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Volunteer and Civic Engagement Fair is Feb. 2 at KCC

Students and community members will have the opportunity to connect with more than a dozen community service organizations on campus during Kellogg Community College’s semi-annual Volunteer and Civic Engagement Fair in February.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thusday, Feb. 2, in the Student Center on campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.

Kate DeGraaf, service-learning manager at KCC, said the purpose of the fair is to connect KCC students and the public with volunteer and service opportunities to help fulfill needs across the communities served by the College.

“The Volunteer and Civic Engagement Fair is a great way to meet representatives from community organizations and discover new ways to connect your passions with the needs in our community,” DeGraaf said. “Those who attend can become more aware of the variety of services and resources available in our community and of the many ways they can become involved.”

Each semester, KCC’s Volunteer and Civic Engagement Fair offers students and others interested in community service and service-learning the opportunity to visit tables and displays set up by participating organizations serving in the Battle Creek area. Representatives from each organization are on hand to answer questions and provide information, and in many cases attendees have an opportunity to sign up for specific service or volunteer opportunities during the fair.

Community organizations participating in this semester’s fair include:

  • American Red Cross
  • Battle Creek Area Habitat for Humanity
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Binder Park Zoo
  • Bronson Battle Creek
  • Calhoun Community High School
  • Calhoun Medical Care Facility
  • Charitable Union
  • Food Bank of South Central Michigan
  • Generation E Institute
  • Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice
  • Kingman Museum
  • Marian E. Burch Adult Day Care Center
  • New Level Sports Ministries
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • Operation Fit
  • SAFE Place Shelter

Many KCC students pursuing an associate degree at KCC are required to have a service-learning endorsement on their transcripts, and DeGraaf said the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Fair is a convenient way for students and organizations to connect to help students complete the projects required to earn their endorsement.

For more information about the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Fair or service-learning at KCC, contact Kate DeGraaf at or visit

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Communitywide Hymn & Spiritual Sing-Along is Feb. 5 at KCC

Kellogg Community College’s Vocal Arts area will celebrate Black History Month with a Communitywide Hymn & Spiritual Sing-Along in February.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Binda Performing Arts Center on KCC’s campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek. A freewill offering will be collected to support future music programming initiatives at the College.

The Sing-Along event will be conducted by KCC Vocal Arts Director Dr. Gerald Blanchard, who will lead the audience in singing traditional Christian hymns and African-American spirituals favored across a variety of denominations. KCC faculty pianists Nancy Brown and Kathy Cary will accompany on the Binda’s 9-foot Baldwin grand piano.

In addition to the faculty pianists, the audience will also be accompanied by the Cereal City Brass Company under the artistic direction of KCC trumpet instructor Eric Campbell.

Hymnals with lyrics and music will be provided as community members are given the chance to sing a wide variety of hymns and spirituals, ranging from classic traditional to contemporary Christian worship songs. Selections might include:

  • Traditional hymns including “Amazing Grace”; “Because He Lives”; “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”; “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”; “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”; “Lift High the Cross”; and “The Old Rugged Cross.”
  • African-American spirituals including “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit”; “Go, Tell It on the Mountain”; “Let Us Break Bread Together”; “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”; “Standing in the Need of Prayer”; and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”
  • Contemporary congregational hymns including “Give Thanks”; “How Majestic Is Your Name”; and “Shine, Jesus, Shine.”

In addition to preselected hymns and spirituals, audience members will have opportunity to call out their favorites from the audience in a true collaborative communal fashion.

KCC’s Sacred Music Certificate Program

KCC’s Communitywide Hymn & Spiritual Sing-Along is one of several music events and initiatives hosted by KCC students and faculty each year that tie into music programming at the College, which includes a Sacred Music Certificate Program.

Students who complete KCC’s Sacred Music Certificate Program are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to serve as a church choir director, music worship leader or youth music leader. The program can also help current choir directors from non-choral backgrounds enhance their job performance and satisfaction.

For more information about KCC’s Communitywide Hymn & Spiritual Sing-Along, contact KCC’s Arts and Communication Department at 269-965-4126. For more information about KCC’s Sacred Music Certificate Program and other music credentials offered at KCC, visit

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KCC team raising funds for Special Olympics via Feb. 11 Polar Plunge

More than a dozen Kellogg Community College students and employees will take the plunge into icy winter waters next month for an event to raise funds for Special Olympics Michigan.

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 begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the cafe, with the plunge beginning at 10:30 a.m. and an After Splash Bash starting immediately after the final plunge.

KCC, led by KCC Criminal Justice Director Rob Miller, has fielded a polar plunge team populated in large part by KCC Police Academy students for the past several years, raising nearly $13,000 since 2013. Last year, more than 160 supporters helped KCC’s team raise $4,475.

Individuals interested in participating this year can join KCC’s team or support the team by donating to benefit Special Olympics Michigan on its behalf online at

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.

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3 ways to earn college credits at KCC while still in high school

Completing college classes while still in high school is a great way to earn college credits before graduation and shorten the time it takes to meet your goals. Whether you plan on earning a degree or certificate from Kellogg Community College to give you an edge in the workplace or simply want to get your basic courses out of the way before transferring to a four-year school or university, the following three options for earning college credits while still in high school will get you where you want to go faster and, in most cases, without spending a dime on tuition.

  1. Dual-enrollment. Dual-enrollment is when a high school student enrolls in classes at KCC at the same time he or she is still enrolled in high school. Dual-enrolled students traditionally spend part of the school day in class at their high school and part of the school day in class on campus at KCC. The first step to becoming a dual-enrolled high school student is to contact your high school guidance counselor and ask about dual-enrollment opportunities at KCC. More information about dual-enrollment at KCC is available online at
  2. Early College. Like dual-enrollment, Early College programs involve high school students enrolling at KCC while still attending high school. Early College programs generally begin during the student’s sophomore year of high school and run through an additional “fifth year” extending one year after traditional high school graduation. Early College students take a variety of KCC courses intermixed with their high school schedules and graduate after their fifth year with an associate degree in addition to their high school diploma. KCC currently has Early College agreements with a handful of regional high schools. For more information about Early College opportunities offered at KCC through your high school, contact your high school guidance counselor.
  3. High school articulation. While programs like dual-enrollment and Early College involve high school students taking KCC classes for college credit, high school articulation awards college credits for classes taken by the student at his or her high school. A high school student who successfully completes an approved high school course with a grade of a B or higher and also completes associated competencies to demonstrate his or her learning to KCC’s Articulation Committee is eligible to receive college credits for the equivalent course at KCC. For more information about high school articulation, visit

If you’re a high school student interested in taking advantage of one of the opportunities above now or in the near future – including next fall – now is the time to let us know! Contact our Admissions office at or 269-965-4153 and let us help you find your path at KCC!

Pictured above, Battle Creek Central High School senior and KCC dual-enrollment student Yarielis Rosario poses at the entrance to KCC’s North Avenue campus in Battle Creek. Rosario, who’s president of Central’s National Honor Society chapter, a student government representative and a section leader in the marching band, plans to study environmental biology and premed after graduation, possibly at the University of Florida.

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