GRASP deadline extended to May 24

GRASP Reading and Math ProgramThe registration deadline for the GRASP summer math and reading program has been extended to Tuesday, May 24. To register a student for GRASP, please visit nmc.edu/grasp or call Extended Education at (231) 995-1700.

GRASP is a screen-free at-home learning program to help students maintain and build their essential math and reading skills over the summer break. The program is facilitated by local teachers, who will grade the weekly lessons and provide feedback to the children. Lessons are screen-free and portable, so they can be completed from wherever summer travel may take you. Over 4,000 local students have benefitted from this proven program.

Full-time NMC employees can apply the tuition waiver. Registration for a dependent for the 9-week program is just $40 per subject, or $70 for both.

Register your child or grandchild today

Articulation agreement to encourage carpentry careers

Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters Articulation Agreement Signing CeremonyTRAVERSE CITY – As career opportunities boom for carpenters and other skilled trades workers, NMC will sign an articulation agreement with the Michigan Statewide Carpenters and Millwright Joint Apprenticeship and Training Fund on Wednesday, May 25 at the Aero Park Labs building, 2525 Aero Park Drive, Traverse City.

The signing is concurrent with the Michigan Educators Apprenticeship Training Association conference held May 24-26 in Traverse City. Conference attendees will visit the Aero Park Labs building, home to NMC’s construction technology, welding technology, HVAC-R technology and renewable energy technology programs. 

The signing will occur at 3 p.m. May 25. It intended to showcase how industry and education are collaborating to encourage people to enter skilled trades, as well as to offer advanced learning opportunities so journeyman skilled trades workers can advance into leadership positions.

 

RELEASE DATE: MAY 20, 2022

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Dan Goodchild
(231)995-2777

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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. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

Articulation agreement to encourage carpentry careers

TRAVERSE CITY – As career opportunities boom for carpenters and other skilled trades workers, NMC will sign an articulation agreement with the Michigan Statewide Carpenters and Millwright Joint Apprenticeship and Training Fund on Wednesday, May 25 at the Aero Park Labs building, 2525 Aero Park Drive, Traverse City.

The signing is concurrent with the Michigan Educators Apprenticeship Training Association conference held May 24-26 in Traverse City. Conference attendees will visit the Aero Park Labs building, home to NMC’s construction technology, welding technology, HVAC-R technology and renewable energy technology programs.

The signing will occur at 3 p.m. May 25. It intended to showcase how industry and education are collaborating to encourage people to enter skilled trades, as well as to offer advanced learning opportunities so journeyman skilled trades workers can advance into leadership positions.

Release Date: May 20, 2022

For more information:

Dan Goodchild
(231) 995-2777

 

Non-Discrimination Policy Notice

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. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

Kudos!

Kudos to the Technical Division: MiCareer Quest 2022 a huge success! Thank you to the following Tech Division instructors and support personnel:

  • Welding — Rick Mathis, Ryan Deering, Matt Pickler, Brenna Glinski, Kaylei Johnson
  • Automotive — Wayne Moody and the Bill Marsh Auto group
  • Construction — Phil McCuien
  • Surveying — Jeff Fouch (new instructor for fall)
  • Bio-med — Joe Deeter
  • Cyber Security — special guest Scott Goethals

There was lots of NMC representation from other areas as well and there was a great turn out of around 2,000 9th graders!

Kudos to Alex Bloye/Aviation staff and Diana Fairbanks/PRMC staff for utilizing their training to meet a challenging emergency situation with a safe outcome. Kudos also to Alex Bloye and Diana Fairbanks for handling the communication surrounding the incident. Well done!

Kudos to Cindy Deemer, the Commencement team and all participants and speakers: The new format seemed to be well received and it was wonderful to see a full Milliken Auditorium. Well done!

