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Nursing student Crystabel Banda grew up in Zimbabwe, wants to be a psychiatrist

Crystabel Banda’s path to the Kellogg Community College Nursing Program has been a long one.

Banda, 26, grew up with extended family in Zimbabwe, Africa, before joining her parents in South Bend, Indiana, after high school. Family tragedies – relatives in Zimbabwe who died in ways that Banda feels may have been preventable, hospital staff in Indianapolis who comforted her family when other family members died in a car accident – motivated her to become a nurse to help people. Banda completed most of her prerequisites at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana before coming to Battle Creek, where she started the Nursing Program this fall.

After graduating from the Nursing Program, Banda hopes to continue on to get a bachelor’s degree, with the ultimate goal of becoming a psychiatrist.

“I feel like back home right now the economy is not really stable, and a lot of people go through this phase where they have so much going on they don’t know what to do, they don’t know how to express their feelings,” Banda says. “Mental illness is a stigma, but I feel like with educating people and talking about it and encouraging people to talk about depression, anxiety and all those feelings can be a really good thing.”

Today Banda commutes weekends to work as a CNA in South Bend, continuing to help others while spending her weekdays studying so she can do the same someday as a nurse, and later as a psychiatrist.

“I know that it’s something that you work hard for and it’s going to be worth it at the end of the day,” Banda says. “It’s worth it because we’re dealing with people’s lives.”

Study Nursing at KCC

Applications for KCC’s Fall 2018 Full-Time Nursing Program are available now! Visit www.kellogg.edu/nursing for more information.

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Lakeview senior Devin Harook dual enrolls for KAMA training, wants to be an electrician

When 18-year-old Devin Harook graduates from Lakeview High School this spring, he’ll do so with valuable, hands-on manufacturing experience earned as a dual-enrolled graduate of Kellogg Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Assembly (KAMA) Training Program.

Harook, who along with other members of his KAMA cohort finished up a portion of the program’s manufacturing training segment last week, says he wants to be an electrician and is looking at continuing his education at KCC to study the field after high school.

“It’s given me more of an idea of a production line, a better idea of what companies look for in their employees,” Harook says of the KAMA Program. “It’s definitely been beneficial.”

Join the KAMA Program

For more information about KCC’s KAMA Program or other manufacturing training programs at KCC, visit www.kellogg.edu/work or contact Workforce Solutions Career Coordinator Casey Fairley at 269-565-2804 or fairleyc@kellogg.edu or Career Coach Roy Tooke at 269-565-7979 or tooker@kellogg.edu.

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Harper Creek grad Jensen Bush works on associate degree before transfer to MSU

By Bailey Scott

Kellogg Community College student Jensen Bush is a 2017 Harper Creek High School graduate who dual enrolled at KCC while still in high school.

Already familiar with campus, she chose to continue at KCC after graduation to work toward an Associate in General Studies degree.

“Going to KCC was a much cheaper option to earn my associate versus attending a university directly after high school,” Jensen says.

Jensen hopes to graduate from KCC in either 2019 or 2020 and transfer to Michigan State University.

Spring 2018 Classes

Registration is open now for Spring 2018 semester classes, the first of which begin Jan. 12. For more information, visit www.kellogg.edu/registration. To apply to KCC online for free, visit www.kellogg.edu/step1.

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