KCC's Vice President and President sitting with deans and instructors from Olivet College
Olivet College and Kellogg Community College signed an agreement on Feb. 19 to expand the two institutions’ nursing program partnership. Pictured seated, from left to right, are President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., Olivet College; and President Mark O’Connell, Kellogg Community College. Standing, from left to right, are Provost and Dean of the College Maria G. Davis, Ph.D., Olivet College; Dr. Paul Watson, Kellogg Community College vice president of instruction; and Dr. Lorraine Manier, Olivet College director of nursing education. Photo courtesy of Olivet College.

Kellogg Community College has signed an articulation agreement with Olivet College to make it easier for students looking to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Olivet College.

The agreement, which was signed Feb. 19, allows for students on both campuses to transition smoothly between schools, with no loss of credits on either end.

According to Dr. Lorraine Manier, director of Nursing Education at Olivet College, there are 22 students currently in the program and 19 of the 22 are students from KCC.

Manier said she received nearly three dozen additional applications to the program during KCC’s Nursing Capstone & Networking Event April 24.

The Olivet portion of the program offers students a unique Concurrent Course Delivery Model, which allows students to attend classes in person, via interactive video or even online. The model is flexible, meaning if a student can’t attend class one week they have the option to complete the expected work via another option.

Manier said it’s a good program for students who are balancing their school and home lives.

In a press release from Olivet College announcing the partnership, KCC President Mark O’Connell said it will create more opportunities for nursing students.

“The shortage of skilled, credentialed nurses is creating genuine challenges in health care today and it’s incumbent upon educational institutions to create new, viable pathways for the next generation of nurses to enter their professions fully prepared,” O’Connell said in the release. “By combining our efforts, KCC and Olivet College are helping to close the gaps for students and employers.”

For more information, contact Dr. Lorraine Manier at 269-749-7437 or [email protected].