Kudos to Kari Kahler: Kari has gone above and beyond through this past academic year in establishing a NMC mentorship program with 5th graders at Blair Elementary. Over 30 NMC students have been mentoring a 5th grader and she recently coordinated with Blair to bring the 5th graders to tour NMC for the day and envision themselves as a Hawk Owl someday. The profound impact this program has had on not only the 5th graders, but the mentors as well, will continue to be seen for over their lifetime. This partnership and project would not have been possible without Kari. Thank you, Kari, for being a champion and advocate for NMC and lifelong learning in this community.


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!

Training ship State of Michigan departs May 21

TRAVERSE CITY — Forty-two cadets from Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy plus a chef intern from the Great Lakes Culinary Institute will depart aboard the T/S State of Michigan on the first of three training phases this Saturday, May 21.

The training ship will be at sea for five months, through Oct. 28, providing an opportunity for about 160 cadets to earn required sea time. Each phase will also include a culinary intern.

“The use of the training ship for an extended period of time, coupled with cadet berths on commercial vessels provided by our industry partners, will allow us to meet our goal of ensuring all cadets will have the ability to graduate as per their model schedules, regardless of the challenges caused by COVID,” said Academy Superintendent Jerry Achenbach.

Cadets must earn 360 days of required sea time during their four-year program. GLMA and GLCI have also collaborated for several years to offer internships to NMC culinary students during the sailing season. Cooks are in high demand by the shipping industry. A maritime culinary certificate that will expand opportunities for students in this niche area is expected to be offered in Fall 2023.

As the state maritime academy of Michigan, the Great Lakes Maritime Academy at Northwestern Michigan College educates and trains deck and engineering officers for the U.S. Merchant Marine. Graduates earn a bachelor’s degree, and an unlimited tonnage/horsepower merchant marine license. Read more about the Academy and see the cruise itinerary and map at nmc.edu/maritime.

Release date: May 18, 2022

For more information:

RADM Jerry Achenbach
Great Lakes Maritime Academy Superintendent
(231) 995-1203
gachenbach@nmc.edu

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY NOTICE

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. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

Outdoor social spaces on campus

This week’s Hawk Owl Helpers and Heros shout-out goes to Cathy Warner and her English 112 class, which took on improving campus outdoor spaces and seating as an experiential learning project during the spring semester. They successfully wrote for grant funds and received $500 to purchase Adirondack chairs and hammocks for main campus. The Adirondack chairs and hammocks can be found outside of the Innovation Center. Additional hammocks can be checked out from the security desk inside the Innovation Center.

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

Community Conversations: Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month

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May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month and the Traverse Area District Library is inviting our community to help recognize the contributions, achievements, and identities of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) that have helped shape America’s development into a richly multicultural society.

Each event will have light refreshments featuring local AAPI food vendors, along with an engaging conversation on identity, culture, and experiences in Traverse City.


Monday, May 16, 2022: Vincent Who?
(5:30—8:00pm) Register here

In 1982, at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments arising from massive layoffs in the auto industry, a Chinese-American named Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers. Chin’s killers, however, got off with a $3,000 fine and 3 years probation, but no jail time. Outraged by this injustice, Asian Americans around the country united for the first time across ethnic and socioeconomic lines to form a pan-Asian identity and civil rights movement. Ultimately, Vincent Who? asks how far Asian Americans have come since the case and how far they have yet to go. For in spite of Vincent Chin’s monumental significance in both the Asian American experience and the civil rights history of America, the vast majority of people today (including most Asian Americans) have little or no knowledge of him. 

  

Monday, May 23, 2022: Community Discussion Panel (5:30—8:00pm) Register here

Community Panel Discussion with:

  • Sakura Takano, Rotary Charities of Traverse City
  • Amy Yee, Amy Yee Bodyworks
  • Craig Hadley, Dennos Museum at NMC
  • Tony Vu, The Good Bowl
  • Denny Nguyen, NMC

along with moderators Judy Chu, NMC and Holly T. Bird, Northern Michigan E3 & Title Track

 


Please fill out this DEI Intercom Post Feedback Form to be part of our conversation and offer feedback or suggestions on what is being shared.

Kudos!

