Celebrate Constitution Day Sept. 20 at NMC!

Constitution Day eventHappy 235th birthday to the U.S. Constitution! NMC celebrates Constitution Day Tuesday, Sept. 20 with two events in the Osterlin Building:

League of Women Voters From Grand Traverse and Leelanau Area:

  • Stop by the Osterlin Building Lobby for voter registration and voting information, beginning at 10 a.m.
  • Learn about voting absentee and check your polling place.

Democracy in a Politically Polarized America: How can we find common ground?

  • Presentation & Interactive Breakout Groups hosted by NMC Social Sciences Instructor John Zachman, from 3–4:15 p.m.

Student Health Services Flu Clinics

Rosie the Riveter gets a flu shotDates:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.–Noon
  • Thursday, Sept. 29,  1–3 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.–Noon
  • Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1–3 p.m.

Location: Les Biederman Building, Rm. 106

If you can’t make these dates, please call (231) 995-1255 to schedule an appointment. As a reminder, our office does not bill insurance, although we do offer a reduced rate of $20 for staff and $15 per student. If you have NMC insurance, any charges will be processed as in previous years.

Success story: Highway construction, marine tech, health care offerings all available

September 14, 2022

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Back-to-school season isn’t over, even though the calendar says mid-September.

Across multiple fields, NMC is steadily increasing its microcredential offerings. These skill-based short courses offer professional development and retraining opportunities for those seeking a career change. Online delivery and sometimes self-paced structure mean the schedule isn’t tethered to a traditional school year calendar. 

Increasing the number of microcredentials and shortened course pathways is a goal of NMC’s strategic plan, NMC Next. They’re attractive to students and employers alike, addressing the skills gap that many regional employers cited in a 2021 study as hindering their growth. 

“When a person sees a direct line, and it’s quick, and it’s accelerated, the more likely they are to enroll,” said Janie McNabb, a Traverse City-based workforce development consultant and former NMC trustee.

“As the region’s leading higher education institution, we work to meet the needs of students and employers. Microcredentials enable us to do so effectively and efficiently,” said Jason Slade, NMC vice president for strategic initiatives. 

Here’s a look at a variety of upcoming microcredentials:

  • Heavy highway construction: This new training program is a partnership with Networks Northwest andTeam Elmer’s. Launching in January 2023, the 12-week Heavy Highway Construction training program will help develop the workforce needed to help modernize, upgrade, and build new structures, bridges, and roads. Attend an informational session from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at NMC’s Aero Park Laboratories building or an informational webinar on Oct. 12.
  • Marine Tech: In another industry collaboration, NMC and Kongsberg Maritime are partnering to deliver the first industry credentials in marine infrastructure and bridge inspection this fall. Two online, livestream courses will be offered in October. Students will learn SONAR technologies, data collection and analysis with an emphasis on ports, dams, waterways, locks, and transportation infrastructure. A one-week in person course is also planned for March 2023. More information.
  • Survey Technologies: Michigan Technological University and NMC have partnered to deliver services of courses specific to survey, civil engineering, and infrastructure professionals. October program offerings include multiple technology specific applications. More information.
  • Healthcare: Credentials in eldercare, medical billing, medical assistant and pharmacy tech are all available this fall as accelerated solutions through NMC’s Extended Educational Services. The Eldercare certificate, an in-person evening offering at NMC’s University Center campus, begins Sept. 27 and is just five weeks. The others clock in at an estimated 12 weeks and are delivered online. More information.

NMC is applying the shortened course format in traditional academic areas as well. The Great Lakes Culinary Institute rolled out two new certificates and shortened formats this fall. Beginning fall 2023, NMC’s Police Academy will condense its program from a yearlong format to a single semester. This could potentially double the number of police academy graduates, who are now in high demand by agencies at all levels.

“They are really excited to see us make this change,” Police Academy Director Gail Kurowski said. “They are desperately in need of law enforcement personnel.”

Lakebed 2030 convenes partners to map Great Lakes

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC will host the Lakebed 2030 conference, an update on collaborative efforts to map the world’s largest available freshwater body, Sept. 28-30 at the Hagerty Center on its Great Lakes campus.

Formed in 2019, Lakebed 2030 is a consortium of researchers, policy, governmental and industry partners which seeks to fully map the 244,160 square kilometers of the Great Lakes at high resolution by 2030. Presently, only approximately 15 percent is mapped. Even some of the existing maps of the lake floor rely on data that is decades old and low-density.

This lack of information inhibits effective management, research, and innovation, particularly under mounting climate change threats, including severe drought in the United States, and a growing “blue economy” in the Great Lakes region.

With a keynote delivered by RADM Benjamin K. Evans, Director, NOAA Office of Coast Survey, the conference will bring together Great Lakes experts and stakeholders from around the U.S. and Canada to:

  • Focus on high-resolution mapping and bathymetry data in the Great Lakes.
  • Develop a strategy to catalog new and existing lake bed information for shared use.
  • Share the latest technology advancements with the Great Lakes community.

NMC students will also participate in the conference, including a roundtable employer discussion regarding career opportunities. Graduates of NMC’s Marine Technology bachelor’s degree program are highly sought after by employers working in the global marine space. NMC also offers professional development courses through the Marine Center.

The Great Lakes contain more than 80 percent of North America’s surface freshwater and 20 percent of Earth’s surface freshwater. Mapping it completely at high density is estimated to cost $200 million.

Lakebed 2030 registration is $200 for in-person attendance and $50 for virtual attendance. See the full schedule here.

 

Release Date: September 13, 2022

For More Information:

Hans W. Van Sumeren, CMarTech
Director, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute
Northwestern Michigan College
(231) 995-1793

hvansumeren@nmc.edu

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Have a Voice! Join Student Government Association

NMC Student Government AssociationDo you want to be a vital member of the NMC Student Community? Join SGA (NMC’s Student Government Association) to make sure the voice of NMC students is heard and respected. You can help us:

  • Oversee the budget for student group funding
  • Organize events for students to gather and participate in
  • Make sure student questions are answered by NMC Administration

We meet weekly on Zoom for approximately an hour, working around members’ class and work schedules. Check out our SGA website for details on how to be nominated for membership by your fellow students or by a faculty member.  

Contact SGA Advisors athornton@nmc.edu or lthomas@nmc.edu for more information.

Fall Curiosities sessions at the NMC Library

Fall 2022 Curiosities seriesThe NMC Library’s Curiosities series is returning for a second year, with the first session kicking off on September 14! Structured as an ongoing series of topical explorations, Curiosities is a chance to connect with fellow lifelong learners at NMC. We take one topic at a time, spending four consecutive weeks per topic. Each week we gather to discuss a shared bit of reading, listening or viewing. These sessions are open to students, faculty, staff and community members alike! 

Fall Session I: The Future of Voting
September 14 – October 5 | Wednesdays, 1–2 p.m. via Zoom
Feeling a bit lost trying to keep up with recent news and court cases about how your vote is cast and counted? Join us – along with guest hosts Tom Gordon, Luke Pickelman, and John Zachman – as we explore and discuss key factors and tensions shaping the future of voting in the United States. Register here for Curiosities: The Future of Voting 

Fall Session II: Curiosities Shorts Fest
October 20 – November 10 | Thursdays, 12–1 p.m. via Zoom
Join us for four weeks of library-curated short films spanning a range of genres. In true Curiosities style, films will be paired with additional materials to enhance our experience and understanding. Watch on your own and we’ll discuss together! Register here for Curiosities Shorts Fest

Students may be eligible to earn co-curricular credit for participating – ask your instructor or email library@nmc.edu to find out more!

Student Group Information

NMC student group informationInterested in student groups? Want to join a student group or start a student group? Get in touch with the Student Life office! Stay tuned for opportunities to meet our campus student groups! Are you a staff or faculty member who is interested in advising a student group! Let the Student Life Office know!

Fall 2022 Tech Talks

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 your tech skills, and where you can get support for all things tech-related. 

  • August 31: File Management – Network Drives and Google Drive
  • September 7: Google Docs
  • September 8: Google Email and Calendar
  • September 12: Google Slides

Each session is offered at two different times — 12:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Once you sign up, you will receive a Zoom link three hours prior to the start of the course. 

Sign up today!

If you have any questions, please contact the Technology Help Desk at (231) 995-3020 or start a chat session at nmc.edu/help.

