BY: DENNIS BONA Ed.D., COLLEGE PRESIDENT
Now that we are past a very joyous and eventful homecoming celebration at Northland Community & Technical College, I’m inspired to make a few comments regarding our commitment to helping students discover and plan their academic “path” to a career. First it’s important to know that there’s no shame in recognizing or admitting that everyone doesn’t have a clear path coming out of high school. We are fully aware that as people mature, especially younger people, their wants, needs, dreams and desires change. Sometimes it’s due to an epiphany that can occur at a seemingly whimsical or random time, perhaps during experiences such as a trip, starting a new job, meeting someone new, reading about a current event or watching a movie. It may also happen as a reaction or strategy that is one is forced to adopt due to a life changing event such as death in the family, divorce, losing a job or having to relocate to a new area. The point is that life happens and people need to adapt and often change their original plan for why, when and where they are going to get an education beyond high school.
Recognizing this as a very normal circumstance, advisors and faculty at NCTC are qualified, prepared and dedicated to help you with putting a new plan together. They are highly motivated to assess your background, strengths and challenges in order to work with you in developing that educational pathway to take you where you want to go. In addition to a little help with direction, it’s important to know that NCTC is also prepared to provide students with a path to affording college as well! It’s a fact that over 60% of the students at NCTC receive some form of financial aid. I can say with confidence that there is a way for everyone to afford a college education at Northland. If students don’t qualify for a Federal Pell Grant, which often covers the total cost of an Associate’s Degree, there are low interest loans available. On top of all of that, we may even have solutions to your transportation needs as we run a free bus between campus sites if the program you need is not at your home campus.
Bottom line, we are here to knock down those barriers that are getting in your way to starting or continuing your college education. So even though the Fall classes are well under way at NCTC, now is a perfect time to call and make an appointment or just come in and meet the people who are waiting to help you begin your journey to a new career, a new life!
Dennis Bona Ed.D.
Northland Community & Technical College