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Business Transition Event Held at MMCC

Over 60 business owners and professionals recently convened at Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) to learn about buying and selling a business.

The Mid Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted this “How to Buy and Sell a Business” event in response to an increasing demand from clients seeking advice on the topic. The event was sponsored by Mercantile Bank.

"At some point, every entrepreneur reaches a point where they leave the business they launched and grew. Some are looking to retire, while others are looking to pursue new opportunities. Locally, the Mid Michigan SBDC is well-positioned to help firms develop a roadmap to navigate this process," according to Tony Fox, SBDC Regional Director.

The event included training and discussion focused on business valuation, sale preparation, transition planning, due diligence, and options for financing a purchase.

“Business transition is not something an owner tackles every day. Not only is this a critical milestone for a company, it can also have more widespread implications when multiple jobs are at stake, which is why it needs to be handles with care and excellence,” said Jose Navarrete, SBDC Growth Consultant.

Entrepreneurs and business owners interested in working with the SBDC are encouraged to visit www.SBDCMichigan.org/get-started

About Michigan SBDC | www.SBDCMichigan.org

The Michigan Small Business Development Center provides counseling, business education, information based planning and technology commercialization services to Michigan’s new business ventures, existing small businesses, growing businesses and innovators. The Mid Michigan SBDC Regional Center is a partner program of the U.S. Small Business Administration located at the Mid Michigan Community College's Morey Technical Education Center in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

About Mid Michigan Community College | www.midmich.edu

Mid Michigan Community College is a public community college founded in 1965, with full service locations and technical education centers in Harrison and Mt. Pleasant. The College offers one and two-year certificates and associate degrees in transfer, occupational, tech and trade, and health science programs. MMCC prides itself on offering an affordable education that prepares students for a career or transfer to a university.

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​MMCC Foundation Raises Over $101,000

MMCC Foundation Raises Over $101,000 at A Northern Tradition

The Mid Michigan Community College Foundation raised over $101,000 at its 15th annual fundraiser, A Northern Tradition.

A Northern Tradition is the Foundation’s biggest fundraiser. In fifteen years, it has raised over $1.4 Million.

The event, which was held at Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare, raises money for the Mid Michigan Community College Foundation. The proceeds from this event allow the Foundation to support the College’s services to the community through scholarships, program development, improved facilities, and programs for at-risk youth.

The Foundation’s most prominent program, Students of Promise, prepares local 7th through 12th graders for college.

About 800 attendees enjoyed an evening of exclusive shopping and exceptional food provided by local food vendors. Guests were excited to meet special guest, Gary Hogeboom, former CMU Chippewa and NFL quarterback, and to interact with this year’s artist, Betty Bonham.

Every ticket holder received a $25 gift certificate, which was donated by Jay’s Sporting Goods, and an exclusive print by Bonham. Tickets were also entered into a raffle for a $1,000 gift certificate to Jay’s Sporting Goods, which was won by Tom Olver from Mt. Pleasant.

“The community really stepped forward to support the college again this year,” said Matt Miller, MMCC Foundation Director. “Jay’s Sporting Goods can’t be thanked enough – this event wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for their generosity. We’re also indebted to the individual and corporate sponsors, those who provided the food and beverages, the ticket salespeople, the many volunteers, and those who purchased a ticket.”

A large portion of the funds raised came from 92 sponsorships by local businesses and community members.

“We’re very pleased with the community’s enthusiastic support for the College’s Foundation and its goals,” said Miller. “We strive to provide a valuable service to the community and we truly appreciate their support of those efforts.”

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​MMCC Offers CNA Training Sessions MMCC Offers CNA Training Sessions

This spring, Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) will offer two sessions of CNA (Certified Nurse Aide) training—one session each at the College’s Mt. Pleasant and Harrison campuses. Both locations’ trainings will begin on May 9th, and they will include 60 hours of classroom and 60 hours of clinical, hands-on instruction.

To accommodate all schedules, Mt. Pleasant offers evening sessions, and Harrison’s classes and clinicals occur during the day.

Successful completion of the six-week training and its associated written exam provides participants their CNA certifications. Completing students will be able to provide quality health care to clients in health care facilities.

