Position Vacancies & Supplemental Employment

Are you looking for career opportunities? Find them here! jobs.nmc.edu. Current openings include:


  • Librarian
  • Residence Hall Manager
  • Event Scheduler
  • Director of Extended Educational Services
  • Senior Business Advisor Manufacturing
  • STCW Clerk and Sea Project Specialist
  • PT Regular Faculty – Clinical Nursing Instructor – Medical Surgical


  • Biology Instructor
  • Chemistry Instructor
  • Math Instructor
  • Electrical Instructor
  • HVAC and Plumbing Instructor
  • Flight Instructor
  • Clinical Nursing
  • Surgical Technology


  • Summer Conference Crew
  • Technology Support Assistant
  • UAS Flight Staff
  • GLCI – Kitchen /DR Help
  • Hagerty Center – Banquet Cook
  • Hagerty Center – Banquet Server
  • Hagerty Center – Kitchen Steward

NMC Board of Trustees approves balanced budget, sets tuition and fees for 2018-2019

TRAVERSE CITY — During its regular June 25 monthly meeting, the Board of Trustees for Northwestern Michigan College unanimously approved a balanced budget and set tuition rates and fees for the fall 2018 and spring/summer 2019 semesters.

General tuition rates for residents will increase by $2.25 per contact hour for in-district students, from $103.70 to $105.95.

“Northwestern Michigan College is committed to preparing our learners for success in a rapidly changing global society and economy,” said NMC President Timothy J. Nelson. “We are proud of the work we have done to limit the financial impact on learners by remaining agile and responsive. We still have more work ahead of us, but are dedicated to keeping NMC as the top choice for our learners.”

College leaders have been working to make the institution more efficient and lower costs, including reducing 16 positions through restructuring in the last four years and 12 positions through a voluntary separation plan this year. Those efforts combined with support from donors, lawmakers and community members are helping the college achieve its goals.

For 2018-2019, 21 percent of NMC’s revenue will come from state aid, 22 percent from local property tax, 52 percent from tuition and fees and five percent from other sources.

Northwestern Michigan College general rate tuition categories:


2017-2018 Tuition

2018-2019 Tuition













Release date: June 26, 2018

For more information:

Vicki Cook
Vice President for Finance and Administration
(231) 995-1144


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Welcome to NMC!

Please join us in welcoming these new additions to our NMC staff, and congratulating current NMC staff on their new positions!



KUDOS – (praise or respect that you get because of something you have done or achieved) defined by Merriam-Webster.com

Submit a Kudos here.

Kudos to Jim Gray, Laura Mashburn and Brenda Garvon- they helped me to get the Museum ready for the rededication and the Monster Fish exhibit before June 16th. Without their help there’s no way everything would have gotten finished on time. With the custodial department being short staffed it is great to see how we can work together to accomplish things.

Kudos to Cathy McCall for organizing the many office and storage moves in preparation for the West Hall Renovation. Thanks also to all of the people who were relocated. Everyone worked together with respect and a sense of humor making moving a lot easier.

Kudos to Jenny Barnes for helping to cover Central Scheduling while acclimating to her new job in Aviation. Jenny is wearing many hats at this time and doing it with grace and ease. Thank you.


Student Employees and MPSERS

A reminder to managers of student employees.  MPSERS mandates that any student taking less than 6 credits in the summer, and less than 12 credits in fall and spring be enrolled in the retirement plan.  NMC uses the official enrollment date from the academic calendar to determine credit load for student employees, and no changes are made for the rest of the semester.  A re-evaluation of their credit load is done every semester, with appropriate placement in, or out, of MPSERS occurs. Please reach out to Hollie DeWalt in HR if you have any specific questions.

NMC Wellness Happenings!

Outdoor Yoga:

Outdoor Yoga with Instructor Stephanie Prall July 16, 2018 at 12 p.m. on Main Campus outside of Founders Hall.This 20 minute yoga class will be appropriate for all levels of mastery. We encourage you to wear clothes that are allow for bending and stretching, however, full athletic attire is not required. The intent is to provide everyone an opportunity to enjoy the summer weather and wake up your body.

Why try yoga? Workout fads come and go, but virtually no other exercise program is as enduring as yoga. It’s been around for more than 5,000 years. Yoga does more than burn calories and tone muscles. It’s a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation. There are more than 100 different forms of yoga. Some are fast-paced and intense. Others are gentle and relaxing.

Founders Hall 110 will be our alternate location in the event of rain.


READY-SET-MOVE Exercise Challenge:

Similar to the popular Step Challenge, READY-SET-MOVE will track exercise minutes!  The challenge will run from September 17 – October 12.  More information on the details will be available later this summer.


Healthier Summer Dessert Ideas:

Looking to indulge in a healthier way? Try these summer desserts. Read more here.

Position Vacancies & Supplemental Employment

Are you looking for career opportunities? Find them here! jobs.nmc.edu. Current openings include:

Position Vacancies

  • Custodian
  • Flight Instructor – Adjunct Faculty
  • Clinical Nursing Adjunct Faculty
  • Surgical Technology Adjunct Faculty
  • Chemistry Adjunct Faculty
  • Developmental Math Adjunct Faculty
  • Math Adjunct Faculty
  • Electrical Instructor
  • HVAC and Plumbing Instructor

Supplemental Employment

  • Aero Park Testing Center/Welcome Desk Assistant
  • GLCI – Kitchen/DR Help
  • GLMA Vessels – Deck Crew
  • Banquet Server – Hagerty Center
  • Banquet Cook – Hagerty Center
  • Kitchen Steward – Hagerty Center
  • Technology Support Assistant
  • Summer Conference Crew
  • UAS Flight Staff
  • Welding Assistant

President’s Update for June 20, 2018

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

This section recognizes the good work being done and linkages to the Strategic Directions (SD) and Institutional Effectiveness Criteria (IE) are provided where possible.

  • In keeping with our donors’ wishes, the NMC Foundation has established two new endowed scholarships for NMC students: The Raymond and Julie Dean Scholarship for science or mathematic students; and, the Jerry Brief and Barb Largent Brief Scholarship for alumni of S Francis High School. (IE2)
  • Thanks to the generosity of Foundation Board member Kim Hagerty, and her family, the NMC Foundation is pleased to announce the new Hagerty-Simao Family Scholar In its first year, the scholarship will support second year female students who demonstrate leadership skills or potential, recommended by faculty/staff in any program with a preference for students in aviation and the Commitment Scholarship Program. Additionally, the fund will provide direct support for Commitment Scholarships. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • WNMC received its largest major gift to date and it’s already making a difference. Donor Dr. Bill Weiss is a longtime listener and widower of Shirley Weiss who was an NMC alumnae and dedicated WNMC volunteer. He has given a gift of $35,000 that is already being used in part for a transformational upgrade of the studio equipment as it plans for a temporary move soon and its future new space in West Hall. Bill was very earnest that his gift be used for studio capital expenditures and is pleased to know he has had a part in making this important NMC program even stronger. (IE1, IE2)
  • Scott Goethals has completed training to become an official Palo Alto Networks Academy Trainer. He is now able to deliver curriculum to his students and the wider community based on the Palo Alto Networks firewall platform, which simplifies personal computer security to better equip users to protect their data. Scott also recently presented to the Grand Traverse Newcomers Club on the topic of Security Best Practices for protecting computer systems and personal data from theft. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • Congratulations to NMC Faculty member Diane Clark on her recent literary accomplishments! Diane’s article titled “Retirement: The Grand Finale (Allegro Giocoso)” was recently published in the March 2018 Edition of The Choral Journal. A glowing review of her book So You Want to Sing Barbershop? was recently published in the March/April
  • 2018 edition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Journal. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • NMC is the leading community college in Michigan for study abroad and currently ranks 17th nationally for participating in short-term study abroad. NMC was also recently awarded a completion certificate from the Institute for International Education Generation Study Abroad Initiative, one of only a few community colleges to have reached the goal of doubling student participation in study abroad by the end of the decade. The Office of International Services and Service Learning recently concluded another successful study abroad travel season, with 60 students and 13 faculty and staff members participating in academic study abroad opportunities in Ireland (Humanities: Peace Studies/Conflict Resolution), Italy (Culinary Arts), Indonesia (Marine Technology, UAS & Water Studies), India (Humanities: World Cultures and Eastern Religions and Costa Rica (Water Studies and Early Childhood Education. Over the past six years, 333 students and 35 faculty and staff leaders have participated in study abroad experiences in 17 different countries through NMC. (IE1, IE2, IE4)

