KCC extends campus closure, plans to reopen May 18

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 until Monday, May 18, in order to comply with government guidance and prevent gatherings of people during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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 May 4 in alignment with the State of Michigan’s stay-at-home executive order. In light of the state’s announcement today that the stay-at-home order will extend through May 15, KCC also extended its campus closure. As of today, KCC plans to reopen its facilities – to employees only – on May 18.

During the facility closure, KCC is continuing its current Spring 2020 semester in an online-only format. The College also will continue accepting registrations for students who wish to sign up for Summer 2020 classes, which begin as early as May 11. The summer semester, which also is online-only, will begin May 11 as planned.

“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,” KCC President Dr. Adrien Bennings said. “Our faculty and staff continue 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.

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.

“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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