Since 1958, North Central Michigan College has been opening the door to academic success for residents by offering two-year associate degrees in the arts and sciences that are transferable to four-year universities. In addition, North Central has paved the path to better-paying careers through its applied science programs in business, education, health science, criminal justice, information technology and legal assistance. Equally important, North Central provides residents with the ability to advance their skills and enrich their lives through education by offering a choice of 24 degrees and 39 certificates.
In Fall 2017, there are 2,527 students attending North Central. There are 713 dual/concurrently enrolled students, or 28.21% of the College’s total head count. Of the 713, there are 272 students from three high schools enrolled in our Early College program. Dual enrollment credit hours have increased by 25.88%.
The Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining program continues to grow. The CNC Career Center is in demand, providing employment support services for students to find jobs in manufacturing while helping employers fill their CNC job openings. An articulation agreement was reached with Lake Superior State University for a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and North Central has Corporate training agreements with four area manufacturing companies.
North Central’s Corporate & Community Education (CCE) group provides customized training programs to the region’s employers helping with retention of workers and the expansion of employment opportunities.
In 2017, North Central’s allied health programming booms as the College becomes one of two site locations in Michigan for University of Maryland/Baltimore County Critical Care training for area paramedics and nurses; a training site for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians; and a part of the Northern Michigan Regional Training Center for fire certification.
North Central has partnered with Lake Superior State University and Spring Arbor University to offer one master’s degree and eight bachelor’s degree programs at its University Center in Petoskey.
North Central Michigan College has greatly enhanced the livability of the region through programs such as its International Lectures, Lecture Series and Luncheon Lectures, which bring national and regional speakers into the region and are open to the public. Finally, its campus offers a 195-acre Natural Area and the Harris Sculpture Garden with 26 unique pieces of outdoor art for the public to enjoy.
According to a 2015 economic impact study conducted by the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, due solely to the presence of North Central Michigan College, there are 1,470 additional jobs in the region; total sales are $253.6 million higher; personal income is $66.1 million greater; and the region’s Gross Regional Product is $120.2 million higher.
With an annual budget of more than $16 million in 2016-17, North Central Michigan College’s full- and part-time faculty and staff numbered 275, and the College is among the top five year-round, largest employers in Emmet County.
According to the College’s audited financial statement dated June 30, 2017, North Central Michigan College’s financial position is strong, with assets of $53.5 million and a AA bond rating. The major sources of the College’s operating revenues are: Emmet County property taxes - 34.5%; tuition and fees - 42%; State appropriations - 22.5%.
And finally, in November 2016, the ballot proposal renewing North Central’s operating millage passed by nearly a 2-to-1 margin (10,921 Yes and 5,553 No), with 67% of the voters supporting North Central Michigan College. Virtually every voting district’s percentage of “yes” votes increased from the last millage election in 2006.
ABOUT THE AREA
North Central Michigan College is part of the excellence that is evident in the communities of Petoskey and Harbor Springs. Located in the tip of Michigan’s Mitten, along the shores of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, you will find these upscale resort communities that have been havens for city dwellers, and vacation destinations since the late 1800’s.
The excellence is seen in all that you’ll encounter in the region. In addition to a highly respected community college, the region boasts strong local schools, immaculate parks, an award-winning medical health center, world class cultural events, a vibrant business community, and a strong network of non-profit organizations and human service agencies.
Known as the Land of the Million Dollar Sunsets, the Petoskey-Harbor Springs region offers scenic views, cool summer lake breezes, and fresh abundant snow. These features lead to a multitude of recreation opportunities for boaters, beach lovers, kayakers, hikers, bikers, skiers, and any other outdoor enthusiasts.
Petoskey has been in the hospitality business for more than 100-years and taking care of its guests and residents is part of its culture. In this small northern town, you’ll find an unmatched warmth and friendliness coupled with a sincere desire to help its residents thrive.
Donations to the NCMC Foundation are used to change the lives of students. Scholarships help qualifying students begin and continue their college education. Foundation support helps the College maintain state-of-the-art learning environments and provide support for community enrichment programs.
