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Coronavirus (COVID-19)


As the global situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) constantly evolves, we will provide periodic updates to the campus community regarding NCMC's planning and preparedness actions. The college is vigilant and taking steps to ensure the safety of the campus community.

Stay up-to-date on the latest information and statistics from the Health Department of Northwest Michigan by visiting the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.  

NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE Use of Funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

North Central Michigan College received funds for students from the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.  Please click here for information related to those funds as required by the U.S. Department of Education.


For a nicely formatted copy of the MI Safe Start Plan, as announced by Governor Whitmer on May 7, please click here. As was stated during that press conference, Michigan is in Phase 3 of 6 at present.  Limited sectors of the economy have been permitted to re-start via additional safety measures and guidelines.  Phase 4 allows small groups to gather with appropriate social distancing.  Phase 5 allows live (F2F) instruction in K-12 and higher education.  Phase 6 is post-pandemic.

may 22 UPDATE

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer amended certain previously issued executive orders to clarify their duration. Executive orders 2020-62, 2020-69, and 2020-96, are to remain in effect until 11:59 pm on June 12, 2020. . . . more information

May 21 UPdate

TO:   Members of the North Central Michigan College Community

FROM:   Dr. David Roland Finley, President, North Central Michigan College

Campus colleagues,

Please read the following May 21 COVID-19 Campus Community Update in its entirety.

Employees who have not been asked by their supervisor to return to campus should plan to continue working remotely until we have announced our tiered reopening plan.  This announcement will occur after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order expires on May 28.  As such, we will not all be returning to campus on Friday, May 29.

It is the aim of North Central Michigan College to help lead our region’s economic recovery amid the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.  While we made the transition to online teaching and telework in mid-March, our focus has turned to safely reopening the College to employees, students and community members, in that order.  As such, I am announcing the following update.

Comprehensive Return to Work Plan for College Employees is Under Development

North Central has operated with eight essential employees on-site since mid-March.  Beginning May 18, some College employees with job duties that require their physical presence on campus returned to work in a limited capacity with staggered scheduling.  These employees worked with their supervisor and HR on a safe return-to-work plan.

Our comprehensive return to work plan must ensure that we are sensitive to our team members’ unique circumstances, while continuing to provide our students with the personalized attention they expect from North Central.  The complexity of this situation cannot be overstated, and our plan must be thoughtful and prudent.  The anticipated completion date for this plan is June 8; however, this date may be altered pending changes to Gov. Whitmer’s executive orders and/or the recommendations of our local health officials.

As outlined in my April 9 update,  all full- and part-time employees who are scheduled to work through June 30 will continue to be compensated as usual.

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 Covid-19.  To streamline communications, the North Central website remains the vehicle for all 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 campus community.

Thanks again for your good work on behalf of the learners at North Central.  Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Remembering Larry Cummings


Professor Larry Cummings taught history and geography for 51 years 
and will leave a lasting impact

North Central Michigan College Professor Larry Cummings, a fixture in the Petoskey community and an icon on the college’s campus, passed away at McLaren Northern Michigan on March 31, 2020, due to complications of Covid-19.  He was 76. more information 

LarryA RENAISSANCE MAN: Larry Cummings was a NCMC, area legend

Steve Foley (231) 439-9397

Earlier in March and just before coronavirus had become what it is today, North Central Michigan College sociology/anthropology professor Kerri Finlayson was chatting with fellow longtime professor Larry Cummings about pedagogy.

“He (Cummings) was putting together a proposal for a sabbatical . . . more information


Coronavirus Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines - During this rapidly evolving situation, North Central Michigan College is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Interim Guidance for US Institutions of Higher Education.

FAQs - CLICK HERE to access an updated list of Coronavirus FAQs

Preventative MeasuresThe short (2.5 min.) video below features Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases at CDC, describing preventative measures to help protect older adults from COVID-19.


NCMC is closely monitoring the situation, and will continue to implement appropriate CDC guidelines and work closely with our local health departments for the well-being of our students, faculty and staff.


Past Updates

May 15 UPDATE - New COVID-19 cases in Antrim and Charlevoix Counties 
May 12 UPDATE - Return of face-to-face instruction in fall 
May 7 UPDATE - Notice to campus announcing return to work on May 29
May 4 UPDATE - Expansion of mental health resources
April 30 UPDATE - Essential Business Toolkit for safe operations
April 28 UPDATE - Letter to campus announcing the campus closure extention to May 18
April 24 UPDATE - The extension of Stay Home, Stay Safe order
April 18 UPDATE - Governor Whitmer's Stay Home, Stay Safe order and COVID-19 testing expansion
April 14 UPDATE - Letter to campus announcing the extention of the campus closure to April 30
April 9 UPDATE - Letter to campus community describing continuing compensation
April 3 UPDATE - Student Technology FAQs
April 1 UPDATE - Letter to campus regarding the passing of Professor Larry Cummings
March 27 UPDATE - Letter to campus about two COVID-19 cases at the College
March 19 UPDATE - Letter to campus describing elements pertaining to the closure of campus on 3/16/2020
March 17 UPDATE - Letter to campus regarding employee relief during pandemic
March 13 UPDATE - Letter to campus announcing extended Spring Break
March 12 UPDATE - Letter to campus outlining the College's initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic