BSUFest: “Hidden Figures” Screening Feb. 21

Our first movie screening for BSUFest will be “Hidden Figures”: Three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world. Catch it at NMC at ‘Ralph Abernathy’ (or Scholars Hall 217) from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. 

Faculty Excellence Award

Has one of your instructors made a difference in YOUR world?

Have you ever put off telling an instructor how much you appreciated all you learned in class?

Have you let your instructors know how much you value the help you received during office hours? 

How about the class you HAD to take and assumed you wouldn’t like BUT ended up enjoying it?

Are you just now realizing how great an instructor from last year really was?

Has one of your instructors been able to “put the pieces together” for you?


You have the opportunity to do all of these things by submitting an online nomination here by March 30, 2019.  

NMC’s 13th Annual Career Fair Mar. 7

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 13th annual Career Fair, set for 4-6 p.m. March 7 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. More than 80 employers are scheduled to participate. For the most updated list as well as more information, visit

Success Story: 16 employers choose NMC Training for Going Pro funds

February 13, 2019

LEAN Training photoIn a matter of one hour Tuesday, Traverse City’s ABC Aerospace increased airplane production 15-fold, flipped from losing money to turning a profit, cut overhead by more than half and reduced product backlog.

ABC Aerospace may be a fictitious company, whose airplanes are made of paper. But the lessons the Lean manufacturing simulation exercise taught participants will have real payoff for their northern Michigan employers: Grand Traverse Plastics and Bay Motor Products in Traverse City, Petoskey Plastics, and Tube Fab in Afton.

The four companies are among 16 northern Michigan employers NMC Training Services will work with this year in the latest round of state Going Pro Talent Fund grants, totaling $1.4 million regionally. Training is offered on-site at the employers’ facilities as well as in multi-company collaborative trainings like Tuesday’s kickoff, hosted at NMC’s Parsons-Stulen Building.

“We think very highly of the program. All the teachers there are very strong,” said Bay Motor Products President Andy Robitshek. Since 2015, about two-thirds of the company’s 40 employees have taken NMC Training’s Lean courses, including multiple employees Tuesday.

Rich (Wolin, Training Services director) has assembled a great team and they are providing a significant benefit to the manufacturing organizations in the area,” Robitshek said.

Tuesday’s training exemplified the Lean goal of continuous improvement: “Each time we’re doing it, we’re getting better,” said Brandon Cary, a process engineer at Grand Traverse Plastics, of successive paper airplane assembly “shifts.” Cary said he had been exposed to some Lean principles in the past, but was looking forward to learning more in the 96-hour training and sharing it with 120 colleagues at GTP.

“It’s just good. I want to move on to great,” he said of his Lean knowledge.

“It’s bringing problem-solving out into the open,” said Cary’s Tuesday teammate Connie MacLeod, who works in quality control for Tube Fab, which employs about 150 people to manufacture small diameter specialty tubing.

In addition to Lean manufacturing, NMC will train companies in ISO compliance, leadership skills and welding. Going Pro funding comes through Michigan Works and is capped at $1,500 per employee. Funds are spread across 31 different project and must be used by Sept. 1.

“It really makes a difference,” said Betsy Williams of NMC Training Services. “A lot of organizations couldn’t afford to do the training without it.”

Companies range from large to small. Photodon, a Traverse City manufacturer of computer screen protectors and privacy filters, has 10 employees.

“We’re hoping to have a lot less scrap,” said office manager Mandy Peterson. “Also to have us a little more standardized in our workflow, so when new employees come in, they know exactly what they’re supposed to be doing.”

Williams said that in addition to manufacturers, service-oriented companies are now seeking Lean training, such as Traverse City’s TruNorth Landscaping. To find out more about training opportunities, visit

Live Variety Show at Fine Arts Room 115 on Friday, Feb. 15

WNMC will present a live radio broadcast of a student-produced variety show featuring performances from several local artists. The live show will begin at noon in the NMC Fine Arts Building room 115. Come on down to hear live music, interviews and discussions of the regional performing art scene.

Bill Dungjen, host of the Roundup Radio Show, will take the reins of the variety program and performers will include The Lofteez and Song of the Lakes. Adair Correll will drop by to talk about the Great Indoor Folk Festival (GT Commons, 2/24). Who know what else we’ll cook up between now and then !?!?

