Increased Focus on Apprenticeships Good for Workforce

Graphic designer. Baker. Firefighter. Customer service representative. They may not be occupations that readily come to mind as candidates for apprenticeships, but they’re among a myriad of possibilities that Evelyn Szpliet, the Northwest Michigan Works! new point person on apprenticeships, is happy to help employers consider. Szpliet...

Training Services Leverages Jobs Programs, New Methods

It may be the era of government cutbacks, but one state program that has helped numerous Grand Traverse employers – the Michigan New Jobs Training Program – is expected to be around at least until 2023. Administered by Northwestern Michigan College’s (NMC) Training Services, the...

NMC Training Services: A Friend to Business

During the past 30 years, hundreds of business and nonprofits across northern Michigan have discovered an ally: Northwest Michigan College’s Training Services. “Our goal is to enhance the talent of the region’s workforce, enable organizations to be successful and contribute to the economic health of our region,”...

Ten Things About the Career-Tech Center

In 1975, the voters in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties approved a millage to support regional programming for vocational education. Retired Career Tech Center Administrator, Jack Drew, was instrumental in the success of that referendum. The following year, the Traverse Bay Area...

Thinking Differently About Infrastructure

When we think about the word "infrastructure," our thoughts turn to roads, bridges, electrical grids and recently, water systems. We see and use each of these every day. When they don’t work, we know it. But the systems that allow a community to succeed go far...

Reimagining College For The 21st Century

To remain relevant in this century, colleges and universities face a period of significant and increasingly rapid transformation.This is the kind of transformation that will affect the roles and responsibilities of students, faculty and staff. It will impact the responsibilities and perceptions of our publics...