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North Central to Google – An Alumni’s Path to Finding His Passion

Nick Robbins/GoogleNick Robbins/Army

Nicholas Robbins always wanted to work with computers.  As he put it, “The nerd life chose me.” Interestingly enough, Nicholas’ path took several turns before ending at Google.

An Alanson native and graduate of Alanson High School, Nick was also a dual-enrolled student at North Central, taking courses offered at the high school.  After graduating, he left for Fort Benning, GA to begin his Army National Guard career.  As soon as he completed the initial entry training for the Army, Nick returned to North Central to pursue his passion for computers.  “North Central offered an excellent IT program that allowed me to focus on computer networking and system infrastructure,” states Nick.  “The campus location worked great for me to attend courses while still working full-time at Boyne Highlands Resort.”

Nick remained active National Guard while at North Central. “The military and VA have an extraordinary ability to complicate every process, to include the use of the Montgomery and Post 9/11 GI Bills. However, NCMC’s financial advisors ensured the process went smoothly and my GI Bill was applied successfully,” said Nick.  “Later, I had course instructors who were understanding of military leave, which was appreciated. I actually missed my NCMC graduation as my unit was mobilizing to Afghanistan at the time.”

Nick also found friends and mentors at North Central.  “I really liked the friends and professional network I gained while attending NCMC. From fellow classmates, to intramural competitors and teammates, to the knowledgeable faculty, I retained a lot of great contacts that I’ve kept in touch with over the years,” he states. He credits Sally Hunt, his Alanson High School business technology teacher, who guided him to further his education, and North Central instructors Fred Harrington, Hwee-Joo Kam and Howard Bates, who helped him sharpen skills and grow his career in computer technology.

Nick received an offer from Google with only his North Central degree and a few IT certifications. He has since completed a bachelor’s degree while working at Google.

He is currently employed as a Data Center Operations Engineer covering the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia region.  His role is to deploy servers and network communications equipment that’s leveraged by various teams within Google. “I regularly work on equipment used by YouTube, Google Cloud, and other acquisitions like Nest and Waze. The latest large project I was involved with was bringing up services to support Google’s Project Stream. Additionally, I’m currently the Co-Lead for Recruiting and Staffing within our Veterans Network organization ( and am working with our staffing teams to assist transitioning veterans entering the workforce. It’s great to work at an organization capable of initiating and driving such positive change in so many areas, and I continue to learn new things every day. Also, yes it’s just like the movie The Internship and we have massage chairs, nap pods, and free meals.”

When asked what advice he’d give to students contemplating attending North Central, he replied, “Community colleges are a great opportunity to learn skills which make you employable, without the large school tuition. North Central has a great faculty with a small town touch that will enable you to progress in your career.” He adds, “Also the intramural basketball and other sports leagues are always a great time at the campus gym.”

Nick continues, “Find your passion. The overused quote about never working a day in your life when you enjoy what you do isn’t completely true, or Monday’s wouldn’t exist. However, working in a field you’re passionate about goes a long way and is the common trait I’ve found in every great IT engineer I’ve worked with. It makes it easier to continue to learn and develop your skills during the hours when you’d rather be watching Netflix, and those little things help separate good and great professionals in their field.”

jerry donnelly - 1966

Photo of Jo and Jerry DonnellyI was very lucky to have North Central Michigan College available to me in the winter semester of 1964.  I had wasted my scholarship at Central Michigan University by not carrying a 2.5 required GPA in the fall semester of 1963. It was one of those life-altering moments when your life changes directions.  I immediately had to find a job and a college education at the same time. I was very lucky to find both in Petoskey. While staying at home and working delivering milk for the R&S Dairy from 4:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Monday thru Saturday and then going to North Central from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday - I had to become very organized. I went to bed every weekday evening at 6:30 p.m., waking up at midnight and studying until 4 p.m. in the morning before going to work.  I gained my associate degree in the summer of 1966 from North Central and transferred to Northern Michigan University.  Someone was watching over me and helped me turn what could have been a negative situation into a life lesson of moving forward.

I received my Bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University during the spring semester of 1968 in secondary education. I spent the next 31 years as a teacher and administrator in the L'Anse Creuse Public Schools. Those experiences I learned in 1964 -1966 by supporting myself while attending North Central created a work ethic which has followed me to this day.

