For more information, call the Chamber office at 231.547.2101 or email info@charlevoix.org

Bier's & Books Club: Indian Horse

March 6th

Discuss great books over great beers. The discussion is free but the beverages are not.


"Indian Horse" by Richard Wagamese.

This spare yet rich fictional work published in 2012 tells the story of Saul Indian Horse as he looks back on his life including his forced enrollment at a Native boarding school, his success on the hockey rink, and eventual alcoholism.

Late author Wagamese was considered one of Canada’s foremost Native authors and storytellers.


Walstrom Marine Job Fair

March 6th

Walstrom Marine invites you to attend our career fair Wednesday, March 6 from 11am-2pm at our Charlevoix showroom. (6472 M-66 N.)


We are growing and hiring marine technicians, boat and yacht sales, boat detailers, yard crew, seasonal positions and more. All with competitive pay, career development opportunities, and a boat load of benefits. Take this chance to look behind the scenes, experience hands-on careers in action, and meet the team.


Marine-specific experience is not required. We are very proactive in offering continuous training and development for our team members. We have several locations throughout the state including Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Harbor Springs, Traverse City and beyond.


Learn more and apply online at walstrom.com/careers.


**Please note that this event will be held at our showroom at 6472 M-66 N, NOT our downtown sales office

Pints for out Little Pints!- FUNdraising for the Charlevoix Childrens House

March 7th & March 14th

The Taproom is donating $1 per pint sold from 5-7pm to CCH Opportunities to Donate directly to this wonderful school.


Friday Fish Fry at St. Mary School

March 8th

Join us for the LAST Friday Fish Fry THIS Friday, March 8th from 5-7PM.


Dine & Donate

March 8th

Happy Troll Deli & Pub hosting a Percentage Dine and Donate Night! To benefit the Charlevoix Class of 2024 Senior All Night Party!

Join us for an evening of delicious food for a good cause! 15% of food sales will be donated back to the Charlevoix Class of 2024 Senior All Night Party.

Have your flyer ready or a

digital version on your phone to show your server


Vienna Boys Choir at Great Lakes Center for the Arts

March 9th

The illustrious group of child musicians has been delighting music lovers across the globe for six centuries with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and diverse repertoire which includes everything from medieval to contemporary to experimental music.

These gifted musicians with voices of unforgettable beauty are part of four touring choirs that hail from dozens of nations and together give over 300 concerts a year around the world. The Fort Worth Star Telegram raves “There’s no more gratifying sound than that of children singing. And there’s no more polished ensemble of children’s voices than the Vienna Boys Choir.”


Karaoke Night at The Happy Troll

March 9th


Saturday, March 9:

Disco Theme Night

Fundraiser: if you are able - but not required -please bring a canned good or boxed good for CHX Food Pantry. 


Castle Farms Community Sale

March 9th

Reserve a booth to sell your goodies and join us for a vibrant and bustling day of community connections and treasures galore at our Community Sale event!

Date: Saturday, March 9th

Time: 10am – 1pm

Location: Castle Farms in Charlevoix, Michigan

What to Expect:

Yard Sale Finds: Explore a wide array of pre-loved treasures as community members clear out their closets and offer unique yard sale items.

Crafters’ Corner: Immerse yourself in a world of creativity! Talented crafters from our community will showcase handmade goods, bringing an artistic flair to your day.

Direct Sale Delights: Discover fantastic products and services from local direct sale businesses. Support your neighbors while indulging in quality goods.

Admission: FREE for all! This is an inclusive event open to everyone in the community.

How to Participate:

If you’re looking to declutter or showcase your crafting skills, reserve your space now! Spaces are limited, so act fast.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to shop, connect, and celebrate community spirit at our Community Sale on March 9th. Bring your family, invite your friends, and make it a day to remember!

See you there!


Trivia Night at The Backlot Charlevoix

March 9th

Do you love trivia? Do you love horses? Do you love helping people? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you won't want to miss this Trivia Night Fundraiser in support of Northern Michigan Equine Therapy!

Join us on Saturday, March 9th, at 7 pm for a night of fun, friendly competition and test your trivia knowledge. You can play solo or form a team. The entry fee is by donation, and all proceeds go to support Northern Michigan Equine Therapy.

Trivia not your style? Join us for some Corn Hole! Or enjoy some board, arcade or card games.

Don't miss this chance to have a great time and make a difference in the lives of others!