Employment rates continue to grow for this rewarding career, which anticipates a 17% growth in jobs over the next few years.

The cost for the training is $1,600, but eligible students can have some or all costs offset through MI Works! or MI Rehab Services Funding. Interested individuals can contact their local agencies or MMCC to learn more about cost assistance options.

For more information about the program or to reserve a space in either session, visit midmich.edu/cna or contact MMCC’s Technical Education Center at 989.386.6614 or ksstevens@midmich.edu.

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Celebrate Earth Day: April 22, 12-7PM

Don't miss the 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration sponsored by the Go Green Team!

The event will take place Friday, April 22 Noon-7pm on the Mt Pleasant Campus in the Community Room. More than 15 organizations and vendors will be on hand featuring recycling, energy, climate, conservation, natural remedies and more. Plus, guests will enjoy live folk music during the afternoon!

Questions? Contact Ryan at rdziedzic@midmich.edu

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​A Northern Tradition Fundraiser Promises to be Exceptional Tickets are now available for A Northern Tradition, Mid Michigan Community College’s annual fundraiser, which will be held on April 24th at Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare. Last year, more than 800 people attended A Northern Tradition, helping the MMCC Foundation raise nearly $100,000 to support the college and programs for local youth. More than $1.3 million has been raised by this event in the last 14 years.

This year’s event features a number of special guests that will appeal to sports and outdoors enthusiasts alike.

Gary Hogeboom, former NFL and CMU Chippewa quarterback, will be on hand to share stories, talk to guests, and sign autographs. A local sports legend, Hogeboom spent 11 years in the NFL, and he led the CMU Chippewa’s team to an undefeated season and MAC championship as the team’s MVP.

Additionally, Jimmy Gretzinger and Jordan Browne from the popular TV program Michigan Out of Doors will be in attendance. Avid outdoor enthusiasts, hunters, and fishermen, Gretzinger and Browne will share advice and stories about woods and waters.

“This year’s event promises to be exceptional,” said Matt Miller, Director of the MMCC Foundation. “We’re thrilled to welcome our special guests and to offer a one-of-a-kind evening for attendees.”

For a $50 ticket, each attendee receives a $25 gift certificate to Jay’s Sporting goods, a commemorative print, and a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Jay’s. About fourteen area restaurants will also be serving free food, and a number of interesting demonstrators will make it an evening to remember.

The MMCC Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to enhance Mid Michigan Community College’s services to its students and the community through fund development, scholarships, program development, and improved facilities.

For additional information about the 2016 A Northern Tradition, contact Meghan Keen at mckeen@midmich.edu or 989.386.6651.

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Storyteller Event Free to Public Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) will host the Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers for a free, public event on April 18th. Beginning at 6:00 PM in the College’s Harrison auditorium, four storytellers will share a range of tales and narratives that will entertain all ages. Seating is limited to 200.

This community event is sponsored by MMCC’s Early Childhood Education Program, its student club EChO, and Mt. Pleasant Association for the Education of Young Children (MP-AEYC). A grant from the MMCC Foundation provided event funding.

“Originally, we wanted to plan a Harrison campus event to increase literacy awareness and to celebrate Month of the Young Child with our early childhood education students,” says MMCC Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator, Julie Ehle. “Thinking others would also enjoy the event, we expanded our efforts to include our program's early childhood community partners, and the project blossomed into a community celebration. It promises to be an evening full of entertainment and laughter.”

The event will also include refreshments, book sales, and a meet and greet with the performers following the performance.

For more information about the evening’s featured storytellers, visit michiganstorytellers.com/members. To learn more about the Early Childhood Education program at MMCC or the April 18th event, contact Julie Ehle at jehle@midmich.edu or 989.386.6641.

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Upcoming Student Showcases

In order to highlight student work and innovation, Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) will host Student Showcases for the first time in its history. These events, which are open to the public, will take place from 1-7PM on April 20 at the College’s Harrison Campus and on April 21 at its Mt. Pleasant campus. Exhibits will feature work completed in the previous academic year by MMCC students.