- $320,000 in scholarships were awarded in 2016-17.
- Financial assistance was provided through student emergency funds.
- $15,963 in grants were awarded for equipment needs and new program development.
- The inaugural Garden Party raised $65,000 for full scholarships for 91 students enrolled in the College's CNC program in Fall 2016 and Winter 2017. The 2017 Garden Party raised $58,000.
- The Foundation presents three fundraising events each year – the Scramble for Scholarships Golf Outing, now in its 22nd year; the Garden Party; and the annual Community Cookout, celebrating its 21st year in 2018. These events raise more than $80,000 for scholarships each year.
The mission of the North Central Michigan College Foundation is to initiate philanthropy in partnership with North Central Michigan College and the community in order to provide financial support for the mission and goals of the College.
The Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of 16 community volunteers who provide the leadership and initiative for advancing the Foundation. These community leaders, along with the North Central Michigan College Board of Trustees, provide the Foundation with excellent resources for growth and development.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
North Central Michigan College has been named a Military Friendly School® by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2018 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
Additionally, North Central earned the Michigan Veteran-Friendly School designation for the 2017-18 academic year. The College is one of 70 schools in Michigan to receive this status. The College has earned gold-level status for the third year from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency based on its commitment to providing on-campus, veteran-centric services to student veterans.
Achieving the Dream (ATD) re-designated North Central Michigan College as a “Leader College,” a national honor awarded to institutions in the ATD National Network that have shown three years of steady improvement in two outcomes that measure student success. North Central received the current designation for consistent progress in two areas. Over the past five years, there has been an increase in completion in the gateway English courses from less than 40% to more than 50%. Also, North Central is seeing fall-to-winter retention of new students steadily improving from 70% to 81%. The retention among full-time students has been relatively steady at 80-85%, however the improvement has been quite substantial among part-time students, with their retention improving from 60% to more than 70%.
North Central Michigan College's governing board is comprised of seven elected trustees, each serving a six-year term. The trustees serve without compensation and operate under the North Central Michigan College Bylaws.
The Board of Trustees has oversight of academic programs, budgets and employment of faculty and staff. Trustees also serve on one or more committees. Standing committees include the Bylaws and Policy Committee, the Curriculum Committee, the Finance and Facilities Committee, the Foundation Committee and the Personnel Committee.
Details about the Board of Trustees may be found at http://www.ncmich.edu/about-us/board-of-trustees/.
North Central’s main campus is located in picturesque Petoskey on Little Traverse Bay. Within walking distance, downtown Petoskey boasts an eclectic selection of shops, boutiques and restaurants, as well as a seasonal farmers market and street fairs and festivals.
- Biking and hiking – The Little Traverse Wheelway follows the bay and lakefront from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs. Separate trails will take you through the Bear River Recreational Valley.
- Winter sports – The Winter Sports Park offers outdoor hockey, ice skating and sledding in a lovely setting featuring a log warming house. The College is also within 20 miles of three ski resorts: Nub’s Nob, Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain. Miles of snowmobile trails can be accessed too, and cross-country skiing is available in a number of places.
- The arts – Enjoy fine art exhibits at Crooked Tree Arts Center as well as concerts, plays and films in the 260-seat theater. Classes, lessons and workshops in music, dance and art are offered throughout the year.
All buildings on North Central’s main campus in Petoskey have been renovated and modernized within the last ten years, with one exception. The main Administration/Classroom (AD/CL) building is the only structure that has not been renovated, but is in the beginning stages of a $6.8 million remodeling and technology upgrade. Once completed, the College will be positioned to continue to provide a superior, educational experience to its students for years to come. Also, North Central’s Gaylord Center recently relocated to a newly renovated facility that incorporates the latest technology and updated modular classroom furnishings in every classroom.
- The 71,000 square-foot multi-purpose Student and Community Resource Center (SCRC) features three regulation-size basketball courts, a 1/9th mile walking track and two fitness-oriented class rooms. The track is available to all at no charge. The courts are for student and community use.
