NMC receives $1 million gift to advance college initiatives

TRAVERSE CITY – Northwestern Michigan College announced today it has received a $1 million gift from Casey and Dana Cowell.

This gift will provide financial assistance to advance the college’s current work in several key areas. These include:

  • considering the community’s economic future in decision making throughout the organization;
  • improving regional healthfulness through providing wellness opportunities and education specifically for NMC students, faculty and staff as well as for our greater community at large;
  • expanding career training, leading to higher paying jobs and increased skill levels of workers in our region;
  • attracting high-paying companies to our region by leveraging NMC programs and faculty expertise;
  • extending our reach to new and broader audiences through technology; and
  • strengthening our region as a destination for experiential and professional learning.

This gift comes from long-time NMC supporter and local philanthropist Casey Cowell and his wife, Dana Cowell. “I am always struck by how education is often at the core of any solution in the community,” said Casey Cowell. “That’s why we have committed $1 million to advance a few key initiatives that I’m most excited about at NMC.”

In recent years, Cowell has supported other NMC offerings including the International Affairs Forum, the Dennos Museum Center, and NMC’s Annual Fund.

“For more than 67 years, NMC has been creating opportunities to grow social and economic wealth for people in this area. The Cowells’ support of NMC will provide transformational opportunities to our students and our whole community,” said NMC President Timothy J. Nelson. “NMC continues to expand as a destination for experiential learning and this gift will enable more of these opportunities to be possible here.”

The Cowells’ gift supports NMC’s vision to be the resource of choice for higher education, lifelong learning and cultural experiences. NMC strives to be an essential contributor to quality of life and a vibrant economy, demonstrating collaborative and inventive approaches and training for liberal studies, careers, interests, and emerging learner markets.

“Casey and Dana Cowell truly represent lifelong learners—always ready to ask tough questions and dig deep into any topic,” said Executive Director for the NMC Foundation Rebecca Teahen. “It has been an honor to work with them to realize this gift for the college, which will impact all of the students and learners who come through our doors and those who benefit from all that NMC offers to the community.”

RELEASE DATE: August 8, 2018


Rebecca Teahen
Executive Director of Resource Development and the NMC Foundation
(231) 995-1855


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