“Though it’s the first year for these showcases, we’re expecting excellent participation, both in terms of student exhibitors and guests” says Diane Miller, MMCC Faculty member. “There has been tremendous support for these events—not only in terms of students who are putting together projects, but in terms of staff and faculty participation and enthusiasm.”

Exhibits will include an array of projects, activities, and displays, including speeches and panel discussions, short films, posters, and demonstrations. Four students on each campus will receive awards for their work.

“We learn so much when we learn from each other,” says MMCC President Chris Hammond. “This event celebrates both our students’ accomplishments and our faculty members’ commitment to promoting student success. I look forward to seeing the students' work and meeting their families and friends.”

The showcase concept came out of discussions regarding T-Shaped Learning. MMCC faculty invest great time and energy in creating strategies that help students develop into T-Shaped Learners. That means that student don’t only learn one discipline and system deeply--their major, or the skills specific to their chosen profession--but they also develop broad, boundary-spanning knowledge that helps them communicate within and between systems, helps them understand each other, network, and work in teams.

“At the showcases, our faculty will be able to see our shared work from a number of perspectives as we celebrate what our students have created,” continues Miller. “MMCC has also offered to bus local high school students to the showcases, so for them, this will be excellent exposure to college students, faculty, and college-level work. Because MMCC enrolls nearly 1,000 high school students as dual enrollees, high schoolers will also participate as exhibitors.”

Funding for these events came, in part, from the MMCC Foundation. Light refreshments will be served to attendees. For more information, contact Diane Miller by email at dmiller6@midmich.edu.

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Honor Students Inducted

Mid Michigan Community College Inducts Honor Students

On Thursday, March 31, 2016 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society inducted 57 new student members and 3 honorary members into the Alpha Omicron Omicron (AOO) Chapter at Mid Michigan Community College. Students must earn a minimum 3.5 Grade Point Average and complete at least 12 credit hours at MMCC before being eligible to join. An honorary member is a person who has rendered distinguished service to the local chapter or Society. Through their support, our chapter and our students are made stronger. An honorary member represents the ideals on which Phi Theta Kappa is based. They are of high character, intellectual ability and exhibit a level of accomplishment worthy of recognition within the Society.

Chartered in April 18, 1989, AOO is one of more than 1285 chapters in the Society. In their 26 years of existence, AOO members have grown to obtain the highest level of achievement - a 5 Star Chapter. Through chapter and individual projects, they have succeeded in serving the college and community. AOO is a friendly, actively involved, community-oriented chapter.

“Phi Theta Kappa is the gateway to new opportunities, and new lifelong friendships. Our programs are designed to encourage students to interact with administrators to learn real world applications. Students also engage in activities that are designed to help create positive future community members,” stated chapter president, Sarah Kohler.


Front row (L-R) and (Major): Ryan Klein (Plastics Engineering), Tyler Laporte (Automotive Technologies), Aryssa Hagen (Neuroscience), Elizabeth Whiteside (Physical Therapy Assistant), Marissa Ingram (Veterinarian Medicine), Jennifer Campbell (Graphic Design), Caitlyn Wilson (Physical Therapy Assistant), Kara Bourland (Accounting), Kilee Sommerville (Business Management), Paul Sleeseman (Automotive Repair), and Honorary Members: Scott Mertes PhD. (Dean of Liberal Arts), Maria Gross (Professor of Psychology).

Back row (L_R) and (Major) Zach McBride (Criminal Justice), Christopher Dysinger (Criminal Justice, Accounting), Ian Clark (Chemical Engineer), Maeve Kuhlman (Athletic Training), Jason Mathews (Environmental Engineer), Bryan Cody (Business Communications), Aubree Hooper (Music Education), Eric Pierson II (Graphic Arts), Dillon Vannest (Undecided), Chase Cassel (Wildlife Biology), and Honorary Member: Gene Schmidt (Director of Procurement Services).

