Registration deadline for KCC trip to Europe extended to Dec. 16

The deadline to register for Kellogg Community College’s international travel trip to Germany and Switzerland has been extended to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16.

The trip, which will run May 15-24, 2014, is open to the public as well as KCC students. It is part of a three-credit course that will include visits to several locations in Germany and Switzerland, including Germany’s Black Forest; Freiburg, an “eco-city” and headquarters of the International Solar Energy Society; and Lucerne, a picturesque city in the Swiss Alps.

KCC history professor Michelle Wright, who organizes KCC’s international travel programs, said that the group will visit a number of sites where renewable energy programs have been implemented to learn how European society has adapted to these changes, taking in the sights along the way.

“We will see medieval castles that overlook rivers used in the production of hydroelectric power. We will travel to the summit of the Alps to tour solar energy plants supplying energy to the villages below,” Wright said. “Our primary goal is to connect the long history and culture of Germany and Switzerland to modern social issues and conditions.”

In addition to the experiences noted above, the trip will include a boat cruise on the Alpine Lake Constance in Switzerland and a tour of the Entlebuch Biosphere, the second biosphere to be recognized by UNESCO as a site of natural science significance.

The trip will cost a total of $3,850, which includes the nonrefundable $400 deposit due to KCC on Dec. 16 to secure a place on the trip. The remaining $3,450 will be billed as a lab fee to participants upon registration and does not include tuition, spending money, passport application fees or course materials.

Wright said that financial aid could cover the cost of the trip for many eligible students.

KCC has been offering international travel opportunities for students and the general public for several years. Last spring, the college brought groups to Greece for a trip focusing on philosophy and political science and to sites around Europe that were culturally significant during World War II.

For more information, contact Wright at 269-965-3931 ext. 2217 or or contact KCC sociology professor Peg Stapleton at 269-965-3931 ext. 2224 or

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