New partnership brings enhanced learning opportunities for nonprofits

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College and Rotary Charities are excited to announce a new partnership, offering nonprofit professional development courses though Extended Educational Services (EES). The partnership is intended to transition technical and operational courses from NorthSky, Rotary Charities' capacity building program, to EES at NMC. It is the hope of both organizations that this partnership will grow the learning opportunities for the nonprofit sector beyond what would have been possible through NorthSky alone.

Evolution is a constant state at Rotary Charities and it was a recent shift in strategic focus that led to this transition. As the regional institution for higher education, NMC is the logical partner for ensuring that the learning needs of the nonprofit sector continue to be met.

“As we started shifting the focus of NorthSky to align more directly with our vision and mission, we looked at the other providers in the system to see if we could partner with them in the area of professional development. Extended Education at NMC was a logical fit,” explains Rebecca Ewing, Executive Director of Rotary Charities. “They have the infrastructure and experience to deliver learning opportunities for nonprofit organizations. We’ve provided a two-year grant to the college to support the transition of our technical and operational courses. Rotary Charities will continue to develop learning opportunities around our new framework for grants, including adaptive leadership, cohort-based learning, cross sector collaboration and systems change. We are excited about NMC stepping into the nonprofit education space and look forward to seeing what it makes possible for nonprofits in our region.”

"We at NMC's Extended Educational Services are really excited about this partnership with Rotary Charities,” emphasizes Laura Matchett, Director of EES. “We are impressed with the high quality classes that NorthSky has cultivated, and are pleased to be able to be the vehicle in which these exceptional classes and workshops are delivered. The Nonprofit offerings fit well with our Professional Development portfolio which also includes Business, Leadership, Technical Skills, continuing education for teachers and much more."

The NMC-EES fall schedule, including the nonprofit professional development series, is now available online at or in the EES 2018 fall catalog. The Winter/Spring 2019 schedule will be available around December 1.

Release date: September 4, 2018

For more information:

Laura Matchett
Director, Extended Educational Services
Northwestern Michigan College
(231) 995-1704


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