GLCO Little Waves

March 9th

Little Waves is a musical children’s program that provides a variety of opportunities for children to discover their own unique gifts and interests through interactive activities with Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra musicians. Recommended for ages 4-10 years. No registration required. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to jam along!


Comedy Night at The Boathouse

March 9th

We are thrilled to bring back another hilarious night filled with laughter, good company, food and fundraising. Only this time, we’re bringing another comedian to the stage! Enjoy an evening out with your partner, a group of friends, or make new friends.

We’re excited to welcome back Stigg’s as well. They’ll be on site prior to the show so you can purchase dinner beforehand while supplies last.

We’re also welcoming back Helping Hearts of EJ - all bar proceeds will benefit the programs they support.

Various ticket options including VIP status! Visit the ticket link included on this event or: miboathouse.com. 

Charlevoix Hospital Hosts Da Vinci XI® Robot Open House 

March 11th

Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital is proud to announce its upcoming Da Vinci XI® Open House, offering the community an exclusive opportunity to explore the latest advancements in surgical technology. The event will take place on Monday, March 11, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the main lobby of the hospital located at 14700 Lake Shore Dr. in Charlevoix.

During the event, attendees will have the privilege of meeting the surgeons who use the robot, including Jared Davis, DO, specialist in urology; Barrett Kielhorn, DO, specialist in General Surgery; Emily McKerchie, DO, also specialist in General Surgery; and Dr. Caitlyn Monks, DO, specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology. These esteemed physicians will introduce participants to the state-of-the-art da Vinci XI® surgical robot, providing an illuminating overview of the hospital's robotic surgery offerings.


Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan with Author Barbara Barton

March 12th

Barbara Barton, an endangered species biologist and author, will discuss the history, culture, biology, economics, and spirituality surrounding this sacred plant.

She begins her story in the days before European colonization and travels in time through the logging and industrialization eras.

Barton will explore the worlds of the Anishinaabek and the colonizers as she contrasts their different perspectives and relationships with Manoomin. She will also discuss Michigan’s historic wild rice beds, why many of them vanished, and how tribal and non-tribal people have sought to restore and protect Manoomin across the landscape, and how the plant is harvested and processed. Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan, has won numerous awards, including the 2019 Michigan Notable Book Award.  


Presented by the NCMC Corporate and Community Education Department: "Non-Profit and Association Management 101"

Wednesdays from Feb. 7th to Mar. 20th, 9:00-10:30 am

Are you facing challenges as a member of a Board of Directors? Are you a newly elected Board Member or Officer and uncertain about your role? Does your organization need guidance on recruiting for the future? Do you aspire to elevate your Non-Profit Organization or Association to its highest potential? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, this class is tailored for you! For more details and registration information, click here.


Meditation & Sound Bath

March 3rd-June 16th

Class Dates to Register for:

March 3, 17

April 7, 21

May 5, 19

June 2, 16

Join Lindsay Walter, certified meditation and breath work coach for a community meditation and breath work group class.

Each session includes a discussion and guided meditation blended with breath work and sound bath. 

Participants will leave feeling grounded, balanced, and relaxed. Classes are held at the Charlevoix Circle of arts on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 9:30-10:30am.

Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat, pillow, blanket, and water bottle. 

 (Floor surface is hard).

Minimum # of Participants to hold class = 1 

Maximum # of Participants = 10


Frostbite Trail

March 23-April 20th

The Frostbite Trail is back for 2024!

No, that’s not just what we’re calling a walk in the woods without proper boots—the Frostbite Trail is a winter ​​tasting and food experience hosted by 12 businesses in Antrim and Charlevoix counties.

There are two remaining scheduled for 2024: March 23, and April 20. Visit between 12pm and 6pm to sample a small bite food tasting with a pour of wine, beer, or cider. (Cost is $12 per person at each stop.)

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Bubbly Tasting at VUE

March 14th


Into to Crochet Class

March 14th


Charting a Path Forward: Economic Development in Your Community

March 14th


Culver's of Charlevoix Supports the CMHS Spanish Club

March 14th


Puzzles, Pint & Pizza

March 15th


Home and Outdoor Living Show

March 15th & 16th


16th Annual Rotary Club of Charlevoix St Patricks Party

March 16th


Family Fun Spring Pottery Painting Class

March 17th


St. Paddy's Day Shenanigans at VUE

March 17th


St. Patrick's Day Dinner

March 17th


Little Traverse Civic Theater Preview at VUE

March 21st


Beginner Needle Felting-Easter Eggs

March 23rd


VUE's 2nd Writers Open Mic Night

March 28th


Dinner & Free Family Movie

March 30th


PetS of The Week-

Princess Finster & Dora!

