Michigan Tech and Northwestern Michigan College to Create Engineering Pipeline

A close-up shot of the top floors of Michigan Tech's mechanical engineering building at sunset.
A close-up shot of the top floors of Michigan Tech's mechanical engineering building at sunset.
In a signing ceremony held August 7, Michigan Technological University and Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) formalized a new partnership designed to expedite degree completion for engineering students transferring to Michigan Tech from NMC.
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A signing ceremony held Wednesday, Aug. 7 represents the latest step in the University’s commitment to northern Michigan’s Grand Traverse region.

Michigan Technological University and Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) have formalized a new partnership designed to expedite degree completion for engineering students transferring to Michigan Tech from NMC.

In a signing ceremony held Wednesday, Aug. 7 on NMC’s Great Lakes Campus in Traverse City, Michigan, Michigan Tech President Richard J. Koubek and NMC President Timothy J. Nelson signed seven new articulation agreements.

Under the 2+2 agreements, which take effect with the fall 2019 semester, engineering students will be able to complete their first two years of study at NMC and then transfer to Tech with junior status. In addition to ensuring a quality undergraduate education for engineering students, the agreement is intended to create a pipeline of talented students from the Grand Traverse region to Michigan Tech and highly qualified future graduates to enhance the Grand Traverse area workforce.

Engineering programs covered under the agreements include:

  • Biomedical
  • Chemical 
  • Civil
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Electrical Engineering Technology

"Michigan Tech believes that education is the most powerful engine for social mobility," said Koubek. "With this latest set of articulation agreements, Michigan Tech and NMC, working together, can now provide students even greater opportunities to earn a four-year degree that will position them for successful, high-paying careers right here in Michigan." 

Michigan Tech President Rick Koubek and Northwestern Michigan College President Timothy J. Nelson sign articulation agreements.
Michigan Tech President Richard Koubek and Northwestern Michigan College President Timothy Nelson signed seven 2+2 articulation agreements Wednesday.

Nelson said NMC is dedicated to creating pathways for student success and to finding new ways to meet the needs of industries in the Grand Traverse region. “The new agreement with Michigan Technological University achieves both these goals,” Nelson said.

Wednesday’s signing is the result of more than a year and a half of work between the two public institutions and builds on a history of collaboration going back nearly 30 years.

It also represents the latest step in Michigan Tech’s commitment to northern Michigan’s Grand Traverse region. In March, the University announced a three-year Memorandum of Understanding designed to explore collaborative opportunities in the Grand Traverse area. The memorandum included exploration of educational opportunities and services with and through NMC.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 54 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.

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