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INDUSTRIAL TRADES

Kellogg Community College offers manufacturing, skilled trades and applied technology training in Albion, Battle Creek, Coldwater and Hastings, with Industrial Trades programming housed primarily at the Regional Manufacturing Technology Center in Battle Creek. The RMTC is an innovative, community-driven training facility located in the Fort Custer Industrial Park. The facility is also home to KCC’s Workforce Solutions Department. Together, these departments design training programs for students and modern industrial businesses.

Industrial Trades programs offered at KCC include:

  • Industrial Electricity and Electronics
  • Industrial Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)
  • Industrial Machining Technology
  • Industrial Pipefitting
  • Industrial Technology
  • Industrial Trades
  • Industrial Welding
  • Renewable Energy

Regular hours at the RMTC are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. See our Summer 2022 Lab Schedule for information about closings.

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Industrial Trades Registration

Course view and registration is no longer available via Student Planning, Class Schedules, or the Bruin Portal. Please view our offerings via our Course Sequences on each program page. Information on registering can be found on our Important Documents page.

Fall 2022 Changes

Beginning Fall 2022 there will be a couple changes:

  1. The drop deadline will be approximately four weeks before the end of the semester. After this date, any drop attempts will result in a W grade for the respective modules, and the student will still be financially responsible. This withdrawal period will last about three weeks, after which students can only receive a P, N, or I.
  2. Students will still be able to pursue an incomplete until the last day of the semester. However, students will be unable to register for more modules if there is an active incomplete on record.

Open Entry, Open Exit

KCC’s Industrial Trades programming approach offers an innovative, nontraditional style of training called Open Entry, Open Exit that incorporates competency-based modules, individualized instruction and self-paced learning. Additionally, students are able to register for courses at any point in the semester, and students aren’t required to attend once they’ve completed their modules.

Short, Competency-Based Modules

Modules are short, topical courses generally between five and 25 clock hours in length. In some programs, modules must be taken in successive order, where students must pass each successive module before starting the next. Competency-based means students must achieve the minimum score (80%, 90% or 100%) to pass the module. All modules earn college credit.

Individualized Instruction

Industrial Trades instruction is instructor-facilitated instead of instructor-led. Each module contains a list of learning activities which may include reading technical manuals or textbooks, watching videos, completing written exercises, completing hands-on lab activities and/or completing written or lab-based assessments, much of which is available online. Instructors provide one-on-one instruction to individual students as they work through these learning activities.

Self-Paced Learning

Students may attend at any time during open lab hours to work on their modules and learning activities at their own pace. Students may register for modules at any time during the semester. The bulk of coursework is either online or in books provided to the students by KCC staff, and can be completed anywhere and any time that suits the student.

Prior Experience

Students may be granted credit for prior learning or work experience. Many Industrial Trades students have extensive knowledge and skills, which may be equivalent to the knowledge and skills taught at KCC. In these cases students may apply for prior experiential credit. Students should discuss all prior learning and experience with their program instructor prior to enrollment.

Student Rights

As part of KCC, the RMTC protects students according to both FERPA and the Clery Act. FERPA ensures that student information is not provided to third parties without consent from the affected students, and the Clery Act ensures a safe campus for all students.

Industrial Trades Contacts

Julia Faist

Julia Faist

Process Specialist, Industrial Trades

Scott Seppala

Scott Seppala

Center Assistant, INTR Education

Nathan Venske

Nathan Venske

Executive Director, RMTC, Industrial Trades Education and Workforce Solutions

Adnan Zafar

Adnan Zafar

Center Assistant, RMTC

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