Petoskey, Michigan, is a quintessential small town. Situated on Lake Michigan some ~270 miles north of Detroit, the landscape also once provided muse for Ernest Hemingway, who spent time in Northern Michigan as a child.
North Central Michigan College (NCMC), like Hemingway, also calls Petoskey home. The campus is a stone’s throw from Little Traverse Bay, and currently operates in service of ~2700 students and a smaller number of full time instructors.
For Chris Cerrudo, Assistant Dean of Instructional Technology at the College, the size of his institution means a relative technology budget, and an even more demanding headcount constraint. These factors, as well as a pretty enticing product set, led to the selection of the ANGEL LMS for the College in 2008.
“ANGEL just fit our needs perfectly at the time,” Cerrudo explained. “For our institution, the software package and the community surrounding ANGEL was just fantastic.”
When Blackboard purchased ANGEL Learning the following year, an LMS evaluation process was set in motion for North Central Michigan to decide the next step for the College, with resource constraints again top of mind.
“By 2011 we had looked at many different products and had a lot of options,” Cerrudo continued. “Blackboard Learn was considered but a few open source and cloud-based options were attractive, given the limited resources we had at the College.”
Watch Chris Cerrudo Discuss NCMC’s Migration from ANGEL to Blackboard Learn on ANGEL Office Hours: