Many Industrial Trades processes and procedures are different from standard KCC processes and procedures because of the non-traditional style of instruction. The Industrial Trades Orientation details many of these differences.

The steps for enrolling in Industrial Trades programs also differ from the KCC 6 Steps to Registration. Students enrolling in Industrial Trades Programs should follow these steps:

Apply to Kellogg Community College

Apply to KCC by creating an account and completing an Application for Admissions on the Kellogg Community College Website. Submit the form at least 24 hours before completing the COMPASS assessment and registering for modules. The form may be submitted online or in person at the RMTC.

Admission Criteria:

  • Adults 18 years of age or older,
  • High school graduates (or high school equivalency certificate [GED]), or
  • Completion of a home school program.

Important! Currently enrolled high school students, or currently enrolled home school students ages 14 -17 may apply through Dual Enrollment (additional approvals and/or materials may be required).

 Admissions Contact Information

Phone: 269-965-4153

Complete the COMPASS Assessment

The COMPASS assessment is not required for Industrial Trades Certificate programs. It is only required for Industrial Trades Associate in Applied Science Degree Programs.

The COMPASS is a computer-based test that measures skills in reading, writing, and math. COMPASS scores are a prerequisite for many general education courses required for an Industrial Trades Associate in Applied Science Degree. Students pursuing a degree are required to complete testing prior to seeking advising.

Students must apply to KCC at least 24 hours prior to taking the COMPASS assessment. Students must present a photo ID at the time of testing. Allow at least two hours for the three basic skills assessments. No personal items, such as purses or cell phones, will be allowed in the testing area. Lockers are available on campus.

COMPASS testing at the Battle Creek campus is done on a walk-in basis. You may take the test any time during these hours: Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 Testing and Assessment Contact Information

Phone: 269-965-4136

Meet with a Program Instructor

After applying to KCC, meet with an Industrial Trades program instructor to learn more about the Industrial Trades Program selected. If considering an Associate in Applied Science, meet with the Director of the RMTC after meeting with the Industrial Trades program instructor.

KCC academic advisors are also available to provide additional information on:

  • COMPASS assessment scores
  • Obtain information other KCC programs
  • Select appropriate general education courses
  • Understand graduation requirements
  • Navigate the transfer process
  • Identify and access career resources
  • Seek appropriate college resources

Academic Advising Contact Information

Phone: 269-965-4124

Apply for Financial Aid

Industrial Trades programs may be covered by financial aid. To determine financial aid eligibility, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at least three months prior to the semester in which you plan to start training. This should provide sufficient time to process the application. Go to the FAFSA website at to apply.

Go to the KCC web site at for eligibility requirements and information on grants, scholarships, student loans, work-study, and veteran’s benefits.

All financial aid information will be transmitted via KCC e-mail. Students should periodically review financial aid information through the KCC Web Portal and watch for e-mails, which will provide financial aid information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships Contact Information

Phone: 269-965-4123
Fill out FAFSA:

Complete the Orientations

Industrial Trades students are required to complete a college orientation and an Industrial Trades program orientation.

KCC College Orientation

All first-time students pursuing a degree or certificate are required to complete a KCC orientation. Students may complete an online orientation or attend a one-stop orientation session on the Battle Creek campus.

The one-stop orientation includes COMPASS testing, academic advising, registration for classes, and payment processing. Register for a one-stop orientation session at, or by calling 269-965-4153.

Industrial Trades Program Orientations

Industrial Trades Students must also complete the Industrial Trades Orientation Module. The Orientation Module consists of the online orientation, which contains general information about the RMTC, as well as a meeting with a program instructor for each program that the student intends to enroll in. The Orientation Modules are free of charge.

The Program Orientation Module is a prerequisite for program modules. Industrial Trades students must meet this prerequisite in order to register for modules within their chosen program of study.

Industrial Trades Department

Phone: 269-965-4137

Register for Modules

Industrial Trades students may register for modules online via the KCC Web Portal. Assistance registering online is available at the RMTC or in the KRIS Instructions.

Important! Students must establish residency prior to registration. See the KCC College Catalog for acceptable documentation for establishing and proving your residency.

Records and Registration Contact Information

Phone: 269-965-5522

Pay for Modules

Students (including those with awarded financial aid) have two payment options:

After registering for classes students have 24 hours to pay in full or enroll in a payment plan. Failure to pay in full or enroll in a payment plan will result in classes being dropped.

Important! In order to take advantage of this payment plan, students must register during traditional registration periods.

Business Office Contact Information

Phone: 269-965-4140