Nonprofit training classes offered through May at KCC

A photo of a Lifelong Learning class in session at the RMTC.

The Spring 2015 schedule for the Kellogg Community College Lifelong Learning Department’s nonprofit training classes is available now.

Nonprofit training classes at KCC run on select Fridays through May 15 and are designed as capacity building workshops for nonprofit organizations to support and enhance employee operations and services related to a variety of relevant industry topics. Classes will run for one to two hours beginning at 2:30 p.m. on the dates indicated below in room C102 on KCC’s campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.

For more information or to register for classes, visit or contact Lifelong Learning staff at 269-965-4134.

Basic Grant Proposals
This class is open to anyone interested in learning the basics of developing a grant proposal to apply for funding for a nonprofit organization. A broad overview of the grant writing process will be provided and students will be sent home with various handouts useful for diving further into the process on their own. This class is most appropriate for those with little grant writing experience.
Time: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27
Cost: $10

The Three R’s of Volunteer Engagement: Recruitment, Recognition and Reflection
KCC and HandsOn Battle Creek partner to provide this training that walks participants through three essential components for every organization to consider when engaging volunteers. The “Three R’s” provide volunteer coordinators opportunities to make volunteer experiences more successful, meaningful and engaging to deepen the impact of volunteer efforts.
Time: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 6
Cost: $10

Using Social Media Strategically
Effectively using social media in your organization’s marketing requires just the right mix. Come to this class to see how KCC’s social media manager uses tools like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogging, YouTube and some more guerilla techniques like Reddit and Imgur as part of an integrated strategy across multiple platforms. Please note: This class will be demonstration only so that more information can be included.
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 13
Cost: $10

Marketing Tools You Can Use Today
Developing a marketing plan and measuring its success can be a major task, but positioning your organization need not be complicated or expensive. This class will cover tips, tricks and tools you can use today for better promotion and communication with your audiences. Eric Greene, director of Public Information and Marketing at KCC, explains what you can implement and measure immediately on a small budget, even while developing a long-term strategy.
Time: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 27
Cost: $10

Using MailChimp to Design and Distribute Your Online Newsletter
MailChimp is a free and easy to use online tool that will allow your organization to produce and distribute a professional looking newsletter to connect with supporters and new donors. Upload email lists from Excel, then use one of MailChimp’s customizable templates to reach your audience. You won’t believe how easy it us to use! Please note: This demonstration-only class will cover the free version and not the extra options that are available with premium versions.
Time: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 24
Cost: $19

How to Hire So You Don’t Have to Fire
Staff turnover in organizations is not only frustrating, it also takes time and resources to fill positions over and over again. Come to this class to learn tips and tactics from a professional search consultant on how to prepare to search for and hire employees that will be a great fit for the job and your organization.
Time: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 1
Cost: $19

Creating a Free Website or Blog with Weebly
Weebly is a handy tool that can provide access to a free online website creator using a simple widget-based site builder with drag-and-drop elements. Weebly works with Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Linux computers and automatically generates a mobile version of each website. It also supports basic features for blogging and e-commerce so site owners can develop simple stores and process payments through either PayPal or Google Checkout. Please note: This demonstration-only class will cover the free version and not the extra options that are available with premium versions.
Time: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 8
Cost: $19

“We Did It!” Boost Your Nonprofit’s Earned Revenue
Nonprofit organizations are always searching for ways to diversity funding. Earned income should be a part of that mix. Come to this class to discuss what works, what doesn’t and develop some new thinking around what your organization can do to earn revenue to support your work in the community.
Time: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 15
Cost: $19

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