Success story: Listening, learning on Nick Nissley’s short-term agenda
Nick Nissley is diving into his tenure as NMC’s 11th president, immersing himself 24-7 on campus and in the region, from hiking at Empire Bluffs to dining at Front Street restaurants to a packed schedule of meetings with college stakeholders.
Among the first is a community welcome reception set for 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the Hagerty Center on NMC’s Great Lakes campus.
Nissley, 53, comes from Cincinnati and says there’s no place he’d rather be than NMC. His first day was Jan. 2, but the education executive with 25 years of leadership experience said he’s been doing his homework on the college since his contract was finalized in October 2019.
“It's obvious to me, NMC is a strong college in a strong community – it has a proud history and a future of possibilities,” said Nissley, who describes himself as a “possibilitarian.” Read more »
NMC aviation student Ben Siebert after earning his instrument rating in Florida
Student snowbirds earning intensive flight time
Eight NMC aircraft and instructors and 16 students are wrapping up an expanded edition of the Aviation Division’s annual Florida trip this week.
Their Cessna Skyhawks took off from Cherry Capital Airport Dec. 29, just ahead of a snowstorm, bound for Venice, Florida. Based out of the Venice airport — students stay at motel across from the runway — the trip offers the student pilots a unique experience in cross-country flight and intensive flight hour accumulation.
“It’s a trip to expand their envelope of experience. It gets the pilot out of their comfort zone, gives them a unique experience,” said Aviation Director Alex Bloye. He’s participated as both a student and instructor.
The two-day trip down and back takes students over mountains and through “complex airspace,” Bloye said. This year’s trip has expanded from 10 to 14 days and 10 students to 16. They’ll return Jan. 11, just in time to start spring semester classes.