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Ribbons and Bows and Pretty (Amazing!) Things

Another great week This Week @ Kirtland!  Week in and week out, there are so many things going on at Kirtland Community College – sometimes is it downright hard to narrow down the list of cool things to share with you.  So, in the spirit of the season, let’s talk about ribbons and bows and pretty (amazing!) things.

Kirtland is well known for offering high quality and diverse Health Sciences programs which prepare students for a successful career in the healthcare industry.  We don’t always talk about where our graduates go after their time at Kirtland, but in the health sciences programs many graduates continue their education and purse higher level degrees.  This is especially true in the field of nursing.  This week Julie Lavender, Interim Dean of Instruction, is pleased to recognize an ongoing association Kirtland is establishing with Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU), an institution renowned for its advanced nursing programs.

A ribbon cutting recognizes SVSU's MSN Nursing Education degree, which will now be offered in Gaylord.

A ribbon cutting recognizes SVSU’s MSN Nursing Education degree, which will now be offered in Gaylord.

On Friday, December 7, Kirtland Community College joined a RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY celebrating SVSU’s MSN Nursing Education program, which will be offered as a hybrid program through the University Center in Gaylord.  Officials from various educational institutions, the Gaylord Chamber of Commerce, local business members and potential students were on-hand to celebrate.

“In order for the nursing program at Kirtland Community College to become fully accredited we must increase the number of Master’s degree prepared nurses who teach our clinical courses,” said Lavender.  “This program from SVSU provides an opportunity to increase those numbers locally.”  Not only does SVSU’s MSN Nursing Education program bring increased access to advanced learning and career opportunities – it brings these opportunities closer to home for nurses who work and live in northern Michigan.  A true win-win partnership!

Ribbons lead to BOWS and the obvious observation that the holiday season is here!  Everyone knows the famous “You’ll shoot your eye out” line from the classic holiday favorite A Christmas Story.  The Kirtland Center for the Performing Arts (KCPA) is pleased to present the story of Ralphie, his Christmas wish for a Red Rider BB Gun and all the hilarity that ensues.  A Christmas Story is set in the late 1930’s where a young Ralphie’s imagination flourishes with dreams of finally getting his very own Red Rider BB Gun.

Don’t miss your chance to sit back and enjoy a glimpse back to a simpler time and family life in the Midwest during the winter holiday.  KCPA will present performances of A Christmas Story on Saturday, December 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 16 at 2 p.m.  Tickets can be ordered online in advance for $18 (sections A/B) and $14 (section C).  Don’t miss out – find out more at

As the semester comes to a close, students in the Art Department will once again share their PRETTY AMAZING ART with us when they host their annual Student Art Show on Friday, December 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the Student Center on main campus in Roscommon.  Collectively, the works of art students from classes including animation, ceramics, computer generated images, drawing, design, illustration, photography, sculpture, painting, digital communications, studio graphics and portfolio will be featured.  This student art is pretty amazing!  We’d like to encourage students, family, friends, employees and community members are to visit the Student Art Show – it’s sure to be quite a treat!

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Your future.  It’s closer than you think.  And it all begins @ Kirtland!