Kudos to Dennis Schultz: I came to Dennis at the end of the semester, a busy time for all, and asked him to help me make a video for the NMC Foundation. Dennis went above and beyond in getting me the finished video in a timely fashion, and a production of high quality. Thanks Dennis!

Kudos to Kristy McDonald: Kudos to Kristy McDonald and the BUS 231 Class for a successful Big Little Hero Race! The race was well organized and well attended with many kids (and adults) having a great time! Well done!

Kudos to Wayne Moody: Kudos to Wayne Moody and the Auto Tech program. Wayne invited businesses to attend the semester end Auto Tech BBQ this week. Several businesses attended and interviewed many of the Auto Tech students for jobs. What a great opportunity for both students and the businesses searching for trained staff. Well done!

Kudos to Tracy Welch, Kristy McDonald, Brandon Everest and Kari Kahler: Kudos to the organizers and presenters involved in the Experiential Learning Symposium last week. What a wonderful success. Special thanks to Tracy Welch, Kari Kahler, Brandon Everest and Kristy McDonald for the behind the scenes work. Bravo!

Kudos to Kyle Morrison: Thank you to Kyle Morrison for all the tech support and assistance with the First Annual NMC ELI Learning Symposium. His “can do” attitude was amazing and helped make the event successful!

Kudos to Kari Kahler: Congratulations to Kari Kahler for putting on an amazing Student Leadership Luncheon during the ELI Learning Symposium. Her extra efforts to recognize student leaders on campus was heartwarming and inspiring!

Kudos to Jeremy Heinlein: Jeremy Heinlein assisted Kari Kahler in organizing and running the Student Leadership Luncheon during the NMC ELI Learning Symposium. Jeremy’s enthusiasm and communication skills made the event exciting and fun for everyone to celebrate the leaders on campus. Thank you and congratulations!

Kudos to Brandon Everest & Kristy McDonald: Thank you to Brandon Everest and Kristy McDonald (Co-Directors of the ELI) for their commitment to celebrating student learning and growth through the First Annual NMC ELI Learning Symposium. Their vision to create an event that embraces student learning and showcases the talent at NMC is invaluable!

Kudos to Cindy Deemer: Cindy gathered a team of volunteers, planned and put on a fantastic graduation event that spanned 6 hours between the 3 ceremonies. In between she found the time to feed the volunteers with salad and goodies she made herself and purchased pizzas for all as well.
The event location at the Dennos was perfect and Cindy’s organization made things run so smoothly. And of course she did it all with a smile. She coordinated an event that was special to students and their families.


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!

Welcome our newest hires

Welcome to NMC!

  • Latrisha Dickeson — Enrollment Services — Student Employee
  • Laurie Johnson — Hagerty Event Center/Food Service — Supplemental Employee

FAA: Mechanical issue at fault in emergency landing

TRAVERSE CITY — Initial fact-finding by the Federal Aviation Administration has determined that a mechanical issue with an NMC plane forced an aviation student and flight instructor to make an emergency landing at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center on Tuesday, May 10.

No one was injured in the incident, which occurred shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday. The student and flight instructor were on a routine training flight aboard an NMC-owned 2010 Cessna 172 Skyhawk from Traverse City to Pellston, then to Gaylord and back to Traverse City. Weather, fuel and all other conditions were normal and the plane was cleared for landing by air traffic control at Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport about 10 miles out.

Upon the final approach the flight instructor noticed a loss of RPM and immediately took control of the aircraft. The aircraft engine started to choke and lose power. During this time, the flight instructor went through the emergency checklist, alerted the control tower and looked for the safest place to make an emergency landing.

The instructor located an open field at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center and flew the aircraft away from the people. The instructor landed the aircraft about 250 feet from a baseball backstop fence, which absorbed the energy from the landing. The airbags deployed and the seat belts restrained the pilot and student, neither of whom experienced significant injury. The aircraft did not bounce, but the impact did damage the right side of the plane. Two bystanders helped the student and instructor from the aircraft. No one on the ground was injured. All of this took place in a matter of seconds.