Bring a bag lunch and an appetite for great local talent. Of course, if you can’t attend live, tune in to WNMC (90.7 FM or at noon sharp to listen in!

Presented by the students & faculty of the audio tech department (and friends).

For more information:

Bill Dungjen
Cedar Valley Productions
(231) 342-1062

Spring 2019 Transfer Fair is Tuesday, March 12

Over 20 university representatives will be on NMC’s campus on Tuesday, March 12 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 the 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 here

See you there!

Advising Staff

Back by popular demand – Captain’s Dinner Mar. 1

Please join us Friday, March 1, at Great Lakes Maritime Academy on NMC’s Great Lakes Campus. Dinner will be in beautiful Lobdell’s teaching restaurant and a cadet led, in-depth tour of Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Training Ship State of Michigan, full mission simulators and labs will follow. A silent auction is also planned with maritime and locally themed items. The dinner, prepared by Chef Rodriguez of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute will feature actual menus from Great Lakes ships past and present. Cadets will not only guide you through the tours but be on hand to answer your questions about their unique education and prospective careers in the Maritime industry.

Click here to purchase tickets, sponsorships and find additional information. All proceeds benefit the cadet club organizations.

Don’t let the LOVE BUG bite you!

Health Services will have a table set up in the Health & Science Building Lobby on Thursday, February 14, 8-11 a.m. for STI awareness. Learn more about safe sex, abstinence and sexually transmitted infections. Free juice, cookies, and educational materials.

What’s Up World Feb. 13

Topic: All You Need is Love: Dating, Sex, and Relationships Around the World

Join us for this exciting student-talk series Wednesday, February 13 at 8 p.m., Lower Level Study Lounge in East Hall. Come join fellow students for a living room discussion on dating, sex, and relationships around the world. This discussion will be hosted by NMC International Club. These events are designed to inform students, pique curiosity, build community and keep you in the know. No prior knowledge on the topics is required or expected. We will also provide snacks at each event so bring your friends and classmates and let’s start asking What’s Up World? 

BSUFest Feb. 21-24

Northwestern Michigan Black Student Union is a collective of young progressive activists geared towards the social, economic, and political empowerment of people of color and marginalized youth. This Black History Month, in order to prevent hate crimes on campus and commemorate the death of Malcolm X, NMC Black Student Union is holding an immersive black cultural festival on NMC campus. BSUFest is to be a black cultural campus festival bringing progressive action to campuses in order to create opportunities for minority students, especially students of color, featuring guest speakers and performances that not only dazzle the community but expose them to something new. There will be artwork inspired by Black America, and delicious food that people on campus might not otherwise have access to for free or at a low cost. We hope this event can not only lift up the local and regional communities of color, but can expose our community to a positive black cultural experience and reduce the amount of racially-based hate crimes on and off campus. 

Join us across campus from Feb 21-24 and make sure to check out the LIVE MUSIC playing in the PE room every night from 9 p.m. to midnight. Performers include:

  • Feb. 22: MYTH and her Dancers
  • Feb. 23: Jordan Hamilton
  • Feb. 24: Emilee Petersmark

Also check out our “mentor speed-dating” event where you can connect with a mentor of color in Osterlin 205 on February 23 from 4-6 p.m. See you there!



SVA Chili Cook Off Feb. 20

6th Annual NMC SVA Chili Cook Off, February 20 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Health Science Atrium. 

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

Come vote for your favorite chili or enter to win! Anyone can enter, see rules below. 

Chili Cook Off Rules

  1. Chili cook-off registration forms must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on February 15. Register by filling out & submitting the registration form, which can be obtained/submitted in the Military & Veteran Services Office, located in the Tanis Building.
  2. The chili entry must be in a crock-pot or electric roaster to maintain appropriate temperature.
  3. Chili must be brought on site the day of the cook-off (by 10 a.m.). If preferred or needed, you can drop it off earlier in the morning to the NMC Enrollment Services Office.
  4. Each cook must prepare a full crock pot of chili to be judged (a donation of 12-16 servings of chili is recommended). Prizes are awarded to first, second and third place.                                         
  5. You do not need to be present to win
  6. NMC SVA members will serve your chili if you are unable to do so
  7. Crock pots can be picked up from the Health Science Atrium at 1:30pm or from the Enrollment Services Office later in the day.

