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KCC Foundation donates equipment to Boy Scout troop after trailer theft

An area Boy Scouts of America troop that lost much of its outdoor camping equipment to theft will be able to continue programming thanks in part to a substantial donation of outdoor gear from the Kellogg Community College Foundation.

Boy Scout Troop 265, of Galesburg, was shocked in early February to find the trailer housing much of its gear had been stolen. Kevin Linders, of Kalamazoo, an adult volunteer with the troop, said the loss included approximately $10,000 worth of tents, stoves, cooking supplies, sleeping bags and other supplies. While the trailer was eventually recovered, Linders said, the supplies were not.

When KCC Foundation Director Teresa Durham saw reports about the theft on the news, she immediately thought of the outdoor supplies the College had in storage from an outdoor class no longer offered. The Foundation donation included more than a dozen tents, six double-burner stoves, six pairs of cross-country skis, lanterns, a hiking backpack, several pairs of flippers, six hockey sticks, oars, various stove and water pump parts and other equipment.

“The KCC Foundation was more than happy to offer assistance to Troop 265 by providing supplies to help them in their outdoor programming following the loss of their equipment,” Durham said. “We are thrilled we were able to fulfill this need and hope the supplies assist the scouts in their educational experiences outdoors.”

Linders said the troop camps outside in tents every month, and that for February’s trip they partnered with a Battle Creek area troop to share supplies. Thanks to donations like this one from the KCC Foundation and from other community organizations, the group should be better situated with equipment of their own come their trip in March.

“This is helping us get on our way,” Linders said, noting the encouragement and support the troop has received from many in the community since the theft of the trailer. He said the experience has been a teaching moment for the troop.

“It’s been overwhelming what the community has done to help us, we’re really just humbled,” Linders said. “We’re able to turn a tragedy into an educational learning lesson for our scouts and show them the impact that the program can have.”

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 to donate to student scholarships, contact Teresa Durham, executive director of the KCC Foundation, at 269-965-4161 or visit

Pictured above, KCC Foundation Scholarship Technician Jackie Hallahan, left, shakes hands with troop leader Kevin Linders as Linders picks up the KCC Foundation donation on campus in Battle Creek.

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KCC Stories: Business Management student Allison Anthony dual-enrolled in high school to get ahead

When Allison Anthony graduated from Pennfield High School last spring, she did so with 12 college credits earned by dual-enrolling at Kellogg Community College.

The 18-year-old Business Management major took two KCC classes per semester her senior year of high school, and hopes those early credits will help her graduate from KCC that much sooner.

“In the long run that saved me a lot of time and money,” Anthony says. “And it was nice to get a little bit of the college experience while still in high school.”

Along with having a dozen-credit jump on her degree when starting at KCC last fall, the convenience factor was another reason Anthony chose to attend KCC after high school. It’s close to home, she says, and to friends and family.

This semester, she’s is taking five classes at KCC, including courses in accounting, business law and marketing in addition to general math and English classes. Today she works as a receptionist in KCC’s Support Services office, and someday hopes to put her education and work experiences to use by starting a business of her own.

“I have a lot of family who have had their own businesses, so I got to watch them and see all the success that they had, and I always wanted to have my own business someday,” she says. “I’ve always just liked the whole business aspect and everything about it.”

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KCC Police Academy raises $7,041 for Special Olympics through Polar Plunge

Kellogg Community College’s Police Academy raised $7,041 for Special Olympics Michigan as part of the 2017 Kalamazoo and Calhoun County Polar Plunge this month, the highest amount raised by any of the more than 50 teams participating in the Feb. 11 event.

More than 150 donors lifted the Police Academy to the No. 1 spot among teams, supporting the nearly two dozen KCC students and employees from the KCC Police Academy who took the plunge into the frigid waters of a pool stationed in the Beer Garden area of Bell’s Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo.

Rob Miller, Criminal Justice Program director at KCC, said the College has been fielding a Polar Plunge team comprised mostly of Police Academy cadets for the past several years, but this is the most money the KCC team has ever raised for a single event.