Not pictured: Kathryn Alchin, Donald Barcia, Lakin Boyer, Jordan Braun, Lauren Buck, Jennifer Bullard, Margaret Clark, Alexander Dysinger, Hilary Elmore, Haley Emerson, Jacklyn Evans, Paige Gould, Serena Hernandez, Samantha Hoffman, Richard Johnson, Jessy Kitzman, Kharizma Labinski, Britny Lange, Kristin Lovejoy, Katie Machuta, Alexander Matthews, Jessica Mikel, Heidi Minthorn, Mikhail Myles, Daphne Peck, Dillon Pringle, Ashley Randall, Abbie Richardson, Lorrin Rose, Cassandra Serio, Clarity Shea, Meigan Sian, Brandon Stressman, Alexis Strong, Drew Thurston, Pamela Vancuren, Natalie Yeager.

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Truck Driver Training in April

This spring, Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) will offer a session of Truck Driving Training at its Mt. Pleasant campus. Successful completion of this five-week, 240-hour course and its associated written and driving exams provide participants their CDL Class A licenses.

The training will begin on April 18th at the College’s Morey Technical Center, and it will include information about key functions of vehicle systems, safety protocols, and Federal and State regulations and requirements. Students will also practice vehicle handling and operation in both range and street conditions.

Through Michigan Works!, funding may be available to support prospective trainees. Interested individuals can contact a local Michigan Works! office or MMCC to learn more about cost assistance options.

For more information about the program or to reserve a space in the session, visit midmich.edu/cdl or contact MMCC’s Technical Education Center at 989.386.6614 or ksstevens@midmich.edu.

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Escanaba in Da Moonlight Cast Announced

MMCC THEATRE: Escanaba in Da Moonlight Cast Announced

Mid Michigan Community College Community Theatre has put together a talented cast for its April production of the Yooper Comedy, "ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT" by Jeff Daniels. The play will be presented in the MMCC Auditorium on the Harrison campus.

The buckless yooper tale of Reuben Soady (Nick Johnston, Clare) is told through the patriarch of the family, Albert Soady (John D. McPeak, Midland). The men are gathering at the Soady Deer Camp the evening before opening day, where the tradition and rituals of deer hunting are considered sacred by Remnar Soady (Kyle Eichhorn, Clare). Strange happenings begin when the infamous Jimmer Nagaumee (Kevin Allen, Rose City) arrives in "Jimmer style," and the DNR Ranger Tom (Quentin Day, Gladwin) comes to deer camp.

In a hunting story to beat all hunting stories, "ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT" spins a hilarious tale of humor, horror, and heart as Reuben goes to any and all lengths to remove himself from the wrong end of the family record book.

Matinees are April 19, 21, 26 and 28 at 2:00 p.m. An optional buffet luncheon is available at 12:00 in the Harrison Cafeteria. Performance-only tickets are $10.00 and Luncheon/Performances $22. Luncheon tickets must be reserved and purchased in advance and seating is limited.

Evening performances are April 22, 29 and 30 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and under.

Tickets for this Yooper Comedy are on sale in the Harrison Campus Bookstore. For credit card orders using Visa, MasterCard or Discover, call the Bookstore at 989-386-6640 during regular business hours: 8 am to 6 pm Monday – Thursday and 8 am to 3 pm on Fridays.

For more information, visit www.midmich.edu/theatre or call 989-386-6632 and leave a message.

In Photo:

Joel Lingaur-Clare, Bear Walk, Understudy
Quentin Day-Gladwin, Ranger Tom
Kevin Allen-Rose City, Jimmer
Kyle Eichorn-Clare, Reuben Soady

Nick Johnston-Clare, Remnar Soady

John D. McPeak-Midland, Albert Soady
Maria Murphy- Farwell, Wolf Moon Dance
Alyssa Fedderson-Harrison, Bear Walk

Brenna Kind-Beaverton, Bear Walk, Stage Manager

Chelsea Antcliff-Gladwin, Assistant to Director

Brent Donahue-Beaverton, Director

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New Credentialing Initiative: MMCC Selected New Credentialing Initiative: MMCC Selected

Twenty community colleges will work to unify the credentialing system

WASHINGTON, DC – AACC is proud to announce the Right Signals initiative. Supported by a grant from Lumina Foundation, the Right Signals will identify and develop a model for recognizable credentialing that may be utilized by students, colleges, and employers nationally.