Guinea pigs have many needs including lap time, attention, and vetting when needed.

Cage cleaning, yummy vegetables, hay, guinea pig pellets and A LOVING environment where they are viewed and treated as a valuable family member, not some animal that can be thrown away when they are no longer wanted or welcome in the home.

Both of these girls are mildly socialized and can be handled for short periods of time. With patience and time, they may come out of their shells as they are still young.

Please keep in mind that Guinea Pigs thrive best in pairs so they will need to go together.


Bigs Launches “Erase the Wait” Campaign


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan (Bigs), the leading youth mentoring organization in the U.S., is excited to announce the launch of the volunteer recruitment campaign, “Erase the Wait” with the goal of recruiting 60 new volunteers, we are determined to make a significant impact in erasing the waitlist and providing much-needed mentorship to children in our community.


The “Erase the Wait” campaign is a response to the growing demand for youth mentorship and the increasing number of children on our waitlist. Every child deserves a positive role model who can guide and support them in their personal, academic, and emotional growth. By joining our campaign, volunteers will have the opportunity to empower children, change lives, and make a lasting difference in our community.


In a statement, Bigs’ CEO, Cecilia Chesney said, “We are excited to launch the ‘Erase the Wait’ campaign and invite individuals who share our passion for empowering the next generation to join us. By becoming a volunteer mentor, you have the power to shape a child's future and create a positive impact that will last a lifetime. Together, we can erase the waitlist and provide hope and guidance to so many deserving children.”


Volunteer mentors play a crucial role in providing guidance, support, and friendship to children facing serious challenges. As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful activities, offer emotional support, and help your mentee develop necessary skills for a successful future, all while having fun.


Join Bigs from 5-7:00pm on Thursday, March 14th at MiddleCoast Brewing Company to connect with the Bigs' team and other volunteer mentors to socialize, share experiences and learn more. Free for all to attend. Light appetizers and first round of drinks will be provided.


If you are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit Bigsupnorth.com/volunteer or call 231.642.9124. 

Spring Break Fun in Northern Michigan at VUE

Planning a getaway for Spring Break? Look no further! Vue Wine Bar is the perfect place to unwind and relax. Enjoy our wide selection of wines, perfectly crafted cocktails, delicious small plates by Graze Catering, and cozy atmosphere.

Check out our website and Facebook for details of our week of fun spring break activities including Trivia Night, Game Night, & Beach Party! VUE will have limited hours during Spring Break and will be open daily 4-9pm, Monday, March 25th - Saturday, March 30th.



Charlevoix Circle of Arts is excited to announce its upcoming exhibit, Turned & Stitched: Artistry in Woodturning and Quilting, showcasing the incredible talents of local artisans.

The exhibition will run from March 8th to April 6th, with an opening reception on Friday, March 8th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the artists and enjoy light refreshments. We welcome everyone to witness the transformation of raw wood and fabric into exquisite works of art, each piece a testament to the skill and dedication of its creator.

The wood pieces featured in this exhibition were meticulously crafted by members of Northwestern Michigan Woodturners, a club dedicated to the art of turning wood on a lathe. With approximately 35 active members, the group convenes monthly in Traverse City. Member pieces for this exhibit were selected by juror by Chuck McLaughlin. The quilts on display were made by local artists who poured their creativity and passion into every facet of the quilt-making process, from fabric selection and cutting to stitching and quilting layers. The quilts were thoughtfully chosen by Carmin Hartwig, owner of Cousin’s Quilt Shop, with locations in both Bellaire and Charlevoix. Event Details:

• Exhibit Dates: March 8– April 6, 2024

• Location: Charlevoix Circle of Arts, 109 Clinton Street, Downtown Charlevoix

• Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm • Admission is free.

The public is invited to attend this fine art exhibition, made possible by the generous sponsorship support of Grey Gables Restaurant & Catering. Additionally, woodturning demonstrations, quilting classes and artist talks are being scheduled during this exhibit. For more information about the exhibition, related events, or Charlevoix Circle of Arts, please contact (231) 547-3554 or visit www.charlevoixcircle.org.

