Kellogg Community College

Bruins Give Back volunteer event dates for the 2015-16 academic year

August 27, 2015

Bruins Give Back is a great way to connect with other Kellogg Community College students and staff while serving our community.

Bruins Give Back is a collaborative program involving the College’s Service-Learning area, Student Life office and HandsOn Battle Creek. Each date – the event is held up to three times per semester – sees KCC students and employees volunteering together at locations in and around Battle Creek.

The entire KCC community is welcome to serve from 9 a.m. to noon on the campus-wide service days listed below. Past events have been located at elementary schools, community gardens,Habitat for Humanity and at various locations on campus here at KCC, to name a few.

Tentative Bruins Give Back dates — all Fridays — for the 2015-16 academic year at KCC, include:

  • Sept. 25
  • Oct. 30
  • Nov. 20
  • Feb. 26
  • March 18
  • April 22

Locations will be released two weeks before each event. Look for registration information on the KCC Service-Learning Web page at or sign up in the Service-Learning office located in the Social Science Department on the first floor of the Severin Building on campus at 450 North Ave., in Battle Creek.

KCC announces expansion of Regional Manufacturing Technology Center

Kellogg Community College today announced it will expand its Regional Manufacturing Technology Center (RMTC) by 8,400 square feet to accommodate current and future manufacturing-related training needs of area employers.

KCC, which has operated the RMTC since it opened in 1991, will complete the $2.75 million addition in 2016, thanks to generous contributions from key partner Battle Creek Tax Increment Finance Authority. The RMTC, which offers classes and credentials in a variety of industrial trades, is located in Battle Creek’s Fort Custer Industrial Park at 405 Hill Brady Road.

“As a key provider of workforce development and manufacturing training in the region, KCC is acutely aware that our local employers are hiring, and they need workers who are trained in specific processes that require specialized equipment,” said Mark O’Connell, interim president at KCC.

Tom Longman, director of the RMTC, said the College has received more than $2 million dollars toward the purchase of new equipment in the past two years from multiple sources, including state and federal grants; a DENSO North America Foundation grant contributed $150,000 over the last three years.

“The kind of training we provide at the RMTC, much like a real manufacturing environment, requires a fair amount of space. The additional square footage of the RMTC expansion will give us the flexibility to reposition some of our large equipment and add new pieces in the future while creating enough elbow room to safely and thoroughly educate our students,” Longman said.

Karen Boyer, vice president of general administration for DENSO Manufacturing Michigan Inc. (DMMI) and the Thermal Systems North American Center (TAC), said DENSO is happy to support such initiatives and that the company’s maintenance team is ready to continue offering input on the creation and improvement of technical training courses and programs at the RMTC.

“Recruiting and training qualified, multiskill industrial maintenance associates is still a challenge,” Boyer said. “We are grateful to Kellogg for understanding our need and continuing to invest in expanding the depth and breadth of technology training in order to develop a skilled labor force in our community. The proposed expansion and facility improvements are vital for sustaining a robust program.”

The expansion of the RMTC, which is expected to be completed in July 2016, will be funded in conjunction with the Battle Creek Tax Increment Finance Authority, which has agree to pay up to $1,675,000 to fund the project. KCC’s share will be paid from funds received through the College’s voter-approved capital millage for facilities improvements.

O’Connell called the RMTC expansion “a tangible representation of KCC’s commitment to job readiness and workforce development,” noting these concepts as two priorities identified by the Battle Creek community as part of the BC Vision initiative.

By design, the RMTC meets employee training needs for employers in business and industry sectors across the region. RMTC training courses are offered at convenient times, including on a walk-in basis, which enables KCC to provide hands-on, skills-based training quickly and efficiently while working around employers’ production and service schedules. Additionally, many courses are customized for companies with precise training and certification requirements.

For more information about the RMTC, visit

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KCC Foundation announces new Bartlett Nursing Scholarship

The Kellogg Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of a new nursing scholarship made possible through the generosity of local resident Bernita Bartlett.

The Bernita Bartlett Endowed Nursing Scholarship provides a yearly scholarship to a student studying nursing at Kellogg Community College. This scholarship is open to all full- and part-time students, regardless of residency. Students must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average.

Bartlett established the scholarship in memory of her mother, Mildred Hammer, who had a great interest in the nursing profession.

Recently, members of the KCC nursing instructional staff and students welcomed Bartlett to KCC’s North Avenue campus, where she observed nursing students demonstrating procedures in the college’s simulation lab. She was presented a certificate of appreciation by then-President Dr. Dennis Bona.

The KCC Foundation has awarded more than 350 scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year, promoting the mission to enhance the quality of education while building stronger communities. Thanks to Bartlett’s generosity, students have even more opportunities to reach their educational goals.

For more information on scholarship opportunities or to apply for the Bernita Bartlett Endowed Nursing Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year, call 269-965-4161 or

Pictured with a “patient” simulation manikin in one of KCC’s nursing simulation labs in the above photo are, from left to right, 2015 KCC Nursing graduate Hannah Smith, 2015 KCC Nursing graduate Jessica Harper, KCC Nursing clinical and simulation instructor Lisa Zimmer, KCC Nursing professor Dr. Debra Buck, 2015 KCC Nursing graduate Elizabeth Wagner and scholarship donorBernita Bartlett.

A high-resolution version of the above photo is available for download for use by the media

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