Grand Valley graduates who attended classes or earned degrees in Traverse City demonstrate the impact of the University Center at Northwestern Michigan College, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Grand Valley was a founding partner when the NMC University Center opened in 1995. Six universities (Central Michigan, Davenport, Ferris State, Grand Valley State, Michigan State and Western Michigan) offer students opportunities to earn certificates and degrees without leaving northern Michigan.
Simone Jonaitis, executive director of the Center for Adult and Continuing Studies, said, since 1995, there are more than 1,300 students who have taken classes at the University Center and earned Grand Valley degrees.
"Our participation at the University Center and the breadth of programming we’ve offered over the years has had an incredible impact in Traverse City and in the region as a whole," Jonaitis said. "We have graduated educators, social workers, environmentalists, small business owners and a myriad of health care workers. I believe that GVSU’s commitment to northern Michigan — creating access to public higher education — has made a difference in the lives of learners and their families."