I have on several occasions since advised many of my former students to consider attending a community college.  I repeat to them my personal history of my ties to North Central Michigan College.  I encourage them to stay home and find out what college is like.  While staying at home, working, and going to college classes you are given a chance not only to get credits towards a college degree, but find out if you really want to go to college. It is a very good testing ground for those who are wavering with this difficult choice.   It is not only a safe choice, but a very good choice.  I found out the hard way. I was very happy to have had North Central in my home town and my life.  As Yogi Berra, famously said “When you find a fork in the road, take it.”  I took mine and I have never regretted my choice.

kendall stanley - 1968

Photo of Kendall StanleyBorn and raised in Harbor Springs, I am a graduate of Harbor Springs High School, class of 1966.

Like many headed to college graduates of area high schools I attended North Central from 1966-68, earning an AA degree. Back in those days the bulk of the students at the college were from local high schools and were taking a full load of courses throughout the day. There were a few night classes but mostly they were during regular “working hours.”

Many classes were held in the old Sheridan Elementary School at the corner of Howard and Sheridan streets. The cafeteria was also in that building.

The new classroom building opened for the 1967-68 school year and ultimately the Sheridan school was again used by the Public Schools of Petoskey.

After North Central I attended Central Michigan University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1970. Yes, you could get a college degree in four years back then!

My first job was managing editor of the Presque Isle County Advance in Rogers City from 1970 through the fall of 1971.

I then became managing editor of the Harbor Light in Harbor Springs for six years.

I joined the staff of the Petoskey News-Review in August of 1978 as a reporter. Over the years I was the wire editor, managing editor and for the last three years as editor.

I retired at the end of 2009, and find retirement the best job I’ve ever had.

Over the years it’s been wonderful to see the growth of the college and the expansion of its facilities. Back in the day it was small, tight-knit and felt like family. But the education was top-notch, something the students of today can say as well.

mary faculak - 1980

Photo of Mary FaculakA Charlevoix native and resident, I am the proud third generation owner of our family farm, Lake View Ranch. I was born at the Charlevoix Area Hospital and attended and graduated from Charlevoix Public Schools.

After graduation, I attended North Central Michigan College and was enrolled in the Three Plus One Program with Lake Superior State University. While at North Central, I was very involved with the Student Senate where I served as secretary for three years. I thoroughly enjoyed my classes and experience at North Central Michigan College. I was challenged and encouraged to reach for opportunities and goals that proved to have a positive impact on my future. The commitment and support of the faculty and staff was amazing. I earned my Associate of Arts degree and continued with my studies at Lake Superior State University. I also took classes at Central Michigan University with a focus on Public Administration.

In 1989, I purchased the E.J. Shoppe in East Jordan. Two years later, I accepted the Executive Director (now President/CEO) position at the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2001, I opened my second retail business, Mary’s of Boyne, in Boyne City.

As President/CEO of the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce, I have been on an amazing life journey  and in a rewarding career that allows me to be a part of and gain vast experience in economic development, community development, event production, public speaking, community promotion and marketing, meeting and retreat facilitation, leadership development and organizational management. No two days are ever the same in my world! Each day I am so fortunate and blessed to be able to work with engaged and sincere individuals. I am one of the co-founders of the C-48 The Breezeway Scenic Route Task Force, Paddle Antrim Inc., Leadership Charlevoix County Inc., and the Green Light East Jordan Business Competition.

I currently serve on the Little Traverse Conservancy Board of Directors (past chair) and am the chair of the LTC Land Protection Committee, I am the board chair of District 3 Michigan State University Extension Council, Paddle Antrim Board Secretary and am the President/Co-Administrator of Leadership Charlevoix County.

I feel so honored and appreciative to reside, work and be a part of the many exciting organizations and programs in our region! I truly credit my educational experience at North Central Michigan College as one of the building blocks in my career and accomplishments.


gail kloss - 1990

Photo of Gail KlossFeeling like you belong to something and that you have a ‘person’ in life is all anyone wants. In 1986, I started school at North Central Michigan College and it gave me both on the first day. I was in Mr. Verhelle’s class when he had the class go around and introduce themselves and tell an interest that we have. I was new to Petoskey, just moving here from downstate, and did not know anyone, but that introduction led me to what has become a 31-year friendship. I found my person and had a sense of belonging. I graduated with an associate degree and started working at Si’s Marina.  