Activities of Note: Tim

  • I traveled to the Denver area to participate in the AFIT (Alliance for Innovation and Transformation) Think Tank at Aims Community College May 29- Part of this meeting was spent planning for the 2018 Summer Institute, which will take place in Kansas City, MO, in the beginning of August. NMC is planning to send two teams comprised of faculty and staff. One team (the NMC Experiential Learning team) will focus on the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) early adopters track, and the other team on the transformers track.
  • June 8-10 was filled with STEM related events and programming including the Space Expo Dinner at Black Star Farms, a panel of space industry experts held Friday at Parsons-Stulen, Mission One STEM Expo held Saturday, and a balloon-based satellite launch held on Sunday. All supporters believe there is a future in space business for the Grand Traverse area. Thanks to partners Atlas Space Operations, CASIS, Newton’s Road, NMC, Michigan Crossroads Council Exploring BSA, Bill and Phyllis Donberg and Family, Black Star Farms, Promethient, Ron and Marty Yocum, RJG, Inc., Bill Marsh Automotive Group, Aluminum Extruders Council and Aluminum Anodizers Council, Magnitude.io, Traverse Area Chamber, Fifth Third Bank and Dennos Museum Center.
  • Saturday, June 16, was the formal grand reopening and dedication of The New De The recent expansion was made possible through generous gifts from lead donors Diana and Richard Milock, Barbara and Dudley Smith, Susie and Bill Janis, Edward and Sharon Rutkowski, Debby and Dan Edson, Chris Dennos, and Doug Bishop and Family. If you have not been in the Dennos since this renovation, you need to go. This has always been a world class facility and the new spaces are fantastic. One of the current exhibits is the National Geographic exhibition – Monster Fish. It is great for children and adults!

Legislative Issues


  • The State budget process is in its final stages with House and Senate conferees voting out the FY19 Community College appropriations bill on June The full House and Senate have also acted, sending the legislation to the Governor for his signature. As expected, the bill provides a 1% increase in overall spending, which was distributed amongst community colleges in a two-part way: based on an equivalent of a 2% base increase through the Personal Property Tax distribution and, also, through the traditional community college funding formula. For NMC, as a result of this budget, we are expecting to see a 1.2% increase over FY18 funding levels, which equals an additional $116,500 ($50,800 in non-formula adjustments and $65,700 in formula distribution).
  • In addition to acting on the State Budget, the legislature also responded to the submittal of signatures in support of repealing Michigan’s Prevailing Wage law (a citizen initiated state statute ballot initiative), and passed legislation last week that removes the requirement that union scale wages be paid to workers on public construction projects.
  • Finally, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced legislation aimed at preventing and addressing sexual assault, passing similar legislation to the House passed legislation earlier this yea
  • It is expected that State lawmakers will proceed to a summer recess period following the passage of budget bills this wee


  • It appears increasingly likely that the S. House will take up immigration reform legislation before departing for their summer recess period.
  • The immigration legislation votes would be the product of a so-called discharge petition, which if signed by enough members of the U.S. House, would compel the Speaker of the House to hold series of votes on four immigration bills focused on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
  • We are also tracking a vote in the House on the Higher Education Act (PROSPER Act). Unfortunately, this legislation is greatly concerning to community colleges, and we are urging our Congressional members to indicate their opposition to leadership. Impacts of the PROSPER Act would include billions of dollars in cuts to student aid and the implementation of institutional risk-sharing penalties. However, even if the act were to pass the House, its future in the Senate is bleak, potentially setting up a conference committee showdown at some point in the future.


  • June 26 – Fellows Dinner, Dennos Museum Center
  • July 24-27 – MCCA Summer Institute, Traverse City

Welcoming Young Hawk Owls – College for Kids Begins!

The staff and instructors at NMC Extended Educational Services (EES) are excited to welcome children ages 3-17 to summer College for Kids classes on all campuses starting June 18 and continuing through August 17. If you encounter these young Hawk Owls on their way to classes, please extend a warm smile and hello — for many, it will be their first experience with NMC!

If you or a parent have questions at any time, please contact EES at 995-1700 or ees@nmc.edu, and we’ll be happy to help.

Emergency Management: Watch notifications

A severe thunderstorm watch means that the potential exists for the development of thunderstorms which may produce large hail or damaging winds. When a watch is issued, you should go about your normal activities, but keep an eye to the sky and an ear to the National Weather Service’s weather radio or local radio and television stations for further updates and possible warnings.

A severe thunderstorm warning, on the other hand, means that a severe thunderstorm is occurring or is imminent based on Doppler radar information. You should move indoors to a place of safety. Schools should think about delaying departure of buses, and should take quick action to delay outdoor sports activities, etc.

