Page 13 - Scene Magazine 46-02 February 2021
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   Education Scene
BY ERIC J. GREENE, Vice President for Strategy, Relations and Communications, Kellogg Community College
    virtual learning, and remote working, Kellogg Community College continues to clearly see a future full of opportu- nities for students.
Anyone considering taking classes or continuing a program at KCC should look closely at the scholarships pro- vided by the KCC Foundation, which exists solely to provide financial assis- tance to students and programs at KCC.
from $500 to $4,500 and can be used toward tuition, fees, books, and re- quired course supplies. In addition, the Foundation offers transfer scholarship opportunities ranging from $2,500 to $13,000 to students graduating from KCC who continue their education at a baccalaureate-granting institution.
In mid-January, KCC started its spring semester. While most classes began the semester in an online-only format, the College is preparing to transition some classes to face-to-face in the coming weeks if local case counts continue to decline.
Thanks to many generous donors who support the mission of KCC, the KCC Foundation administers more than 160 funds, including merit- and need- based scholarships for multiple fields of study. For many Bruins, a scholarship can make a huge difference in pursuing a post-secondary education.
For information on the Gold Key, Board of Trustees, General and Trans- fer Scholarship programs, interested students should visit kccscholarships. The deadline for Gold Key, Board of Trustees, and Transfer scholarship applications is March 1; General Scholarship applications are due on March 8.
For students and faculty who have been patiently seeking more on-campus, in-person interaction in recent months, the change will be eagerly embraced. KCC’s campuses in Albion, Battle Creek, Coldwater, and Hastings have been open for services since reopening in June 2020, but government orders, expert guidance, and institutional deci- sions have prevented most gatherings as part of a larger strategy for mitigating the spread of the virus.
KCC Foundation scholarship applications are currently open for the 2021-2022 academic year and new and returning students are encouraged to apply. In 2020, the Foundation provided
Information and helpful tools and tips for a well-prepared application can be obtained by contacting the KCC Founda- tion at
KCC focuses on future, creates opportunities for students.
Although the Covid-19 pandem- ic has required institutions of higher learning
to resolve daily challenges related to public health,
At the same time, the College continues to create practical, financial opportunities for students to pay for classes and textbooks.
522 scholarships totaling $594,832. Annual scholarship awards range
 Thanks to the launch of a statewide vaccination plan and recent declines
in cases within the KCC service area, KCC is poised to begin moving toward its new, post-pandemic normal, whatev- er that turns out to be.
Over the next several months, we sincerely hope to see our campuses galvanized again by the regular pres- ence of students in classrooms, athletes competing in sports, and people of all types studying, learning, and pursuing their dreams at KCC.
The College’s discernment of a new normal in 2021 comes as the institution leans into its strategic plan, “Ahead of the Curve,” with an em- phasis on student success, operational excellence, and culture. Led by KCC President Dr. Adrien L. Bennings, the plan recommits all of KCC’s resourc- es to the development and well-being of all Bruins.

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