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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Michigan Reconnect milestone

NMC’s Enrollment Services has helped more than 300 adults over the age of 25 return to NMC to finish their degree or start for the first time through the Michigan Reconnect program.

Michigan Reconnect provides free in-district tuition and reduced out-of-district tuition for adults who are 25 years or older and don’t have a college degree or GED.


Who’s been a Hawk Owl Helper or Hero for you? Let us know at publicrelations@nmc.edu!

Jason Dake Farewell Celebration

Jason DakeJason Dake, the Deputy Director of Museum Programs & Learning, is leaving the Dennos after almost 10 years of service to the college and Traverse City communities. His last day will be Thursday, September 15. Come wish Jason well on his next chapter!

When: Thursday, September 8, 3 – 5 pm
Where: Sculpture Court, Dennos Museum Center

Questions? Contact the Dennos Museum at (231) 995-1055

Media Mentions for August 15, 2022

The following college events and stories have appeared in the media recently. We want to share your media involvement too. Please send information about your NMC-related interview or appearance to publicrelations@nmc.edu. If possible, please include a link to the piece and information about where and when it was used.

Please note access to some stories may be limited by paywalls set up by the media outlet. This includes the Traverse City Record-Eagle, which limits free clicks to five per month. You may also read Record-Eagle articles in the print edition at the NMC Library.

Remeasuring ‘zero:’ Great Lakes datum survey in motion
Record-Eagle, August 14
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16th Annual Mike McIntosh Memorial Truck & Car Show

16th Annual Mike McIntosh Truck and Car Show posterCome see cool cars and support students at NMC’s 16th annual Mike McIntosh Memorial Truck & Car Show on Saturday, September 10 from 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at NMC’s Automotive Service Technology Building which is located at 2510 Aero Park Drive. Car enthusiasts will display their classic cars, 4X4s, dragsters, sports cars, modified late models, motorcycles and more. Student projects and vehicles will also be on display. The show is named after the late NMC Automotive instructor Mike McIntosh, who retired in 2004 after 34 years of service. McIntosh organized the first car show for the Automotive program in 2004.

Admission is free for spectators. There is a $15 entry fee per vehicle for contestants and registration begins at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit NMC’s Automotive program.

 

Registration is open for fall Lifelong & Professional Learning classes

The fall catalog of Northwestern Michigan College Lifelong & Professional Learning classes is now available online and by mail. Registration is open for over 270 learning options.

NMC Extended Educational Services is pleased to once again offer a range of in-person classes, as well as some livestream and online courses. The informal, short classes are taught by local experts on a wide variety of topics including cooking, art, outdoor recreation, business skills and more. New class series include Still Life Saturdays, Wine Tasting and Appreciation, Food For Thought, Narrative Writing, Digital Essentials, and more.

This fall marks the launch of the Global Certificate program. Enrolled students will embark on a journey of topics, such as diversity, global issues, local issues, culture, religion, history, and politics. Enrollment in the global certificate program also includes events at the Dennos Museum and International Affairs Forum.

NMC Extended Education offers accelerated solutions for those looking to start a career, upskill, or change careers. Professional development classes are available as well as custom training and/or corporate retreats. Contact ees@nmc.edu for additional information.

Full-time NMC employees can apply the tuition waiver to these classes. Take advantage of this generous benefit and enhance your skills or try something new!

View and register for classes at www.nmc.edu/ees or call NMC Extended Education at (231) 995-1700 to receive a catalog by mail.

Media Mentions for August 8, 2022

The following college events and stories have appeared in the media recently. We want to share your media involvement too. Please send information about your NMC-related interview or appearance to publicrelations@nmc.edu. If possible, please include a link to the piece and information about where and when it was used.

Please note access to some stories may be limited by paywalls set up by the media outlet. This includes the Traverse City Record-Eagle, which limits free clicks to five per month. You may also read Record-Eagle articles in the print edition at the NMC Library.

City firefighter returns home from boating expedition traveling America’s Great Loop
Cape Coral Breeze, August 7
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BSN Program Development

Kudos to Director of Nursing Tami Livengood and Vice President for Educational Services Stephen Siciliano for their work planning a bachelor’s of nursing degree pathway. Following passage of enabling legislation in July, NMC plans to apply for a $2 million state grant to administer a partnership with one or more four-year universities that would allow students to complete their BSN on NMC’s campus.


