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Continuing Education and Sponsored Programs Office

409 Cohodas Administration Center
Phone: 906-227-2103
Fax: 906-227-2108

Web page

Paul T. McKelvey

Program Staff
Theodore A. Balzarini
Joseph Holman
Mary E. Luttinen
Kristine A. Martin

Off-Campus Outreach Staff
Janette P. Ward
Michael J. Falcon


Continuing Education Programs

Our mission is to help individuals and businesses across the Upper Peninsula and beyond achieve their educational goals and objectives.


Credit Programs and Courses

  • Evening and Weekend Courses

  • Off-Campus Courses

  • Summer College

  • Independent Study

  • Correspondence Courses

  • Text-Based Learning Packages

  • Web-Based Learning Packages

  • Off-Campus Outreach Offices

  • NMU @ Escanaba

  • NMU @ Dickinson/Iron

  • NMU @ Gogebic

Professional Development

  • Continuing Education Units

  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education

  • Labor Education

  • NMU Staff Development

  • Real Estate Appraisers

  • School Bus Drivers

  • Teachers, School Administrators and Personnel

  • Customized Training

  • Corporate Universities

  • Health and Safety

  • Industrial Training

  • Skill Assessment

  • Workforce Development

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Continuing Education and Sponsored Programs


Extension Programs and Offices

Northern Michigan University offers several undergraduate and graduate credit programs for persons who are unable to attend regular classes on the Marquette campus. Courses are offered at several offices throughout the Upper Peninsula. Currently, Northern Michigan University maintains extension centers at the University Center on the campus of Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba and in the Iron Mountain/Kingsford area.

The following regulations apply to work taken in extension classes.

  1. Matriculation (Admission and Enrollment)—Persons who enroll in extension classes must meet the university admission requirements and enroll at the university in order to receive credit toward certificates or degrees. Students not pursuing a degree may enroll as non-degree seeking students.

  2. Enrollment Status—Students who have been asked to withdraw from NMU for scholastic reasons may not be admitted to extension courses until they have completed university requirements for re-entry.

  3. Registration—Students may enroll in any extension or weekend college course during the regular registration period. Students should register for classses prior to the first course session.

  4. Late Registration—Students are required to complete all enrollments before the end of the second class meeting. Any exceptions require special permission from the scheduling office.

  5. Minimum Class Size—The number of students required for an extension class depends upon the cost of supporting the class. If an insufficient number of students enroll, the course may be cancelled.

  6. Off-Campus/Extension tuition rates are applied to any courses not taken on the Marquette Campus. Credits taken are not included in the on-campus tuition calculation.

Independent Study Program

Web-Based and Text-Based Learning Packages

Web-based and text-based learning package courses are independent study courses coordinated through Continuing Education and Sponsored Programs. They carry the same amount of academic credit as courses taken in the classroom. The off-campus/extension tuition rate applies.

Students may register for Web and text based learning package courses only during limited time periods and must finish the course during the semester of course registration. All students receiving semester-based financial aid will be placed in learning package courses whenever possible.

For additional information or to register, please contact Continuing Education and Sponsored Programs, or visit the Continuing Education Web page at Phone registrations for admitted students are accepted at 906-227-2102.

Correspondence Courses

Selected courses may be taken as correspondence courses. Students may register for correspondence courses at any time. These courses allow students two consecutive semesters to complete course materials; the semester in which they enroll and the following semester. The course counts for credit in the semester of course registration.

Off-campus/extension tuition rates are applied to any courses taken through the independent study program. Credits taken are not included in the on-campus tuition calculation.

Labor Education Program

Northern Michigan University serves Upper Peninsula labor organizations by offering training and educational resources on a broad range of labor related topics. Designed for local union members and officers, workshops emphasize participation through problem solving, role plays, and group discussion. Topics include steward training, contract administration, labor history, negotiations skills, increasing member participation, labor economics, union members’ legal rights, and basic leadership and communication skills. See the Labor Studies Certification and Minor Programs at NMU in the Interdisciplinary and Individually Created Programs section of this bulletin.

Summer College

Northern Michigan University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate credit courses, workshops, and noncredit programs in combinations of one, two, four, six and eight week sessions. Regular admissions and registration policies apply to Summer College students.

The Northern Michigan University Summer College leaves students some time for recreation and reflection. In the beautiful Upper Peninsula, weekends become mini-vacations, with excellent fishing, golfing, hiking, boating, swimming and camping within minutes of campus.

Weekend Courses

Class sessions for weekend courses are scheduled on Fridays, Saturdays or a combination of Fridays and Saturdays. Although this program is coordinated through the Continuing Education and Sponsored Programs Department, the courses are defined as “on-campus courses,” and on-campus tuition rate policies apply.

Regular Northern Michigan University admission and registration policies apply.

Non-Credit Programs

Continuing Education Units

Northern Michigan University, through its Office of Continuing Education awards continuing education units (CEU’s) for approved noncredit programs. Criteria for obtaining program approval and information regarding records and transcripts are available through the Continuing Education and Sponsored Programs Office.
Customized Training

Northern Michigan University's customized training assists industries and businesses in meeting workforce development needs through ongoing education and training programs. Our global economy demands a continuous learning environment for organizations to maintain a competitive advantage. As a partner in learning, Northern Michigan University offers organizations a variety of workforce development options.

Institute of Continuing Legal Education

The Continuing Education and Sponsored Programs Office serves as a host and on-site program coordinator for the University of Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). Videotape presentations make the foremost legal experts available to area attorneys and a local attorney or judge is on hand to assist with questions. Continuing legal education units are awarded to participants.

Professional and Personal Development

These self-supporting programs are composed of numerous noncredit courses and seminars offered throughout the year at Northern Michigan University. Available to the public, these courses and seminars cover a wide range of topics in the area of professional and personal development. Instructors are NMU faculty or other qualified persons. Additionally, numerous specialized courses are offered to assist professionals in obtaining or retaining certification in a wide variety of fields.

Real Estate Appraisers

Northern Michigan University holds both licensure and continuing education classes around the state during the year to assist people in reaching their goal of achieving, maintaining and upgrading their Real Estate Appraiser license.

School Bus Driver Certification

Northern Michigan University serves as the Upper Peninsula certifying agent for school bus drivers. Courses are held at several locations to facilitate meeting the State of Michigan's legal requirements. Requests for temporary certification are also processed by the Continuing Education and Sponsored Programs Office.


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Last Updated: Monday, November 25, 2002