Longin Kloc (Class of 1999) was pursuing a dream to be a firefighter in Illinois when a friend he was dating, a native of South Boardman, Michigan, mentioned that NMC had an excellent program in visual communications.
He came to the quick realization that a disproportionate percentage of firefighters were volunteers and therefore decided to move to Traverse City to tap into his creative side enrolling in the vVisual communications program at NMC.
Longin shared that all his education funneled through NMC. If it wasn’t for NMC, he likely would not have completed a bachelors and MBA at the University Center given his desire to stay in Traverse City for personal and professional reasons. Longin is currently the General Manager of Operations and Director of Marketing for Salamander Technologies in Traverse City.
Salamander provides first responders and emergency managers with the tools they need to manage incidents by offering a superior auto ID system that accounts for all personnel, verifies responder identities, and enhances situational awareness at an incident, emergency, or field event.
All my education funneled through NMC.
Longin had a wonderful experience as a student at NMC. He looks forward to getting more involved with the College assisting students with internships and has had the rewarding opportunity to review Visual Communication’s capstone portfolios.
Autumn Gillow is the Vice President of Commercial Banking at JP Morgan Chase.
Why did I choose NMC?
First off, I was a very young mom. I had my son (Kaden) when I was a sophomore in high school and we lived with my parents while I attended NMC. My mom actually stayed at home with Kaden while I went to school and worked. I think only now, as an adult with my own teenager, do I fully appreciate the support my parents gave and how critical it was to my obtaining a degree.
NMC Legacy: Three Generations
In addition, my siblings and I all paid for our own college so being able to pay cash for the first two years at NMC made a lot of financial sense. In fact, my Dad attended NMC before going to Ferris; my brother before transferring to Western, my sister before transferring to MSU and my other sister before transferring to U of M. We all majored in Finance. My son will start school at NMC in the fall. Three generations!
What a difference a degree makes.
Three years ago, as a freshman at Traverse City Central High School, Jami Chung decided to take a summer math class at NMC, in order to enroll in calculus during her sophomore year.
Her counselor, Don Freed, suggested that rather than just one class, she take a few more. Maybe even enough to earn her associate’s degree while still in high school, in fact.
Earn a two-year degree in the specialized fields of Engineering Technology and, more importantly, graduate with the skills necessary to get a job in the ever-expanding markets that bridge the gap between the engineers and scientists – the strong, vibrant technical and production workforce.
We have combined this with areas of emerging specialized fields to prepare graduates for future industrial business needs regionally, nationally, and globally.
Students in Time Based Media (VCA 250) through NMC’s Visual Communications department showed films at the Michigan Movie Makers Micro Movie Marathon, and won some awards! Here are some of the NMC student films that were accepted into the festival.
How does an NMC graduate get to Google?
“I’d say it was thoughtful risk taking, on everyone’s part. I made the leap, leaving a small town in the UP, to go off to college. NMC took a chance on me, horrible high school grade point average and all. Early on, NMC fostered my growth, nurtured my creative talent, and rewarded my good academic performance, which in turn gave me the confidence to move on to Art School, Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. That same thoughtful risk taking led me to Google, and Google to me. Whenever a corporation hires a creative it’s a risk, and whenever a creative accepts a corporate job it’s a risk.”
NMC alumna Kimberly A. Womack is Director of Emerald Coast Forensic Services and the President of International Association of Forensic Nurses
While stationed in Traverse City with the United States Coast Guard, it was perfect timing to begin the nursing program at NMC before we moved again to start nursing school.
Dr. Maggie Sporck is currently the Hawaii State Botanist for the Department of Land and Natural Resources and an affiliated researcher with the University of Hawaii’s Botany Department. Dr. Sporck’s passion for plant study began during her time at Northwestern Michigan College, a passion that altered her career path.