory masks, social distancing and cleaning of the space before and after each class. You can read more at nmc.edu/keep-safe.

The College will continue to work with county health departments to monitor the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to communicate with you about cases on our campuses. You can also check the Cases on Campus Dashboard for additional information.

Any student who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact NMC’s Health Services at (231) 995-1255. Any employee who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact Human Resources. We encourage all students and employees to stay home if you are sick or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Staying safe and limiting the spread of COVID-19 on NMC’s campuses is a shared responsibility. For more information on NMC’s response to the pandemic and important safety information please visit nmc.edu/covid-19. Thank you for your continued commitment to safety at NMC.

 

Release date: January 7, 2021

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY NOTICE

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

Lobdell’s: A Teaching Restaurant to be closed for spring semester

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College today announced that it has canceled the spring opening of Lobdell’s: A Teaching Restaurant due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Great Lakes Culinary Institute Executive Director Les Eckert said the cancellation is due to current statewide restaurant restrictions and ongoing concerns for the safety of students, faculty, staff and guests as cases in northwest Michigan continue to climb.

“We are saddened to lose this semester at Lobdell’s, but know that this is the right decision, consistent with NMC’s overarching goal of keeping students and employees safe,” Eckert said. “I am so proud of the way the college community has found new ways to meet the needs of our learners during the pandemic. We remain dedicated to their success, even if we need to make adjustments along the way to keep everyone safe.” 

By order of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, restaurants in the state have been closed for indoor service since Nov. 18, 2020. That closure has been extended twice, on Dec. 7 and again on Dec. 18. The uncertainty of future extensions and the fact that Lobdell’s operates as a class made it impractical to open.

Located on NMC’s Great Lakes Campus just east of downtown Traverse City, Lobdell’s offers culinary students a comprehensive, hands-on experience in running a restaurant, from menu planning to preparation to service. It typically offers lunch service three days per week in the fall and spring semesters. In the summer it functions as a bakery cafe, serving coffee and pastries three mornings per week.

“As of now, we look forward to being fully operational for Cafe Lobdell’s in the summer and Lobdell’s lunches in the fall,” Eckert said. “We can’t wait to bring our student chefs and community together again over a shared love of great food!”

Release date: January 7, 2021

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director, NMC Public Relations, Marketing & Communications
(231) 995-1019
dfairbanks@nmc.edu

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