A group photo of KCC employees posing for a photo outside.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Our faculty and staff are our most valuable resource and therefore our benefit package and salary scales are competitive. To attract and retain the highest quality employees, our insurance, which includes medical and prescription, dental, vision, life insurance, long-term disability, flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts, starts on your first day of employment with Kellogg Community College.

In addition to competitive pay, Kellogg Community College offers full medical, vision and dental benefits to all administrative, support, faculty and maintenance staff. In addition, these employees have the opportunity to take advantage of a generous leave package, as well as free KCC tuition for themselves and dependents, tuition reimbursement for educational advancement and a host of other optional incentives and discounts.

Contact Human Resources at [email protected] or 269-565-2074 for more information.

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Health Insurance


Administration, Maintenance and Support Staff are offered two high-deductible health care plans with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

  • Simply Blue 2 $1,400/$2,800 deductible
  • Simply Blue 3 $2,000/$4,000 deductible

The College provides the deductibles in two separate deposits (January and July) for employees within a Health Savings Account (HSA). The College also provides dental, vision, long-term disability and life insurance coverages.

Full-time employees not in need of the medical coverage may waive the health coverage and receive up to $5,495 in two separate payments (February and August) in lieu of the insurance. All other benefits are still provided.

Faculty are offered five insurance plan options from MESSA.

  • MESSA Choices $1,000/$2,000 Rx Saver
  • MESSA Choices $500/$1,000 Rx 3-Tier with 20% Co-insurance
  • MESSA ABC 1 HDHP $1,400/$2,800 deductible
  • MESSA ABC 2 HDHP $2,000/$4,000 deductible
  • MESSA $375/$750 Essentials Plan

The College provides the deductibles for the high-deductible health plans in two separate deposits (January and July) for employees within a Health Savings Account (HSA). The College also provides dental, vision, long-term disability and life insurance coverages.

Full-time employees not in need of the medical coverage may waive the health coverage and receive up to $5,495 in two separate payments (February and August) in lieu of the insurance. All other benefits are still provided.

Under Public Act 152, employees of the College electing medical insurance need to contribute 20% of the medical insurance premium share.

Leave


Kellogg Community College Administrative, Faculty, Maintenance and Support Staff employees earn a combination of leaves to support their need to be away from work for illness, caring for personal business and to just relax. Below are the processes to follow for each group.

Please refer to each groups’ contract and/or the Kellogg Community College Policy Manual for accrual and other leave information or contact Human Resources at [email protected] or 269-565-2074 for details.

Family and Medical Leave Policy

Kellogg Community College fully supports the federal Family and Medical Leave Act program. We work closely with employees requiring extended leaves to care for themselves or family members. Any employee who believes they will be absent five or more days in a 12-week period should contact Human Resources as soon as possible.

For more information, see:

Tuition Reimbursement


All regular employees of Kellogg Community College taking courses at the College are entitled to a waiver of most KCC tuition when registered for regularly scheduled offerings. Present spouses and dependent children, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service, are entitled to the same tuition waiver as regular employees. Not included in the assistance provisions are application fees for admissions, books and supplies, lab fees and activity fees. Employees will become eligible for this benefit for any class that starts subsequent to the employee’s hire date.

Full-time administrative staff are also eligible for reimbursement for tuition, fees and books for coursework taken at an accredited university or college. Reimbursement is limited to two approved classes per semester (fall and spring) and one approved class during the summer. Because of the wide variance in tuition costs, a cap for tuition per credit hour is determined each fiscal year.

Please contact Human Resources at [email protected] or 269-565-2074 for more information.

Retirement Plans & Investment


Full-time, regular faculty and full-time administrators have a choice between the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) and the College’s TIAA (Teachers Insurance Annuity Association) optional retirement program (ORP). Both plans require an employee tax-deferred payroll contribution.

All other employees, except student employees, participate in MPSERS.

MPSERS

Kellogg Community College participates with MPSERS. Employees who participate in MPSERS make a mandatory employee contribution toward their retirement. This pre-tax contribution is deducted each payday from the employee’s paycheck. The amount of the pre-tax contribution depends on each employee’s plan structure with MPSERS.

TIAA

TIAA ORP employee contribution is 4% of the employee’s gross wages. KCC contributes 10.5% of the employee’s gross wages to the employee’s account.

Additional Investment Opportunities – 403(b)

This voluntary retirement investment program is also managed by TIAA. All employees, except student employees, are eligible to participate in this 403(b) plan. Similar to a 401(k), this program provides employees an opportunity for tax-deferred contributions of their choosing. This investment program is optional and separate from the College – provided retirement programs.