North Central Michigan College offers a fantastic opportunity to enhance your career with our Clinical Dental Assistant Fast Track Class!

From April 2 to June 6, 2024, immerse yourself in our comprehensive 9-week program, where you'll delve into every aspect of dental assisting.

Benefit from hands-on experience through a week-long externship at a local dental office. Additionally, gain valuable skills with dental radiography certification in Michigan and expert guidance for national certifications.

Excitingly, approximately 80% of our students receive grant funding, making this

opportunity even more accessible. Don't miss out—apply now to discover your

funding options and propel your career to new heights.

To learn more and register click here!

Liven up your weeknights with the HAPPIEST HOUR in Charlevoix

Jax’s HAPPY HOUR is 3 – 6pm in the bar with HALF-OFF all starters, $5 select wines by the glass, $5 select cocktails and $1 OFF any bottled or draft beer. Perfect deals for sharing and sipping with friends and coworkers every Tuesday – Saturday! Stick around for Nightly Specials throughout the week, from Trivia Night to Fish Fry Fridays, from Italian Night to Prime Rib Saturday Night. Open for lunch, dinner Tuesday thru Saturday. For menu details, check out JAXCHX.com or call 231.437.6400.

National Nutrition Month

Eating healthy no matter your income, schedule, or eating habits


Getting good nutrition isn’t complicated. There are tips and tricks on how to integrate fresh foods into your diet. And as part of celebrating National Nutrition Month in March, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan (HDNW) and the Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance encourages residents to add more fresh fruits and vegetables to their favorite recipes as an easy way to improve nutrition.


  • People with healthy eating patterns are likely to live longer and are at lower risk for serious chronic health problems compared to individuals with unhealthy eating habits.
  • Poor nutrition can contribute to many debilitating diseases, including obesity, heart disease, and some cancers.
  • Less than one out of every 10 adults and children eat the daily recommended amount of vegetables, four to five a day.
  • Four out of 10 children and fewer than one out of 7 adults eat the daily recommended amount of fruits, four to five a day.


Fruits and vegetables are essential to a healthy diet because they provide vitamins and minerals for our bodies. Low levels of vitamin/mineral intake can lead to mental impairment and central nervous system defects in infants.


“Eating healthy can easily be a way of life that involves eating what you like and making it fun,” says Judi Marlin, HDNW Registered Nutritionist. “One example is to create a board of lean meats, cheeses, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and whole grain breads and let everyone eat family style rather than serve sandwiches and chips. We have plenty of ideas and recipes to share.”


More tips and tricks include:

  • Cut up vegetables to be small and add them to your favorite recipes,
  • Buy and eat frozen when fresh isn’t available,
  • Use coupons and sales to reduce the cost of fresh foods, and
  • Look for healthier options even when you’re on the go at convenience stores and gas stations, such as apples, boiled eggs, cheese, and nuts.


Premium Nutrition for Baby

Breastfeeding can help protect against childhood illnesses, including ear and respiratory infections, asthma, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). HDNW has Breastfeeding Peer Counselors available to help you on this nutritional journey. Please call us locally at 800-432-4121 for breastfeeding information and to talk with a Peer Counselor.


For more healthy nutrition facts, watch Judi Marlin on 9&10 New’s lifestyle program, The Four, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, or visit eatright.org

New Chief Executive Officer at Networks Northwest 

The Networks Northwest Board has approved the hiring of Janie McNabb as the new Chief Executive Officer at Networks Northwest. The board met February 29 and voted to accept the recommendation of the Networks Northwest Executive Committee that McNabb be hired for the leadership position at the organization which provides workforce, business, and community development services in the 10 counties of northwest Lower Michigan. McNabb has accepted the position.

“We are excited to have Janie rejoin Networks Northwest as the next CEO,” said Nicole Sulak, Chair of the Networks Northwest Board. “She has the previous experience with the organization and strategic vision to lead Networks Northwest and the region forward.” 


McNabb comes to Networks Northwest from serving as a workforce and strategy consultant around the state, primarily in affiliation with Strategic Policy Consultants. Prior to that, she spent 18 years in various roles at Networks Northwest, including Northwest Michigan Works! Chief Operating Officer. McNabb’s diverse experience includes workforce programs and policy, organizational culture, communications, and public relations. She holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Development and a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature.


