KCC / RMTC COVID-19 Update
- Information from KCC: Updates about how KCC is responding to this evolving situation are available any time at www.kellogg.edu/coronavirus.
- Summer 2020 Semester: Students may access the RMTC for reasons like registration, to pick up materials, etc, but please note the labs are not open. We are working to open them later this summer by appointment, so check back here for updates. A list of all online summer modules for each program is provided below.
- Fall 2020 Semester: At this time, it is anticipated the RMTC labs will be open for limited student use by appointment. Please check back for more information on this as it becomes available.
- Accessing Labs: When the RMTC can safely open labs back up to students, caps will be placed on the number of people in each lab at the same time. This safety measure is to allow social distancing. Lab time reservation options will be posted in each area, and students are encouraged to reserve future times before leaving the facility. Reservations can also be made by emailing each program (specific email addresses will be provided here as soon as they are available.) Please know that as space will be limited, “no call / no show” students will be restricted when making future appointments. Students are still free to walk-in without an appointment, but priority for lab access will be given to those who have reserved time on the schedule.
- Masks are Required: As the nature of interactions at the RMTC is one-on-one, students and employees will be required to wear masks on site. This is too reduce the risk of COVID spread, especially for populations at higher risk. Masks will not be provided to students, so please plan to bring a face covering with you. Masks can be removed when working at least six feet from others, but will be required when meeting up-close or walking around in the building. Students without a mask will be asked to leave the facility and return with one.
- Welding Students: Due to the risks presented by the COVID virus in sharing welding gear, all students will be required to provide their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) going forward. Students will not be allowed to weld in the lab without this gear.
- Where to Purchase PPE: Direct from local vendor – Airgas, https://www.airgas.com/ or 2475 W Dickman Rd, Springfield, MI 49037, phone (269) 963-7929. On your own – It is recommended you verify with a KCC welding instructor whether an item is appropriate before making any purchases on your own.
- Help Paying for PPE: CARES Hardship Grants can be applied for by clicking on eForms in the Bruin Portal (https://www.kellogg.edu/) and opening the application. You will need to upload and attach documentation with your request to be considered (include invoices or screenshots of purchases with the cost). New summer 2020 students will need to wait until July 2 to apply.
- Required PPE: 1) Work boots/shoes (determined by student), 2) Welding helmet (Lincoln 1740 helmet or similar), 3) Welding jacket (green FR type jacket (not brand specific), 4) Welding gloves, 5) Oxy-fuel face shield (#5, not brand specific), and 6) Safety glasses (determined by student). Estimated cost excluding shoes $125 to $150.
- KCC Email: Students should check their KCC email regularly for information about KCC’s response to COVID-19. Directions about how to do this can be found at www.kellogg.edu/student/portal-support-pages.
RMTC and COVID-19 – Frequently Asked Questions
- Online Learning Options: RMTC faculty are working to make module content available in an online format as much as possible, but options will be limited. Information about online options is listed below by program. If a module is not listed, unfortunately it is not an online option.
- Module Incomplete Grades: If online content is not available or appropriate for a student, they will be offered incomplete grades for spring semester for any module in which they are currently enrolled but have not completed. At this time for summer semester, students should only be enrolling in all online modules, which should not require an incomplete grade except under special circumstances beyond the student’s control. If an incomplete grade is requested for an online summer module, students will need to work with their faculty to submit an incomplete contract (note: this contract requirement has been waived for the spring 2020 semester only). For students who have an incomplete grade that expires this semester, an extension may be granted on a case-by-case basis once the College resumes normal operations.
- Accessing Content from Past Incomplete Modules: If a student previously received an incomplete grade on a module that is listed as currently available online and would like to continue to work on it, please contact your program faculty for access.
- Dropping Modules: Students can drop spring semester modules until May 3 and receive a full refund. If modules are dropped after that date, a grade of “W” will be issued and no refunds will be offered. If you are a student utilizing any financial aid, including veteran benefits, it is recommended that you contact financial aid prior to dropping so they can discuss any ramifications of dropping your modules on the aid you may have already received or that was awarded. More information about the College’s refund policy can be found at www.kellogg.edu/refund-policy. For further assistance with dropping modules, visit www.kellogg.edu/registrar. The Financial Aid Department web page is online at www.kellogg.edu/financial-aid.