I started school again at North Central Michigan College to further my degree enrolling in a ‘three and one program’ with Lake Superior State University. I was able to take every class at the Petoskey campus while I continued working and raising a family.  I earned a Bachelor’s degree.

At North Central Michigan College you feel important and the staff really cares about you and your success; teachers know each student and support them as they work towards a goal. Everything I have done in my career has brought me to where I am today. I am grateful for North Central as they are a community college that keeps the pulse of the community and continually updates programs in response to the needs.



Photo of Lorraine ManaryLorraine Manary is the recently retired director of Char-Em United Way. A resident of Boyne City since 1990, Lorraine raised three children here; her youngest has Down Syndrome and remains in town, the other two have moved out of state.  Lorraine is also a grandmother of two with another expected in Feb. 2018.

When not busy with her children, Lorraine worked as an independent contractor serving in the role of Collaborative Coordinator with the Char-Em Human Services Coordinating Body organizations for ten years. Among other things, she was involved in bringing the first Project Connect to our area, wrote a 10-year plan to end homelessness in Charlevoix and Emmet counties, and organized the first suicide prevention workgroup, which continues today.  Lorraine owns NorthStar Consulting and has contracted with various for profit and not for profit organizations, working with them on board development, executive coaching and strategic planning.  Lorraine served as the Executive Director of the Otsego County United Way for 2.5 years before joining Char-Em United Way in that role in 2013.

“I started at North Central when my children were in school and attended part time. My goal was to have a college degree before my children did, and I was able to do so. Three of us were in college at the same time for a while prior to my earning the Master’s Degree.  During this time I was working part time, advocating and caring for my daughter Amanda (who has Down Syndrome), and caring for my older two children as they completed high school and started attending college.”  Lorraine graduated with honors from North Central is 1997.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spring Arbor University and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management, also from Spring Arbor.



Photo of Travis MulhauserIn some ways, I grew up at North Central.  My mom, JoAnna Kolodziej, has taught at the College since the late 70s.  She started part-time, teaching nights, and I remember her taking me to class with her when I was little.  I used to sit in the back with a coloring book or football cards to keep me occupied and I have fond memories of the warmth and generosity of her students and classrooms.  Years later, as a student, I remember stopping by her office to see if she had any snacks in her desk - she usually did - and I remember her brightly painted walls filled with children’s artwork.

One of the most impactful teachers in my life was James McCullough. I took every class he taught and I’ve written a lot about his influence on me as a writer and a person.  And there were many other teachers that helped ease me along and eventually graduate in 1998. Now I’m a writer and am proud to note that my first novel, Sweetgirl, (Ecco/Harper Collins) was long-listed for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, was a Michigan Notable Book Award winner in 2017, an Indie Next Pick, and named one of Ploughshares Best Books of the New Year. I am also the author of Greetings from Cutler County: A Novella and Stories.

I believe in the community college system because I’ve seen its impact in my own life and on others, and I am very grateful for my time at North Central.  That’s why, whenever anybody asks me where I went to school I always answer the same:  I am first and foremost a proud graduate of North Central Michigan College.

Travis lives currently in Durham, North Carolina with my wife and two children.



Growing up in Northern Michigan, Jerome Rand had a late start in the world of sailing.  It wasn’t until the age of 18 that sailing became the main focus of his life.  First teaching sailing on the small inland lakes and then venturing out on yacht deliveries from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean.  On one trip to the BVI he was introduced to the Bitter End Yacht Club and found himself working with the watersports center for the next 9 years. 

It was during the last three years at BEYC that the pieces of a long-held dream started to take shape, to sail solo and nonstop around the world.  On a small budget he purchased a 43 year old Westsail 32 and began the journey of a lifetime.  The first year was spent fixing, breaking and fixing again anything that might be a weak point on the boat.  In June of 2017 the boat, “Mighty Sparrow” was hauled out of the water and work began making modifications to endure the long trip ahead.

