KCC to resume all online classes March 23

An exterior view of the entrance to KCC's North Avenue campus looking over the reflecting pools.

Although its physical campuses remain closed in Barry, Branch and Calhoun counties, Kellogg Community College on Monday will resume classes that were suspended this week and converted to an online-only format.

“Our campus doors are closed, but our online instruction and institutional operations are very much open,” said Dr. Adrien Bennings, president of KCC. “Our faculty and staff are continuing to deliver education to our Bruins in creative ways and with the expectation that our Spring 2020 semester, which began in January, will continue as scheduled.”

In keeping with state and federal guidance regarding social distancing during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, KCC determined this week it will no longer provide face-to-face instruction for the remainder of this semester, which officially ends May 4. Many classes that began this semester with face-to-face interaction will continue in an online-only format.

However, some courses with hands-on instructional components, such as welding, will be postponed. Students in those courses will be informed of the College’s Incomplete Contract process, which allows them the opportunity to complete their course’s outcomes at no additional cost if certain requirements are met. An incomplete does not affect a student’s grade point average, but it may have an impact on a student’s federal financial aid and credit transfer plans in the long term. For more information about Incomplete Contracts, visit the KCC registrar’s web page at www.kellogg.edu/grading-system.

As the semester progresses at KCC, students are encouraged to communicate their questions and concerns to their instructors. Additionally, they may submit specific questions regarding services – financial aid, online tutoring and more – to KCC’s new Virtual Services web page at www.kellogg.edu/virtualservices.

Before the pandemic, KCC was providing education to 4,323 students in the current semester in 1,649 sections of 941 courses.

Looking forward to its upcoming summer semester, which begins May 11, KCC is currently making plans to offer courses online through the summer months.

“Like every educational institution in the United States right now, we are closely monitoring a rapidly changing global situation, adapting to every health agency recommendation and following every governmental order as we also continue in our mission of providing accessible, high-quality education that enriches our community,” Bennings said.

As of noon March 18, KCC closed its campuses in Albion, Battle Creek, Coldwater and Hastings through April 5. During the closure, only essential KCC staff will be allowed to enter College buildings while following a specific facility safety protocol upon entry and exit.

For the latest information about KCC’s response and planning, visit Kellogg.edu/coronavirus. Students and staff are advised to continue checking their KCC email for updates.

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