The following certificate programs are available in Traverse City
The Food Processing, Technology and Safety certificate program trains students on the processes and technologies used to convert commodities into consumable food products.
The Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management program at community college partners provides students an opportunity to apply practical knowledge and training on the selection, use and management of fruit and vegetable crops.
Food Processing, Technology and Safety
Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management
Some things to consider about the agriculture industry in Grand Traverse County and surrounding are
- Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties rank third and fourth in the state, respectively, for the number of fruit and tree nut operations. With more than 300 operations, revenue is more than $20 million.
- Top commodities in Antrim and Benzie counties are nursery, greenhouse, floriculture and sod sales.
- Northwest Michigan is known for being home to many wineries. The grape and wine industry contribute over $300 million to the state’s economy.
About our partnership
Michigan State University (MSU) and Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) have partnered to offer specialized training programs for careers in some of Michigan’s highest demand industries. Students will benefit from dual enrollment at both institutions with all courses delivered in Traverse City, Michigan, the home of NMC.
This partnership allows students to earn a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) while working toward an associate’s degree from NMC. The partnership between the two institutions benefits those who seek employment in agriculture, landscaping, and the grape and wine industry.
About Northwestern Michigan College
Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) serves more than 50,000 learners annually throughout the Grand Traverse region and beyond. NMC offers associate’s degrees and professional certificates, and bachelor's degrees through the Great Lakes Maritime Academy. Eight partner universities grant baccalaureate, graduate and doctoral degrees through its University Center. NMC's extensive Extended Education program offers a wide array of non-credit classes to more than 10,000 local residents annually.