 

Autocracy, Immigration Debate, and Ukraine on IAF fall agenda

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum will launch its 29th season of events on Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dennos Museum Center Milliken Auditorium in Traverse City, preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m.

IAF’s season opener will be an in-person event: “Democracy vs. Autocracy” with Erica Frantz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University. Dr. Frantz will explore global examples of the erosion of democratic ideals and the dangerous slide into authoritarianism. She has published seven books on these themes, including Authoritarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2018). She is a frequent contributor to publications including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post. This event will also be available to livestream.

The fall season continues with the following:

  • Thursday, October 20, 6:30 p.m. (in-person event + livestream): “Immigration Debate” with David V. Aguilar, former acting commissioner for Customs and Border Protection who during his tenure commanded 80,000 CBP agents, and Theresa Cardinal Brown, managing director of immigration and cross-border policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Aguilar and Cardinal Brown will engage in an Oxford-style debate with a focus on immigration reform and potential solutions. The debate will include questions from the audience.
  • Tuesday, November 8, 6:30 p.m. (virtual event): “The New World Order: After Ukraine” with Ambassador John C. Kornblum, ambassador to Germany from 1997-2001 and expert on U.S.-European political and economic relations. Amb. Kornblum occupied high-level diplomatic posts including U.S. assistant secretary of state for European affairs, U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Process), deputy U.S. ambassador to NATO, and U.S. minister and deputy commandant of forces in divided Berlin. He will decipher the knotty geopolitical power shifts spurred on by Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine.

Presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Receptions begin at 5:30 p.m. when available.

All IAF regular season events are open to the public. Tickets are required and available for purchase online or at the door. In-person admission is $15 per person. Current students and educators receive free admission with a school I.D. or name badge.

Events are also livestreamed. Registration is required with a suggested donation of $10. For in-person tickets, livestream registration, and all event details, visit TCIAF.com.

IAF is welcoming new members and sponsors for the current season September 2022 -June 2023. Membership starts at $100 for individuals or $160 for families and includes in-person admission and livestream access to all regular season events. Learn more about IAF membership, event sponsorship, and student outreach at TCIAF.com.

The International Affairs Forum is a program of Northwestern Michigan College.

Release date: August 30, 2022

For more information:

Alex Tank
Communications & Production Coordinator
International Affairs Forum at Northwestern Michigan College
(231) 995-1844
atank@nmc.edu

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200 named to summer Dean’s List

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC’s Dean’s List recognizes students who have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or above out of a possible 4.0 while taking five or more credits in a semester. A list of students who have achieved Dean’s List honors for the summer 2022 semester is available here.

 

RELEASE DATE: August 26, 2020

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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

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Success story: New specialty certificate will fill high industry demand

August 24, 2022

Entry-level salary: $60,000.

Entry-level vacation: Six months.

That’s what students who graduate with NMC’s new Culinary Arts certificate with Maritime emphasis, a specialty field with high industry demand, can expect.

Culinary student Megan Cook with a cake she baked aboard the Training Ship State of MichiganApproved by NMC’s Board of Trustees Monday, the one-year certificate formalizes an internship program that’s existed for about five years. Students in NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute have interned as cooks aboard the T/S State of Michigan, the training ship for NMC’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy. All have been immediately employed upon graduation, including 2021 intern/2022 graduate Megan Cook (above).

She anticipates finalizing her job offer this week, after wrapping up a second short-term gig in the training ship’s galley. Cook will sail on the Great Lakes for the May–January shipping season, working a 60 days on/30 days off schedule. She’ll earn a salary of between $60,000 and $70,000.

“This is such a great program. It’s going to be amazing,” said Cook, 20, originally from Sylvania, Ohio. “It makes me so happy that all my hard work paid off.”

The shipping industry hopes to find more cooks like Cook. To meet that demand, NMC hopes to enroll 20 students in the certificate program during the first year, 2023–2024.

“Skilled culinary staff is critical to a well-managed vessel. The maritime industry continues to see this need across all areas. I would 100 percent encourage any culinary student who is seeking adventure while honing their craft to pursue a career at sea,” said Jenny Johnson, director of Labor Experience and Recruitment at Crowley. The Florida-based company has hired past GLCI graduates for its shipping division of more than 200 vessels, in addition to recruiting graduates of NMC’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy.