In October the boat was back in the water and weather window opened up to set out from Gloucester Massachusetts following a few nervous weeks watching hurricane Irma, Maria and then Jose storm through the Atlantic.  On October 3rd Jerome Rand set sail aboard the Mighty Sparrow for what would be a 271 day sail and the adventure of a life time.

To reach home, the boat would have to cross the North Atlantic during the end of Hurricane season then cross the South Atlantic on the way to the stormy seas of the Southern Ocean near the Cape of Good Hope.  From there it was South of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand on route to Cape Horn.  Once around the Five Great Capes the boat turned North, heading for warm weather and a friendly ocean. 

After two months of retracing the outbound track, on June 30 2018, the Mighty Sparrow sailed into Gloucester Mass after 9 months and 29,805 miles sailed.  The journey tested every limit both mental and physical, from fierce winds to demoralizing calms, and everything in between.  In the end it was perseverance and a bit of luck that would see this small boat through some of the world’s most dangerous seas.


Photo of Jenny Maginnis

Having grown up in Petoskey, I was lucky enough to find my way back to this beautiful area five years ago to work at a place that changed my academic and personal life. In 2003, I graduated from North Central with a new passion for education and a goal that one day I would return to the place that inspired me to be more.

There were many stops along the way, Michigan State University where I completed my bachelor’s and master’s degrees and the University of Kentucky where I earned a doctorate in communication and new media. After completing my doctoral degree I took a job at Delta College near Saginaw, Michigan but I always longed to be back up north.

When the Communication faculty position opened at North Central I crossed my fingers that with my educational preparation and a little luck I would get the job. Everything aligned and here I am five years later back in the place that made me –well me.

My family is close by and I have an amazing husband that helps complete my life. Every day I feel so fortunate to be a part of a community that inspires people. My career is more than a job it is a part of my life –a part of my family. Each student is a member that although may only stay for a short time is one that I hope to inspire to be a better person and continue on his/her educational journey.

Dr. Jenny Maginnis is a Petoskey native who found her way back to northern Michigan after an educational journey that took her to Michigan State University for two degrees (bachelor’s and master’s) and the University of Kentucky for a Ph.D. in Communication and Social Media. Jenny is the Communication instructor, teaching courses in public speaking (beginning and advanced), interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication and social media.

Her belief in the empowering nature of communication guides her skill-based course design. Jenny believes in engaging students and giving them the communication skills to better manage their personal and professional relationships. About her students Jenny states, “They inspire me every day to go beyond just research based knowledge and seek out practical skills to help them deal with their daily communication.” The field of communication has changed significantly in recent years with the increase in social media. Jenny’s priority is in incorporating new media and its impact into day-to-day communication.


Photo of Marleah DeanMarleah fell in love with learning at North Central Michigan College as a 16-year-old, dually-enrolled student.  After graduating from North Central in 2007, Marleah pursued her Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Michigan State University. There, she had the opportunity to conduct research with top researchers who opened up health communication to her, including research into breast cancer. Marleah's journey then led her to the University of New Mexico where she pursued her M.A., and to Texas A&M University for her doctorate. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Health Communication at the University of South Florida.

Marleah's love of learning has opened up remarkable doors. She has been given the opportunity to present her research at national and international conferences. She has been able to publish articles in top communication and medical journals and to teach classes in public speaking, nonverbal communication, group communication, interpersonal communication and health communication.



Photo of Kelly SuterThough I was born in Kalamazoo, Northern Michigan has played an important role in my family’s history for many generations and I consider Petoskey my home.  

In 1986, my aunt became the first member of the family to graduate from North Central Michigan College’s nursing program.   It has since become a family tradition with 13 other family members having graduated from the nursing program to date.

After graduating in 2008, I went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in nursing education and a master’s degree in healthcare bioethics.    I have been an ER nurse for 10 years and have spent 8 of those years engaged in international disaster relief work including Cholera in Haiti, Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau, earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal, war in South Sudan, post war rebuilding efforts in East Timor, flooding in Louisiana and Hurricanes in Texas and Florida.  

North Central Michigan College provided the knowledge base and practical skills I needed to continue my education and provide life saving treatment and education to individuals in need around the world. 



photo of Ben Slocum


I graduated from Petoskey in 2002 and started off and on at North Central while I tried to figure out what I wanted to do for a career. I decided that a community college was my best choice while I was deciding what I wanted to focus on for a major. In 2004 I had an accident that took me out of classes for several years and caused me to again question what I wanted to do for a living.