- The North Central Michigan College Library serves the students, faculty and staff of the College and welcomes residents of our multi-county community as patrons. It houses more than 20,000 volumes, 250,000 online books and subscribes to more than 12,000 periodicals emphasizing the various academic areas of the institution.
- The Iron Horse Café, located in the Student Center, is open weekdays for students, faculty and staff as well as the general public (limited Saturday hours during the school year). Locally sourced, healthy food choices are offered for lunch and dinner. The Café, which seats 250, is also available for events and activities.
- The Jack and Dorothy Harris Health Education and Science Center contains state-of-the-art equipment, labs and facilities for the allied health, nursing and science programs at North Central.
- The Harris Gardens, located in the center courtyard of the College, showcase the work of 26 internationally-renowned sculptors in a beautifully landscaped setting.
- The Natural Area is 195 acres of relatively wild land adjoining and south of the Petoskey campus. A dozen different biotic communities, both upland and wetland, can be found within the boundaries of the Natural Area, making it an excellent place for environmental studies, photography and wildlife observation.
- The College Store, in the SCRC, offers textbook rental, used books and reduced cost textbooks as well as supplies, clothing and electronics.
- The residence hall is home to more than 100 students who benefit from the activities and on-campus accommodations, within walking distance to downtown Petoskey.
In addition to the Petoskey campus, North Central offers general education courses needed to complete an associate or bachelor’s degree in both Cheboygan and Gaylord. Credits earned will transfer to most four-year institutions. Classes are offered during daytime and evenings Monday through Thursday to accommodate a variety of scheduling needs.
Classes are offered at the Straits Area Education Center, located at 504 Division Street in Cheboygan. Students can take the first two years of classes at North Central in Cheboygan.
North Central Michigan College offers courses leading to certification, associate, bachelor’s and advanced degrees in its new center in Gaylord, located at 620 E. 5th Street (former Early Childhood Center) near Gaylord Middle School.
Leadership and Change Management
Continue to create, articulate and execute a successful mission/vision for the College in a fast-changing, dynamic and competitive educational environment. This includes the continued refinement of a compelling College brand and expansion of certificate programs to meet local needs. Creativity, flexibility and quick recognition and response to change will be important.
North Central has a history of operating conservatively with finances. The next President will have this budgeting mindset as well. The College has a solid Foundation Board with a successful record of providing many annual scholarships. An appreciation for the work of a foundation and fundraising is necessary to continue the success of this Foundation. Historically, the College has not sought a great deal of grants and the Board of Trustees has agreed that this is an important resource-stream for North Central. The next President will have experience in encouraging and supporting a college-wide grant writing process.
Like many colleges around the country, North Central has experienced a decrease in enrollment. The high school population has diminished and many traditional-aged students in the region choose not to seek higher education. An understanding of this “no college” mentality is needed in the next President, as well as an ability to promote higher education within the service area. In addition, a President who can lead the College in further addressing workforce needs is critical to the College’s sustainable growth.
The College is in a small, rural region and community relationships are critical to the success of the College and the next President. The retiring President has an excellent community reputation and is active with many groups and organizations. These continued relationships are very important to the success of the next President. The President will be a sought-after spokesperson for higher education and the mission of community colleges within the region and the local face of the College.
In addition to the positive community relationships, North Central enjoys similar close-knit internal relationships. A President who can quickly establish those relationships will be most successful. There are many adjunct faculty, and the ability to meet their needs and appreciate their contributions to the College is important. It is critical that the President can balance the needs of adjunct faculty and the full-time faculty and staff.
The College has a terrific relationship with local politicians and State Legislators. A successful President will have the ability to lobby and advocate for North Central within the region and State of Michigan. Developing partnerships with local agencies and businesses to further address the needs of the community is critical to the success of North Central Michigan College. Lastly, the President will lead the charge in further addressing the needs of K-12 districts, dual credit programs, and the Early College program.