Kellogg Community College

Application deadline for KCC Trustee Scholarships is Feb. 15

The deadline for graduating high school seniors to apply for a Kellogg Community CollegeTrustee Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year at KCC is 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15.

The KCC Board of Trustees Scholarship awards recipients up to $3,375 toward in-district tuition and fees for one academic year and can be renewed for a second year at KCC if the recipient maintains eligibility. Scholarship recipients also are admitted to the KCC Honors Program.

Eligible students must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.2 or higher, demonstrate leadership experience, and show evidence of community service activity and school involvement. Financial need is not a criterion for the KCC Trustee Scholarship, but applicants must be a graduating senior from one of the following area high schools: Athens, Battle Creek Academy, Battle Creek Central, Calhoun Christian School, Calhoun Community, Harper Creek, Homer, Lakeview, Marshall, Marshall Academy, Pennfield, St. Philip Catholic Central, Tekonsha or Union City.

The KCC Trustee Scholarship is just the latest of several KCC Foundation scholarships with upcoming application deadlines. Other upcoming scholarship application deadlines include the general KCC Foundation Scholarship deadline, which is March 11; and the deadline to apply for the KCC Foundation’s three transfer scholarships, which is March 18.

Scholarship applications, specific recipient criteria and application guidelines for each scholarship are available online at

KCC Foundation 2016-17 Scholarships booklets including all KCC Foundation scholarship information and applications are also available in the KCC Foundation office on KCC’s North Avenue campus, 450 North Ave., Battle Creek. Students interested in applying for the scholarship can also obtain an application from their high school counseling office.

The KCC Foundation was founded in 1998 by the College to seek private funding to assist students with various needs. A nongovernmental, nonprofit 501(c)(3) with its own funds, the KCC Foundation is managed by a volunteer board of directors.

For more information about the KCC Foundation or KCC Trustee Scholarships or to contribute to scholarships, please contact KCC Foundation offices at 269-965-4161 or

The above photo of the 2015-16 class of Gold Key and Trustee scholars was taken by photographer Sarah Huling.

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KCC Polar Plunge team to raise funds for Special Olympics Feb. 20

Kellogg Community College students and staff will again participate in an annual Polar Plunge to raise funds for Special Olympics Michigan.

Last year, more than 200 supporters helped KCC’s team become the top donor at the Battle Creek Polar Plunge, through which more than a dozen polar-plunging KCC students and employees raised $5,955.66 by braving the icy waters of Goguac Lake in the middle of January.

This year’s event, the Kalamazoo and Calhoun County Polar Plunge, will be held at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo. Registration for teams and individuals jumping during the event will being at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the cafe, with the plunge beginning at 10:30 a.m. and an After Splash Bash starting immediately after the final plunge.

To join KCC’s Polar Plunge team — led by KCC Criminal Justice Director Rob Miller — or to support the team with donations to benefit Special Olympics Michigan, visit

The Kalamazoo and Calhoun County Polar Plunge is affiliated with the grassroots Law Enforcement Torch Run, through which law enforcement and corrections officers raise funds for and create awareness of Special Olympics Michigan year round. KCC has fielded a team for annual Polar Plunge events annually for several years, which often consists of several members of the College’s Police Academy in addition to other students and staff.

For more information about KCC’s Police Academy or other Criminal Justice programming at the College, visit

KCC meets accreditation benchmarks in latest review

Kellogg Community College is pleased to announce that the Higher Learning Commission, an accrediting body of colleges and universities, has determined that KCC has met all benchmarks during a recent review of the College’s progress since the last full accreditation visit in 2011-12.

In a written report submitted to the College on Jan. 25, 2016, the HLC rated KCC as having met all components of the “Open Pathway Mid-Cycle Assurance Review” and that no follow-up actions by the College nor the HLC are required. The 47-page review noted many of KCC’s strengths, including:

  • The College responds to the communities it serves by offering specialized training and workforce development through its Regional Manufacturing Technology Center
  • The College’s faculty members are “remarkably active” in publishing and presenting research
  • The Board of Trustees has demonstrated a willingness to engage its community.

“This positive feedback from our primary accrediting organization affirms that KCC, which is in the midst of significant transitions in leadership and strategy, is heading in the right direction,” President Mark O’Connell said. “Earning the HLC’s approval is another feather in our cap as we continue to pursue excellence in the ways we serve and educate our students.”

KCC’s last comprehensive self-study and site visit occurred in 2011-12, after which the HLC required the College to submit a progress report in late 2015 as part of the “Open Pathway Mid-Cycle Assurance Review.” That 99-page progress report, known as an “assurance argument,” was developed over the past year by a team of educators, researchers, writers and editors at the College. The purpose of the report was to describe in detail how KCC’s mission, operations and outcomes are in alignment with the HLC’s accreditation standards.

KCC has been continually accredited by the HLC and its predecessor, the North Central Association, since 1965. Formerly, the College was engaged in a re-accreditation process once every 10 years, but in recent years the HLC has modified its system to create additional monitoring opportunities for accredited educational institutions.

KCC’s next comprehensive self-study and site visit is expected to occur during the 2021-22 academic year.

The Higher Learning Commission is an independent corporation founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes Michigan and 18 other states.

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