- Getting Help: Students can reach their faculty via email during the closure with questions related to modules. Contact information is also listed for each program at www.kellogg.edu/academics/departments/industrial-trades.
- Company Programs: These students will either be dropped or offered an incomplete grade for spring semester for any module in which they are currently enrolled but have not completed, unless there is a completely online option. For summer, only online modules will be offered.
- Dual Enrolled or Early College: These students should work with their high school counselor to determine appropriate next steps once the RMTC is able to offer face-to-face instruction again. For additional information, visit KCC’s Admissions Department web page at www.kellogg.edu/admissions. For summer, only online modules will be offered.
- Financial Aid: If students have questions about how this closure will impact their financial aid, please visit www.kellogg.edu/financial-aid.
Industrial Trades Registration Process
- For new students – Complete the industrial trades application and the orientation. This must be completed prior to registration.
- Apply to the college at www.kellogg.edu – choose “Apply Now”. Create an account; then do an application for admission.
- Go to https://www.kellogg.edu/academics/departments/industrial-trades/orientation/ and read the information about the RMTC and its processes.
- After reading the online portion noted above, you must then register for the orientation module by following the Step by Step Registration Instructions found here – Registration Instructions.
- Email your instructor that you have registered for orientation so they can assist you with choosing an approved sequence of modules (classes), and grade the orientation. This will also be their signal that a student needs a grade entered for completing orientation, which needs to happen before they can register for any other modules. Instructor contact information can be found below.
- Summer 2020 semester students – Check below to ensure that all modules your instructor chose with you are listed as available to take completely online for summer.
- Fall 2020 students – modules listed below are available online or in person. All other regular module offerings will be offered in person.
- All students – Register for classes following the Step by Step Registration Instructions provided in step 1 above. Note – new students will have to have their orientation graded by their instructor before registering for additional modules.
- If you are unable to login to your online portal, please contact the I.S. Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269) 965-4148.
- If you do not have access to register online, you may come in to the RMTC to register. Current registration hours at the RMTC are Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm. Bring picture ID and address verification. Payment Plan or Payment in full must be completed within 24 hours to avoid being dropped for non-payment. Students receiving any type of financial aid must use the payment plan option.
RMTC Online Summer Semester Modules
At this time, no hybrid modules (part online and part in-person) or fully hands-on modules are available for the summer semester. If it is determined safe for students to come to the RMTC in person later this summer, that announcement will be posted on this page. Please note – KCC and the RMTC must follow all state direction on this matter, and will also be considering any other relevant factors to keep students and employees safe during this pandemic.
All modules listed below are available 100% online by logging into Moodle via the KCC student portal at https://moodle.kellogg.edu/ unless otherwise noted.
INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICITY Students should contact the instructor, Kevin Barnes, at BarnesK@kellogg.edu with questions and for access to unit 35 materials.
Unit 5: INEL 05010
Unit 10: INEL 10010, INEL 10020, INEL 10030
Unit 15: INEL 15010, INEL 15020, INEL 15030, INEL 15040, INEL 15050, INEL 15060, INEL 15070, INEL 15080, INEL 15090, INEL 15100, INEL 15110, INEL 15120, INEL 15130, INEL 15140, INEL 15150, INEL 15160, INEL 15170
Unit 35: All modules available virtually, but not via Moodle.
INEL 35010, INEL 35020, INEL 35030, INEL 35040, INEL 35050, INEL 35060, INEL 35070, INEL 35080, INEL 35090, INEL 35100, INEL 35110, INEL 35120, INEL 35130, INEL 35140
MACHINING Students should contact the instructor, Jason Moore, at MooreJ@kellogg.edu with questions.
INMT 05010, INMT 10010, INMT 30010, INMT 45100
INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY Students should contact the instructor, Tim Krueger, at KruegerTi@kellogg.edu for access to materials.
Modules: All modules available virtually, but not via Moodle.
