Industry and Community Development

At Northern Michigan University, we are steadfast in our commitment to serving industry throughout the Upper Peninsula. Not only are we educating a competent student body, we are in the community forming alliances with secondary-educational facilities and manufacturers in order to better serve regional communities. 

NMU’s School of Technology and Applied Sciences offers a multitude of regional skills alliances and workforce development and training opportunities that ensure that industry workers are best equipped to perform safely and effectively, and that U.P. companies remain competitive. The intention is to spur growth on every level—for individuals, educators, employers and the state—and sustain the area’s industry.    

Assessments, training sessions and courses are available to high schools, businesses and organizations. We are intent upon recognizing cost efficiency and convenience for participants, knowing that this type of necessary development generates workers and work, thereby strengthening the economy. 

In addition to off-site training and development, NMU coordinates with business agents, union representatives and managers of our local trade unions, providing a facility for various local union chapters throughout the region to conduct apprentice training and journeymen upgrade courses. 

Our goal is economic development, which begins with preparing and maintaining skilled workers within all trades throughout the Upper Peninsula.