April 29, 2020

In Case You Missed It

Additional PPP funding on the way
Record-Eagle, April 23

Museum Matters: Touching lives, one program at a time
Record-Eagle, April 24

NMC faces $100,000 budget shortfall; no tuition hike
Record-Eagle, April 28

For your calendar


NMC Virtual Choir
Vocal and instrumental performance of Amazing Grace

Wednesday, April 29
Dennos Museum Center Live & Local Concert Series, Levi Britton,  5 p.m. Stream on Facebook

Friday, May 1
Dennos Museum Center Live & Local Concert Series, Miriam Pico, 5 p.m. Stream on Facebook

Wednesday, May 6
Dennos K-12 Virtual Pet Exhibit, Virtual Tour and Opening Reception, 1 p.m. Stream on Facebook

Class of 2020, share your graduation stories with the hashtag #NMCgrad on social media!

Success story: Alumna pilot flies medical supplies worldwide

Kelly Lepley, NMC Aviation 1989, has flown cargo flights for UPS since 2001 and is currently a captain flying supply lines to southeast Asia, India, Europe and the United States. She has a unique, birds-eye view of how coronavirus has literally transformed the world from where it started in Wuhan, China, last December. The Traverse City native who started flight training as a high school junior shared her appreciation for NMC and answered a few questions during an April layover in China:

“I would not be doing what I love if it wasn't for NMC. The foundations of what I learned as a student has carried me through my career today,” she said. “It's rewarding yet, humbling to know we are carrying lifesaving equipment for those on the front line.”

Does anything in your pilot experience compare to the COVID-19 pandemic? Nothing. It is indescribable! To see hundreds of large jets lined up on taxiways, chocked with their engine covers on; parked in cities like Bangkok, Delhi, Cologne, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Shenzhen is eerie. It would be one thing if it was at one airport, but I'm seeing it everywhere we go. You just cannot describe the magnitude of this moment in history in air travel. This pandemic has literally crippled the world when it comes to freely moving about in what was once a global society.

Kelly LepleyHow has COVID-19 impacted your work? We're each given an N95 mask for our whole trip along with alcohol wipes. When we arrive stateside in some key international cities, the aircraft are cleaned and desensitized. Layovers are much more challenging. In some of the places we travel, we will undergo multiple temperature checks, a health screening and mouth swab. After a 12-hour flight, it takes an additional 2-3 hours to be processed through these screenings before we are allowed into the country.

What have you seen elsewhere that might foreshadow how the U.S. recovers? In February and March, there were little to no passenger flights. If any, they were repatriation flights. On occasion you would hear another cargo flight, but the majority of the time, we were the only one talking on the radio. When on the ground, the streets were empty, factories and businesses were closed, and hotels were vacant. In late March and early April, factories and businesses began to open back up, and limitations on travel were slowly lifted. The one area that is still lagging though, are passenger flights.

NMC Aviation Director Alex Bloye said passenger traffic is down 95 percent. However, there are bright spots beyond the delivery sector that Lepley represents.

“With the airlines facing temporary route cancellations during COVID-19, there have been sectors of aviation seeing a surge in activity and talent. Private charter services, as well as the military are two examples,” he said. Read more »

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

Despite an unprecedented worldwide health crisis that disrupted nearly all aspects of daily life, about 600 students will graduate in Northwestern Michigan College's Class of 2020. They have earned associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and certificates.

A commencement ceremony has been postponed either until August or a double ceremony in May 2021. All  NMC summer classes will also be held online due to the coronavirus pandemic. NMC is still considering options for fall class delivery, prioritizing student and employee safety while limiting the disruption to learning as much as possible.

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