Kellogg Community College

KCC and Olivet College expand Nursing Program partnership

Editor’s note: The following is a news release from Olivet College.

On Feb. 19, Olivet College and Kellogg Community College entered into an articulation agreement that facilitates the transfer of credits between the two institutions to assist students pursing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)  with a smooth curriculum transition that minimizes loss of credit and duplication of coursework. The Olivet College program is the only BSN program located in the Battle Creek area.

The program serves three populations of students seeking a seamless path to a BSN:

  1. Graduates of KCC’s Associated in Applied Science in Nursing Program
  2. Traditional undergraduate students at Olivet College
  3. Professional registered nurses (RNs) currently working in health care

Students will follow an academic pathway either beginning at Olivet College and transferring to KCC’s nursing program or beginning at KCC and transferring to Olivet College’s RN-BSN program. The RN-BSN program provides a path for students with an associate degree in nursing (ADN) who hold licensure in the state of Michigan as an RN to pursue a BSN degree.

In June 2018, the two colleges entered into a partnership establishing the Olivet College RN-BSN program on the KCC campus. In only its second semester, 22 registered nurses are pursuing their Bachelor of Science in Nursing through Olivet College.

The Olivet College distinctive, relationship-based program is designed to provide multiple delivery models to assure that students feel supported in completing the program while balancing their family-work-life responsibilities. Three modes of delivery are provided for students:

  • Face-to-face courses held on the Kellogg Community College campus
  • An interactive online experience in real time with the face-to-face class
  • An asynchronous online experience, which allows students to complete courses at times convenient around their work and family responsibilities

“This articulation agreement demonstrates how a four-year college and a community college can work together to build a workforce dedicated to improving the quality of life and health care in the Battle Creek region and beyond,” said Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., president of Olivet College. “This program assists Michigan in increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in our state. We are pleased to partner with Kellogg Community College on this important initiative.”

KCC President Mark O’Connell said the partnership with Olivet College will create opportunities for students in the Battle Creek area who wish to earn BSN degrees locally and remain in the area to pursue rewarding careers in nursing.

“The shortage of skilled, credentialed nurses is creating genuine challenges in health care today and it’s incumbent upon educational institutions to create new, viable pathways for the next generation of nurses to enter their professions fully prepared,” O’Connell said. “By combining our efforts, KCC and Olivet College are helping to close the gaps for students and employers.”

According to Dr. Lorraine Manier, DNP, MSN-ED. RN, Olivet College director of nursing education, the number of health care industries requiring that registered nurses have completed a BSN degree is growing.

“The American Nurses Association states that hospitals wanting to achieve Magnet status must increase their BSN workforce to 80 percent by 2020,” she said. “Magnet status measures the strength and quality of a hospital’s nursing staff. In addition, many health care facilities in general are requiring RNs to have a BSN for entry-level nursing positions. The Olivet College-Kellogg Community College partnership ensures that traditional nursing students and our professional learners have available a variety of delivery models that support them in completing their BSN degree while respecting their family, work and life responsibilities.”

The RN-BSN program requires completion of 120 credit hours earned through a combination of upper-division nursing courses, credits transferred from the ADN-granting institution and “flexible credits.”

The RN-BSN program is an approved program of Olivet College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The College is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and is an applicant of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

For more information, please contact Jim Weidman, director of admissions for adult professionals and graduate programs, at 269-749-6612 or or Dr. Lorraine Manier,director of nursing education, at 269-749-7437 or

Pictured above, Olivet College and Kellogg Community College signed an agreement on Feb. 19 to expand the two institutions’ nursing program partnership. Pictured seated, from left to right, are President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., Olivet College; and President Mark O’Connell, Kellogg Community College. Standing, from left to right, are Provost and Dean of the College Maria G. Davis, Ph.D., Olivet College; Dr. Paul Watson, Kellogg Community College vice president of instruction; and Dr. Lorraine Manier, Olivet College director of nursing education. Photo courtesy of Olivet College.

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KCC recognized for its veteran-friendly services

The Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency named Kellogg Community College a Silver Level Veteran-Friendly School for the 2018-19 academic year.