Locally, Mid Michigan Community College is one of the twenty community colleges selected to participate.

“Students have many avenues to achieve the skills necessary for obtaining well-paying jobs in the current economy,” said Holly Zanville, strategy director at Lumina Foundation. “It is critical that these skills and credentials are universally recognizable to students, colleges, and employers.”

The highly diverse credentialing marketplace includes educational degrees and certificates, professional and industry certifications, apprenticeship certificates, digital badges and other micro-credentials, and licenses to practice. In different ways, each of these items attests to what people know and are able to do.

"Mid Michigan Community College is pleased to participate in this important national initiative,” states MMCC President Chris Hammond. “Through the Right Signals project, MMCC will collaborate with other community colleges to appropriately recognize the knowledge and skills our students gain in our programs."

Some students enter the workforce with credentials obtained online and/or in-person at other colleges, the workplace, high schools, IT boot camps, the military, community-based and other organizations. Some community college students begin in a non-credit program, earning an occupational certificate or industry certification, with interest in transferring to credit-bearing courses. In short, community colleges must operate in the highly diversified and constantly adapting intersection of their students' varied credentialing pathways.

The purpose of the Right Signals initiative is to demonstrate a new credentialing model that recognizes multiple quality credentials to send "the right signals" to employers, students, and colleges about the meaning of these credentials. Key credentials to be targeted are degrees, certificates, industry certifications, apprenticeships, and badges.

Colleges selected to participate are College of Lake County (Ill.), Columbus State Community College (Ohio), Community College of Baltimore County (Md.), Eastern Iowa Community College, Gateway Community and Technical College (Ky.), Gateway Technical College (Wis.), Kirkwood Community College (Iowa), LaGuardia Community College (N.Y.), Lone Star College (Texas), Madison Area Technical College (Wis.), Metropolitan Community College (Mo.), Miami Dade College (Fla.), Mid Michigan Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, North Central State College (Ohio), Polk State College (Fla.), Rio Salado College (Ariz.), Snead State Community College (Ala.), South Seattle College (Wash.) and South Central College (Minn.).


As the voice of the nation’s community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) delivers educational and economic opportunity for 13 million diverse students in search of the American Dream. Uniquely dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC’s member colleges provide an on-ramp to degree attainment, skilled careers and family-supporting wages. Located in Washington, D.C., AACC advocates for these not-for-profit, public-serving institutions to ensure they have the resources and support they need to deliver on the mission of increasing economic mobility for all.

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Leadercast 2016 at MMCC

World’s Largest One-day Leadership Conference
to be Simulcast at MMCC

Mt. Pleasant, MI — Leadercast is the world’s largest one-day leadership conference, broadcast LIVE from Atlanta and simulcast to hundreds of locations around the world on May 6th, 2016. This year marks the sixteenth year of the annual leadership conference and the first year that Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) will be at hosting the event at its Mt. Pleasant campus, 2600 S Summerton Rd.

The theme of this year’s conference is, “Architects of Tomorrow,” focusing on visionary leaders who imagine and build a future that is rich in innovation, collaboration and full of hope. A future where problems are solved, questions are answered, and confusion gives way to clarity.

The conference will equip attendees to create their own visionary path. Key speakers – visionaries in their own fields – will inspire up to 100 people who attend locally, and the more than 100,000 people who will attend the event live in Atlanta or at hundreds of other simulcast locations in more than 20 countries. Among the keynote speakers are:

  • Kat Cole—Group President, FOCUS Brands, Inc. (including Cinnabon®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s®, and more)
  • Steve Wozniak—Co-founder of Apple, Inc.,
  • Henry Cloud—Acclaimed Leadership Expert, Clinical Psychologist, and Best-Selling Author
  • Nick Saban—Head Football Coach, The University of Alabama
  • Andy Stanley—Leadership Author and Communicator
  • James Brown—Network Broadcaster, CBS Sports and News
  • Rorke Denver—Navy SEAL Commander and Author
  • Chris Barez-Brown—Author and Creativity Guru
  • Tripp Crosby—Host of Leadercast, Comedian and Director

For years, Leadercast has brought people together and equipped them to become better leaders, managers, community members, and employees. Here is what people have to say about Leadercast:

“With a constantly impressive lineup of speakers and the on-target themes year-over-year (and at such a value), I consider Leadercast a ‘can’t miss’ event,” Kalpana OOmmen, Vice President Talent Acquisition, Cox Enterprises & 9-year Leadercast attendee.