NOTE:  The SVA will provide an assigned table, electricity, testing cups, spoons and bowls for the public, ballet box, and rubber gloves. If you are serving chili, please wear a hat. 

All proceeds benefit NMC student veterans!

Immigration: Northern Michigan & Beyond, Friday Mar. 1

NMC’s Office of Student Life will host Immigration: Michigan & Beyond, a free, one-day conference, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 1 in Milliken Auditorium.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. At 9:00 a.m. Marcelo Betti, JFON Immigration Attorney, will begin the conference with Immigration 101, followed by local stories and a panel discussion featuring Marcello Betti, John King of King Orchards, Rev. Wayne Dziekan Diocese of Gaylord, and Gladys Munoz, Justice and Peace Advocacy Center. At 11:30 a.m. participants will hear from Susan Reed, managing attorney for the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. The conference concludes at 12:30 p.m. with a complimentary lunch and coffee and conversation with speakers.

The event is free, but please register by February 22. To register online, go to and click the Immigration: Northern Michigan & Beyond link.

Passport to Madagascar!

Thursday, February 21, 2019
12:15-1 p.m.
Founders Hall, room 110

The Passport Student Talk Series is a chance to explore other cultures through the experiences of NMC students.

Join Ashley Hockin, Peace Corp agriculture volunteer assigned to Madagascar from 2015-2017 and current NMC culinary student.

Ashley will share Malagasy culture, highlights and the impact of her experience as well as a taste of Malagasy food.

Success Story: Pioneering international partnership matures

January 30, 2019

Construction trades China visit photoFaculty and administrators from a Chinese technical school traveled to NMC for training earlier this month, another milestone in a one-of-a-kind international partnership that is now rounding the midpoint of its first stage.

NMC and the Yellow River Conservancy Technical Institute have an agreement under which NMC instructors teach construction and marine technology classes to three cohorts of Chinese students in China. The first cohort of about 50 earned their NMC degrees in spring 2018, the first time a community college had delivered a technical, applied program internationally.

The second cohort will wrap up this spring. After the third cohort completes in 2020, NMC will consider whether and how to move forward with student exchanges.

“These first three years, we’re just focusing on getting this initial delivery done, so we can build toward what it would take to have our students going there, or perhaps their students going here.” said Hans Van Sumeren, director of NMC’s Great Lakes Water Studies Institute. “This has never been done. It’s kind of like going to the moon, but we’re just orbiting the Earth a few times first.”

Key to advancing the partnership is joint professional development. On this month’s orbital pass, Yellow River instructors visited NMC’s Aero Park campus for training on marine technology and construction technology equipment.

China students with ROVOn the marine technology side, Yellow River recently purchased the same underwater ROV that NMC owns for their campus in Kaifeng, China. NMC instructors will be able to use the ROV when they return to China in April for the fourth of six planned instructional delivery sessions.

NMC facilitated shipment of equipment within China for the previous cohort. Yellow River is also investing in sonar equipment and software. Instructors will return to Traverse City in June for additional training.

“They are really taking our support and building out a degree,” said Van Sumeren. He added that NMC’s new land surveying degree, offered beginning this fall, was informed by Yellow River. The Institute has the largest surveying program in China.

“Building an international team like this, we’re able to broaden our perspective,” Van Sumeren said. “We’re highly focused on integrating the land component into our degree to make much stronger graduates, industry-ready.”

On the construction side, the Chinese group was introduced to both hand and power tools used in basic carpentry.

“Most of their equipment all has to do with concrete,” said Dan Goodchild, Construction Technology coordinator.

Instructor Brian Sweeney will make his third trip to China this spring to teach construction courses. He says the challenge of teaching internationally has made him a better teacher at NMC.

“I go with the assumption they will not understand anything I say. Everything has to be presented visually or hands-on,” said Sweeney, who teaches in English with the support of a team of four interpreters.

That habit has translated back to his classes in Traverse City.

“I put a lot more pictures in my presentations, because that seems to be the best way to transmit information,” Sweeney said.

NMC began the partnership with Yellow River in 2012 as part of the strategic directions determined by the college Board of Trustees to prepare learners for success in a global society, establish international competencies in the area of freshwater and deliver learning through a networked workforce.

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