Please contact Human Resources at [email protected] or 269-565-2074 for more information.

Additional Incentives


Additional KCC employee incentives include the following.

ATM Location

There is a Southern Michigan Bank & Trust ATM machine located on the College’s North Avenue campus across from Records and Registration and the Business Office in the Student Center.

Bruin Bookstore

The Kellogg Community College Bruin Bookstore has a nice selection of items available for employee purchase. Bring your staff ID to identify yourself as a regular employee and you will get a 10% discount on new books and a 20% discount on supplies, clothing and cards. (No discount on stamps, sale items, candy or software.)

Computer Purchase

Regular employees of Kellogg Community College can purchase a computer for home use via payroll deduction. You can pay for your computer over a 24-month period with no interest.

Employee Assistance Program (HelpNet)

Kellogg Community College contracts with HelpNet to provide no cost, confidential, short-term counseling for regular employees and their household members. Assistance is available for issues including:

  • Marital and family issues
  • Addictions
  • Emotional problems
  • Legal and financial concerns
  • Careers
  • Relationships
  • Aging parents
  • Grieving
  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Life enrichment techniques

Facilities Mail Service

Regular outgoing mail (United States Postal Service) is picked up with your department’s outgoing mail.

Microsoft Software

Free Microsoft Software for your home computer is available for checkout at the Help Desk. Available software includes:

  • Microsoft Windows operating system
  • Microsoft Office Suite

Notary Services

Notary services are provided free of charge to any regular Kellogg Community College employee.

Recognition Program

Employee recognition includes Employee of the Semester Awards, via which regular employees can nominate their coworkers for exceeding expectations set for their position.

Recreational Facilities

View our Miller Physical Education Building page for more information. 

Recycling

You can recycle No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 PETE plastics. Bins are available all around the North Avenue campus. Bins specifically marked for recycling have been placed in each office area.

Theatre Productions

Enjoy an afternoon or evening of entertainment at Kellogg Community College’s Binda Performing Arts Center. Regular employees and their spouses can attend a quality performance for only $5 per ticket.

Tuition (Free or Reduced)

Kellogg Community College offers a tuition waiver for when you, your spouse or dependents take Kellogg Community College classes. Regular full-time and part-time employees may receive free tuition at Kellogg Community College. Part-time staff must have an employment status of at least 25% to be eligible. Contact Human Resources for more information.

Siena Heights University gives our regular, full-time employees a 50% reduction on their tuition rate.

Staff Tuition Reimbursement

  • Administration: Full-time administrative staff are eligible for reimbursement for tuition, fees and books for coursework taken at an accredited university or college. Reimbursement is limited to two approved classes per semester (fall and  spring) or as outlined as part of an approved program. Because of the wide variance in tuition costs, a cap for tuition per credit hour is determined each fiscal year. Administrators must sign a “Tuition Reimbursement Agreement” prior to completing an “Intent to Register/Reimbursement Request Form” to qualify for reimbursement.
  • Faculty: For faculty who have completed courses related to their area(s) of responsibility or approved in advance by the Board, the Board shall pay the tuition costs and universally applied fees for credits completed at public institutions of higher education within the state of Michigan.
  • Support Staff: An employee may enroll in three off-campus courses for up to a maximum of nine credit hours per contract year.

Verizon Wireless Discount

With your Kellogg Community College employee discount, you may be eligible to receive up to 19% off eligible plans and 25% off all accessories. To verify you are an employee, show your KCC ID.

Wellness Program

Regular employees of the College are eligible to participate in the College’s One-to-One Wellness Program. The program includes a health survey, cholesterol and HDL cholesterol screening, blood pressure measurement, glucose screening, individual fitness assessment and consultation.

Bargaining Units


Kellogg Community College faculty are represented by the Michigan Education Association. Maintenance staff are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Support Staff are represented by the United Auto Workers. KCC administrators are not represented by a bargaining unit.

Please contact Human Resources at [email protected] or 269-565-2074 for more information.

Human Resources Contacts

Danaisa Henderson

Danaisa Henderson

Specialist, Human Resources

Vicki Rivera

Vicki Rivera

Chief Human Resources Officer, Title IX Coordinator

Karen Rutenber

Karen Rutenber

Specialist, Human Resources

Lisa Shanks

Lisa Shanks

Director, Staffing and HRIS

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