Kellogg Community College

KCC announces 10 Board of Trustees Scholars

The Kellogg Community College Foundation is proud to announce 10 recipients of the KCC Board of Trustees Scholarship.

The scholarship awards up to $3,500 toward in-district tuition and fees each year for up to two years at KCC and is open to graduating high school seniors within the College’s taxing district entering KCC as full-time freshman. Qualifying applicants must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.2 or higher and must demonstrate leadership experience, community and service activity and involvement in school activities.

Applications are reviewed by a KCC Foundation Scholarship Committee, which selects and recommends one student from each area high school/district for the award.

“These students have demonstrated high academic achievement, leadership and service to their community,” said Teresa Durham, executive director of the KCC Foundation. “We welcome them this fall to KCC, where we are confident they will be successful in their educational pursuits.”

KCC’s 2019-20 Board of Trustees Scholars are:

  • Abigail Hill, a senior at St. Philip Catholic Central High School. Hill, who is a dual-enrollee at the Calhoun Area Career Center and KCC, plans to study graphic design.
  • Grace Marshall, a senior at Marshall High School. Marshall, who is a dual-enrollee at the CACC and KCC, plans to study nursing.
  • Thawng Par, a senior at Battle Creek Central High School. Par plans to study for the medical field.
  • Trevor Scott, a senior at Union City High School. Scott, who is a dual-enrollee at the CACC and KCC, plans to study to be a paramedic.
  • Jordan Stasa, a senior at Harper Creek High School. Stasa plans to study engineering.
  • Jon’tae’sha Taylor, a senior at Marshall High School from Albion. Taylor, who is a dual-enrollee at the CACC and KCC, plans to study graphic design.
  • Biak Thang, a senior at Lakeview High School. Thang, who is a dual-enrollee at the CACC, plans to study criminal justice and law enforcement.
  • Ryan Vought, a senior at Pennfield High School. Vought, who is a dual-enrollee at KCC, plans to study accounting.
  • Kara Waldron, a senior at Athens High School. Waldron, who is a dual-enrollee at the CACC and KCC, plans to study to be a physical therapist assistant.
  • David (Alex) Wilcox, a senior at Calhoun Christian School. Wilcox, who is a dual-enrollee at the CACC, plans to study EMS/firefighting.

For more information about the KCC Foundation or Board of Trustees Scholarships or to contribute to scholarships, please contact KCC Foundation Executive Director Teresa Durham at 269-965-4161 or visit

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KCC offering Pharmacy Technician training with clinical externship

Kellogg Community College’s Lifelong Learning Department is offering a comprehensive 50-hour training program beginning next month to prepare students for certification to work as pharmacy technicians.

The Lifelong Learning Department’s Pharmacy Technician Program with Clinical Externship course will run from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 18 through Aug. 8 on campus at 450 North Ave. in Battle Creek. The full cost of the program is $1,399, which includes all required textbooks and materials.

This course will prepare students to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam, certifying successful students to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting. Course content will cover:

  • Pharmacy medical terminology
  • The history of pharmacy
  • The pharmacy practice in multiple environments
  • Pharmacy calculations and measurements
  • Reading and interpreting prescriptions
  • Defining drugs by generic and brand names

Through classroom lecture and hands-on labs, students will specifically review:

  • Dosage calculations
  • Drug classifications
  • The “top 200” drugs
  • IV flow rates
  • Sterile compounding
  • Dose conversions
  • Aseptic technique
  • The handling of sterile products
  • Total parenteral nutrition (TPN)
  • Dispensing of prescriptions
  • Inventory control
  • Billing and reimbursement

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to participate in an 80-hour clinical externship to gain real-world experience. (Information about the externship process will be provided by the course instructor.)

Individuals interested in signing up for the course can click here to register online or contact KCC’s Lifelong Learning Department at 269-965-4134 or for more information.

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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 above, 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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