AS PRESIDENT OF NMC I wear many hats and “Chief Storyteller” is one of my favorites! I love having copies of Nexus magazine with me as soon as the new issue arrives so I can share the good stories with everyone I meet. Our January 2023 issue highlighted three of our degree programs with 100% employment: Aviation, Police Academy and Marine Technology. This is a GREAT story to tell. Community members, alumni, donors and lawmakers were all excited to hear how NMC is delivering on its promise and providing a great return on investment. In fact, just a few months later, the state invested an additional $3.75 million to expand our aviation facilities, thanks to advocacy from Sen. John Damoose and support from Rep. Betsy Coffia and Rep. Curt VanderWall.
This is all great news, and there’s more. NMC has a new WET Tech degree, a new standalone Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) degree and a new nursing partnership with Davenport University.
Last month, graduates of our associate degree in nursing program were able to start working on their BSN with Davenport right here on our NMC campus. They’ll complete the fast-track program next August, saving themselves time and money before entering another field where demand outstrips supply.
But wait, there’s more! There will always be more. NMC is the trusted partner for employers, the state and our students. We’re continuously evolving and adding new programming to meet our stakeholder needs. Those partners are also investing in our college and our students to make our outstanding value even greater, as evidenced by programs like Michigan Reconnect, Michigan Achievement and College Edge, detailed in this issue's cover story.
We've just celebrated our 2023 Commencement. As those graduates begin the next phase of their lives, incoming NMC students begin theirs this summer and fall. That cycle keeps repeating because of that trust, constant evolution and value. We're proud to offer it. As taxpayers, alumni, donors and friends, thank you for being part of our shared success.
Nexus - The Northwestern Michigan College Magazine