Success Story: Comprehensive college response

May 7, 2020

Just 50 days ago, Northwestern Michigan College closed its campuses to all but essential employees and shifted the last six weeks of spring semester classes from face-to-face to online. Here’s a look at the diverse and comprehensive response NMC has made to the pandemic, measured in people, dollars and time.


2 Percent increase in summer enrollment vs. 2019, as of today. Summer classes begin next week and registration continues.

Callie Leaman2 Alumni traveled to work as nurses in New York City, the U.S. epidemic’s epicenter, including Callie Leaman (right)

15 Student families helped per week by the NMC Food Pantry

50 North Hall residents chose to quarantine there

61 Musicians played and sang in the NMC Virtual Choir’s production of Amazing Grace

79 Faculty and staff enrolled in NMC Teaching Solutions course to improve their skills in online instruction

115 Attendees at the International Affairs Forum virtual April lecture by Frank Langfitt of NPR

210 Students attended a virtual orientation for summer semester

227 Student requests for emergency aid (as of May 1)

291 People — alumni, friends, faculty and staff — donated to the NMC Foundation to help students with emergency needs like tuition, housing and groceries

600 Graduates in the Class of 2020

962 Current headcount for summer 2020 session, which will also be held online

3,000 Postcards sent to students to inform them of resources available remotely


$634 Average amount awarded to students from both NMC scholarship funds and federal CARES Act dollars

$100,000+ Amount raised for culinary scholarships despite cancellation of A Taste of Success fundraiser in April


7 Days for faculty to shift face-to-face classes to virtual learning

30 Hours per week Educational Media Technologies (EMT) team spent on Zoom videoconference calls

40 Minutes average completion time for EMT to resolve a help request


20 Wifi hotspots loaned to students to access online instruction

51 New online course sections added in the summer semester to offset the loss of the same number of face-to-face classes

70 Laptop computers loaned to students to access online instruction

400+ Technology Help Desk calls answered

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