Who’s been a Hawk Owl Helper or Hero for you? Let us know at publicrelations@nmc.edu!

Kudos!

Kudos to Hollie DeWalt:  Hollie went above and beyond in helping me navigate a difficult situation during the process of retirement from the college. I really appreciated having a trustworthy, dependable employee advocate to go to. Thank you Hollie!

Kudos to Dave Weaver:  Dave and the” IT Team” have been a valuable and consistent resource for technology assistance throughout my time here at Northwestern Michigan College. I really appreciated the quick and thorough answers offered, and the willingness to work with the Macintosh environment.

Kudos to The Educational Technology Team: they have been quick to respond to the changing needs of faculty for as long as I have been at Northwestern Michigan College. From the time when Bob Chauvin led the department, with many of the same techs that work with Kyle Morrison, I have always been impressed with the awesome support from this department. Thank you, folks!

Kudos to Fred Cook:  Fred Cook has been an awesome team player and quality individual as part of the Great Lakes campus team. Kind, considerate, and willing to help. I appreciate Fred’s enthusiasm and hard work, as is evident in the appearance of the GL campus. I really appreciated the number of times he opened my office door when I inadvertently locked my keys inside. Thanks Fred! And thank you for always having a kind or encouraging word.


Experts suggest maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” increases positivity for yourself and for others. Please encourage your colleagues by submitting a KUDOS. Let them know you appreciate their hard work and are thinking of them!

Volunteers needed for Hawk Owl move-in day!

Welcome Week Graphic

Calling all members of the NMC community — our dorms are full and we need help welcoming our new and returning Hawk Owls for the Fall 2022 semester! We are looking for volunteers to help students move into North Hall on Thursday, August 25 and East Hall on Friday, August 26. Students will be moving in from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. on both days; each volunteer shift lasts an hour and we are looking for assistance with moving, parking and wayfinding. 

Volunteer sign up form

Sign up for a shift and be a friendly face — many hands make light work, so let’s give our students a warm welcome! 

Welcome our newest hires

Welcome to NMC!

  • Charles Macphee – Adjunct Construction Technology Instructor
  • Jessie Forgrave – Residence Hall Manager
  • Richard Hagberg, Supplemental – Technology Support Assistant
  • Devin Quast – Adjunct Certified Flight Instructor
  • Angel Allen, Student Employee – Residence Hall Front Desk
  • Zachery Hanses, Student Employee – Residence Hall Front Desk

Media Mentions for August 1, 2022

The following college events and stories have appeared in the media recently. We want to share your media involvement too. Please send information about your NMC-related interview or appearance to publicrelations@nmc.edu. If possible, please include a link to the piece and information about where and when it was used.

Please note access to some stories may be limited by paywalls set up by the media outlet. This includes the Traverse City Record-Eagle, which limits free clicks to five per month. You may also read Record-Eagle articles in the print edition at the NMC Library.

NMC program aims to bolster nursing shortage
Record-Eagle, July 31
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Important MPSERS Changes for Retirees

The Office of Retirement Services just released information on Public Act 184 of 2022. The act provides new and updated guidelines around working after retirement from MPSERS.  These rules are a significant change from past practice, so please review the following if you are enrolled in the MPSERS retirement plan through the Office of Retirement Services. (more…)

Kudos!

Kudos to Glenn Wolff:  This summer, several students have shared with us examples of Glenn going above and beyond to help them as a faculty advisor and we wanted to take a moment to say Thank You! Whether it is still meeting with a student even if they do not want to continue with an art major or walking them through completing orientation, Glenn is a great example of going above and beyond as a faculty advisor and we appreciate the little things he does to support us and our students!


Experts suggest maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” increases positivity for yourself and for others. Please encourage your colleagues by submitting a KUDOS. Let them know you appreciate their hard work and are thinking of them!

NMC students receive scholarships from Foundation for Surgical Technology

At just seven years old, NMC’s Surgical Technology program students are already distinguishing themselves in the field and helping provide care for the region’s patients. NMC is the only school to have two recipients of $1,500 scholarships from the Foundation for Surgical Technology.

NMC Surgical Technology scholarship recipient Jamie Mosier Surgical Technology scholarship recipient 

Natalie Balogh (pictured left), 19, of Traverse City, works at Alliance Surgery Center. Jamie Mosier (pictured right), 25, of Munising, works at Munson Medical Center. Both will graduate this December.

Find out more about the field at nmc.edu/surgtech.