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Klamath Community College    
 
    
 
  Nov 22, 2017
 
Catalog 2017-18

Admissions and Registration



High School Completion

Klamath Adult Learning Center (KALC) provides educational opportunities for people over 16 years of age who are not currently enrolled in a secondary school and who may not hold a high school diploma. KALC provides educational programs in Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Equivalency Diplomas (GED) in both English and Spanish, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

Services enable students to:

  • Improve general academic competency.
  • Become aware of career opportunities.
  • Achieve the general educational development high school equivalency diploma.
  • Obtain naturalization papers through citizenship training.
  • Learn to speak, read, and write English as a second language.
  • Receive testing to determine individual academic strengths and weaknesses.

For more information, contact KALC at (541) 883-4719.

High School Dual Credit

Klamath Community College, in partnership with local high schools, offers a state-approved dual-credit program. Students can earn college credit for competencies mastered in approved high school courses and receive both high school and college credits at the same time.

The Dual Credit Program works closely with high school administrators and teachers to identify lower-division academic and entry-level professional technical courses that match programs offered at KCC. Courses are articulated and students take college-level courses taught by approved teachers in their high school. Not all articulated courses are available at every school. Courses are recorded on a KCC transcript in the same manner as regularly enrolled college students and may be used toward a degree or certificate program at KCC or may be transferred to other colleges.

Classes are usually limited to seniors and juniors. However, qualified younger students may enroll earlier if approved. KCC coordinates programs with many local high schools. A list of current Dual Credit classes can be accessed at each high school by calling KCC’s K-12 Support Coordinator at (541) 880-2337 or by emailing KCCDualCredit@klamathcc.edu.

The following criteria must be met:

  1. Courses for which students seek enrollment are articulated and taught by an approved teacher. Students are encouraged to contact their local high school to check on course and instructor availability.
  2. Students meet the admissions requirements (prerequisite skills/aptitudes) for the courses and have the high school teacher’s approval to take the course.
  3. Students submit a completed KCC dual credit registration form to their instructor by established deadlines.
  4. Students complete the course requirements and meet the stated outcomes as detailed in the KCC course syllabus.

Dual Credit allows students to:

  • Earn college credits at no cost while still in high school if the student resides in the state of Oregon. Out-of-state high school registration costs are currently $25.00 per credit unless a student is participating in a free or reduced lunch program.
  • Get a head start on college coursework.
  • Reduce the amount of time spent on earning a career technical certificate or college degree.
  • Showcase educational achievement.

Admission and registration process:

  • Complete the application/registration form in the high school class.
  • Contact high school counselor or class instructor.

Small Business Development

KCC works to provide small business assistance for the district. The Small Business Development Center provides counseling services and training to small businesses in the district.

For more information, contact KCC’s Small Business Development Center at (541) 880-2278.

International Students

Currently, KCC is not authorized by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to issue I-20 documentation. International students interested in attending KCC must meet with the Dean of Enrollment. Call (541) 882-3521 for an appointment.

Admissions

To be admitted to KCC credit programs, a student must meet at least one of the following entrance requirements:

  1. Graduation from a regionally accredited secondary high school having met all requirements for a full high school diploma. Modified diplomas are not accepted.
  2. A GED, Certificate of Equivalency, or an Adult High School Diploma.
  3. A non-high school graduate 18 years old or older who has achieved acceptable scores on the placement test.
  4. An individual 16 or 17 years old who is not required to attend high school and who furnishes a written release from compulsory school attendance. This special student status (ORS 339.030) requires an interview with Enrollment Services.
  5. A high school student who has met special student admissions requirements: a completed high school referral form, acceptable scores on placement testing, and an admissions interview with an Enrollment Services Representative.

Note: some programs may have additional admissions requirements. See specific programs for details. 

New Students

New students must complete an admissions form and sign up for New Student Orientation with Student Success Representative in Building 3.

Application Process

  • Complete the admissions application.
  • Provide official transcripts from all previous post-secondary education.

Placement Testing

KCC has adopted a practice of using multiple measures to effectively place students. To start, students must set up a meeting with a Student Success Representative to review their academic history, degree goals, Smarter Balance core (if applicable), transcripts from high school and/or college and math and writing competency. Students will be advised on their next steps regarding their math and writing placement. Next steps may include taking the placement test at the Testing Center or immediately enrolling in appropriate courses.

Disability-related accommodations for placement tests are available on a case-by-case basis by contacting the Disability Coordinator at (541) 882-3521.

Ability to Benefit

To be admitted to KCC, a prospective student must demonstrate an ability to benefit from the instruction. The ability to benefit from instruction is defined as the ability to achieve the skill level or knowledge to apply the subject matter in an academic or practical situation. The College reserves the right to independently ascertain if a person can benefit from instruction. If the College determines the person cannot benefit from the instruction and the person has enrolled at the College, the College will administratively drop the student and refund the student’s tuition and fees.