Culinary student Carolyn Fairchild carving meat aboard the Training Ship State of MichiganGLCI student Carolyn Fairchild (left) interned aboard the ship this summer. She says she’s 90 percent sure she’ll seek shipboard employment after she graduates in spring 2023. 

“I really like traveling. It was something different than a normal restaurant,” said Fairchild, 20. A Flint native, she transferred to GLCI from Michigan Tech after discovering how much she enjoyed the hands-on and creative aspects of cooking on a prep cook job.

“You can be cooking every day, but not make the same thing for months, and that’s really appealing,” Fairchild said.

Creation of the certificate is an objective within NMC’s strategic plan. It originated in a yearlong reimagining project for the Great Lakes Culinary Institute, which sought to increase enrollment and improve GLCI’s future sustainability.

“This certificate creates a unique offering that will distinguish the Great Lakes Culinary Institute from other programs. It also gives our students more options and meets the needs of industry,” said NMC President Nick Nissley

It combines and repackages existing curriculum in both the culinary and maritime programs and maximizes assets like the State of Michigan when it is not at sea. Students will take a specialized galley cooking course in the spring semester, the only new course.

“It’s challenging, spacewise and inventory-wise,” Cook said of working in a galley. The course as well as help obtaining maritime credentials will give certificate students a big advantage.

“They’ll get a huge kickstart to being able to sail on a ship,” she said.


More culinary news:

  • Farm-to-table dinners at Lobdell’s Teaching Restaurant: September 15, September 29 and October 6. Reservation line opens Aug. 30: (231) 995-3120.
  • November and December happy hours at Lobdell’s, hosted by GLCI’s Beverage Management class. Subscribe to the GLCI newsletter to be notified of dates.
  • New curriculum emphasizing sustainability: Limited waste, local food, and green cuisine.
  • New curriculum emphasizing health and nutrition: Plant-based, gluten-free, and dairy alternatives.
  • New content delivery–two short sessions per semester. Students will take fewer courses at the same time, allowing more concentrated learning and quicker goal achievement.
  • Lobdell’s lunches are paused for fall semester but will return in February 2023.

Culinary-Maritime certificate approved for fall 2023

Carolyn Fairchild, GLMA culinary internDownload a high-resolution photo of Carolyn FairchildTRAVERSE CITY — Next fall, NMC will offer a new Culinary Arts certificate with Maritime emphasis, a specialty field with high industry demand and high salaries, following unanimous approval by the Board of Trustees Monday. Creation of the certificate is an objective within NMC’s strategic plan. It originated in an 18-month reimagining project for the Great Lakes Culinary Institute, which sought to increase enrollment and improve GLCI’s future sustainability.

For the past five years a small number of culinary students have completed an internship onboard NMC’s training ship State of Michigan. That collaboration was due to demand for cooks seen by another NMC program, the Great Lakes Maritime Academy. Those culinary students were employed immediately upon graduation.

“Skilled culinary staff is critical to a well-managed vessel. The maritime industry continues to see this need across all areas. I would 100 percent encourage any culinary student who is seeking adventure while honing their craft to pursue a career at sea,” said Jenny Johnson, director of Labor Experience and Recruitment at Crowley. The Florida-based company has hired past GLCI graduates for its shipping division, which includes more than 200 vessels, in addition to recruiting graduates of NMC’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy. Based on that demand the reimagining committee chose to create a formal certificate. It is the first time a state maritime academy has partnered with a culinary program to provide this credential to serve the commercial maritime industry.

It combines and repackages existing curriculum in both the culinary and maritime programs and maximizes assets like the State of Michigan when it is not at sea.

Megan Cook, GLMA Culinary InternDownload a high-resolution photo of Megan Cook“This certificate creates a unique offering that will distinguish the Great Lakes Culinary Institute from other programs. It also gives our students more options and meets the needs of industry,” said NMC President Nick Nissley.

The program’s first-year enrollment goal is 20 students. In the fall semester, students will take culinary courses offering foundational theory and practical applications of savory cooking, butchery, baking, sanitation, nutrition, food and beverage operations, and menu planning. They will apply for and earn necessary maritime credentials while in the program as well.