“The whole day was interesting from start to finish. It was valuable to hear from leaders from various fields, as each had different perspectives and experiences. I was able to learn from leaders whom I otherwise would not have known of because I was unfamiliar with their work,” Katie Booth, Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

“For me, it’s a re-charge. For one day I can plug-in, focus on me - my impact, obstacles, and growth opportunities. I love that it is not only a lecture but it’s an immersive experience that keeps me engaged…by a multi-sensory approach,” Patrick Williams, Marketing Director, SunTrust Bank.

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​Lakers Women’s Basketball – NJCAA National Tournament

Lakers Women’s Basketball – NJCAA National Tournament

The Mid Michigan Community College women’s basketball team (22-4) has advanced to the NJCAA DIII Women’s Basketball National Tournament!

The tournament starts on Thursday in New Jersey. The MMCC Lakers are the #4 seed and will have games on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Their first game is Thursday at 7pm against West Georgia Tech.

All of the games will be streamed live on NJCAA TV. That link, and more information about the tournament, can be found at the NJCAA website.


Please feel free to pass this along to anyone who might be interested. Thanks.

Go Lakers!

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2016 Artist Selected for A Northern Tradition Fundraiser 2016 Print for A Northern Tradition

MMCC Foundation Selects this Year’s Featured Artist for A Northern Tradition

Tickets are now available for the Mid Michigan Community College Foundation’s annual fundraiser – A Northern Tradition. The fifteenth annual event will be held from 6-9pm on April 24th at Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare.

This year’s commemorative print is by Betty Chaffee Bonham. Bonham trained at the Kendall School of Design in Grand Rapids, but decided to make her home and her art in Clare, MI instead of a metropolitan area.

Though she has spent over 40 years in commercial design work, particularly in signage and promotions, she prides herself on bringing her creative and

artistic passion into all of her projects. She has presented her original pencil renderings at various art fairs throughout Michigan, but she enjoys working with a number of other art mediums as well.

A numbered and signed print of Bonham’s original oil painting, “Tiny Wonderment,” will be exclusive to ticketholders at A Northern Tradition.

“I was inspired by how beautiful and feisty hummingbirds are, and I wanted to capture their various personalities in my collage,” noted Bonham. “They’re intriguing birds—suddenly appearing, gracefully suspending themselves on the air, and then darting off as quickly as they appeared.”

Last year, more than 800 people attended A Northern Tradition, allowing the MMCC Foundation to raise nearly $100,000 for the college and its students. More than $1.3 million has been raised by this event since it began.

For a $50 ticket, each attendee receives a $25 gift certificate to Jay’s Sporting goods, Bonham’s exclusive art print, and a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Jay’s. About fourteen area restaurants will serve free food. A number of interesting demonstrators and special guest Gary Hogeboom, former NFL and CMU quarterback, will make it an evening to remember.

The MMCC Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to enhance Mid Michigan Community College’s services to its students and the community through fund development, scholarships, program development, and improved facilities.

For additional information about the 2016 A Northern Tradition, contact Matt Miller at 989.386.6600.

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MMCC Lakers Basketball – Region XII Champions!

MMCC Lakers Basketball – NJCAA DIII Region 12 Champions!

Congrats to the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Both teams won their NJCAA DIII Region 12 Championship games on Monday afternoon. The women beat Lorain County Community College (from Ohio) 123-68 and the men beat Lorain 102-61.

Next up . . .the men’s and women’s teams will play the NJCAA DIII Region 4 Champions (yet to be determined) on March 1st – the winners move on to the national NJCAA tournament in New Jersey.

On behalf of our student-athletes, thank you for your support as they represent MMCC!


