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North Central Michigan College students will be masked, socially distanced, and learning in person for winter semester, according to a December 15 email from President David Roland Finley.  He also noted that a range of learning modalities is available, from entirely face-to-face to completely online, depending on students’ level of comfort and how they learn best.

The college has been following its “Together as North Central” Return to Campus Plan to ensure the safety of students’ living-learning environment.  The plan’s layered mitigation practices of mandated mask-wearing, social distancing, and increased cleaning and sanitization have been successful, Finley said.

“Thanks to our collective efforts, we were able to hold classes safely in person for the bulk of the semester.  Our Residence Hall remained open at a limited capacity with increased safety protocols, our cross-country team had a successful second season, and we were even able to hold our first-ever North Central Trick-or-Trot 5k,” he said.

Finley also emphasized the importance of continued vigilance during the holiday break, which begins December 21.

“One of the advantages of choosing to attend a small college is the camaraderie among our students, faculty, and staff,” he said.  “We look out for one another, and we all do our part to ensure our collective safety.”

When necessary, the college will continue to “flex” some courses between in-person and online delivery to maintain social distancing of at least six feet in classrooms.

The Winter 2021 semester begins on January 11.  Registration is open through January 15.

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 exceptional, accessible, relevant higher education of and for the community.  North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College with a designation of Veteran Friendly Silver by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.


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