Registration for Classes

See a Student Success Representative to register for classes and to receive a class schedule, student ID, MyKCC information, and other academic resources. After registering:

  • Attend New Student Orientation.
  • Pay tuition and fees by the first day of the term.
  • Complete financial aid file or provide documentation to the Business Office of third-party payment.
  • For non-federal financial aid and third-party payees, pay tuition and fees by the first day of the term.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) is an introduction to KCC and is scheduled prior to each term. NSO is a mandatory half-day session, which includes an overview of college resources, expectations for students, tips for success, financial aid information, and registering for classes. It provides new students with an opportunity to connect with college staff and academic advisors as well as other students on campus. All credit students planning to enroll into a degree, certificate, or diploma program and who are new to KCC are required to attend an NSO session prior to the start of their first term. Call the Student Orientation and Retention Coordinator at (541) 880-2321.

College Survival and Success Course

The College Survival and Success (CGS 100) course assists all new college students in acquiring essential skills needed for academic success. After completing this course, students will be able to: demonstrate a working knowledge of KCC resources; promote the understanding of college policies and procedures; identify and explain their own personal strengths and weaknesses in learning; demonstrate effective college study strategies. Overall, the purpose of this course is to provide a student with the opportunity to learn and practice methods that promote success in college life.

Academic Advising

Mandatory academic advising is required for all students seeking a certificate or degree. It is critical that students meet with an advisor to assist in their course planning. Advisors can also answer questions regarding occupations in fields related to their program of study. KCC encourages students to seek volunteer or paid employment experiences in their field of interest to clarify career decisions. KCC provides access to occupational and career information, using both paper and electronic resources.

Students planning to transfer to another college should begin planning early to identify appropriate transfer courses. Resources to assist with academic planning and decision making include college catalogs from other colleges, online resources at the transfer college, and transfer advisors at that college or university.

Continuing Students

Returning students may access student records and receive other services on the KCC website. These services include online registration, degree audit, degree plan, and financial aid award/disbursal information. It is required that all students meet with an Academic Advisor or a Student Success Representative regarding academic planning.

Occupational Preparatory Instruction

The changing and increasing technical nature of work in business and industry calls for a greater diversity of high-level skills. KCC offers a number of certificates and degree programs for direct entry into occupations requiring skills above the high school level. It is recommended that students have some basic academic skills before entering into occupational preparatory instruction. For more information contact KCC’s Enrollment Services or the lead faculty member in the program of interest.

Transferring Credits

To ensure a smooth transition, students planning to transfer to another community college or four-year college/university are encouraged to contact the college/university to which they plan to transfer. Depending on the student’s program, the student transferring to a four-year college or university may be able to transfer an entire degree.

Whether transferring to a community college or four-year university, the student may transfer at any point while enrolled at KCC. Some career and technical programs offered by KCC include courses which may be transferred. Consult a Student Success Advisor or an Academic Advisor for more specific information.

Transferring to KCC

Students transferring to KCC from another college or university may request the placement test be waived upon evaluation of prior post-secondary transcripts if the student has completed both college-level writing and mathematics course series.

Transfer Credit Acceptance/Application

Students interested in transferring credits to KCC from another institution must be aware of the following policies:

  • ​Credit for military training is granted on the basis of recommendations by the American Council on Education (ACE) as contained in the “Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.” KCC accepts credits from the military DANTES and USAFI programs, as recommended by ACE. Military credits are those listed on a military transcript sent to KCC. 
  • Credit for Prior Learning is assessed on a case-by-case and department-by-department basis. 
  • Students who have received a bachelor’s degree are generally considered to have completed the general education requirements for an associate’s degree.
  • Transfer credit does not count for residency purposes.
  • Credits are accepted only from regionally accredited colleges and universities.
  • An official transcript listing the credits must be received by the Registrar. Once the transcript is received, it will not be released to a non-contracted third party (including other institutions).  For the purpose of proper advisement, transcripts should be sent to the college prior to enrollment.
  • Credits older than 10 years are not accepted for application toward degree requirements.
  • A grade of “D” or higher is accepted in transfer work. However, the transfer work may not be applied towards graduation if the program or degree requires a “C” or better.
  • Only credits which carry transfer credit to other state colleges and universities in Oregon will be accepted for the AA-OT degree.
  • Only the official transcript and course evaluations performed by the KCC Registrar’s Office are final. Any preliminary reviews by campus personnel are unofficial and not binding, and subject to change.
  • Transfer credits based on a different unit of credit than the one prescribed by KCC are subject to conversion before being transferred.
  • Transfer credit must be deemed appropriately applicable for a student’s educational goals as well as the institution’s programs.