“I am honored to have been chosen and to serve as the next Chief Executive Officer of Networks Northwest,” said McNabb. “I am eager to engage with partners and the community to connect people with the high-quality and much-needed programming that Networks Northwest provides.”


McNabb is scheduled to begin working as CEO on March 11. She replaces former Networks Northwest CEO, Terry Vandercook.


Academy runs June 24—August 15;

open to children entering grades 3-8

North Central Michigan College has launched its Summer Learning Academy, an 8-week experience designed to ignite young minds and foster a love for learning during the summer break.

The academy runs June 24 through August 15 and offers a variety of engaging programs tailored for children entering grades 3 through 8. Morning classes (9 a.m.—12 p.m.) and afternoon classes (1—4 p.m.) are available. All classes are held on North Central’s campus.

A $99 registration fee covers four days of instruction plus class supplies. Scholarships are available for eligible students.

“Our goal is to provide a dynamic and enriching experience,” said Christy Lyons, North Central’s dean of Corporate and Community Education. “We’ve developed a full menu of opportunities for kids to explore various subjects, learn new skills, and have fun through interactive workshops, hands-on activities, and educational games.”

The program is designed to accommodate children enrolled in both morning and afternoon classes during the same week, Lyons explained. Parents can send lunch with their children, who will be supervised for that hour in the college’s Iron Horse Café on campus.

The schedule for the Summer Learning Academy is as follows:

For Children Entering Grades 3, 4, and 5 — (Morning Class) / (Afternoon Class):

·       Week of June 24: Rock Star Writer! / Kids in the Garden

·       Week of July 1 (3 days): Outdoor Adventures / Future Stars Acting Class

·       Week of July 8: Let's Get Physical / Young Entrepreneur

·       Week of July 15: Health Explorers / Kids in the Kitchen

·       Week of July 22: Guitar Adventures - Rock Star in Training / Fun with Fossils

·       Week of July 29: LEGO Robotics / Karate for Kids

·       Week of August 5: All About Art / Magic and More

·       Week of August 12: Manufacturing Madness / Jr. Sleuth's Crime Lab

For Children Entering Grades 6, 7, and 8 — (Morning Class) / (Afternoon Class):

·       Week of June 24: Kids in the Garden / Rock Star Writer!

·       Week of July 1 (3 days): Future Stars Acting Class / Outdoor Adventures

·       Week of July 8: Young Entrepreneur / Let's Get Physical

·       Week of July 15: Kids in the Kitchen / Health Explorers

·       Week of July 22: Fun with Fossils / Guitar Adventures - Rock Star in Training

·       Week of July 29: Karate for Kids / LEGO Robotics

·       Week of August 5: Magic and More / All About Art

·       Week of August 12: Jr. Sleuth's Crime Lab / Manufacturing Madness

Registration for the Summer Learning Academy is open now. Interested parents and guardians can visit https://bit.ly/3uvZnXn for complete course descriptions and to secure a spot for their children.

Charlevoix Conservation District Intern Position Now Available!

Spring/Summer 2024 Start Date: May 20th, 2024 End Date: August 9th Hours: Flexible. Minimum 15 hours/wk, 3-5 days/wk Intern will need to be available during scheduled program times Position is unpaid with potential for board approved bonus upon completion

The Charlevoix Conservation District seeks to hire an enthusiastic and outgoing individual who is passionate about conservation. The intern will assist primarily with youth for our weekly Nature in the Park program series, but responsibilities will extend into the community as well including attending local farmer’s markets, attending meetings, working with the senior center and local preschool, and assisting with preparing for our 75th Anniversary Celebration event. The best candidate for this role will be a current college student, or recent graduate, a teacher interested in gaining experience in environmental education, or retiree, interested in teaching youth about conservation topics in fun, engaging and creative ways, and volunteering with their local conservation district. The intern will work collaboratively with staff, conservation partners and volunteers, be comfortable with public speaking, and be able to represent the Charlevoix Conservation District well to the community. 

Application Procedure: Applicants, please include a cover letter, resume and a minimum of two professional and/or educational references. Ideally, at least one of the references has seen the applicant working with youth or in a group setting. Please direct application and inquiries to: [email protected]. Please list “Conservation Outreach Internship” in the subject line. Any questions pertaining to the position may be directed to District Manager, Alison Adams, via email or by calling (231) 582-6193. Applications must be received by 4:30pm EDT, Monday, March 18th. Preferred start date is Monday, May 20th, 2024 or earlier.


