MTU, NMC Team Up for Survey Technologies Professional Development Series


In an innovative partnership aimed at meeting crucial statewide workforce development needs, Michigan Technological University (MTU) and Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) have collaborated to launch a series of professional development courses this spring.

The course offerings, which are aimed at survey, civil engineering and infrastructure specialists, will allow busy working professionals to earn credentials and fulfill their continuing education requirements.

Convenient, short-format (around two hours) courses will cover topics in: 

  • Survey technologies
  • Marine technologies
  • Data processing and management
  • Geospatial applications

Registration is expected to open by the end of February. Prospective students can add themselves to the professional development series online notification list.

This is not the first partnership between NMC and MTU. The two universities have teamed up on multiple endeavors, with the most recent being a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on Great Lakes research. The Surveying Technologies series is an outgrowth of that important cooperative agreement.

Both schools are respected for their marine research. Northwestern Michigan College is home to the Marine Center, which offers comprehensive professional development solutions year-round to the marine, surveying and remote sensing industries. NMC also offers associate degree programs in surveying and engineering technology-marine as well as a bachelor’s degree in marine technology.

Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC)  harnesses the interdisciplinary expertise of biologists, geologists, chemists, engineers, remote-sensing specialists and others to examine crucial issues in freshwater research including modeling for better forecasts and climate predictions and assessing the spread of invasive species. Home base for the Superior Supercomputer as well as the Marine Autonomy Research (MARS) Smart Ships Coalition, the first freshwater test bed of its kind, GLRC accomplishes much of its work on, above and beneath Great Lakes waters utilizing the latest technologies, from smart buoys to its fleet of research vessels

Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, the university offers more than 125 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. Michigan Tech’s Global Campus offers a variety of graduate degree and certificate programs.

For more information on the professional development series contact:

Ed Bailey
Program Director
The Marine Center at Northwestern Michigan College
(231) 995-1215