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Presidential Milestones

  • NMC President Tim NelsonFebruary 26, 2001 - Timothy J. Nelson is hired as president of Northwestern Michigan College.
  • 2002: The Great Lakes Maritime Academy acquires a former Navy vessel as a training ship, now the T/S State of Michigan.
  • 2003: The west wing of Great Lakes campus opens, new home to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy as well as the new Great Lakes Water Studies Institute program.
  • 2004: Grand opening for the entire Great Lakes Campus in April. The east wing is new home to the Great Lakes Culinary Institute and Lobdell’s, A Teaching Restaurant, as well as the Hagerty Center, a new conference venue.
  • 2006: The Michigan Energy Demonstration Center opens at Aero Park campus, showcasing renewable energy alternatives and offering training opportunities.
  • 2008: The NMC Barbecue serves its 500,000th guest since the fundraising picnic began in 1956; the Michigan New Jobs Training Program is signed into law, creating a community college training program for employers that hire new employees.
  • 2009: An associate degree in Freshwater Studies debuts.
  • 2010: Fall enrollment reaches an all-time peak, surpassing 5,400 students. The first Unmanned Aerial Systems courses are offered.
  • 2011: Nelson and his wife Nancy Johnson create the Global Opportunities Scholarship Fund to celebrate NMC’s 60th anniversary and Nelson’s 10th as president. NMC’s LEED certified Aero Park Laboratories open for classes in renewable energy and construction technology programs.
  • 2012:
  • 2013
  • 2014
    • January: Two maritime students become the first to receive NMC’s bachelor’s degree in Maritime Technology.
    • May: NMC's Nursing program receives national accreditation.
    • June: NMC partners with Munson to offer on-campus child care.
  • 2015:
    • NMC receives its largest donation ever from a living donor, $2 million from Richard and Diana Milock, to expand the Dennos Museum Center.
    • NMC ranks No. 1 in Michigan for short-term study abroad opportunities.
    • NMC is awarded more than $2 million from the State of Michigan for equipment to provide training and education for high-wage, high-demand and high-skill jobs.
  • 2016
    • President Nelson is appointed to Governor Rick Snyder’s 21st Century Economy Commission, tasked with identifying priorities for the state over the next 20 years along with short term action items to achieve the vision of Michigan’s economic future.
    • The NMC Faculty Association and NMC Faculty Chair Association are established.
  • 2017
    • June: NMC receives final legislative approval for $7 million in state funding to renovate West Hall into the West Hall Innovation Center.
    • August: North Hall opens, NMC's first new residence hall in more than 40 years.
    • NMC’s Aviation program celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
  • 2018
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