Bay College West Campus – Year in Review


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We’ve had a great year at Bay College West Campus (Bay West) and we can’t help but commemorate all the good things that have happened over the last year.

Free Community Events

  • With only twenty children the previous year, our team was blown away by the unexpected participation of over 200 children at Family Fun Night in October!
  • Bay West sponsored Italian Fest’s Free Children’s Area for the first time; as well as a water station for the Iron Mountain Road and Trail Half Marathon.
  • The Polar Express movie event at the Braumart had an attendance of 250 people and a reach of 19,000 people on Facebook.
  • Our Career Closet launched in early 2018. This free service is available to our students and the community for free professional clothing. We have a whole room full of professional clothing for men and women.

Student Outreach

  • Bay West participated in Bay is the Way Day with over 80 high school juniors and seniors from the surrounding areas. They toured the West Campus and then were bused to Escanaba for a tour of main campus and had small group meetings with faculty.

Workforce Development

  • Nearly 700 people participated in non-credit training offered by the West Campus in 2018.
  • Bay College West Campus successfully launched their nine-month Leadership Academy program. The twenty-one accepted members are an impressive list of individuals from ten different organizations.
  • The West Campus also hosted their first Leadership Conference with 80 participants in May 2018 and will hold a second conference on May 23, 2019.

Enrollment is up

  • Enrollment was up 44% this fall semester at the West Campus. This includes in-classroom students, as well as online students. This significant increase is largely due to the dual enrollment program with our K12 partners, specifically the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District (DIISD). Overall, Bay College’s dual enrollment went from 387 (2017) to 552 (2018).

Early College Program

  • In 2016, Bay and the DIISD partnered on an Early College program resulting in the first class of three graduates this past May. The Early College opportunity allows high school students, who confidently understand their career goals, to get a head start on their credentials.

Nursing Program Scores a 98%

  • Bay College’s nursing program boasted a 98% NCLEX pass rate in 2018. Nursing programs with a high NCLEX pass rate have developed strategies and resources to promote success for nursing students that goes far beyond one exam. Our students learn and demonstrate high-quality patient care.

Increased Industry Partnerships

  • Bay West was the location and co-coordinated the Manufacturing Day event. It was a collaboration of businesses, educators and community organizations in Dickinson County bringing almost 300 students onto West Campus.
  • West Campus hosted Business After Hours in June, quarterly industry Human Resources roundtables, and are sponsors of the Loyal to Local program through the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance (DAEDA).
  • Bay College is currently working with six local businesses (Systems Control, BOSS Snowplow, Lake Shore Systems, Coleman Engineering, CCI Systems and Verso) in placing students pursuing a pre-engineering degree in paid internships.
  • West Campus saw a 248% increase from 2017 to 2018 in event hours booked.

Staff Recognized at West

  • Laura Moloney, Director of Student Services at Bay West and Rick Hansen, Custodian/Maintenance were selected as the 2018 outstanding staff members for Bay College!
  • West Campus’s team grew with the addition of Amber Lundberg as the Academic Support Coordinator in the Student Success Center, Dr. Crystal Hendrick as our new Psychology and Sociology Instructor and Kelly Larson as the Student Services Facilitator.