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2014-12-17 North Central Partnering with Gaylord High School in Early College
NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE
1515 Howard Street
Petoskey, MI 49770

NEWS RELEASE – December 17, 2014

NORTH CENTRAL PARTNERING WITH GAYLORD HIGH SCHOOL TO OFFER STUDENTS A COST-FREE COLLEGE DEGREE

Starting this summer, Gaylord High School students will be able to embark on an educational journey that will result in a high school diploma and college degree at no cost to them as part of North Central Michigan College’s Early College partnership with the Gaylord High School. The Early College began as a pilot program with Petoskey High School in 2013 and is now operating successfully at Petoskey High School and Boyne City High School. It is open to 2014-2015 high school sophomores and offers these students free North Central tuition and textbooks for three and one-half years and allows students to receive both their high school diploma and associate degree after their fifth year of high school.
Students will complete their course work at their high school and at North Central’s University Center campus in Gaylord or the Petoskey campus.

“The goal of the Early College is to provide students and parents an exceptional academic experience that promotes student success through achieving a college credential while reducing the time and expense of college education beyond high school,” states Dr. Cameron Brunet-Koch, president of North Central Michigan College.
“Increasing the number of area residents with college degrees is an important regional and national goal.”

Students will be selected for admission into the Early College in accordance with North Central and Gaylord High School admission requirements. Students who are accepted into the Early College will work with advisors and counselors from the high school and North Central to develop their educational plan leading to the completion of the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements, as well as an associate degree from North Central upon successful completion of the Early College.

A major benefit of the program is the opportunity it provides students to reduce the cost of a college education. “This agreement will allow Gaylord High School students to complete an associate degree and a high school diploma at the same time,” noted President Brunet-Koch. “This will result in substantial savings in time spent earning a bachelor’s degree and significantly reduce student debt.”

For more information about Early College, contact Wendy Fought, director of student outreach and engagement, at 231-439-6349 or wfought@ncmich.edu or visit www.ncmich.edu/pdfs/early_college.pdf.

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 Military-Friendly School®.


For more information:
Carol Laenen
Director of Communication
231-348-6839
2014-12-15 North Central Holiday Hours NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE
1515 Howard Street
Petoskey, MI 49770

NEWS RELEASE – December 15, 2014

HOLIDAY HOURS FOR NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE

North Central Michigan College’s gym and fitness center on the Petoskey campus will be open over the holiday break with limited hours. The center will be open December 20-21, December 27-31 and January 2-4. Call 231-439-6370 for more information. The hours are as follows:
• Friday, December 12 – close at 5 p.m.
• Friday, December 19 – close at 5 p.m.
• Saturday, December 20 – 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
• Sunday, December 21 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
• Closed December 22-26
• Saturday, December 27 – 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
• Sunday, December 28 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
• Monday – Wednesday, December 29-31 – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• Closed January 1, 2015
• Friday, January 2 – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• Saturday, January 3 – 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
• Sunday, January 4 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
• Regular hours resume Monday, January 5.

The college, including the library, college store and student services, will be closed Friday, December 19 at 5 p.m. through Sunday, January 4, 2015. All offices reopen on January 5 at 8:30 a.m. except for the library whose regular hours start at 8:15 a.m.
Regular hours for winter semester 2015 for the Gym and Fitness Center are:
Mon-Thursday………………………..6:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday…………………………………6:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday……………………………....8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday ……………………………….10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Walking tracking free to all and open same days and times as courts. Court fees for non-students are: age 6 and below no charge; age 7-17 $2 per day per person. Age 18 and older $3 per day.

Regular hours for winter semester 2015 for the Library are:
January 5-9 only.
• Monday – Friday 8:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.

January 12-May 8:
• Monday – Thursday 8:15 a.m. – 9 p.m.
• Friday 8:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• Saturday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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 Military-Friendly School®.

