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Corporate & Community Education

CCE Highlights

2015 at North Central’s Corporate & Community Education (CCE) was a year for transformative partnerships and educational growth in manufacturing, health care, safety, and personal development for adult learners.

Manufacturing Training

Corporate & Community Education partnered with eight area manufacturing companies, Networks Northwest and the Northeast Michigan Consortium to bring more than $300,000 in grant funds to Northern Michigan to train 543 skilled workers and create 40 new positions. 

Employees of Moeller Aerospace, Link Industries, Wojan Windows & Doors, JB Webb, Central Industrial, Petoskey Plastics, Tube Fab, and Honeywell all received hands-on instruction on advanced manufacturing equipment, software, Lean operations, and more.  The customized instruction took place at company sites in Emmet, Charlevoix, and Cheboygan counties, helping those areas preserve high-skill manufacturing positions. 

Health Care Safety

CCE brought a series of Ergonomic Safety training sessions to long-term health care facilities in northern Michigan from Grayling to St. Ignace, teaching 600-plus employees how to lift and transport patients safely, avoid injury and illness, and remain safe on the job.  These programs help keep health care workers and the facilities safe and productive.

Agricultural Business Education

CCE’s farming programs have continued to grow over the last three years.  This year, CCE scheduled 45 workshops and events.  Topics included fungi, beekeeping, vineyard management, and farm-related businesses.  In addition to the workshops attended by nearly 600 people, CCE hosted a number of agriculturally-focused events:

  • Around the Table: Roundtable Discussion on Local Food & Farming attracted 80 farmers, purchasers, chefs, and local food lovers to create ways to support local agriculture.
  • Local Food Alliance monthly potlucks brought together advocates from farming, retail, health care, arts, foundations and education to develop programs to increase the availability of local food and support area farmer businesses.
  • 4th Annual Wine Competition and Tasting allowed student vintners and professional wine-makers to compete.  Sommeliers and wine professionals judged nearly 80 entries and awarded prizes to the wining wine-makers at the wine tasting.

Life Long Learning

In partnership with the Petoskey District Library, North Central began a series of intellectual adventures and great conversations led by North Central professors.  Learners of all ages enjoyed programs on classical art, Jerusalem, yoga, and more.



International Programs

CCE with many faculty and community partners hosted eight presentations on global issues including from Iceland to Ebola, Little Traverse Bay Band history to Business in China.  Over 500 people of all ages attended these free events.   


Youth Employment Success

CCE’s Youth 4 Success programs served 124 youth in Gaylord, Cheboygan, and Johannesburg during the past year, helping them graduate from high school or pass their GED, find work, apply to college, and achieve their goals.  Many of these students continue their education at North Central.


CCE statistics for 2014-2015

2,674       Total number of CCE attendees (duplicated count)


High Interest Training topics & attendance







Career Development


iPad/PC skills


Youth4 Success  




Online learning