21 Things You Need to Know About KCC

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Dear Bruins,

Welcome to Kellogg Community College!

Today is the official start of the Fall 2021 semester at KCC and we’re excited you’re here. Whether you’re a first-time or returning student, we welcome you warmly on this beautiful August day and thank you for choosing KCC to continue your journey in education.

Please know that we at KCC are here to help you with whatever you need this semester. Our professors and tutors are here to teach and guide you as you learn new concepts and master new skills. Our academic advisors are here to assist you in mapping out your college career. Our counselors are here when you need to talk. Our Student Life team is here to help you have fun and connect with your fellow Bruins. Our Athletics program is here when you want to watch a healthy, exciting competition. Our lovely campuses are here when you need a quiet place to study or a vibrant place to eat a meal with friends.

Today, we at KCC came up with “21 Things You Need to Know About KCC” at the start of this semester, so please read on for tips to help you succeed. Good luck!

Always a Bruin,

Eric J. Greene
Vice President for Strategy, Relations and Communications

21 Things You Need to Know About KCC

  1. Know where you’re going. If you’re new to the North Avenue campus in Battle Creek, here’s a map to help you find your way to class. If you’re attending classes at one of our regional centers (in Hastings, Albion or Coldwater), please feel free to ask office staff for a quick tour.
  2. Arrive early. With classes starting and ending throughout each weekday, finding a parking spot on our Battle Creek campus can be challenging. Arrive with plenty of time to spare so you have enough time to get to class. By the way, parking is always free at KCC; no pass required.
  3. Ask questions. At KCC, we love to help, so just ask! Don’t hesitate to access your professors during their office hours, via email and during class. And feel free to stop any employee for directions.
  4. Read your KCC email. As a KCC student, you have a KCC email account. This is the primary method of written communication to you from KCC’s professors and departments, so read your KCC email every day to stay aware of important information.
  5. Know the status of campus services. Unfortunately, we are still in a pandemic. To maximize safety on our campuses, we’ve adjusted the way we deliver some services. Please visit our Status of Campus Services web page to learn the best ways to make appointments or engage with the Bruin Bookstore, Financial Aid, Tutoring and more. Also, sign up for KCC’s text and email alert system and be the first to know about weather and security alerts, including snow cancellations.
  6. Wear a face mask. Yes, masks are currently required for everyone on campus. Visit our coronavirus web pages at least once a week to learn the latest changes to campus rules and restrictions as we do our part to mitigate the spread of the virus in our community.
  7. Explore opportunities for FREE TUITION. If you’re 25 or older, you may be eligible for free tuition at KCC under the Michigan Reconnect program.
  8. Look for a job or internship. Even while you’re studying for your wonderful future career, you may need a job sooner rather than later. Check out KCC’s Career and Employment Services to connect you with openings (part-time, full-time, on-campus, off-campus, internships, etc.) at KCC and across the service area.
  9. Use our free WiFi, computer labs. All registered students have access to KCC’s wireless Internet and computer labs on all of our campuses, including our regional centers in Albion, Coldwater and Hastings.
  10. Check out the Morris Library. The Emory W. Morris Library, located in the center of the North Avenue campus, is open from early in the morning until late at night. Specific hours vary, so check the library website to plan ahead.
  11. Pardon our construction. Keeping our facilities modern and beautiful requires construction from time to time. Please be patient as we finish renovations in the Roll Building, Schwarz Building and other locations.
  12. Eat well and hydrate. Check out the Bruin Bistro’s weekly specials. Also, we’re upgrading drinking fountains to touchless fill stations across campus so our Bruins can easily fill water bottles in between classes.
  13. Ask for help when you need it. The Center for Student Success offers free educational services to students who need help with homework, research papers and class projects. And if you need assistance or guidance beyond your studies, please don’t wait to seek out Counseling Services (academic counseling, career counseling, disability counseling and personal counseling) from KCC.
  14. Stay well. The Miller Physical Education Building, including the fitness center, is open for student use. And for those who prefer to get fit outdoors, feel free to use our lawns and walking trails.
  15. Consider joining a student club. Going to college is more than attending classes. Connect with KCC students who share a common interest or hobby – from gaming to golf – and get the most out of your KCC experience.
  16. Root for your Bruins! Our KCC Athletics program is in full swing. Check out a cross-country meet, soccer game or volleyball match soon to see our Bruins in action. All contests are free to attend. Follow all of the action at KelloggBruins.com.
  17. Wear your Bruin pride. Looking for that perfect KCC sweatshirt, jacket or padfolio? Check out all the shopping options at the Bruin Bookstore.
  18. Take in a show. Plans are coming together for KCC theater and music performances during 2021-22. Stay tuned for details!
  19. Sign up for a payment plan. Registering for courses is one step, but signing up for a payment plan – even if you have financial aid – ensures you won’t be automatically dropped from your courses.
  20. Plan ahead. For those looking ahead to the Spring 2022 semester, be aware that class schedules are already viewable online and course registration opens Oct. 25, 2021.
  21. Have fun! College can be stressful, so feel free to make your own fun (within reason!) while you’re here. As we like to say, “Be Bold. Be You. Be Bruin.”