As is routine, the Federal Aviation Administration arrived at the scene Wednesday morning for fact finding. Investigators determined quickly that the incident was NOT caused by pilot error but a single, anomalous mechanical issue. The FAA has wrapped up its fact finding, but the full investigation may take several weeks to complete. The FAA believes the pilot did everything right and made the best choice possible.

The FAA will continue looking for the exact cause. Once determined, the FAA will turn over the report to the National Transportation Safety Board for analysis. That report could take more than a year. Damage to the aircraft and all related expenses will be covered by insurance.

NMC performs regular maintenance on its aircraft. This particular plane did receive maintenance last week and was signed off to fly. It had flown approximately 3 hours without incident since it was released from maintenance. Following a voluntary safety stand down, the rest of the NMC fleet was cleared for flying at 11 a.m. Thursday.

NMC plans additional safety training with students and flight instructors, as well as offering counseling for anyone who wants it. Both the flight instructor and the student are taking some time to recover from this harrowing experience. The flight instructor was also on the side of the plane that received the most damage and is sore. NMC is respecting their request to have their identities remain private.

“Because of the pilot’s quick thinking and solid training, we are so grateful that no one was injured,” said NMC Director of Aviation Alex Bloye. “The No. 1 thing we teach our aviation students is to fly the airplane. That’s exactly what our pilot did here. The flight instructor was able to keep control of the aircraft and respond to the situation, not just react.”

NMC would like to thank the incredibly quick response from air traffic control at Cherry Capital Airport, Traverse City Police Department and Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department and all first responders for their assistance, as well as the bystanders on the scene who helped the student and flight instructor.

Release date: MAY 12, 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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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. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

International Affairs Forum takes on cybersecurity May 19

How can individuals protect themselves from hackers? How do companies deal with ransomware attacks? How do government agencies respond to ongoing threats by bad actors — and importantly, what are the ramifications for our national security? International Affairs Forum will dive into these complexities during CYBERSECURITY: The Quiet War.

Join IAF on Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. to unpack these digital threats with Joshua Larocca, managing director at Stroz Friedberg, a digital risk management firm based in New York. Larocca’s insights will draw upon his work in counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of Justice and his expertise in digital forensics.

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Success Story: Study abroad returns

May 11, 2022

NMC resumes its place as a leader in short-term study abroad experiences, with 50 students from multiple academic areas traveling to the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Colombia this spring.

NMC study abroad students in Parma, ItalyNMC study abroad students in Parma, ItalyNMC students haven’t studied abroad since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many colleges are still hesitant to travel, said Jim Bensley, director of International Services and Service Learning.

“We are on the leading edge,” said Bensley, who will co-lead a group of 16 humanities students bound for Paris and Normandy, France next month. It’ll be his eighth destination with NMC and second time in Europe. “I am itching to get on that plane and get my feet on the ground in France,” he said.

Study abroad trips are one form of experiential learning and required for the global endorsement credential NMC began offering eight years ago. Bensley said that global experiences add another dimension to classroom education.

“They feel like they are a better student and much more prepared for the job market,” he said of past global endorsement recipients.

2015-nmc-study-abroad-students-in-london-en-route-to-south-africa.jpgNMC study abroad students en route to South Africa from LondonNMC also offers up to $1,000 Global Opportunities scholarships to defray the cost of the study abroad experiences.

Three of the four 2022 destinations are new for NMC. This week,13 nursing students departed for the UK, a previous destination for aviation students, and 15 culinary students set off for Spain. Six Water Studies students will be in Bogota, Colombia from June 1–12. That trip is the first half of an exchange created by a grant NMC submitted with the Universidad de La Salle, “Bridging Waterways across the Americas.” The Colombian students will come to Traverse City June 14–25.

A fifth global experience is also slated for this summer. NMC student Edward Goloson has been selected by the French Embassy to participate in its community college summer bootcamp. Goloson will spend two weeks in Grenoble, France with an environmental science program, Mountains in a Changing World.