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It only makes sense that Kalamazoo Valley utilize special talents within the college. Whether these students are part of your staff or are marketing and design students, they need to be well versed in adhering to the guidelines set forth in this manual.

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These students will need to work closely with BrandCentral and/or the Marketing Department.

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Specifically, we emphasize a creative style that conveys our desire to express:

Our photographic style demonstrates the creative distinction necessary to promote our style of communication.

Our students are real people, with real aspirations and honest lives. It is imperative to capture that spirit in every photograph.

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How do we convey innovation, boldness, approachability, commitment, engagement, diversity and responsiveness while maintaining consistency?

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RADISSON PLAZA HOTEL & SUITES On May 12, the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Foundation will present the 6th annual Opportunities for Education Scholarship Fund-Raising Dinner. This dinner benefits outstanding students with financial needs.

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Texas Township Campus 6767 West O Avenue PO Box 4070 Kalamazoo, MI 49003-4070 269.488.4400 Arcadia Commons Campus 202 North Rose Street PO Box 4070 Kalamazoo, MI 49003-4070 269.373.7800 The Groves Campus 7107 Elm Valley Drive PO Box 4070 Kalamazoo, MI 49003-4070 269.353.1253

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Step 1: Complete an Application Apply for free online at www.kvcc.edu or in person at the Student Service Center at either the Texas Township Campus or Arcadia Commons Campus. Printed applications are in the class schedule and the Programs of Study booklet.

But I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to get there. Financial Aid was the only way I could make it. The process was made easier with the help from the Financial Aid office.

Step 2: Submit your ACT scores (school code: 2016) or schedule a Placement Assessment â&#x20AC;˘ Assessment and ACT scores are used for course placement. â&#x20AC;˘ Call 269.488.4100 to set up an appointment or to ask questions.

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â&#x20AC;˘ Be enrolled at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, making satisfactory academic progress; â&#x20AC;˘ Demonstrate financial need and/or achievement; â&#x20AC;˘ Not be in default on any Title IV HEA grant or loan at any institution; â&#x20AC;˘ Maintain financial eligibility; and

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You must re-apply for financial aid each year, preferably during the months of January through March for the following academic year.

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To one degree or another, everyone follows the same basic steps in making a career decision. The six fundamental steps include: self-assessment, career exploration, decision making, job search, working and reflecting.

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Complete the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov Call 269.488.4340 with questions.

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Certificate â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Approximately one year of full-time coursework, 30 credit hours. Associate Degree (AAS) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Approximately two years of full-time coursework, 62 credit hours. Associate Degree Transfer (AA/AS) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Approximately two years of full-time coursework, 62 credit hours. Full-time coursework consists of 12 or more credit hours per semester. 

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We encourage you to follow the systematic and purposeful approach suggested in this brochure and seek the advice and guidance of a Kalamazoo Valley career counselor or employment services professional. When you do, we are sure you will find that the career decision-making process is a more streamlined and effective way to make a fulfilling career choice. Read on to discover the valuable services available to you at no cost.

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Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship Amount: $4,000 (Renewable) Eligibility: 3.7 GPA minimum Minimum 24 transferable credits Not have attended 4-year college after completing Kalamazoo Valley Deadline: May 15 Application: Automatic

Community College Valedictorian Scholarship Amount: $300 per semester (up to 4 semesters) Eligibility: Community college graduate designated valedictorian of their graduating class Deadline: Admitted to university by April 15 Application: None

Community College Honors Scholarship Amount: $2,500 (Renewable) Eligibility: 3.5 GPA minimum Minimum 56 transferable credit hours Deadline: None Application: Automatic Transfer Recognition Scholarship Amount: $1,000 (Renewable second year) Eligibility: 3.3 GPA minimum, 30 transferable semester hours Deadline: None Application: None (Contact CMU Admissions Office)

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Transfer Residential Life Scholarship Amount: $2,000 (Renewable second year) Eligibility: 3.0 GPA minimum Associate degree Not have attended 4-year college after completing associate degree Must enroll full-time at FSU; live in residence hall, Big Rapids campus Deadline: May 15 Application: Automatic Transfer Academic Achievement Scholarship Amount: $3,000 (Renewable) Eligibility: 3.3 GPA minimum 24 transferable credits Deadline: May 15 Application: None

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Trustee Scholarship Amount: Half tuition up to 16 semester hours for 4 semesters Eligibility: 42 or more transferable credits. 3.5 min. GPA, community service and activities are considered Deadline: Admitted to university by April 15 Application: Available online through MSU Admissions

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Decoration For academies, leading with the Kalamazoo Valley (notice the omission of community college), followed by the academy name brings the program into focus. Program DIN-Medium Right justified on (1) line Centered on (2) lined

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School Pride Consistent school colors, clean appearance and prideful messages support Kalamazoo Valley merchandise,

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Identity Guidelines  

Comprehensive graphic standards for Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Collaborative effort between Thomas Mills and Thomas Wrench.

Identity Guidelines  

Comprehensive graphic standards for Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Collaborative effort between Thomas Mills and Thomas Wrench.