Kudos to Katie Sommer-Ford! Katie is a great boss, understanding her employees’ needs, and schedules. and investing in us as humans.

Kudos to Rick Mathis & Ryan Deering! Under the growing portfolio of Workforce & Professional Development training opportunities, NMC Extended Education, and the Technical Division collaborated to provide Welding Fundamentals in the fall 2022 term. Rick Mathis and Ryan Deering instructed the class of 8 students who all received their certificates of completion. Three of these students took the opportunity to continue with NMC on the credit side, thus the non credit class was a successful onramp for these students looking to continue honing their skills and knowledge. Thank you Rick and Ryan for inspiring these students to not only successfully complete the course but to continue their learning on the credit side.

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!

GLMA cadets to set sail aboard Crowley vessels with help from NMC instructors

Thanks to Maritime instructor Patrick Podolan and Communications faculty under the leadership of Michael Anderson for helping GLMA cadets secure 7 berths aboard Crowley Maritime vessels this spring. Spring berths are often difficult to secure and the application required writing a 600-word essay. All seven of GLMA’s cadets were selected from a nationwide pool.

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

Registration open for NMC community classes

NMC Lifelong and Professional Learning classes are now open for enrollment at nmc.edu/ees. Classes will begin in January and continue through May 2023.

NMC’s Extended Educational Services offers a wide variety of in person classes, plus livestream and online courses. These accessible, flexible and high interest classes are taught by local experts on a range of topics including fitness, culinary, global, language, outdoor recreation, workforce and professional development and more. New this winter are baking masterclasses in partnership with the Great Lakes Culinary Institute as well as sewing, wine tasting, genealogy, small business management and classes under the umbrella of the Global Certificate program. For travel enthusiasts, explore farm to table operations around northern Michigan or immerse yourself in a food and wine tour of Italy!

Extended Education is re-launching its popular Northern Naturalist program in January. New classes have been added, including The Amazing Migration of Birds and Introduction to Medicinal Mushrooms.

The Friday morning livestream series, Coffee Chats, will also return for its fifth season on February 3, 2023, featuring new community guests and their stories.

Contact NMC Extended Education at ees@nmc.edu or (231) 995-1700 for additional information.

Board of Trustees Presidential Performance and Compensation Committee Meeting

The Presidential Performance & Compensation committee of the Board of Trustees of Northwestern Michigan College will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at the President’s Office conference room in the Tanis Building on NMC’s main campus, 1701 E. Front Street, Traverse City. The official meeting notice is available online.

For more information, please contact the President’s office at (231) 995-1010.

Visual Communications invites pro-bono project submissions

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC’s Visual Communications department invites area non-profit groups to submit graphic design, art direction and new media projects for consideration as pro bono class projects during the spring semester.

Chamber Advocacy NMC visual communications project Northwest Michigan Arts and Culture Vis Comm project

Part of the Visual Communications curriculum, the class project is free to the non-profits selected. The goal is a real-world assignment that allows students to interact with clients and exposes them to the commercial printing and production worlds, including film and new media production, creative advertising, graphic design and packaging. Projects will be completed by the end of the spring semester in April 2023.

Pet Interactive Room NMC Visual Communications Project

Potential projects could include logos, brochures, ad campaigns, packaging, graphic design, branding, posters, infographics, announcements, invitations, film, motion graphics, animations, exhibition design, TV commercials or anything relating to visual communications, commercial art, illustration and film or web design. The department is especially interested in conceptually-driven projects that will offer the students substantial opportunity for interaction with the client and process.

Leelanau Shipwreck NMC Visual Communications projectPlease include the following in your submission:

  • Description, tone and purpose of the design work requested, as well as the targeted audience you identify being associated with this work / your organization.
  • List out EACH piece (logo / brochure / short film, etc.) that make up the ideal whole of your project. Other pieces may be identified by your student team or elements may be excluded based on their contracted plan or suggested in place of ones on this list.
  • Ideal completion date between February 28 and April 25. All projects will be completed by April 26. Feel free to stagger dates individual elements might be due.
  • Ideal time for mid-way progress check meeting in March.
  • Budget: While there is no fee for the services students will provide, organizations must provide funds for printing / production expenses. NMC is happy to coordinate printing / production and get quotes under all budgets, and the students should be included in this step as it gains them experience in obtaining production quotes.

Please submit project consideration requests to instructor Caroline Schaefer-Hills at cschaefer@nmc.edu by January 6.

Release date: DECEMBER 5, 2022

For more information:

Caroline Schaefer-Hills
Visual Communications chair
(231) 995-1334


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

Personalized success coaching at NMC

Erica Whiting (pictured below, right) was NMC’s first full-time Student Success Coach and a winner of the 2022 Ombudsman award at Michigan’s College Access Impact Awards.

