Success story: Trio wins statewide Innovation in Transfer award
Updates to NMC’s longstanding engineering partnership with Michigan Technological University designed to increase student success and reduce costs will receive statewide recognition this week.
Faculty members Jerry Dobek (seated) Jay Smith (right) and NMC adviser Deb Maison (center) will receive the 2019 Innovation in Transfer Award on Thursday at a statewide conference.
The trio’s work to establish a “2 + 2” program with MTU in seven different engineering specialties is especially significant as more universities seek to enroll students for all four years, rather than accepting them as transfer students from community colleges. NMC was also ahead of others in the state in terms of a transfer pathway specifically for engineering.
“Michigan Tech is acknowledging the quality of our courses, the quality of our instruction, and the quality of our students with this agreement,” said Lindsey Dickinson, NMC director of advising, who nominated the trio for their 18 months of work. Students who complete NMC’s engineering certificate with a 2.75 GPA are guaranteed admission to MTU, entering as juniors to complete their bachelor of science. The agreements are expected to increase NMC’s enrollment pipeline to one of Michigan's leading engineering schools, located in Houghton, Mich.
“Our engineering program here is in a growth period, which should only be aided by agreements like these,” Smith said.
The first seven agreements became effective this fall. Another 12 are in the works, Dobek said. They plan to work with other schools, including Kettering University, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University, to establish more engineering options. Read more »
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Former Peace Corps director and part-time Frankfort resident Carrie Hessler-Radelet will speak to the International Affairs Forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Hagerty Center. Free admission for current students and educators. $15 others.
Hunger & Homelessness awareness tour
NMC has organized the fifth annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness walking tour for 5:30–7:30 p.m. Thursday. Meet outdoors at the Hagerty Center. Led by local service providers, the tour will loop through downtown Traverse City and illustrate how challenging it can be to meet basic needs.