I found myself back at North Central in 2006 easing back into school and decided to fully dive back in in 2007 with a new focus. I pushed through the next two years graduating in the spring of 2009 with an AA before heading to Northern Michigan University to finish out a BS in English in 2012. 

Later that same year I opened Beards Brewery with Peter Manthei, who I had met in a class at North Central several years before. Since then Beards has grown to a second production brewery in Charlevoix followed by a new location in downtown Petoskey in 2017.

Along the way I've found myself back at North Central in a variety of capacities. I taught an introduction to brewing class through the C.E.C. program for two years and finished an EMT-B license in 2016 through the college.                


Andrew Boyer - 2011 

Andrew Boyer of East Jordan will be the first to tell you that a college education matters. And it isn't just the discipline studied that makes a difference.

The craft beer scene was blossoming while Boyer was attending North Central Michigan College. A fellow student from North Central was an avid brewer who introduced the process of home-brewed beer to Andrew. Andrew began brewing immediately.

Andrew graduated from North Central in 2011, and continued his education at Lake Superior State University, studying social work. While at LSSU, Andrew was not only brewing, he was also malting small batches of red wheat from his family farm, Valley View Farm, in East Jordan.  By 2015, Valley View Farm was growing malting barley, selling everything they didn’t use to malt houses, who then sold it to microbreweries.  By 2016, they converted their milking parlor into a small malt house, and decided to sell their malt directly to Short’s Brewing. "At the time, we were still drying our malt on homemade screens over a wood-fired kiln we built ourselves," states Andrew.

In October, 2016, Andrew, and his father, Jim, and uncle John, submitted an application to the GreenLight East Jordan business model competition. Business ideas or businesses that have been doing business for two years or less are eligible to apply for an opportunity to be one of seven finalists that will give a four-minute presentation to a panel of five judges and an audience of more than 200 guests. The top three winners, along with the “People’s Choice” winner, will receive cash awards to help with startup costs or to “grow” their existing businesses.

Judges in the 2016 GreenLight East Jordan business model competition awarded the malt house venture a grand prize of $10,000, with the Boyers also winning an invitation to a statewide GreenLight competition in March 2017 and an audience-choice prize of $500.

John (from left), Andrew and Jim Boyer operate Valley View Farm near East Jordan. Jim is holding a bag of barley processed in the farm’s recently added malt house.

"We ended up winning the competition," states Andrew. "I’m not a presenter by nature. My professors at North Central helped me develop my speech communications skills and cultivate the confidence it took to enter the competition. My thanks go to professor Carol Noël and North Central Michigan College."

Andrew continues, "We still remain a fairly small, family operation, consisting of my dad, my uncle, John, and myself, but we love what we do, and we couldn’t be prouder of the beers and spirits that are made with our barley and wheat."  To date, Valley View's harvests have been put to use by Michigan breweries such as Beards, Short's and New Holland.

"It's fun to be able to supply the barley, and then go down to the local pub and have a beer made with your grain," Andrew said.


A Family Tradition

Photo of Katelyn and Mary BethKatelyn and Mary Beth Crittenden are graduates of Petoskey High School. Both sisters received the Martha Curtis Memorial Scholarship for nursing at North Central Michigan College and graduated in spring, 2015.

Mary Beth plans to go to work as a registered nurse, but will continue her studies to obtain a BSN. "Right now, I'd like to work in a neonatal intensive care unit of a pediatrics unit." Katelyn plans to work on her BSN and get a job in pediatrics or obstetrics.

When asked what inspired them to pursue a career in nursing, both agreed it was their family. "There are 14 members of our family (aunts, cousins, siblings and mother) who have graduated from the nursing program at North Central," Mary Beth said.

Cory Glomski - 2017

Cory Glomski is a very happy man, doing work that he loves in the city that he loves.  Cory is originally from Cheboygan, but moved to Petoskey in 2000 and graduated from Petoskey High School in 2006. Upon graduation, he went to work as a butcher and a cook and enjoyed that job for 10 years.  But it’s hard to get ahead if you are working in the service industry, so in 2013, he decided to attend college.  He chose North Central Michigan College for the reasons many do – close to home, affordable and, most importantly, he could work while attending school.  The College also had an IT program, and Cory’s goal was to become an IT support specialist.

