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North Central Michigan College and Northwood University have partnered to offer expanded bachelor of business administration degree options to students through articulation agreements in Accounting, Computer Information Management, Marketing and Management.  These innovative and affordable 3 + 1 degree options give students the unique opportunity to complete three years of study on the North Central campus, at the North Central tuition rate, and the final year online or on the Northwood campus.

Effective April 24, 2017, the articulation agreement allows North Central students to move seamlessly into the corresponding bachelor’s degrees at Northwood. The partnership focuses on student success and defines guided pathways that ensure a seamless transfer process and a maximization of student resources (time and money). While enrolled in these programs students will have the opportunity to participate in various student activities, career fairs and internships on both campuses enhancing student experiences and success.

According to Dr. Gretchen Carroll, Associate Dean of Business, Manufacturing and Technology at North Central, “This agreement promotes degree completion and facilitates a seamless transfer process, ensuring that North Central graduates enter Northwood University with senior standing.  We are always pleased to build new bridges toward four-year universities and to assist our students in earning advanced degrees.”

“Partnerships and articulations with community colleges is a core part of Northwood, and we are proud to offer our degree programs to North Central Michigan College,” said Keith Pretty, President and CEO of Northwood University. “We welcome the opportunity to help students achieve their educational goals and start their careers in business at Northwood.”

North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement.  North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and a Veteran Friendly School.

Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility. Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at a full-service, residential campus located in mid-Michigan. Adult Degree Programs are available in multiple states and online. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening, weekend programming in Michigan and Texas, and online. The Michigan-based Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China and Sri Lanka. For additional information regarding Northwood University, go to


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Cutline (L to R): Dan Toland, Director of Community Partnerships, Northwood University; Dr. Lisa Fairbairn, Assistant Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School, Northwood University; Rhonda Anderson, Assistant Vice President, Adult Education Programs, Northwood University; Dr. Keith Pretty, President, Northwood University; Dr. Cameron Brunet-Koch, President, North Central Michigan College; Dr. Peter Olson, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success, North Central Michigan College and Dr. Gretchen Carroll, Associate Dean of Business, Manufacturing and Technology, North Central Michigan College.