The World Awaits!

Let NMC’s Office of International Services and Service Learning be a springboard to the world outside your door. Not only do we offer a fantastic selection of experiences overseas (more than any other community college in Michigan!), but a way to connect with the globe right here in Traverse City. Earn a Global Endorsement, take part in opportunities such as Passport which is a monthly International student presentation, What’s Up World is a student led discussion on a current topic of global relevance, and the International Affairs Forum is a free monthly event with world renowned presenters such as the Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic, immigration and migration activists, and former government officials involved with topics such as nuclear proliferation, national security, and the use of advanced technology for a healthier world. 

We are always curious to hear your ideas on how best to bring the world into the classroom, so stop by and see us in the lower level of Scholars Hall (SH 29)! Or visit us on our website here.

Short term study abroad for 2019 include experiences in the following countries:

  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • South Africa
  • Spain

NMC Engineering Club Fall Kickoff Meeting

Do you have an interest in designing, building, testing, and competing alongside colleagues with similar interests? If so, come to the NMC Engineering Club’s fall 2018 kickoff meeting, which will be held on Friday, September 7 at 11:30 a.m. in room PS112 in the Parsons-Stulen Building on NMC’s Aero Park campus. Topics to be discussed include club administration, future meeting schedule, and perhaps most importantly, the club project for the 2018-2019 school year.

The engineering club is open to all NMC students, regardless of major or area of specialization. If you’re not sure whether the club is right for you, come to the first meeting anyway — there will be free pizza! Please see Jay Smith (, (231) 995-1270 or LB33A) for more information.

Transfer Tuesdays

Planning to transfer after NMC? Meet with a university advisor during Transfer Tuesdays! Held weekly on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Health & Science Lobby, advisors from colleges at NMC’s University Center including Central Michigan, Davenport, Ferris State, Grand Valley, Michigan State, Spring Arbor, and Western Michigan University will be on hand. A schedule of visiting academic advisors can be found here.

UPDATED! Parking enforcement begins Tuesday, Sept. 4

The Traverse City Parking Patrol will begin issuing citations for parking violations at NMC on Tuesday, September 4. All faculty, staff and students must have their 2018-2019 permits displayed by that date.

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.

A Colorful Cast – The Rise of Visual Arts in Traverse City

Celebrate the rise of visual arts in the Grand Traverse Region and the legacy and rich history of the NMC Art Department in the reformatted second edition of this retrospective, A Colorful Cast.

Stewarded by Paul Welch and Ann Swaney and authored by Heather Shumaker, A Colorful Cast highlights the men and women who created a wave of visual arts in the Grand Traverse Region and celebrates the role that NMC and its Fine Arts Department played in building regional interest in visual arts. The galleries, the studios, and the festivals that now draw thousands to our region, all were influenced by the vibrant learning environment of the College and the artists who have gathered and learned here.

Copies of A Colorful Cast are $29.95 and are available at the Dennos Museum gift shop, Horizon Books in downtown Traverse City, Twisted Fish Gallery in Elk Rapids, and through the NMC Foundation by calling 231-995-1021 or purchasing online here. Proceeds from the sale of A Colorful Cast will go to support visual arts scholarships at Northwestern Michigan College.

The printing of this reformatted edition was made possible by the diligent efforts of Ann Swaney, Adriana Beddoe, Tom Gorsline, and project coordinator and underwriter Peg Jonkhoff.

Pine Palooza is August 28

Tuesday August 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., North Hall Lawn

A student fair that celebrates all things wonderful at college!

Students can enjoy FREE food and live music while learning about many of our student organizations, campus resources, and community collaborators.

There are also tons of games, activities and FREE giveaways!

Catering is back!

Starting on Monday, August 27, Dining Services’ catering department will re-open.

Note: We may have some limitations operating from our temporary location. While the West Hall Innovation Center project is underway, Dining Services will be located in the Oleson Center.

Innovation Center Project Updates

With the multi-million-dollar West Hall Innovation Center project now underway, several NMC departments, offices and services that were located in West Hall have moved to other locations on main campus.

Here’s a partial list of what’s moved and where:

  • Student ID Cards: Tanis Room T 142
  • Dining Services: Oleson Center
  • NMC Bookstore: Health & Science Room HS 101
  • Tutoring: Osterlin Room O 210
  • Student Life: Osterlin Room O 152
  • International Services: Scholars Hall Room SH 29
  • Veterans Lounge: Osterlin Room O 103
  • Apartment Management: Biederman Room LB 104
  • Childcare: Phys Ed Building Room P 206

For more on the project, including project renderings, a timeline and a longer list of department, office and service moves, visit

To view the updated campus map, visit

The project is slated to be completed in the fall of 2019.

