Northwestern Michigan College

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Northwestern Michigan College
Northwestern Michigan College.jpg
Type2-year community college
PresidentTimothy J. Nelson
Location, ,
United States

44°45′57″N 85°35′01″W / 44.7659°N 85.5836°W / 44.7659; -85.5836Coordinates: 44°45′57″N 85°35′01″W / 44.7659°N 85.5836°W / 44.7659; -85.5836

Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) is a public community college in Traverse City, Michigan. Founded in 1951, it enrolls nearly 4,000 students. NMC offers associate degrees and professional certificates, bachelor's degrees through the Great Lakes Maritime Academy and Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, and six partner universities grant bachelor's and master's degrees through NMC's University Center.

NMC has a branch campus on Grand Traverse Bay that houses the Great Lakes Culinary Institute, Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute and Hagerty Conference Center. Another branch campus near Cherry Capital Airport is home to NMC's aviation and automotive service technology programs, and offers training in manufacturing, construction, renewable energy and information technology. NMC also has an observatory (the Rogers Observatory), and a nursing program in conjunction with Munson Medical Center. The campus is home to WNMC-FM, a community-supported radio station which broadcasts at 90.7 FM. This station began as a student organization in 1967 and still receives significant funding through student fees.

On Oct. 14, 2019, NMC's Board of Trustees approved a 2-year contract with Dr. Nick Nissley to become NMC's 11th president[1]. Nissley will take office Jan. 1, 2020, taking over for Timothy J. Nelson, who is the longest-serving president of the college and has led the institution for over 18 years.

Dennos Museum Center[edit]

The Dennos Museum Center is a museum of fine art affiliated with Northwestern Michigan College. The museum consists of an outdoor sculpture garden, several galleries for temporary exhibits, and the Inuit Gallery. It offers an array of exhibitions and programs in the visual arts, sciences and performing arts.

The Museum's signature collection is Inuit art of the Canadian Arctic, one of the largest and most historically complete collections of these distinctive sculptures and prints in the United States.

Opened in 1991, the Museum Center features three changing exhibit galleries and a sculpture court; a hands-on Discovery Gallery and an Inuit Art Gallery; and the Milliken Auditorium.

A significant collection of outdoor sculptures by international and Michigan artists surround the Museum on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College.

Great Lakes Maritime Academy[edit]

NMC is home to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, one of six State Maritime Academies that receives aid from the federal Maritime Administration. As NMC is located on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay, a long protected water of Lake Michigan, Great Lakes Maritime Academy is the only U.S. Maritime Academy on fresh water.

In 2013, Northwestern Michigan College won approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer a bachelor of science degree in maritime technology through the academy,[2] becoming the first community college in Michigan to be able to offer its own fully accredited bachelor's degree. The college awarded its first bachelor's degrees to two academy students in January, 2014.[3] The Detroit News covered the story, and the broader story of Michigan community colleges offering four-year degrees, in an April 16, 2014 article.[4]

NMC's Great Lakes Campus, also showing the Great Lakes Maritime Academy's teaching vessel T/S State of Michigan.
Traverse City location

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "October : Seasoned education executive chosen as next NMC president : Northwestern Michigan College".
  2. ^ "November : NMC receives accreditation approval for Michigan's first community college bachelor degree : Northwestern Michigan College".
  3. ^ "January : First NMC bachelor's degrees to be awarded Monday night : Northwestern Michigan College".
  4. ^ Michigan community colleges add 4-year degrees into mix Archived 2014-04-16 at the Wayback Machine

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