The state agency said it commends KCC on its dedication to student veterans and their dependents.

“Your commitment to helping student veterans succeed was evident in your application and the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency is honored to recognize your institution,” MVAA Director of Strategy Kristina Leonardi said in a letter to KCC Support Services Director Holly McKee.

Support Services has worked on various programs that make college life more supportive for student veterans. Admissions, Financial Aid, Career and Employment Services, Records and Registration and the KCC Foundation also worked with Support Services on these initiatives.

“We’re happy to have a Veterans Success Counselor, Brent Haddow, on campus,” McKee said. “He’s employed through the Department of Veterans Affairs. He shares his time with Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Western Michigan University and us. Brent is especially helpful in assisting students in navigating VA benefits in a variety of areas.”

McKee also said KCC created an assistance group, the 1st Battalion Support Division.

“It’s a committee made up of people all throughout campus who are committed to making KCC welcoming to our military affiliated students,” McKee said.

The College also holds several military-focused events on its campuses throughout the year, including Memorial Day and Veterans Day celebrations, a Veterans Month each November, the Veterans Art Exhibit, the Veterans Writing Project and the Student Veterans Project student organization.

For the Spring 2019 semester, there are about 120 student veterans enrolled at KCC receiving VA education benefits.

“In addition, there are a significant number of military affiliated students on campus that do not quality for Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits,” McKee said.

For more information about services available to veterans at KCC, visit’s Support Services Department can be reached by emailing or calling 269-965-4150.

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KCC publishes children’s book “Blaze Goes to College,” illustrated by student

Kellogg Community College is taking a “novel” approach to reaching area kids with information about college: Publishing an original children’s book focused on KCC.

KCC in February published “Blaze Goes to College,” a fully illustrated, 32-page picture book. The book follows a young version of KCC’s Bruin mascot Blaze, a cartoon bear, as he and his class take a field trip to the College’s North Avenue campus in Battle Creek, learning about college and careers in the arts, health care, STEM fields and more.

“Blaze Goes to College” was a collaborative effort produced by KCC’s Admissions, Graphic Design, Lifelong Learning and Public Information and Marketing departments to support the College’s expanding Bruin Youth Programming initiative. It was written by Digital Marketing Manager Simon Thalmann and illustrated by KCC student Sara Parks, who completed the work through her honors project via KCC’s Graphic Design Practicum class during the Fall 2018 semester.

Thalmann said the book was intentionally designed to introduce kids to the types of hands-on learning environments and careers available to today’s college students, particularly highlighting the offerings available locally at KCC. The book is appropriate for all ages, but was specifically written and illustrated to appeal to kids in kindergarten through third grade.

“The goal for the book is to broaden young students’ understanding of what education can be and to show them the types of learning experiences they can have in the future if they continue their education in college,” Thalmann said. “It showcases the many hands-on activities college students are exposed to beyond academics, particularly at KCC.”

To promote the book, KCC student and employee representatives – along with KCC mascot Blaze himself – will visit several area elementary schools during National Reading Month in March to read the book to students and donate copies of the book to each school library.

An official book launch event will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, in the Student Center of the College’s North Avenue campus, and copies of the book will be available for purchase in the Bruin Bookstore for $4.99 beginning in mid March. All profits from the book will go toward scholarships for the College’s Bruin Youth Programming camps and initiatives for area youth.

Illustrator Parks, a KCC Board of Trustees Scholar, said her goal for the book project was to deliver engaging characters and a story that gets kids excited and curious about college and the careers they could pursue there.

“Part of that goal was also to educate children about what college could look like and be like,” Parks said. “I wanted this to be a fun book for children to explore.”

A digital version of “Blaze Goes to College” is available to read for free on KCC’s website at Copies of the book will also be available for checkout at KCC’s Emory Morris Library and Willard Library in Battle Creek.

For more information about “Blaze Goes to College” or Bruin Youth Programming at KCC, contact KCC’s Lifelong Learning Department at, call 269-965-4134 or visit

Pictured above is detail from the cover of “Blaze Goes to College,” the new children’s book being published by KCC. 

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