KCC extends facility closure, plans to reopen May 4

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

Kellogg Community College announced today it is extending the closure of its buildings and facilities through May 3 – with plans to reopen on Monday, May 4 – in order to prevent gatherings of people during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

“The safety of our students and employees is of utmost importance and, at this time, we can’t ensure that it will be healthy, given current social distancing guidelines, for groups of people to enter our campuses in mid-April,” said Dr. Adrien Bennings, President of KCC. “It is best to err on the side of caution and extend our closure for several more weeks.”

The College formally closed its physical campuses in Barry, Branch and Calhoun counties as of noon March 18 and most recently announced it would reopen April 14 in alignment with the State of Michigan’s stay-at-home executive order.

During the facility closure, KCC is continuing many of its formerly face-to-face classes in an online-only format during the current Spring 2020 semester. The College also will launch on April 13 its online registration process for students who wish to sign up for summer classes, which begin as early as May 11.

“Our campus doors remain closed as we do our part to slow the spread of the virus, but our online instruction and institutional operations are proceeding,” Dr. Bennings said. “Our faculty and staff are continuing to deliver education to our Bruins, thanks to our institution’s dedication to student success and our agility in leveraging online learning platforms.”

Access to buildings during the closure is limited to essential personnel who are specifically identified to conduct minimum basic operations.

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

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.

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

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