Register now for Big Little Hero Race April 13

TRAVERSE CITY — Students in the Professional Communications class at Northwestern Michigan College are hosting the fifth annual Big Little Hero Race in support of Big Brother Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Every year the Big Little Hero Race team chooses a local hero to lead the fun run and recognize during award ceremony. This year the class sought nominations from the public and selected Ty Schmidt, the co-founder of Norte, a nonprofit youth cycling and pro-bike, pro-walk advocacy group in Traverse City.

The superhero-themed race will be held on NMC’s main campus near the Health & Science Building. The event will include:

  • 1 mile fun run/walk: Free to participate & free cape for kids
  • 5K run/walk: $20 for students, $30 for adults
  • 10K run: $20 for students, $30 for adults

Register before March 18 for early bird prices and to guarantee a free race t-shirt. In 2017 the Big Little Hero Race was voted new favorite local race by the Traverse City Track Club.

This costume-encouraged event begins at 9 a.m. with the 1-mile fun run, followed by the officially-timed 5K and 10K at 9:30 a.m. There will also be family-friendly activities until 12:30 p.m. including food, carnival games and a silent auction.

There will be awards for:

  •      Best male costume
  •      Best female costume
  •      Best child costume (male and female)
  •      Best team costume

There will be medals for:

  •      Top 3 best times for each age group for males
  •      Top 3 best times for each age group for females

In its five years the Big Little Hero race has raised more than $80,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan in support of their goal “to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.”

To register and for more information please visit:

Release date: march 6, 2019

For more information:

Kristy McDonald
Business Instructor
(231) 995-1059

Elizabeth Manor
Student Marketing Leader
(231) 384-0857


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.

The Outside Track Performance Mar. 13

Join us Wednesday, March 13 in the Lobby of the Health and Science building from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m for a performance by The Outside Track, an Irish band. Then from 1-1:30 p.m. they will be doing a mix of Celtic music and a history talk for students. Sodexo will be serving Corned Beef and Cabbage with Parsley Red Potatoes with Meals on the Move and the NMC bookstore will be having a flash sale!

Open Education Week 2019

NMC faculty saved students $1,257,200 since fall 2015 by choosing free or low-cost textbooks for their courses. Join the OER Squad in thanking our Textbook Heroes during Open Education Week 2019, March 4-8.

Stop by the library lobby between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and tell us how you cope with the high cost of textbooks and get a free phone holder! Come have a piece of “Million Dollar Cake” on Thursday. And check out our fabulous OER faculty and the list of courses NMC offers using free or low-cost textbooks.

Success Story: NMC-Traverse House partnership wins award

February 27, 2019

Brenda Clifton and Scott WilliamsBrenda Clifton and Scott WilliamsDishwasher is not a job that lands on many top-ten career lists, meaning many hospitality employers, including NMC’s Hagerty Center, struggle to find them.

But for someone like Brenda Clifton, it can be life-changing.

“It helps me a lot because it gives me responsibility,” said Clifton, the Hagerty Center’s newest kitchen steward, who was initially hired through a transitional employment partnership with Traverse House, a unit of Northern Lakes Community Mental Health. “People depend on me to be there.”

Next month, the Hagerty Center will accept a statewide award for the partnership, which offers a vulnerable population an important hand up to independence and addresses an NMC strategic goal of building collaborative relationships.

“Of our independently employed individuals, probably 70 percent have been placed in a transitional experience,” said Traverse House Director Hannah Driver. She nominated the Hagerty Center, led by Executive Chef Scott Williams and Director Chad Schenkelberger, for the award, to be presented by state Rep. Larry Inman.

“They had faith in us and faith in our program, and it’s worked out wonderfully,” Driver said. “We choose the best employers.”

Under the program, two Traverse House members work as Hagerty Center kitchen stewards between 12 to 15 hours per week for six to nine months. Traverse House selects the employees, bypassing the interview process. Selected employees get work experience and an employer reference. After the transition period, ideally the individual goes on to independent employment, and a new Traverse House member takes the kitchen steward job.

Clifton, 63, says it’s the best job she’s ever had.

“I love it. The people there are really nice,” said Clifton, who now works up to 20 hours a week. She can walk to work from her home, and it offers structure to her life.

Transitional employees are usually scheduled for shorter shifts during the day. Traverse House provides backup if the employee misses work. Williams credited the entire Hagerty Center team for helping Clifton adapt to the often hectic work environment.

“It can be an intimidating environment, walking into a kitchen, for anybody,” he said, noting that Hagerty meals often seat 200 people.

Since completing the transition period, Clifton can work longer shifts on nights and weekends and doesn’t need much supervision, Williams said.

“She’s a rock star now. We love having her.”

Schenkelberger agreed the center benefits as much as the employee. “This position traditionally has one of the highest turnover rates in the hospitality industry. So this partnership has brought us a sense of security knowing we have additional members of Traverse House looking to fill the position if a spot opens up,” he said.

In fact, Williams is hoping to convert another Traverse House transitional employee to permanent status: Justin Reed, 32. For his part, Reed, a former Goodwill Inn resident, says both employment and housing help him get through daily challenges.

“I would be more hesitant to work at that employer, if there wasn’t support,” he said. “I’m a strong advocate for mental health services.”

Intramural Dodgeball Sign-up



Season Starts Monday, March 11 for five weeks.

Two games per week played Monday–Thursday at 2:10, 3:10 or 4:10 p.m. or (new time offering) Sundays 8:10, 9:10 or 10:10 p.m.

Mandatory Captains’ meeting and Sign-up Deadline

Thursday, March 7 at 5 p.m. in the PE Lobby.

For more information or questions please contact Steven Dixon at 995-1379.

Download the signup form here »

Summer Registration is Open!

Need to keep on track with degree requirements?

Retake a class you didn’t do so well in before?

Enroll in a summer class at NMC!

Summer registration is open and available.

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!