INT 05010, INT 05020, INT 05030, INT 05040, INT 05050, INT 05060, INT 05070, INT 05080, INT 05090, INT 05100, INT 05110, INT 10060, INT 10070, INT 15090, INT 20020, INT 20030, INT 30020, INT 30030, INT 30050, INT 30140, INT 30150, INT 30160, INT 30170, INT 30190, INT 30200, INT 45030, INT 45040, INT 45050, INT 45060, INT 45070, INT 45080
CEU’s: (third party assessments / credentials) INT C420, INT C430, INT C440, INT C450
WELDING Students should contact the instructor, Steve Cassleman, at CasselmanS@kellogg.edu with questions.
INWE 05010, INWE 05020, INWE 05030, INWE 10010, INWE 10020, INWE 15010 , INWE 25010, INWE 25020, INWE 25040, INWE 35010, INWE 35030, INWE 35040, INWE 35050
HVAC-R Students should contact the instructor, Andy Redlon, at RedlonA@kellogg.edu with questions.
INHR 10021, INHR 40041, INHR 45011, INHR 45021, INHR 50011, INHR 50021, INHR 55021, INHR 55031, INHR 70011
PIPEFITTING Students should contact the instructor, Andy Redlon, at RedlonA@kellogg.edu with questions.
INPF 20081, INPF 30031, INPF 30041, INPF 30061, INPF 30131, INPF 40021, INPF 40031, INPF 40041, INPF 40051
Click here to reference information from the Spring 2020 semester, which ended May 4, 2020.
Regional Manufacturing Technology Center
Kellogg Community College’s Industrial Trades Department is home to the College’s Industrial Trades programs, which feature several associate degree and certificate programs. Click through the links below for information about each program or download our Industrial Trades Catalog 2019-2020.
- Industrial Electricity & Electronics
- Industrial Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R)
- Industrial Machining Technology
- Industrial Pipefitting
- Industrial Technology
- Industrial Trades
- Industrial Welding
- Renewable Energy
KCC’s Industrial Trades programming is offered at the College’s state-of-the-art Regional Manufacturing Technology Center (RMTC) campus, located at 405 Hill Brady Road in Battle Creek. KCC’s programming approach offers an innovative, nontraditional style of training that incorporates competency-based modules, individualized instruction and self-paced learning. Modules are credit-based and may lead to a certificate or an Associate in Applied Science degree. Students may also be granted credit for prior learning experience.
Students who have earned an apprenticeship certificate or who possess a journeyman’s card or state license in a qualifying trade area may also have the opportunity to earn a 60-credit Associate in Applied Science degree in Skilled Trades. Students must seek approval from the director of the RMTC prior to applying for graduation. For more information about this degree program, contact Industrial Trades Education Director Kim Andrews-Bingham at email@example.com.
Modules are short, topical courses generally between five and 25 clock hours in length. In some programs, modules must be taken in successive order, where students must pass each successive module before starting the next. Competency-based means students must achieve the minimum score (80, 90 or 100 percent) to pass the module.
Industrial Trades instruction is instructor-facilitated instead of instructor-led. Each module contains a list of learning activities which may include reading technical manuals or textbooks, watching videos, completing online curricula, viewing presentations, completing written exercises, completing hands-on lab activities and/or completing written or lab-based assessments. Instructors provide one-on-one instruction to individual students as they work through these learning activities.
KCC’s Industrial Trades Department is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and each program lab is open late two nights per week. Students may attend at any time during these hours to work on their modules and learning activities at their own pace. Students may register for modules at any time during the semester.
All Industrial Trades modules are credit-based, which means students earn college credit for each module successfully completed. For every 24 hours of instruction, students earn one college credit hour. Credit and contact hours for each module are listed on the program outlines/cost sheets available on the program Web pages linked above. Minimum credit requirements for certificates vary by program. A certificate is required for the completion of an Associate in Applied Science degree in Industrial Trades.
Students may be granted credit for prior learning or work experience. Many Industrial Trades students have extensive knowledge and skills, which may be equivalent to the knowledge and skills taught at the RMTC. In these cases students may apply for prior experiential credit. Students should discuss all prior learning and experience with their RMTC program instructor prior to enrollment.