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3 ways to earn college credits while still in high school

Noel Ramos was a 15-year-old high school sophomore when she graduated from Kellogg Community College with two associate degrees in 2016. Ramos, pictured here, was able to do so through dual enrollment, taking up to five college classes in a single semester starting when she was just a high school freshman.

“It really put me ahead and it was a great experience,” Ramos says today.

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 KCC 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 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 several regional high schools. For more information about early college opportunities offered at KCC through your high school, contact your high school counselor. For more information about early college programming at KCC, visit
  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 us at 269-565-2042 or and let us help you find your path at KCC!

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Kellogg Community College enhances city entrance on Battle Creek’s north side

Kellogg Community College today announced that construction has begun on a campus improvement project that will beautify a well-traversed corridor on Battle Creek’s north side.

The project at the intersection of North and Roosevelt avenues in Battle Creek will include a paved pedestrian path, a large “Welcome to Battle Creek” monument sign, sculpture pad, bike rental station and new landscaping that includes trees and native plants. The intent is to create a welcoming atmosphere and inviting place for people to gather, walk or ride on campus. The new path will be located near the College’s tennis courts and connect with the city’s Linear Park pathway system.

In celebration of its 100th year of volunteerism and service in greater Battle Creek, the American Association of University Women has commissioned a sculpture by Paula Blincoe-Collins, a Harper Creek High School graduate and former KCC student. The sculpture will be installed on campus near the new KCC sign.

The $333,000 improvement project is financially supported by KCC, the Battle Creek Community Foundation, Calhoun County Visitors Bureau, the KCC Foundation and individual donors. Other partners include the City of Battle Creek and Leila Arboretum Society.

“As an anchor institution, KCC is delighted that the neighborhoods near our campus are in a process of revitalization and we are committed to likewise being a conscientious and helpful neighbor on the north side of Battle Creek,” KCC President Mark O’Connell said. “We are grateful to our partners on this project and we are pleased to be able to improve our grounds for the benefit of our students and guests while creating an aesthetically pleasing gateway for the greater community.”

The improvements on the northwest corner of the College’s North Avenue campus are expected to be complete in early August. In the future, pending the availability of additional funds, the project may include a second phase with lighting, benches, more sculpture pads and a recycling bin. KCC began approaching potential community partners about the project in 2017 after work had begun on the new Miller Physical Education Building, which was completed in 2018.

Click here to download a full-size, high-resolution image of the above project rendering.

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KCC Foundation announces Kirby Frodge as recipient of prestigious Hensley Transfer Scholarship

The Kellogg Community College Foundation is pleased to announce Kirby Frodge as the 2019 recipient of the Foundation’s prestigious Virginia M. Hensley Education or Health Care Two-Year Transfer Scholarship for the Highest Achieving Kellogg Community College Graduates.

Frodge is the ninth recipient to receive the annual scholarship, which is awarded for up to two years to a graduating KCC student transferring to a select university in Michigan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the education or health field.

The 2019-20 scholarship award is approximately $13,000 and can be renewed a second year if the recipient maintains scholarship eligibility.

Frodge, of Battle Creek, is a 2017 graduate of Calhoun Christian School and dual-enrolled at KCC while still in high school. She was a 2017 recipient of the KCC Foundation’s Board of Trustees Scholarship and graduated from KCC this spring with Associate in Arts and Associate in General Studies degrees.

Also a KCC volleyball player, Frodge earned 3rd Team National Junior College Athletic Association Academic Award honors and Michigan Community College Athletic Association Honorable Mention All-Conference honors for her 2018 season and MCCAA Academic All-Conference and Academic All-MCCAA honors for her 2017 and 2018 seasons. She also was awarded KCC’s Outstanding Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award at the College’s annual Outstanding Bruin Awards ceremony in April.

Frodge plans on attending WMU this fall to study psychology.

The Virginia M. Hensley Tranfer Scholarshipwas established in November 2011 by Virginia Hensley. Hensley attended kindergarten through eighth grade at an elementary school located on the campus of Central Michigan University, attended high school locally and then returned to CMU for a degree in education. Hensley retired in 1983 after a distinguished, 38-year teaching career at McKinley Elementary School in Battle Creek, where she mostly taught third grade. Hensley also taught for two years at Battle Creek’s Lincoln Elementary School.

Hensley has a passion for education and feels that whenever possible high-achieving students should be afforded every opportunity to continue their studies.

For more information about the Virginia M. Hensley Education or Health Care Two-Year Transfer Scholarship for the Highest Achieving Kellogg Community College Graduates or other KCC Foundation scholarships, please contact KCC Foundation Executive Director Teresa Durham at 269-965-4161 or visit

Pictured in the above photo, in the front row, from left to right, are KCC Foundation Program and Events Coordinator Alex Carlson; KCC Foundation Executive Director Teresa Durham; Kirby Frodge; KCC Dean of Arts and Sciences Tonya Forbes; KCC Foundation Scholarship Technician Jackie Hallahan; and KCC Board of Trustees member Patrick O’Donnell. In the back row, from left to right, are Head KCC Volleyball Coach Tom VanWienen; KCC President Mark O’Connell; Barry Frodge (father); Kathy Carter-Frodge (mother); KCC Board of Trustees Chair Steve Claywell; and KCC Vice President for Instruction Dr. Paul Watson.

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