For more information:
Carol Laenen
Director of College Communications
231-348-6839


2014-12-02 North Central Offers Five New Program Certificates in 2015 NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE
1515 Howard Street
Petoskey, MI 49770

NEWS RELEASE – December 2, 2014

NORTH CENTRAL OFFERS FIVE NEW PROGRAM CERTIFICATES IN 2015

North Central Michigan College will offer five new and/or improved program certificates starting winter 2015. These certificates cover a wide array of subjects – from manufacturing to art. All can be completed in two semesters of full-time enrollment.

The Eldercare Certificate program will train students interested in working with seniors as they confront a variety of decisions ranging from healthcare, fiscal, and legal issues to questions involving ethics, death and dying, and communicating effectively across generations.

The CNC Machinist Certificate of Development prepares students for work in modern factories, manufacturing plants and machine shops where computer numerically controlled machines are essential pieces of equipment. This certificate offers some courses in an open-entry self-paced format which enables students to start courses after the normal semester and work at a pace agreed upon by the student and instructor. Classes are scheduled in the Mobile Digital Fabrication Lab and in classrooms.

The Bookkeeping Certificate of Development covers the foundational knowledge and skills needed to help process a company’s business transactions and helps students learn more about real-world bookkeeping tasks through course-content that aligns with standards set by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB).

The Business of Art Certificate of Development is designed to provide a foundation of study in the actual business of art by creating a workable business plan, finding and using various business funding mechanisms and gaining a solid foundation in art. Students who complete this certificate will be prepared to begin a studio practice or strengthen their existing business.

Finally, the Communications Certificate has been updated to include more current courses, including social media, advanced public speaking and persuasive presentation.

All of these programs have been approved by the Higher Learning Commission and the U.S. Department of Education. For more information on these new programs, or on the application process at North Central, call 231-348-6605 to schedule an appointment with an advisor. Enrollment and registration for winter semester is open until January 16. Visit www.ncmich.edu to apply now.

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 Military-Friendly School®.

For more information:
Carol Laenen
Director of College Communications
231-348-6839


2014-12-01 North Central Lectures Offers a Taste of Wine NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE
1515 Howard Street
Petoskey, MI 49770

NEWS RELEASE – December 1, 2014

NORTH CENTRAL DECEMBER LECTURE OFFERS A TASTE OF WINE

North Central Michigan College’s Luncheon Lecture on Friday, December 5, will look at the winemaking business in Michigan. The lecture will be at noon in the Library conference room on the Petoskey campus.

It started as a retirement project, but now Geoff and Gail Frey’s Crooked Vine Vineyard and Winery is a full-scale business with 2,000 grapevines on 20 acres and a tasting room overlooking Pickerel Lake. Geoff will explain why the winemaking business is taking off in northern Michigan, how it may help the local economy and what North Central Michigan College has been doing to help make it all happen. He will also offer guests the opportunity to sample some of the wines he is producing.

Cost for the event is $10 and includes lunch. Reservations are required. Call 231-348-6600 to reserve your place at the table. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. Must be 21 years of age or older to participate in wine-tasting.

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 Military-Friendly School®.

For more information:
Carol Laenen
Director of College Communications
231-348-6839

2014-11-26 North Central Offers New Eldercare Certificate NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE
1515 Howard Street
Petoskey, MI 49770

NEWS RELEASE – November 26, 2014

NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE TO OFFER NEW ELDERCARE CERTIFICATE

North Central Michigan College will offer a new eldercare certificate starting with winter semester 2015. This certificate was created in conjunction with a grant from the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, a national effort to train 10,000 baby boomers for new jobs in health care, education and social services. The program is sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

The Eldercare Certificate program offers committed students the opportunity to help address the challenges facing an aging population as they confront a variety of decisions ranging from healthcare, fiscal, and legal issues to questions involving ethics, death and dying, and communicating effectively across generations.