Cathryn Pearl, PA-C Joins Munson Healthcare 

Specializing in Sleep Medicine 


Munson Healthcare (MHC) is pleased to welcome Cathryn

Pearl, PA-C, to MHC Charlevoix Sleep Center.  


Cathryn was born and raised in Michigan. She completed her physician assistant degree from Western Michigan University and is board

certified by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants.

After graduation, she moved to northern Michigan where she spent her entire medical career caring for her community.  

During the first 30 years of her career, she primarily

worked in family medicine and urgent care. When she was introduced to sleep

medicine, she was inspired by the significant impact of improved sleep quality

on a person’s overall well-being.


“I believe my years of experience in family medicine will

be an asset in my sleep medicine role. I love to help my patients achieve

optimal health, and sleep is a big part of that,” Cathryn said. 


Cathryn has been married for more than 30 years and

together, raised four boys, and has a yellow lab named Cooper. She loves her

community and is honored to be a part of their health care team. In her free

time, she enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, walking, and boating. 

Cathryn is accepting new patients at Munson Healthcare

Charlevoix Sleep Center, located at 14695 Park Avenue, Suite B in Charlevoix.

To make an appointment, call 231-547-8905. 


For additional information, visit www.munsonhealthcare.org/FindADoctor or call Munson Healthcare at


NCMC Lifelong Learning Club is unveiling a new style of learning event!

The NCMC Lifelong Learning Club is experimenting with a newly designed enrichment class combining a lecture, an assigned bestselling book and a live performance.

All of the elements of this event surround the true story of "The Radium Girls". In the early 1900's radium is a miracle cure, Madame Curie is an international celebrity and luminous watches are the latest rage—until the young women who paint the watches begin to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Most of the young women become seriously ill or worse. Very unusual for their time, these women rightfully stand up for themselves in court, suing their employers for occupational hazards and endangering their workers.  

This class is scheduled for April 4th and April 13th. For more on this new class click here.

Have a business or member success story? We want to hear it! Hitting a growth landmark, meeting a personal or financial business goal, adding to your team, being awarded industry certifications or recognition's… we want to share that accomplishment!


North Central Michigan College’s winter enrollment increased by 5.7% over Winter 2023, with growth in both new and returning students.

NCMC’s Winter 2024 enrollment is 1,755 students, with the number of new students increasing by 50%. The college’s fall-to-winter persistence rate (students enrolled during Fall 2023 who re-enrolled for Winter 2024) increased by 16%.

Erin Sonneveldt, North Central’s associate dean of Institutional Research and Assessment, also noted the following:

·       Full-time Enrollment Equivalency (FTE), which aggregates part-time students into full-time students, increased by 10%.

·       The number of Spring 2023 high school graduates from the college’s service area that enrolled in winter courses increased by 11%.

Corey Lansing, director of Admission, cited a campuswide focus on belonging and student success as critical to the college’s enrollment success.

 “One of the benefits of a smaller campus is our family atmosphere, and that means coming together to help our students when they need it,” Lansing said. “Team members across the college work to identify students who might need extra support, then connect with them with campus and community resources.”

Such resources include North Central’s Student Emergency Fund, which provides financial assistance to students who have exhausted all other resources and have nowhere else to turn for unexpected financial hardships including unforeseen medical expenses, housing crises, and car trouble.

“Many times, being able to afford an unexpected car repair can mean the difference between a student finishing a degree or withdrawing with just a semester left until graduation,” Lansing said.

Another resource, the Campus Cupboard student food pantry, expanded its services last fall to include a once-weekly, discreet self-shopping experience, when students can acquire fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods, dairy products, and personal hygiene items.

“The success of both these resources depends on the generosity of our donors and our faculty and staff,” said Chelsea Platte, NCMC Foundation executive director and vice president for Advancement. “Time and again, when we’ve approached them with an opportunity to support our students, they have enthusiastically obliged.”

While the college celebrates enrollment growth, Lansing expects there will be an even sharper focus on retaining North Central’s large population of dual and concurrently enrolled students so they might complete an associate degree prior to transferring to a four-year university.

