Situated in Roscommon County in north-central Michigan, Kirtland Community College has been offering two-year higher education services to the surrounding district (which is home to some 65,000 souls) since 1966, when the school’s creation was approved under Michigan’s Public Act 188. Hence, it is a public school, and it achieved associate degree-granting status by 1975, with its current offering having grown to over 50 different unique programs from the associate level on down to individual certificates.
As mentioned, there are over 50 different academic programs being offered at Kirtland Community College. The school receives its accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and furthermore is registered with the Michigan Community College Association and the American Association of Community Colleges.
The academic departments at Kirtland Community College cover the areas of Automotive, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, English, Mathematics, Political Science, Psychology, Science, and furthermore the school has a unique Police Academy department. Among the most popular study programs are those in the fields of nursing and emergency medicine as well as administrative studies, though the school has launched popular programs in Animation & Game Design, 3-Dimensional Product Design, and Criminal Justice-Generalist. In 2010, a new Surgery Technician program will be added to the academic offering, giving the school’s health occupational focus a significant boost.
Kirtland Community College has embraced the online education format in full, and students will find many opportunities for learning from a distance or creating hybrid (part online, part in-class) study programs.
Honors programs are available in the following programs: Honors Associate in Arts, in Applied Science, in Business Administration, in Fine Arts, and in Science.
Most Popular Fields of Study
As a public community college, Kirtland Community College has the duty to enforce as open an admissions policy as possible, and as a result virtually all qualified applicants are accepted to the school’s various academic programs. The admissions process is simple and, as with many schools these days, can be done online in part (submission of the application form, which is free of charge).
Admissions requirements are minimal, and include having a high school diploma or GED (or working towards completion thereof) or being over 18 years of age, presenting official academic transcripts, and demonstrating proficiency in the areas of math and English. These two requirements can be met either through good results on the SAT or ACT exams, transfer college credits (with a grade of C or higher) in both subject areas, or by taking Kirtland Community College’s placement exams.
The availability of financial aid at Kirtland Community College is quite good, and as always students are indicated to fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid as early as possible (during the admissions process itself), which can be done online to make the process easier.
A notable perk to the financial aid system at Kirtland Community College is what is known as the consortium agreement. Through the consortium agreement, students may take classes and receive credit at other, participating schools (a handful of other Michigan colleges and universities) without losing credit hours which are used to determine a student’s aid eligibility; that is to say, your studies at these other schools will not hurt your financial aid situation.
The student body at Kirtland Community College is almost entirely composed of in-state students, of whom a little over half tend to be studying on a full-time basis in an average semester. Student on-campus housing was at one point offered at Kirtland Community College, but the service has been discontinued as of 2009 and though the school is considering reinstating student housing no information is currently available on the matter.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The school mascot at Kirtland Community College is the “Firebird,” and the school’s athletics colors are white and green. The school’s teams compete in the Eastern Conference of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) and in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
In total, Kirtland Community College has men’s and women’s teams in basketball, cross country and golf, in each case competing separately in the MCCAA and the NJCAA. The school’s athletics programs are boosted by the fact that athlete financial aid is available at Kirtland Community College.