The term severe refers to hail that is dime size, 0.75 inches in diameter or larger, and/or wind gusts to 58 mph or more. Although lightning can be deadly it is not a criterion for what the National Weather Service defines as severe since any ordinary thunderstorm can produce a lot of lightning. Also, excessive rainfall may lead to flash flooding, but heavy rain is not a criterion for the term severe. Severe strictly refers to hail at least 3/4 of an inch in diameter or wind gusts of at least 58 mph.

If hail golf ball size or larger is falling, it indicates that a storm is very well organized and likely has a rotating updraft. Any storm producing giant hail should be watched closely for signs of a possible tornado.

A tornado watch, like a severe thunderstorm watch, means that conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to form, but it also means that a few storms may be capable of producing a tornado. A tornado warning is the ultimate in severe warnings, it means that a tornado is either occurring or imminent based on radar. You should take cover immediately.

This information along with a comprehensive list of other topics can be found at:

Where Great Powers Meet: America and China in Asia

TRAVERSE CITY —  Dr. David Shambaugh,  director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University will speak at a June 28 International Affairs Forum global hot spot event on the current state of U.S.-China relations.

Shambaugh opened a 2014 conference convened by IAF, bringing together 40 experts on foreign policy, business, education, art and culture to debate what China’s emergence would mean for northern Michigan. Since then, China’s economic, military and political clout has grown enormously. Shambaugh has just returned from an extended study tour of key Asian countries and will discuss how the continuing growth of China’s influence is shifting the dynamics of U.S. and China relations. 

In addition,  NMC President Tim Nelson will providen an update on connections between northern Michigan and China. What has grown? What has withered? And what are the “next big things” between our region and Asia. 

The presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Hagerty Center. Reception begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for IAF memers and $20 for non-members and available at MyNorthTickets.com. 

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Smart Commute Week – NMC team

We had 15 NMC participants on team “Parliament of Hawk Owls” during Traverse City’s (largest ever) Smart Commute Week. Our team came in a respectable 7th place in the medium team division, logged a lot of smart commute miles, enjoyed some free breakfasts and had a lot of fun along the way!! Some of our teammates even raked in some cool prizes at the end. Thanks to those who participated:

  • Anna Bachman
  • Mary Beeker
  • Alan Beer
  • Jason Dake
  • Judy Druskovich
  • Terri Gustafson
  • Rochelle Hammontree
  • Kristy Jackson
  • Shayrrl McCready
  • Lisa Molmen
  • Craig Mulder
  • Iryna Narolska
  • Cari Noga
  • Dennis Schultz
  • David Weaver

I hope you can join us next year!

Success Story: New baking certificate is perfectly done

June 13, 2018

Becky TranchellBecky TranchellCulinary students in a new baking certificate program will cap off their studies in delicious fashion, opening the revamped Cafe Lobdell’s at the Great Lakes campus June 19.

Customers can enjoy coffee, pastries and breads three mornings a week through July 26. For the six-week cafe class duration, Lobdell’s Teaching Restaurant, located on the second floor overlooking West Grand Traverse Bay, will be converted from a table-service establishment to a cafe/coffee bar open from 7-11 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Comfortable furniture has been installed and newspapers will be on hand. Outdoor tables will also be available. Culinary instructor Becky Tranchell and service lead Kerry Fulcher will oversee daily operations.

Cade Lobdells student decorates pastries

“I’m hoping it’s a spot where people can come in and linger for a few minutes or an hour,” said Patty Cron-Huhta, front-of-the-house coordinator for NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute. “The espresso machine is cranking all morning.”

Also on the menu: croissants, tarts, cookies, cakes, four different kinds of bread and a variety of coffee drinks for take out or dine-in.

The summer season operation will enable Lobdell’s to continue its commitment to use local foods, Cron-Huhta said, including Higher Grounds coffee.

She expects loaves of the multi-grain bread, popular during the restaurant’s fall and spring semester lunch service, to be a hot item. Customers will also be able to personalize cakes.

Culinary student with baked goods“This is our first run at this. We’re excited to see how it all turns out,” she said.

The baking certificate expands the offerings of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute, which already offers a comprehensive culinary certificate as well as a culinary degree. Institute director Fred Laughlin said it will serve the needs of a growing number of students interested specifically in baking and pastry.

Cafe Lobdell’s will be open from 7–11 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from June 19–July 26, except July 4.