NORTH CENTRAL NAMES NEW TEAM MEMBERS IN FOUNDATION, CORPORATE AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION DIVISION
Two new hires have recently taken the helm in key positions at North Central Michigan College, continuing the college’s commitment to providing exceptional, accessible, relevant higher education for all learners throughout the Tip of the Mitt.
Christy Lyons was hired as director of the college’s Corporate and Community Education (CCE) division in January. She comes to North Central following a 26-year career with the Petoskey News-Review, where she served most recently as general manager overseeing a team of 60 employees.
“It’s difficult to imagine an individual with a greater understanding of the business climate here in Emmet County,” said Pete Olson, vice president of Academic Affairs and Student Success. “Simply put, Ms. Lyons knows how to run a successful business in our area. Her answers to all questions during the interviews demonstrated both a deep familiarity with the business climate and a touching commitment to the employees with whom she worked for over 25 years.”
Lyons is excited to join the college team and expand CCE’s offerings.
“My first priority will be to meet with area leaders to find out what their workforce needs and issues are in order to customize and implement training plans,” she said. “On the community side, we will be conducting focus groups and surveys to determine what types of classes our community members would like to see offered through the college. We want North Central to be the place people think of first when it comes to exploring new interests.”
Christian Smith was hired as a gift officer in the NCMC Foundation in January. Smith served most recently as executive director of the YMCA in Northern Michigan, a role he held for five years. His transition to a role with North Central aligns with his belief in the power of education to transform lives.
“Of greatest value to the role of gift officer, Christian demonstrated his unique ability to rally supporters to a cause and develop deep and lasting relationships on behalf of an organization,” said Chelsea Platte, executive director of the NCMC Foundation. “We are thrilled to welcome Christian to our team.”
Smith looks forward to sharing the North Central story and connecting donors’ passions with students’ needs.
“North Central is poised to provide the intellectual capital needed to grow our economy in the 21st century,” he said. "In partnership with our donors, the NCMC Foundation bridges the gap between students’ dreams and reality. I am excited for my part in helping change the lives of students as they pursue their academic goals.”
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 with a designation of Veteran Friendly Gold by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.
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