It took him four years of working part-time and attending school part-time, but in 2017 he graduated with his associate of applied science degree in computer networking.

“I always thought that I would have to move away to a bigger city to get a good job in this field,” Cory admitted, “But I couldn’t have been more wrong!”

Cory found a job right away, right here in Petoskey.  After doing an internship with Common Angle, an IT consulting firm and managed service provider, he was hired as a network technician.  Now he spends his days troubleshooting networks, apps and setting up new equipment for clients. 

Cory says, “My degree opened doors for me, and now I plan to stay here in Petoskey.”

Cory’s advice to anyone contemplating college, but especially the non-traditional student, “Invest in yourself with college.  It makes you stronger when you commit yourself to something.”  He says that attending North Central helped him grow as a person. “There’s so much that North Central does to help a student.  It makes it pretty hard to fail.”

cnc success stories


SEEDS trainees who obtained a Manufacturing job receive on average 40% more in a starting (hire) salary than those entering Other careers. This increases to 46% more on average in salary at twelve months.











Amanda Saxby, a CNC student from Alanson, has completed her Certificate of Development in CNC Machining Technology at North Central.  She now works as a CNC Machinist at Moeller Aerospace in Harbor Springs.











David Isham of East Jordan started the CNC Program as a high school student, taking classes in the Fab Lab.  He finished his courses on campus during a 4-week summer intensive (CNC Completion Camp) and earned his Certificate of Development in Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology. He has interned for two summers at ej (East Jordan Ironworks), a worldwide company headquartered in East Jordan. David completed his Associate of Science at North Central and is now at Lake Superior State University in the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Bachelor of Science program.

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Dakoda Lauska of East Jordan started the CNC Program as a high school student, taking classes in the Fab Lab.  He earned his Certificate of Development with North Central before he earned his high school diploma! Dakoda was in the first group of students to complete courses on campus during a 4-week summer intensive (CNC Completion Camp) and earned his Certificate of Development in Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology. He then moved directly into a role as CNC Machinist in Elmira, then a Tool and Die Maker in East Jordan and has moved out of state to take a CNC Machinist job in Florida!

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Elijah Newton, a CNC student while in high school, has spent the last two summers as a Product Engineering Intern at ej (East Jordan Ironworks).  Attending Michigan Technological University for Mechanical Engineering, he is involved in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment and skills development. He is also a member of the Michigan Tech Aerospace Enterprise, an interdisciplinary group of undergraduate students that design, license, and assemble small satellites for organizations such as Air Force Research Laboratory and NASA.

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Lucas Spence of Boyne City graduated from the CNC Program. “It was a great program,” said Lucas. “The teachers were great. The courses really improved my skills as a machinist. I plan to continue my education in hopes of one day having the chance to grow within my company.” Lucas works at ej in East Jordan.

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Shawntae Kauska, a CNC program graduate from Charlevoix, earned a Certificate of Development from North Central.  She now works as a CNC Machinist at Moeller Aerospace in Harbor Springs.

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Caleb McCary of Boyne City, completed a “Just in Time” Introduction to CNC Operations training course a year ago.  Caleb now works as a CNC Machinist at Moeller Aerospace in Harbor Springs.

Mark Crump of Petoskey completed a certificate of development in CNC Machinist Technology and began his career at Precision Edge in September, 2016. Mark’s knowledge gained from the program at NCMC helped him quickly achieve a Machine Operator I level in both the Lathe and Rollo Departments. In addition, Mark completed his first year in an Apprentice Program through Penn Foster/Department of Labor sponsored by PE. This is a four-year program where he will earn a Journeyman’s in Machining Technology upon graduation.



Ian Shackleford of Petoskey is a graduate of the CNC Program at North Central. He has been working at Lanzen Incorporated, Petoskey location. He makes precision parts for the defense industry.


Dylan Hutterer of Petoskey started the CNC Program as a high school student. He finished his courses on campus and earned his Certificate of Development in Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology in May of 2018. He was then offered his full time position as a Laser Programmer at Jervis B. Webb at their Boyne City location.  While working there, he continues to work toward his AGS and CAD Certificate at North Central.