Whiting’s AmeriCorps-funded position allowed NMC to step up coaching in December 2020, after beginning it as a pilot project in 2015. Success coaches function as an all-around go-to person for students, connecting them to campus services that they might not otherwise be aware of while helping them with their study skills, time management and stress reduction. 

Increasing the number of students using coach services is an objective in NMC Next, NMC’s strategic plan. More than 80% of Whiting’s coaching cohort persisted during her tenure, setting a great example for others to follow. While her term at NMC recently wrapped up, the impact she had on the lives of students carries on. 

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

Media Mentions for December 5, 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.

New college degree expands on cleaning polluted waters
UpNorthLive, Dec. 1

Northwestern Offering Michigan’s First Ever Wet Tech Degree
9 & 10 News, Nov. 30

Traverse City Author Discusses Angel of the Garbage Dump
9 & 10 News, Nov. 30

Highway construction program starting
Record-Eagle, Nov. 30


Kudos to Brittany Hanbury, Charles Schneider, Sage Campbell, Sally Smartsy and Landon DeHeer for hosting a Thanksgiving dinner in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center for NMC students on Thursday, November 24, 2022!

Kudos to Scott Powell for a great reflection of your experiential learning work in this month’s ELI Newsletter! Great work around reflection, Scott!

Kudos to Bob Bugai and Reese Sivek for providing a metal strapping lesson while repacking/strapping a very large and incorrect shipment. Additionally, the melting snow allowed Reese Sivek the opportunity to unload a truck full of tables on the Dennos’ loading dock and put them back in NMC storage. Thank you for all you do.

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

These employees recently started working at the college. Let’s welcome them to the NMC Community!

  • Jared Black, Supplemental — Technology Support Assistant
  • Samuel Miller, Student Employee — Visual Communications  Lab Assistant
  • Piper Ziembiec, Student Employee — Library Assistant
  • Coleman Sherman — Adjunct HVAC/Plumbing instructor
  • Adrian Kapic, Supplemental — Food Service Back of House
  • Abigail Grubb, Student Employe — Archives Assistant
  • Peter Deneen – Adjunct Applied Music Instructor

NMC Holiday Break is Dec. 23 – Jan. 2

NMC will be closed for the holiday break beginning on Friday, December 23, 2022 and reopening on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

It’s a good time to make sure you’re subscribed to NMC’s Holiday Calendar! Click here to add the calendar.

If you want your own calendar to display as busy, click the three dots in the right-hand corner of the appointment and then select the “Copy to” feature.

Long Night Against Procrastination

The Long Night Against ProcrastinationThe library’s finals studyfest returns! Join us on Thursday, December 8 from 4 p.m.–midnight for a night of camaraderie and commiseration and get the fuel and support you need to knock out your final assignments and exam prep. Librarians, Success Coaches, and Writing Center staff will be on hand to help, and we’ll have snacks, hot beverages, and even a build your own loaded potato skin bar from 6–8 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Success story: NMC adds fifth water-related program

November 30, 2022

Great Lakes Water Studies Institute Executive Director Hans Van Sumeren

A new associate degree in water quality environmental technology coming next fall will expand NMC’s leadership in water-related career preparation as well as meet the needs of the new blue economy.

The new Wet Tech degree will be the only one of its kind in Michigan. It will utilize existing core and surveying and unmanned aerial systems courses, as well as create new courses in environmental site assessment, aquifer sampling, and groundwater monitoring. An internship is also required. NMC’s Board of Trustees approved it unanimously last week.

“This program will focus on training a workforce supporting the direct monitoring and cleanup of waters within the Great Lakes watershed and focusing on the direct impact to the quality of our water resources,” said Great Lakes Water Studies Institute Executive Director Hans Van Sumeren (above).

He said that nationwide, the U.S. EPA has documented 294,000 waste sites. Cleanup of those sites will generate more than $200 billion in economic activity, meaning graduates will find a strong job market.

“The water quality/environmental technician program intends to provide training for a skilled workforce that will be ready to respond to this growing need,” Van Sumeren said.

It joins four other NMC water-related degrees and programs:

NMC also partners with Western Michigan University to allow Freshwater Studies students to earn a bachelor’s degree in freshwater science and sustainability, and with Lake Superior State University for Fisheries and Wildlife Management and Conservation Biology.

Creation of the new degree is also part of NMC Next, NMC’s strategic plan. The Huckle Family Foundation will provide $100,000 over two years for equipment and other program support.