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​MMCC to Host Veteran Expo

MMCC to Host Veteran Expo

Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) and the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative will bring together community partners, college reps, employers, benefits counselors and others for a “one-stop shop” Veteran Expo. The event will take place at the College’s Mt. Pleasant campus on March 21, from 12-3PM. It is free and open to the public.

More than 600,000 veterans live in Michigan, representing the 11th highest veteran population in the U.S. An estimated 30,000 to 50,000 veterans will return to the state over the next couple years, hoping to take advantage of their benefits.

Many of these benefits help with transitioning from military to civilian life. But, understanding and establishing assistance can be challenging and confusing. The veteran expo will allow veterans face-to-face access to various service providers so that they can get specific answers about the benefits for which they qualify.

"From employment and education resources to health care and utility assistance, the expo has something for all veterans," said, Chris Stanton, Veteran Resource Representative for Mid Michigan Community College. "This event allows us to give a little back to those who have served our nation, and we're excited about how many veteran service organizations will participate.”

The Michigan Veteran Education Initiative is an effort to support veterans transitioning to civilian life and to aid in their pursuit of a college education. This new program provides one-on-one support to help the thousands of veterans who enroll in Michigan’s educational institutions by providing outreach services, support and information.

For more information about veteran services at MMCC and the upcoming expo, contact Chris Stanton at cdstanton@midmich.edu or 989.773.6622 X147.

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Full Ride Scholarships Announced

MMCC Awards Eight Full Ride Scholarships to Outstanding Students

This year marks the fourth in which Mid Michigan Community College awarded competitive full ride scholarships to eight exceptional high school seniors. Laker Distinction (LD) Scholarships are offered at two award levels, with four of each being conveyed. However, this year a tie resulted in five Presidential LD Scholarships and three LD Scholarships being awarded.

The scholarship’s traditional level provides for 31 credits worth of tuition and fees. Presidential LD Scholarships, the highest awards, include 62 credits (the equivalent of an associates degree) worth of tuition and fees. The Presidential LD Scholarship is renewable and includes a $500/semester stipend for books and school supplies.

To qualify for LD Scholarships, applicants must be Michigan high school seniors with a 3.5 GPA or better.

Selection for the 2016 scholarships occurred over the course of two months, and applicants attended two events at MMCC as they progressed through the process. Final determinations were based on applicants’ leadership, service, and academic performance, which were assessed through a variety of measures. Students submitted creative response pieces, wrote on-campus essay responses, and, for those moving to the final round of selection, underwent a series of short interviews with MMCC personnel.

“We know that a lot of these high caliber students see MMCC as a gateway to their future educations, so we took the selection process very seriously,” said Brent Mishler, MMCC Associate Director of Admissions. “We wanted to ensure that review was impartial, fair, and considered the scope of abilities that students have—we really wanted a chance to get to know the applicants as much as possible.”

2016 Laker Distinction Presidential Scholarship (2 year)

Mallory McDowell Clare High School

Ally Richardson McBain High School

Rylie Alward Gladwin High School

Lexi Strope Mt. Pleasant High School

Madelyn McLavy Harrison High School

2016 Laker Distinction Scholarship (1 year)

Olivia Arends Mt. Pleasant High School

Madison McPhee Clare High School

Lenagrace Hovey Mt. Pleasant High School

“It’s impossible to convey how challenging final selection was,” noted Jessie Gordon, MMCC’s Director of Admissions. “The applicants were outstanding, and I think that all of us who spent time with these students have renewed hopes for our future leaders. Our local communities include some truly remarkable young people.”

To learn more about the Laker Distinction Scholarships at MMCC, visit midmich.edu/distinction or contact Jessie Gordon at 989.317.4626 or jmgordon@midmich.edu.


Pictured (L to R): Chris Hammond (MMCC’s President), Madelyn McLavy, Lexi Strope, Rylie Alward, Mallory McDowell, Ally Richardson

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MMCC Lakers Basketball – Playoff Games

Show your support for your MMCC Lakers as they compete in the NJCAA Region 12 Championships.