The program consists of 42 to 45 hours of coursework, or approximately three semesters if attending full time. Students interested in pursuing employment involving care of the elderly participate in an optional work-based learning program, designed both to expose them to potential work environments, as well as to encourage employers to take a longer “interview” look at potential employees.

For more information on the eldercare certificate, contact coordinator Lynn Turner at 866-680-0771 or lturner@ncmich.edu or visit www.ncmich.edu/pdfs/Eldercare.pdf.

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 Military-Friendly School®.

For more information:
Carol Laenen
Director of College Communications
231-348-6839

2014-11-24 North Central Becomes Official Site of National Writing Project NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE
1515 Howard Street
Petoskey, MI 49770

NEWS RELEASE – November 24, 2014

NORTH CENTRAL BECOMES OFFICIAL SITE OF THE NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT

North Central Michigan College and the Top-of-the-Mitt Writing Project are now an official site of the National Writing Project. For the past nine years, Top-of-the-Mitt has been a satellite of the Red Cedar Writing Project, Michigan State University’s site of the National Writing Project. Top-of-the-Mitt and North Central Michigan College join 11 other universities in Michigan as part of the National Writing Project. North Central is the only community college in Michigan to participate, and one of only four community colleges in the entire country.

Toby Kahn-Loftus, a member of North Central’s adjunct faculty, is director of the project here in Petoskey. The National Writing Project is a network of close to 200 sites anchored at colleges and universities and serving teachers across disciplines and at all levels, early childhood through university. They provide professional development, develop resources, generate research and act on knowledge to improve the teaching of writing and learning in schools and communities.

Top-of-the-Mitt offers a summer institute at North Central for select teachers across 14 northern, rural Michigan counties. Their four-week invitational summer institute includes three MSU graduate credits and numerous texts and materials. Teachers focus on becoming more effective writers, teachers of writing, teacher researchers and teacher leaders. To date, 65 teachers in northern Michigan have gone through the Top-of-the-Mitt summer institute and have new teacher consultant credentials. The total number of students impacted by their work is now closer to 2,200 and more than 500 students have participated in our Spartan Writing Camps North.

Top-of-the-Mitt also seek grants from area foundations to support literacy in area schools with high needs populations and offer several writing camps each year for area families taught by their teacher consultants. For more information on the National Writing Project, visit www.nwp.org. For information about the Top-of-the-Mitt Writing Project, contact Toby Kahn-Loftus at 231-330-5804 or tobykahnloftus@gmail.com. For more information about Red Cedar Writing Project, visit rcwp.msu.edu or contact Janet Swenson at 517-884-7424 or jswenson@msu.edu.

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 Military-Friendly School®.

For more information:
Carol Laenen
Director of College Communications
231-348-6839

Cutline: Top of the Mitt Writing Project Director, Toby Kahn Loftus, is presenting to Dr. Janet Swenson, Director of the Red Cedar Writing Project and Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University, an Outstanding Mentorship Award for a decade of mentorship.

2014-11-20 North Central Graduate Working in Liberia NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE
1515 Howard Street
Petoskey, MI 49770

NEWS RELEASE – November 20, 2014

NORTH CENTRAL GRADUATE WORKING IN LIBERIA

North Central Michigan College graduate Kelly Suter was featured on CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday, November 9 as part of their story called The Ebola Hot Zone. Kelly graduated from North Central’s nursing program in 2008. She started her volunteering career in Haiti after the earthquake, doing two tours in that country. Between tours, Kelly can often be seen at work in the Emergency Department at McLaren Northern Michigan. Kelly is now working with Doctors without Borders at the epicenter of the Ebola crisis in Liberia.

To view the video, go to http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/the-ebola-hot-zone/.

Kelly’s sister, sister’s husband and multiple aunts and cousins, 14 in all, have graduated from North Central’s nursing program.

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 Military-Friendly School®.

For more information:
Carol Laenen
Director of College Communications
231-348-6839