Bay de Noc Community College

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Bay College
Bay College Logo.png
Type Public two-year
Established 1962
President Laura L. Coleman, Ph.D.
  • Christine Williams, VP of Operations
  • Kim Carne, VP of College Advancement
  • Matt Barron, Executive Dean of Arts/Sciences
  • Travis Blume, Dean of Student Services
Students 2,414 degree-seeking
5,000 total
Location Escanaba, Michigan, United States
45°46′18″N 87°05′09″W / 45.7718°N 87.0859°W / 45.7718; -87.0859Coordinates: 45°46′18″N 87°05′09″W / 45.7718°N 87.0859°W / 45.7718; -87.0859
Campus Suburban
Colors Green & Blue
Athletics NJCAA Region XIII
Nickname Bay College Norse
Sports Basketball, Cross Country
Mascot Norseman

Bay de Noc Community College (commonly called Bay College) is a public two-year college located in Escanaba, Michigan, United States, and was founded in 1962. The college has a main campus in Escanaba and another 25-acre (0.10 km2) campus, Bay College West, in Iron Mountain, Michigan which serves Dickinson County.[2]


The college offers several certificate programs, as well as programs for two-year Associate Degrees; Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), Associate in Applied Science (AAS).[3] Since introducing online courses as an option to students, Bay College has been expanding its list of courses that are offered online via Blackboard Learn.[4] Bay College is also home of the first Michigan Technical Education Center (M-Tec), which offers training and development courses. Together, the college and M-Tec host over 40,000 visits each year.[5] In 2016, Bay College was awarded a grant from Achieving the Dream (ATD) to a complete degree pathway using all Open Educational Resources (OER).[6]

Charitable funding[edit]

The Greg and Melissa Besse Foundation have made several donations to the college in order to provide funding for new accommodations and technology advances. A $4.2 million dollar donation in 2009 funded a new art theater and gallery known as, The John & Melissa Besse Center.[7] In 2013, an additional donation was made to Bay's Allied Health division, in which the department purchased several Medical simulation mannequins (SimMan®3G, CAE Fidelis Lucina, & BabySIM) for their Nursing and EMT programs to utilize.[8] The college has also used the donations in an effort to expand its math, science, and technology facilities.[9]


For the first time since 1978, the athletics department was reinstated to Bay College, it consists of four intercollegiate athletic teams. Starting in 2017, Bay College Norse Athletics will offer Men’s and Women’s basketball and Men’s and Women’s cross country.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Chad Hord, professional off-road racing driver



  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Bay College - History". Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  3. ^ "Bay College - Degrees and Certificates". Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  4. ^ "Bay College - Online Courses". Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  5. ^ "Bay College - History". Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  6. ^ "Bay College - Open Textbooks". Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  7. ^ "Bay College - Besse Center Theater". Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  8. ^ "Bay College - Nursing". Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ "Bay College - Bay College Announces Athletics Name and Mascot". Retrieved 2017-06-24.

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