The The men’s and women’s basketball teams have finished their regular seasons. The men finished 15-10 and the women were 21-4 (currently ranked 10th in the nation). But they aren’t done yet . . .

The first round of the playoffs is Monday, February 22nd at Morey Courts in Mt. Pleasant.

We host Lorain County Community College from Ohio for both games. The women play at 3pm and the men play at 5pm. The teams that win will be the NJCAA Region 12 Champions and move on to the District playoffs in Illinois or Wisconsin.

The games are FREE to attend!

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Annual Fundraiser: Special Guest Announced

The Mid Michigan Community College Foundation will welcome Gary Hogeboom, former NFL and CMU Chippewa quarterback, as the special guest at its annual fundraiser—A Northern Tradition at Jay’s Sporting Goods on April 24, 2016.

Hogeboom spent 11 years in the NFL, playing for the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, Phoenix Cardinals, and Washington Redskins. While playing for Central Michigan University, he led the team to an undefeated season and MAC championship as the team’s MVP. A local sports legend, Hogeboom will be on hand to share stories, talk to guests, and sign autographs.

Currently, Hogeboom co-owns two businesses, a real estate agency and Fit Body Boot Camp in Traverse City. An avid outdoorsman and family man, he devotes his time to family, friends, and mentoring and coaching kids.

“We’re very excited to have Gary as our special guest,” said Matt Miller, Director of the MMCC Foundation. “He’s a great guy with a lot of stories to share from his time in Mt. Pleasant and in the NFL. I’m sure that attendees will really enjoy speaking with him.”

Attendees will have a chance to meet and interact with Hogeboom during the event. There will also be an autograph session.

Tickets are now available for the annual fundraiser, which will be held on April 24th at Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare. Last year, more than 800 people attended A Northern Tradition, helping the MMCC Foundation raise nearly $100,000 to support the college and programs for local youth. More than $1.3 million has been raised by this event in the last 14 years.

For a $50 ticket, each attendee receives a $25 gift certificate to Jay’s Sporting goods, a commemorative print, and a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Jay’s. About fourteen area restaurants will also be serving free food, and a number of interesting demonstrators will make it an evening to remember.

The MMCC Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to enhance Mid Michigan Community College’s services to its students and the community through fund development, scholarships, program development, and improved facilities.

For additional information about the 2016 A Northern Tradition, contact Matt Miller at 989.386.6600.

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​Mid Students’ Artwork Featured at Art Reach

Mid Students’ Artwork Featured at Art Reach

Dillon (25) and Payton (28) Pringle, brothers from Mt. Pleasant and MMCC students, will have their original artwork featured at Art Reach in Mt. Pleasant from Feb. 10-March 5th.

Despite being young, both brothers have already had a number of successes. During the Annual Great Lakes Regional Community College Art Exhibition, hosted by the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art & Art History at Wayne State University, Payton won first place and a $5,000 scholarship.

At this year’s Art Walk Central, the Mt. Pleasant art show that features works of over a hundred artists, both brothers received wide recognition. Not only did they receive second place for their collaborative painting “Bear Boy Goes to Space” during the Art Battle, but Dillon received first place in the People’s Choice category and 2nd place in the juried category. Payton earned second place in the People’s Choice category.

“It’s great to see people recognize our vision and appreciate what we do,” Dillon says. “While [Payton and I] both appreciate and enjoy traditional artwork, we tend to lean towards the surreal and fantastic, so it's great that people also share our joy in curiosity and wonder.

Both Dillon and Payton plan to pursue Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Illustration after they complete their Associates Degrees in Visual Art at MMCC. Dillon hopes to eventually teach college courses while showing his artwork and writing and illustrating children’s books. Payton plans to continue pursuing his musical endeavors while creating commercial posters and cover art.

“MMCC’s Art & Design Department and faculty are very proud of the Pringle brothers,” said Pat Block, MMCC Art Faculty. “We appreciate their willingness to represent The College. The unique vision of their paintings captivates viewers.”

Payton’s original pieces can be viewed at facebook.com/Articulumpandorum. Dillon’s art is featured on his website www.dillonpringle.wix.com/artwork.

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