“We know our dual and concurrent students understand the benefits of getting a head start on their college credits,” Lansing said. “We also know they are becoming more financially savvy. As we expand our academic offerings and communicate our value to them, we believe they will appreciate even more the benefits of saving on their first two years of a bachelor’s degree.”

In addition to its traditional students, North Central serves more than 100 learners each year through its Fast Track career programs, and more than 5,000 individuals via its Lifelong Learning offerings. 

Registration for North Central’s Fall 2024 semester opens on March 13. Summer registration is open now. Visit www.ncmich.edu to learn more.

Charlevoix Urgent Care Transitions to Walk-in Clinic

Providing more affordable, convenient options for Charlevoix and surrounding communities

Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital announced the transition of the Charlevoix Urgent Care to a new Walk-In Clinic as part of the Regional Care Transformation Plan to provide more patient-centric care.

On March 1, the Charlevoix Urgent Care will discontinue services in the Charlevoix Emergency Department and will begin the transition to the new Walk-in Clinic that will open on April 1, 2024. The Walk-in Clinic will be conveniently located at 14705 W. Upright St., Building D in Charlevoix. The Charlevoix Emergency Department will continue to offer 24/7 care every day of the year.

The new Charlevoix Walk-in Clinic will prioritize walk-in availability and same-day call-ahead appointments, ensuring timely access to care for patients. Additionally, the Walk-in Clinic will offer more affordable options for the community, with a patient’s insurance billed as a specialist visit to support cost-effective healthcare delivery.

“We are excited to offer this standalone walk-in clinic separate from the emergency department. In the existing Urgent Care framework, the level of patient care can unexpectedly shift from urgent to emergency services based on clinical criteria. This has resulted in increased expenses for our valued patients," stated Joanne Schroeder, President of MHC Charlevoix Hospital. "Acknowledging this concern, we are pleased to announce that our new Walk-in Clinic model will effectively tackle this issue."

Patients can expect the same level of care provided by the current urgent care, including point-of-care lab testing and necessary imaging services, which will be conveniently accessible at Charlevoix Hospital, located just across the street.

During the transition period from March 1 to March 31, community members are encouraged to utilize existing alternative healthcare resources, including:

·       Charlevoix Emergency Department for emergencies.

·       Munson Healthcare’s Ask-A-Nurse Line, 231-935-0951. This is a free service connecting the community to a registered nurse to talk about any symptoms or concerns. It is available 24/7.

·       Munson Virtual Urgent Care | Daily; 7 am – 7 pm | MunsonHealthcare.org/VirtualUrgentCare

·       Primary Care Provider | Don’t have one? MHC Charlevoix Primary Care is accepting new patients, call 231-547-6554, or visit MunsonHealthcare.org/Find-A-Doctor

JanTec Incorporated Launches Region’s First Welding Registered Apprenticeship

A first-of-its-kind apprenticeship program in northern Michigan will help a Traverse City manufacturing company train its employees. JanTec Incorporated, in partnership with Northwest Michigan Works!, has launched a new U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship for welders. JanTec Incorporated is a leading manufacturer of conveyance systems and products.


Registered under the Northwest Michigan Works! U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Standards of Apprenticeship, JanTec Incorporated is providing apprentices with approximately 36 months of on-the-job learning along with over 400 hours of related educational instruction. The related coursework is provided through Northwestern Michigan College. The curriculum complements the hands-on training while providing a robust experience to expand the career pathways for the apprentices. Upon completion of the program, apprentices will earn credentials including the U.S. Department of Labor National Journeyworker Certification. 


"At JanTec, Inc., the core of our corporate DNA is defined by our commitment to improving lives, personal & professional workforce development and engaging with the communities we serve, said Troy Curran, President, JanTec, Inc. “With our new USDOL registered apprenticeship program, we continue to build on this mission. As JanTec continues to grow and expand, we look to add apprentices later this year to learn from and be mentored by the talented production team we have today. This program would not be possible without the guidance and support of the team at Northwest Michigan Works! They have made the process straightforward and effortless. They have done most of the heavy lifting to ensure we met the requirements of the USDOL and we look forward to their continued partnership as we kick-off the program.”


Registered apprenticeships are developed through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor and are a proven training method for employers to build a talent pipeline of highly skilled, educated employees. Registered apprenticeships are offered in over 1300 occupations and can be designed for any size or type of business. Northwest Michigan Works! provides technical assistance and administrative support for registered apprenticeships, including development and implementation guidance.


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