In the spring, students will take a specialized galley cooking course–the only new course–on the training ship while it is in port. Students will then complete an internship on the State of Michigan or a commercial vessel. Graduates with this certificate can sail as credentialed mariners on U.S. flag vessels, in Great Lakes service, in the steward department in culinary positions such as second cook.

Students whose goal is to sail on an ocean-going vessel will need to complete additional training on a commercial vessel. Within the next three years the Great Lakes Maritime Academy will amend its U.S. Coast Guard approval to offer this course in Traverse City.

Read more about the Great Lakes Culinary Institute which is accredited by the American Culinary Federation.

Read more about the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, which offers a bachelor’s degree in maritime technology.

State of Michigan galley images: 2022 intern Carolyn Fairchild, top; 2021 intern Megan Cook, bottom.

Release date: August 23, 2022

For more information:

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

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Parking enforcement starts Sept. 5

The Traverse City Parking Patrol will begin issuing warnings at NMC Saturday, Aug. 27 and start issuing citations for parking violations on Monday, Sept. 5. All NMC students and employees must have their 2022-2023 permits displayed then. If you haven’t received your permit, they’re available at the Campus Safety & Security office in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center (#9 on the Main Campus Map) and the Enrollment Services office on the main level of the Tanis Building (#5 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.

Webinar series aims to close region’s skills gap

TRAVERSE CITY — Seeking to close the skills gap in northern Michigan, three webinars aimed at entrepreneurs, employers and employees in a range of business sectors are planned for early fall.

Blue economy jobs, heavy highway construction training and funding for workforce training will each be explored in a free monthly webinar series hosted by Northwestern Michigan College and Traverse Connect. Registration for each hour-long session is now open.

In 2021, a Traverse Connect study revealed a skills gap is hindering the region’s economic growth. The webinar series is part of a comprehensive community approach to fill that gap.

“Since the release of the 2021 Skills Gap Study report, NMC has enthusiastically responded to the needs of our business community,” said Warren Call, president and CEO of Traverse Connect. “This fall webinar series will offer a wide range of individuals — from entrepreneurs to workers in the construction industry — actionable and timely information to make a difference in our regional economy.”

“As a community college, NMC always tries to stay attuned to community needs,” said Jason Slade, vice president for strategic initiatives. “Working with Traverse Connect insures that our response is aimed where it’s most needed.”

The upcoming programs also align with goals in NMC’s strategic plan, including future-focused education and institutional distinction.

Thursday, September 8, noon: Blue Economy: Registration Link
Northern Michigan, capitalizing on its geographic location and entrepreneurial ecosystem, is poised to become a global leader for freshwater business development and research. Learn more about the opportunities and industries in place and potential development.

  • Who should attend: Civil, environmental, mechanical, and geotechnical engineering businesses. construction businesses; startups and entrepreneurs; educators
  • More: Attend the Lakebed 2030 Mapping the Great Lakes conference, to be held Sept. 28-30 at NMC’s Hagerty Center.

Thursday, October 13, noon: Heavy Highway Construction training: Registration Link
The Traverse Connect study identified creation of microcredentials— or short-term, job-specific training — as one way to close the skills gap. NMC’s new 12-week training program to meet the demand for heavy highway construction workers is one example. Launching in January, the intensive Heavy Highway Construction Training Program will help develop the workforce needed to help modernize, upgrade, and build new structures, bridges, and roads.

  • Who should attend: Construction businesses, transportation businesses, job seekers

Thursday, November 10, noon: Funding workforce development: Registration Link
Since 2008, more than 1,000 new jobs have been created in the region through workforce training NMC has provided to dozens of regional companies. That’s thanks to the New Jobs Training Act, legislation that allows companies to divert payroll taxes into a fund to train new hires. NMC administers the program and is also a training provider. In this webinar, find out more about the Act and other state and local funding available to help businesses pay for workforce development and training.

  • Who should attend: Business owners, human resources professionals, job seekers

 

Release Date: August 15, 2022

For More Information:

Ed Bailey
The Marine Center at NMC
(231) 995-1215
ebailey@nmc.edu

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Summer Book Rentals Due

Summer book rentals are due back to the NMC Bookstore by Thursday, August 11. The bookstore’s summer hours are Monday–Thursday from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

*Please note that the bookstore will be closed on Tuesday, August 2, for the election. The store will reopen on Wednesday, August 3.