“We began supporting the fundraiser because it was an offshoot of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, an event the Police Academy participates in each fall that also raises funds for and awareness of Special Olympics athletes,” Miller said. “The annual Polar Plunge is another great, fun way for our cadets to continue to give back to the community while building camaraderie at the same time.”

KCC Police Academy cadets Nicole Corstange, Jessica Cutshaw and Taylor Freelove were the top cadet fundraisers for the team. Corstange, of Galesburg, said the Torch Run this fall from KCC’s Battle Creek campus to Doris Klaussen Developmental Center was a big inspiration for her participation in the Polar Plunge, as it gave her a chance to meet members of the population served by Special Olympics and see how much the support means to them.

“I like to be able to meet the kids and see the athletes, and I just think that being able to be there as a class really helped us to see that we’re actually impacting individuals,” said Corstange, who raised $870 for the Polar Plunge. “A lot of family and friends helped out and were really supportive of the cause, and lot of them came out to watch us jump.”

Cutshaw, of Vicksburg, raised $675 and said as an athlete herself she likes to support other athletes. As for the experience of jumping in the Polar Plunge on Saturday, she said “the experience was something that you’re nervous to do it at first, but then you actually do it and it’s a great experience.”

Freelove, of Battle Creek, also said participating in the Polar Plunge was important for personal reasons. His mother has worked with special needs kids, he said, including as a school psychologist.

“It was a big deal to my family, so my family did a lot of donating,” said Freelove, who raised $450. “I also asked a lot of coworkers and colleagues, and everybody was pretty willing to give to the cause.”

All the cadets agreed they had a good – if cold – time participating in the event.

“It was so cold it takes your breath away,” Corstange said of the Polar Plunge water, laughing. “You look at the water and you don’t want to do it, but it’s for a good cause.”

Grace Maiullo, development and events coordinator for Special Olympics Michigan, said this year’s plunge was the largest Kalamazoo/Calhoun fundraiser they’ve had yet, raising a total of $44,421 with donations still trickling in.

“We are so thrilled with the support we’ve received from the community,” Maiullo said. “We truly cannot run the Special Olympics program without community involvement, so we are grateful to have had every single person who showed up in one way or another be a part of last weekend’s success.”

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Harper Creek sophomore Hailey Peguero on dual-enrollment at KCC: “It’ll get you ahead”

When Harper Creek High School sophomore Hailey Peguero turned 16 and got her driver’s license in January, she did so as a college student who’d already earned four college credits. That’s because Peguero is dual-enrolled at Kellogg Community College, where she’s taking college classes while still in high school.

Peguero, of Battle Creek, began dual-enrolling at KCC with a classmate at Harper Creek during the fall semester of her sophomore year, staring with Beginning Algebra. This spring she’s enrolled in two classes at KCC, including a communication class and a psychology class.

Peguero sees dual-enrolling as a way to get a jump on her future career working in the medical field, possibly as a nurse or even a doctor.

“I just really like it, it’s really beneficial,” Peguero says. “If you start now you could be way ahead, so when you actually graduate you already have credits that you can take to a university.”

At first the thought of taking college classes as a high schooler made Peguero nervous, but taking her first college course with a friend helped. Now she’s familiar with KCC and says she plans to continue dual-enrolling through the rest of her time at Harper Creek, where she balances classes with athletics as a soccer and volleyball player.

“It’s just really nice,” she says. “The classes are really nice, the teachers are really nice. I would highly recommend it.”

Peguero hasn’t decided yet for sure what she plans to do after graduating high school, but she has plenty of time to decide. She’s been looking at options with her mom, and could end up taking additional courses at KCC or transferring credits straight to a four-year school.

Whatever path she chooses, she’ll have a good head start thanks to credits earned through dual-enrollment at KCC.

“It’s really good for you, it’s really beneficial,” Peguero says. “It’ll get you ahead.”

Dual-enrollment at KCC

If you’re a high school student interested in dual-enrolling at KCC, now is the time to start making plans for the future. Your first step is to talk to your high school counselor and ask them about dual-enrolling at KCC.

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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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