Walk In Advising August 13-29

Classes start August 25 and you still need help with your fall schedule?! We can help! Stop by the Advising Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 13-29 for Walk-In Advising. Sessions are on a first-come-first-served basis. (231) 995-1040 for questions.

NMC Dining Services – New locations and hours!

NMC Dining Services’ Fall 2018 locations and hours will be as follows. The new hours begin August 24:

Hawk Owl Café

Open 7 Days a week
10:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
Located in the Oleson Center – NEW LOCATION!

Hawks Nest

Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Located in East Hall  – Cashless location

Northwest Grind – Starbucks

Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
Located in the Osterlin Building

For details, contact Dining Services at (231) 995-1688.
For more information, visit

NMC Aviation reaches international milestone

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College has welcomed a record number of international students for its 2018 summer aviation program.

The group includes 32 students from 17 different countries including Malaysia, Nigeria, China, India, Lithuania, Thailand, Bangladesh, Portugal, Italy, Kenya, United Kingdom, Russia, Ukraine, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Ecuador and Uganda.

The students are studying Aerospace Engineering at three main NMC partner universities in the United Kingdom: University of Hertfordshire, University of the West of England and University of Manchester.

This partnership began in 2009 with an Innovation Grant from the NMC Foundation as a way to boost enrollment to the aviation program during the often slower summer season. Since its beginning, the international partnership has brought in an additional $2.5 million and increased the financial viability of the aviation program.

According to NMC’s International Aviation Program Coordinator, Steve Ursell, the greatest benefits are to the students: “This fantastic diverse group really contributes to the atmosphere and training of all of our students and instructors whether they’re from Traverse City or Thailand. They bring a new perspective, experience and cultural understanding to our flight school that helps prepare our students for careers that may take them around the world.”

This partnership is another example of NMC leveraging its unique assets to provide mutual benefit, says NMC Director of Aviation Alex Bloye: “NMC has been a trusted partner with these universities. We’ve worked with them to design specific flight training and flight test courses that add valuable practical flying experience to the aerospace theory courses offered in the United Kingdom.”

International aviation students must go through a TSA and Visa approval process, overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to be able to train at NMC. This process starts almost nine months before students arrive at NMC..

Release date: August 2, 2018

For more information:

Alex Bloye
NMC Director of Aviation
(231) 995-2929


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.

Bookstore Move

The bookstore will be closed August 2-7 to move to the Health & Science Building. We will reopen on Wednesday, August 8, in Health & Science Room 101. All online book orders submitted during that time will be processed on August 8.

Summer Book Rentals Due

Summer book rentals are due on August 10.

Please note that the bookstore will be closed August 2-7 to move, and will reopen in Health & Science Room 101 on August 8.

Fall Financial Aid at the Bookstore

Fall financial aid will be available to use in the bookstore August 13-September 11. Gas cards will be available for purchase with financial aid August 20-September 11.

Can’t get to the bookstore for your books but need to use financial aid? Email the bookstore at for more information.

It’s time to secure your fall classes!

Payment for fall classes is due July 31, 2018

Online:, under Student Billing

  • Electronic Check from checking or savings account at no cost
  • Debit card payment at no cost to you
  • Credit card payment: American Express, MasterCard, VISA, or Discover (including JCB, Diners Pay and China Union Network). A 2.85% service fee applies to all credit card payments for charges related to academic credit courses
  • Authorize someone else to make a payment
  • Enroll in direct deposit for refunds
  • Enroll in a deferred payment plan
  • Make a housing or aviation deposit under Deposits
  • Go to Financial Aid menu to check your financial aid

In person: Payments by cash, check, or money order can be made at Student Financial Services (Tanis Bldg., main level)

By mail: Please note your NMC ID on your check.

NMC Student Financial Services
1701 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686

Explore payment options:

Questions? (231) 995-1035 or

Helpful tips:

  • Check your NMC email and Self-Service often
  • Respond to any requests for information
  • Drop before 100% Refund Date (on your schedule) if you don’t plan to attend
  • Financial Aid information:

Fall session begins August 25. Register today!