Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates debut at NMC

TRAVERSE CITY — This month, NMC became the first college in Michigan and the fifth in the nation to offer students the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program (JMG), a partnership with Northwest Michigan Works! and Networks Northwest.

Under JMG, NMC students between ages 16–24 are eligible to connect with Employment Readiness Specialist Lisa Baldyga to match with student mentors in their field, get paid work experience or job shadowing opportunities and internships and other beneficial career opportunities. These services are over and above the resume and cover letter review and interview skills that NMC Career Services already offers.

The program helps set up students for initial career success. Financial assistance with job equipment such as tools or work boots, uniforms, bus passes or gas cards for transportation to work is also available.

JMG participants can also take part in legislative and leadership days with the state and talent tours with local businesses, which help create a sense of belonging to NMC programs and the greater community.

JMG and career resources will also be developed for Moodle, NMC’s online course management system, that students can access for employment assistance.

Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates equips young people with the skills to overcome barriers and succeed in education, employment, and in life. It is the leading program of Youth Solutions, Inc., a youth opportunity organization delivering employability and education services to young people across the state.

“We expect that the opportunities, mentorship, guidance, and community created by this program will greatly increase the ability for participating students to successfully earn their college degrees and move on to sustainable careers in their field of interest,” said Kim Bordeau, Manager of Program Success-North, Youth Solutions.

In addition to the new program at NMC, Northwest Michigan Works! coordinates JMG programs at Cadillac’s Mackinaw Trail Middle School, Cadillac Public and Innovation High Schools, CASMAN Academy in Manistee, Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, the North Ed Career-Tech Center, the Wexford-Missaukee Career-Tech Center, and drop out recovery programs in Cadillac, Kalkaska, Manistee and Traverse City.

Northwest Michigan Works! is a state-supported workforce development agency serving job seekers and employers in a 10-county region.

Founded in 1974, Networks Northwest facilitates and manages various programs and services for the 10-county region. These programs include Northwest Michigan Works, Small Business Development Center, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, various business services, and many different regional planning initiatives in response to our communities’ requests and needs.

Release date: November 18, 2021

For more information:

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

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

Transfer Bridges to the University of Michigan

Learn more about Transfer Bridges to the University of Michigan, a program for students at Michigan community colleges who want to study for two years at their local community college and then transfer to U-M Ann Arbor’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) to complete their bachelor’s degree. A U-M representative will be on NMC’s main campus Wednesday, Dec. 1, between 10 a.m.–3 p.m. in the West Hall Innovation Center Lobby with more information on the program.

Transfer Bridges students receive tailored support and advising from the LSA Transfer Team, mentorship from current U-M transfer students, and access to learning and social experiences at U-M, all while still a student at NMC.

Learn more here.

Possible COVID-19 exposure on main campus 11/15, 16

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC has learned a student who had recently been on the main campus has tested positive for COVID-19.

The date, times and locations of possible exposure are:

  • Monday, Nov. 15: Scholars Hall 101 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.; James Beckett 215 2:40-4:10 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 16: James Beckett 217 11:20 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

Any individuals who were in those areas during those times are asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days following the potential exposure. Close contacts will be informed directly. Close contacts who are unvaccinated should quarantine for 10 days after potential exposure. Close contacts who are fully vaccinated should monitor for symptoms for 14 days and test 3–5 days after potential exposure.

Staying safe and limiting the spread of COVID-19 on NMC’s campuses is a shared responsibility.

NMC’s commitment:

  • Safety protocols include mandatory masks indoors on all campuses. Comprehensive information at nmc.edu/covid-19.
  • Work with county health departments to monitor the spread of COVID-19.
  • Communication with you about cases on our campuses. You can also check the Cases on Campus Dashboard for additional information.

Student /employee responsibilities:

  • Any student who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact NMC’s Health Services at (231) 995-1255.
  • Any employee who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact Human Resources at (231) 995-1350.
  • Students and employees who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should follow these guidelines. If you have questions you can call Health Services or Human Resources.
  • Take advantage of free, safe COVID-19 vaccines now widely available for those ages 12 and up. To find a vaccine near you, please visit nmc.edu/vaccines.
  • Testing is available at NMC’s Health Services by appointment and at other local agencies. Find a list of local testing sites here.

Release date: November 18, 2021

For more information:

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

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

Possible COVID-19 exposures Nov. 9, 10, 11

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC has learned three students who had recently been on the main and Aero PArk campus have tested positive for COVID-19.

The dates, times and locations of possible exposure are:

Student 1:

  • Nov. 10, 12:30–2:30 p.m., Parsons-Stulen 218
  • Nov. 11, 12:30–3 p.m., Les Biederman 206

Student 2:

  • Nov. 10, 3:15–5:10 p.m., Health Science 116

Student 3:

  • Nov. 9, 8–11 a.m., Scholars Hall 109
  • Nov. 11, 12:45–4:30 p.m., Nursing simulation lab (Health Science 208 & 210)

Any individuals who were in those areas during those times are asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days following the potential exposure. Close contacts will be informed directly. Close contacts who are unvaccinated should quarantine for 10 days after potential exposure. Close contacts who are fully vaccinated should monitor for symptoms for 14 days and test 3–5 days after potential exposure.

