Kellogg Community College


Public invited to “Waking Up White” talk March 19

March 12, 2015

Members of the public are invited to attend a presentation by Debby Irving, author of “Waking Up White,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 19 at First Congregational Church, 145 Capital Ave., Battle Creek.

Irving’s appearance is presented by the Kellogg Community College Center for Diversity and Innovation in collaboration with Bridges to Cultural Understanding. Admission is free; light refreshments will be served.

Have you heard of white privilege but aren’t sure what it is? Are you on a journey toward becoming an ally for people of color in your community? Irving will tackle these questions and more as she engages people in an exploration of whiteness and white privilege. Irving will share her personal journey and take questions from the audience.

Irving was raised in Massachusetts in what she describes as a “blissfully sheltered, upper-middle-class” environment. She later worked as a community organizer and classroom teacher, experiencing firsthand the racial divides that she observed in Boston.

“My book ‘Waking Up White’ is the story of my two-steps-forward-one-step back journey away from racial ignorance. I continue to study racism and strategies for its undoing while working to educate other white people confused and frustrated by racism,” Irving writes on her website, debbyirving.com. “I remember these feelings all too well and am passionate about transforming anxiety and inaction into empowerment and action, be it for an individual or an organization”

For more information about the event, contact Jorge Zeballos, executive director of the Center for Diversity and Innovation, at 965-7349 or zeballosj@kellogg.edu.

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State awards $2.1 million equipment grant to KCC

Gov. Rick Snyder has announced that Kellogg Community College will receive $2.1 million as part of a statewide initiative to close a talent gap among workers and meet employers’ current need to fill good-paying jobs.

KCC will receive funding through the state’s Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program to better serve students in communities across the College’s service area. The program is a partnership between the state government and community colleges in which new equipment will quicken the training of workers as Michigan’s economy rebounds.

“We are very pleased to be awarded this grant, which allows us to make substantial improvements to our career programs,” said Dr. Dennis Bona, president of KCC. “I applaud the governor’s commitment to community colleges and his recognition that our programs are vital to workforce development in the communities we serve.”

At KCC, state funding will be combined with additional matching grants, including private sector funds, to purchase equipment that will ameliorate KCC’s ability to train people across the region in health care, law enforcement and manufacturing. Specifically, the program will purchase the following items at KCC:

  • Patient simulation equipment for nursing, paramedic/EMT and radiology laboratories
  • Industrial technology/mechatronics equipment to serve the workforce training needs of a new Coldwater-area employer, Clemens Food Group, which plans to create 810 new jobs
  • Dental hygiene units for KCC’s Dental Hygiene Clinic in Battle Creek
  • Electricity and electronics equipment for the training of automotive component, metal fabrication and plastics manufacturing
  • Patrol/training vehicle equipped with the latest in law enforcement technology
  • Skid device for patrol vehicle
  • Robotics equipment to be located inside the Branch Area Career Center in Coldwater, where a partnership between KCC and the BACC will serve high school students and company-sponsored trainees
  • Driving simulation units for law enforcement driver training

Organizations contributing toward the matching funds for the KCC grant include the Branch County Intermediate School District, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michigan Workforce Development Agency, Battle Creek Unlimited, Michigan Works! and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

The KCC grant includes $2,107,647 in state funding, $344,414 in partner contributions and $182,498 in KCC institutional funds.

Overall, CCSTEP is providing $50 million in state funding to 18 community colleges, which are securing or providing another $21.5 million in matching funds, Snyder said in a Feb. 24 press release. A total of 27 colleges applied for CCSTEP funds.

Skilled-trade jobs typically require education beyond high school, along with on-the-job training, but not a four-year degree. Collectively, these jobs represent about one-third of the state’s employment base.

“We are positioning Michigan to become the national leader in developing talent,” Snyder said. “This serious investment – one of the largest of its kind in the country – will tap our top-notch community colleges and help new students and adults looking for new opportunities gain the skills sought by companies looking to grow and expand, creating more and better jobs in Michigan.”

For more news about Kellogg Community College, view our latest news releases online at daily.kellogg.edu/category/news-releases.

KCC certified as Official GED Testing Center

March 6, 2015

Community members looking to earn a GED can now do so on campus at Kellogg Community College, which became an Official GED Testing Center when certified by the State GED Administrator and the GED Testing Service earlier this month.

Tests will be administered in the College’s Testing and Assessment Center, located in room 108 of the Ohm Information Technology Center, on campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek. Registration, scheduling and payment will be handled through the GED Testing Service, with services available at www.ged.com.

KCC President Dr. Dennis Bona said the service is just one more way the College is working to further its mission of making education more accessible.

“Not having a high school diploma presents a real barrier to those looking to better themselves or improve their situation through higher education, job training or advancing in the workplace, and earning a GED can remove this obstacle,” Bona said. “The vast majority of colleges, universities and employers accept the GED as equal to a traditional high school diploma, and KCC is proud to offer individuals another option for securing the credential to enrich their lives through education.”

GED (General Educational Development) testing in Michigan qualifies passing individuals who have not graduated from high school to receive a High School Equivalency Certificate, which can assist them when applying for college, financial aid, apprenticeships, job training, employment and other services. The test includes four exam modules, including language arts, math, science and social studies.

Testing requirements vary by state, but most individuals must be at least 18 years old to be tested, and state credentials may not be issued until the high school class of which the applicant would have been a member has graduated. For full GED testing requirements for applicants in Michigan, visit www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/policy_mi.

KCC’s Testing and Assessment Center can be reached at 269-965-4136. For more information about GED testing at KCC, contact Admissions Representative Angie Bess at 269-565-2093.

For more news about Kellogg Community College, view our latest news releases online at daily.kellogg.edu/category/news-releases.

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