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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

may 17, 2021 update

To:  NCMC Campus Community

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s May 14, 2021 order stating if you are a Michigan resident and you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you no longer need to wear a mask or other face covering whether indoors or out, went into effect at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021. 

As a result of this order, fully vaccinated individuals (those for whom at least two weeks has passed after receiving the final dose of an FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine) has been added to the list of exceptions to the face mask requirement. The complete list of exemptions can be found in Section 7 of the May 14, 2021 Gatherings and Face Mask Order.

North Central Michigan College, therefore, requires face masks be worn by all individuals unless they fall into a specified exemption, which now includes fully vaccinated individuals.

Employee questions can be directed to Lynn Eckerle, HR Director, at

Student questions can be directed to Student Services (231-348-6605).

All other questions can be answered by utilizing the Health Email at

A Health Email ( is available to provide a method for individuals to submit issues of noncompliance or ask health-related questions.

North Central employees should log into the MDHHS MI Symptoms Web App daily before reporting to work. If the MI Symptoms App indicates that you are at risk, plan to stay home and contact your supervisor.


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 at 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.  


Please Note:

Effective January 4, 2021, North Central Michigan College is electing to follow Phase 4 restrictions from our Re-Opening Plan/COVID-19 Response Grid during the state-mandated shift to the use of remote instructional methods. 

click here for NCMC weekly covid-19 case reporting


Together as North Central Pledge

Your Community’s College maintains the same dedication to delivering the high-quality educational experience to our students we always have, but with a transformed and evolving commitment to ensuring a safe and fulfilling return to campus on September 8.

With input from our full- and part-time faculty, staff, administration, students/parents, and state and local public health authorities, including the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, a Return to Campus Plan has been developed to encapsulate the measures we are taking to proactively protect our campus community from the spread of Covid-19.

The “Together as North Central” Pledge demonstrates our commitment to begin the Winter 2021 semester united in our efforts to guard the health and safety of everyone on campus, and we will do this together, as North Central.

return to campus plan and reopening grid

On August 20 the College issued a comprehensive Reopening Plan, the “Together as North Central” Return to Campus Plan. This plan follows and incorporates NCMC's Reopening Grid  that allows for a safe return to face-to-face (F2F) learning for the Fall 2020 semester that began on September 8.

After thoughtful research and discussion — all of it informed by recommendations from the CDC, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Safe Schools Roadmap, and guidance from the Health Department of Northwest Michigan — the North Central Reopening Grid was reviewed by our Board of Trustees on July 28.

NCMC's Reopening Grid is a fluid guideline prepared with six phases that correspond to the six phases in the Governor's MI SafeSchools RoadMap. 

We are currently in Phase 5

Indicators and conditions that will support moving to the next phase or support moving back to the previous phase are based on: Governor’s Executive Orders, Legislation guided, MI SafeStart guidelines, Health Department of NW Michigan Guidance & Recommendations, campus readiness, limited reported COVID cases in communities served.

NCMC Campus Safety Video

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.

CARES - Quarterly Reporting through 9-30-20

CARES - Quarterly Reporting through 12-31-20

CRRSAA - Quarterly Reporting through 3-31-21

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 an 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


Past Updates

May 14, 2021 UPDATECDC Guidance and MIOSHA Rules Differ On Vaccinated People
March 31, 2021 UPDATE - COVID exposure in SCRC
January 3, 2021 UPDATE - Resuming Face-to-face instruction for fall semester
December 18 UPDATE - Gatherings and Face Mask Order Update
December 15 UPDATE - Message to Students - A Promise for Winter 2021
December 7 UPDATE - MDHHS emergancy order extension
November 19 UPDATE - MDHHS emergency Order - 3rd communication
November 16 UPDATE - MDHHS Emergency Order - 2nd communication
November 15 UPDATE - MDHHS Emergency Order - 1st communication
November 9 UPDATE - Revised SCRC hours
November 6 UPDATE - Reopening Grid modification
October 30 UPDATE - Move back to Phase 4
August 20 UPDATE - Return to Campus Plan
August 10 UPDATE - Back to Campus Safety Blueprint video
August 7 UPDATE - Letter to Campus August 10 return to campus
August 5 UPDATEGovernor’s Executive Order 2020-162
July 31 UPDATE - Letter to campus Ex. Order Updates
July 22 UPDATE - Letter to campus - Reopening Grid
July 10 UPDATEGovernor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-147
July 2 UPDATE - Health Dept. of Northern MI COVID Update
July 1 UPDATE - Campus open by appointment
June 26 UPDATE - SCRC opening to the public
June 17 UPDATE - Return to campus
June 11 UPDATE - Northern Michigan test sites
June 5 UPDATE - Letter to Campus regarding reopening plans
May 22 UPDATE - Governor Whitmer's amended Executive Orders
May 21 UPDATE - Updated return to campus information for employees
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 extension 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 extension 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