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NORTH CENTRAL TO CLOSE CAMPUS, MOVE TO VIRTUAL LEARNING, POSTPONE COMMENCEMENT AND NURSE PINNING

Additional measures are part of the college’s ongoing effort to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

North Central Michigan College announced that its Petoskey campus and Cheboygan and Gaylord centers will be closed beginning March 20 through April 19.  All classes, including online classes, labs and clinicals, at all campus locations (Petoskey, Gaylord and Cheboygan) will be delivered via remote instructional methods effective April 6 through the end of the semester.

Through May 8, all campus events are canceled.  Commencement and Nurse Pinning, previously scheduled for May 8, are postponed.  Students who fulfill degree requirements for the Winter 2020 semester will have the credential posted to their transcripts by May 22, which can be used as proof that a degree was earned.  Diplomas will be distributed by mail at a date to be determined.

The Residence Hall will be closed through the end of winter semester.  Individual appointments may be made for students to retrieve their belongings.  Additional information will be sent to Residence Hall students regarding a credit on their account for the weeks they cannot return to their rooms.  These students will receive a detailed email within the next two weeks.

“These were not easy decisions to make, but we are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our campus community,” said Dr. David Roland Finley, president of North Central.  “Although the college’s physical locations will be closed, we will still be working to deliver the best possible educational experience to our students.  Our faculty and staff are committed to walking through this unprecedented situation alongside our students and community, and I’m convinced that we will all emerge stronger and more resilient as a result.”

Registration for summer and fall semesters is underway and will continue despite the campus closure.  The Financial Aid department and academic advisors will communicate via phone and email to help students register for classes and apply for scholarships.

“We are making plans for summer and fall semesters, and we encourage students to do the same,” said Renee DeYoung, vice president of Student Affairs.  “We want our students to prioritize their physical and mental health during this time, but we also want them to prioritize their educational goals to remain on track for completion.”

A Student Emergency Fund is available to meet students’ emergency needs.  Students who are experiencing a financial hardship that is threatening the success of their education are encouraged to apply for this assistance.  Students with questions should contact Renee DeYoung.

The Campus Cupboard, the college’s food pantry for current North Central students, will remain open as a resource for students who might be experiencing food insecurity, however order pickup will be on Fridays from 2—4 p.m. only.  Orders received throughout the week and by noon on Fridays will be available for pickup during the designated pickup time.  Students with questions should call 231-348-6605.  All calls will be returned.

North Central is continually monitoring and evaluating college operations based on the latest information and recommendations from local, state and national health experts and officials regarding mitigating the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

To streamline communications moving forward, the North Central website will be the vehicle for all Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates.  The college will keep the public informed as this issue evolves, working to respond in ways that ensure the health, safety and well-being of our college community.

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 Gold by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.

 

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