Bay Mills Community College (BMCC) was chartered by the Bay Mills Indian Community (BMIC) in 1984, to meet the training needs of the Tribe’s growing workforce. From very meager beginnings, BMCC received initial accreditation in 1995, and today is a fully operating Tribal College and Land Grant Institution with an open admissions policy for students of any race, creed, color, and national or ethnic origin.
Bay Mills Community College is located on the southeastern shore of Lake Superior, within the Bay Mills Indian Community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. As Michigan’s first fully accredited, tribally controlled college, BMCC meets the educational needs of a wide variety of students, from its remote, rural Main Campus, West Campus, Mukwa Health and Fitness Education Center, East Campus, Waishkey Bay Farm, off-campus sites, and online courses. BMCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.
BMCC is one of three tribally controlled colleges in the State of Michigan, and the only community college in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula; it is committed to providing affordable, culturally relevant, accessible, and high quality educational opportunities to all tribal communities in Michigan and their neighbors. BMCC is also committed to providing leadership in the areas of economic and community development for the Bay Mills Indian Community and Eastern Upper Michigan.
Control is vested in a Board of Regents, which elects the officers of the Board and establishes overall institutional policy.
Bay Mills Community College’s President, Michael C. “Mickey” Parish, reports to the Board of Regents and provides leadership for all College operations.
Mr. Michael C. Parish, Attorney, assumed the presidency of Bay Mills Community College, Brimley, Michigan, in 2002. Previously, he served as Policy Analyst of Bay Mills Indian Community for the period from 1991 to 2002 and on the Bay Mills Indian Community Tribal Council from 1991 until 2001 as Councilman. Mr. Parish received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Lake Superior State College, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, in 1970. He later received his Juris Doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan in 1980. Mr. Parish has served in numerous positions with the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc., Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan: Executive Director, Child Welfare Attorney, Land Claims Coordinator, Consultant and Coordinator/Social Worker and two stints as Tribal Attorney for the Hannahville Indian Community, Wilson, Michigan. Mr. Parish also served the Bay Mills Indian Community as Tribal Chairman. He has served on numerous Committees and Boards: Michigan Indian Legal Services; Michigan State Advisory Council to U.S. Civil Rights Commission; Statewide Health Coordinating Council; and Inter Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc. Board of Directors and The National Advisory Council on Indian Education, a presidential appointment.
*These costs are not set by BMCC and will vary based on individual student circumstances