Staying safe and limiting the spread of COVID-19 on NMC’s campuses is a shared responsibility.

NMC’s commitment:

  • Safety protocols include mandatory masks indoors on all campuses. Comprehensive information at nmc.edu/covid-19.
  • Work with county health departments to monitor the spread of COVID-19.
  • Communication with you about cases on our campuses. You can also check the Cases on Campus Dashboard for additional information.

Student /employee responsibilities:

  • Any student who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact NMC’s Health Services at (231) 995-1255.
  • Any employee who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact Human Resources at (231) 995-1350.
  • Students and employees who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should follow these guidelines. If you have questions you can call Health Services or Human Resources.
  • Take advantage of free, safe COVID-19 vaccines now widely available for those ages 12 and up. To find a vaccine near you, please visit nmc.edu/vaccines.
  • Testing is available at NMC’s Health Services by appointment and at other local agencies. Find a list of local testing sites here.

Release date: November 16, 2021

For more information:

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

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

Rotaract Club Meeting

Rotaract Club logoStudent Volunteers Needed!

Join us Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 5:50 p.m., and the first and third Wednesdays of each month afterwards, as we continue to plan our upcoming and ongoing service projects:

  • Mentoring 5th graders at Blair Elementary
  • Donating books to Uganda and Guatemala
  • Maintaining the campus garden

Network with fellow servant leaders, boost your college/work resume, and simply give back to the community! All students are welcome to join and/or attend. We hope to see you Wednesday, ,either in in West Hall room 107 or on Zoom!

Zoom meeting link: nmc.zoom.us/j/96126478780

Learn more here.

Thank you to the Walk for Health & Housing organizers

Hawk Owl Helper logo Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week graphicTo faculty members Brandon Everest, Lisa Blackford and Melissa Sprenkle, whose students in sociology, social work and communications, respectively, will participate in the Walk for Health and Housing, a guided tour of downtown Traverse City from the perspective of people experiencing homelessness and the providers who serve them, departing from NMC’s Great Lakes campus parking lot at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17.

The sixth annual walk, open to the public,  is an example of Experiential Learning at NMC and held as a part of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, observed the week before Thanksgiving.

Andrew Robitshek chosen to fill NMC Trustee vacancy

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Andrew Robitshek of Traverse City to fill a vacant trustee slot on Monday. He will serve through the November 2022 election.

Robitshek, 54, cited his love of the community, business knowledge and past board experience as driving his interest in serving on the board. “Now, as a local business owner of Bay Motor Products, I’ve had the opportunity to encourage many others on my team to enroll in classes at NMC and discover how education can change the trajectory of their life. Nothing is more rewarding than being a part of helping others realize their full potential through education and hard work! I hope to make an even bigger impact by working as part of NMC’s Board of Trustees,” Robitshek said in his application materials.

Trustees thanked all the applicants and noted the high caliber of the applicant pool. Eleven eligible candidates applied to fill the vacancy created by Michael Estes’ resignation October 17, 2021. Per Michigan law, Robitshek will fill the term Estes was elected to in 2016 until the next regular community college election in November 2022.

Release date: NOVEMBER 15, 2021

For more information:

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

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

NMC Jazz Bands in Concert

Jazz Band Concert posterA swinging evening of music with the Lab Band and Big Band featuring the music of Adderly, Basie, Kenton, Jobim, Hammerstein, Ellington and Strayhorn. Laurie Sears-Director with Bill Sears-Guest Soloist

Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium

Tickets at MyNorthTickets.com, $12 adults/$7 students and seniors (+ processing fee)
At the Door: $15 adults/ $10 students and seniors
FREE to NMC students with ID

Flu Shots

Rosie the Riveter gets a flu shotHello fellow Hawk Owls! We at Student Health Services wanted to remind you that we do have flu shots available. This time of year it’s especially important to keep yourself healthy so that you can enjoy the holidays with family and friends.

Please give us a call at (231) 995-1255 to schedule a flu shot. We do accept walk-ins, however we encourage making an appointment so you don’t have to wait.

The cost is $15/student and $20/staff (if you don’t have NMC insurance). So please give us a call or stop in before Thanksgiving to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy.

Media Mentions for November 15, 2021

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.

Industry 4.0 on display
Record-Eagle, November 14

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Benefit Enrollment Reminders

  • Open Enrollment closes at midnight on Thursday, Nov. 18!
  • If you missed the meetings on the 9th, here are links to the recording and the slides.
  • If you don’t want to make any changes for 2022, no action is needed, EXCEPT for Flexible Spending and Health Savings Account contributions.
  • Individual appointments are available if you need additional support on Tuesday, Nov. 16 between 9 a.m–3 p.m. Email Hollie DeWalt, hdewalt@nmc.edu for available time slots.
  • Updated plan rates for medical and dental plans- HERE.
  • NY Life (previously Cigna) is offering a onetime offering to employees to increase their voluntary life insurance up to $150,000 for self and up to $30,000 for spouse with no medical paperwork required.
  • NMC’s Open Enrollment Website, which covers all benefit options- HERE.

Wellness

We look forward to seeing you on the Wellbeing Hub, at the virtual lunch and learns, and for our next program challenge Hold It for the Holidays! Weigh in will be open November 17–21 and the challenge begins on Monday, Nov. 22.

Questions on the NMC wellness program? Contact Priority Health Wellbeing at (877) 689-3161 or Wellness@priorityhealth.com.

November Lunch and Learn will review the Hold it for the Holidays Challenge- please join Chrissie on November 17 at 12noon.  You should have received a calendar invite to attend!

Kudos!

Kudos to Jeff Cobb and the Chamber singers — What a great concert last weekend and we loved the poetry in between set changes. We appreciate the community that the choir brings together.

Kudos to Chris Hanna and Dennis Shultz: Dennis and Chris went above and beyond for our Industry 4.0 event. They transformed the Great Hall of Technology in Parsons Stulen into an interactive event space hosting 40 people from 13 different manufacturers. We were able to have a guest speaker, national anthem singer, and a technology showcase all in a 2 hr window thanks to their efforts. This occurred on the same day as NMC’s Veterans Day ceremonies so EMT was pulled in many different directions. Thank you, Chris and Dennis, for stepping in and lending Tech and MMTC a hand!


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!

Students to distribute 125 Thanksgiving meals

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College business students will distribute 125 Thanksgiving meals to fellow students and community families on Monday, Nov. 22. This is the outcome of the eighth annual Food For Thought project, which teaches students how to professionally communicate through experiential learning. Each student wrote a professional letter to an organization or business, requesting a monetary or item donation to help meet a goal of feeding 125 families.

Distribution will take place at two locations:

  • 2–4 p.m. at NMC’s Physical Education Building/Maple Parking Lot, 1701 E. Front St, Traverse City. This location is for the distribution of 75+ meals to NMC students.
  • 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Bill Marsh, 1621 S Garfield Ave., Traverse City. This location is for the distribution of 50 meals to local families identified by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan.

Find out more about the Food for Thought project and experiential learning at NMC.

Release date: November 15, 2021

For more information:

Mahli Braak
Marketing Team Leader
(616) 540-8740
braakm@mail.nmc.edu

Kristy McDonald
Business Instructor
(231) 995-1059
kmcdonald@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

Diversity and Inclusion Conference Tickets Are Available To You

To support our organization’s DEI efforts, NMC has acquired 100 tickets to the virtual Diversity & Inclusion Research Conference (DIRC) on November 17–19, 2021! The DIRC21 virtual event brings together diversity and inclusion practitioners and researchers to explore the role of D&I research in building a more inclusive and equitable world. You can learn more on their website, DIRC.info.

This opportunity includes workshops, pre-recorded panels and talks, live Q&A sessions, interactive, and networking opportunities. You will join professionals of all backgrounds and be able to explore content and experiences that best serve your interests and level of familiarity with D&I. To accommodate everyone’s schedule, most of the content will also be recorded and made available to registered attendees after the live event dates.

If you are interested in attending, please complete this form and we will register you for the event.

Thank you,
Craig Hadley and Lisa Thomas, DEI Co-chairs

Possible COVID-19 exposures 11/2, 3, 9, 10, 11

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC has learned of one student and two employees who have recently been on campus and tested positive for COVID-19.

The dates, times and locations of possible exposure are:

  • Student: Tuesday, November 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m. West Hall 104-105. Wednesday, Nov. 3, East Hall residence until left campus same date.
  • Employee: Nov 9, 10, 11: 5:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Facilities Building and Powerhouse every day, quick in and out, mostly outside. Nov. 11 Facilities Building 12 noon-1 p.m.
  • Employee: Wednesday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Parsons-Stulen 222-224

Any individuals who were in those areas during those times are asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days following the potential exposure. Close contacts will be informed directly. Close contacts who are unvaccinated should quarantine for 10 days after potential exposure. Close contacts who are fully vaccinated should monitor for symptoms for 14 days and test 3–5 days after potential exposure.

Staying safe and limiting the spread of COVID-19 on NMC’s campuses is a shared responsibility.

NMC’s commitment:

  • Safety protocols include mandatory masks indoors on all campuses. Comprehensive information at nmc.edu/covid-19.
  • Work with county health departments to monitor the spread of COVID-19.
  • Communication with you about cases on our campuses. You can also check the Cases on Campus Dashboard for additional information.

Student /employee responsibilities:

  • Any student who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact NMC’s Health Services at (231) 995-1255.
  • Any employee who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact Human Resources at (231) 995-1350.
  • Students and employees who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should follow these guidelines. If you have questions you can call Health Services or Human Resources.
  • Take advantage of free, safe COVID-19 vaccines now widely available for those ages 12 and up. To find a vaccine near you, please visit nmc.edu/vaccines.
  • Testing is available at NMC’s Health Services by appointment and at other local agencies. Find a list of local testing sites here.

Release date: November 8, 2021

For more information:

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

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