This is the second semester since KPC/UAA implemented a two week priority registration system that allows currently enrolled, degree-seeking students to register before the general public. The system is set up so students with higher class standings (e.g. seniors versus juniors) can register first in order to get into classes needed to complete degrees followed by pending degree-seeking students.
Generally KPC analyzes enrollment statistics comparing the same time period in the previous year. However, the new priority registration system was not in place during spring 2011. The upcoming 2012 spring semester enrollment, compared with the same time frame during the current semester's priority registration last April, has again skyrocketed with 69 percent growth in headcount and 87 percent in credit hours.
Enrollment in E-Learning courses represents almost 54 percent of the growth in student credit hours for the spring (compared with enrollment in courses taught face-to-face). KPC continues to be a leader in the state in the delivery of online courses.
Anyone interested in getting into KPC courses this spring should not delay. Register online from the KPC web site or visit Kenai River Campus Services for assistance. For more information, call Campus Services at 262-0330.
KPC Showcase Art and Lecture Series: Aquatic Mites
The public is invited to a free lecture on aquatic mites presented by Dr. David Wartinbee, KRC professor of biology, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30 in KRC's Ward Building in room 109.
Wartinbee will speak about the roles the mites have in stream and lake ecology. He will describe a recent mass appearance of red water mite larvae on E. Mackey Lake and the possible implications of the event.
Dr. Wartinbee's expertise in aquatic ecology is highly regarded and he recently contributed to a book titled, "Wading for Bugs," writing about chironomid midges. The book, designed for young readers, was published by the University of Oregon Press.
Process technology class takes to the field
KPC is known in industry circles for providing relevant, hands-on training in the process technology, computer electronics and instrumentation fields. In addition to KRC's onsite process simulators and instrumentation labs, faculty routinely arrange field trips to industrial sites to reinforce what they teach their students in the classroom.
Recently students from the Oil and Gas Exploration and Production class toured the Nabors Drill Rig 105 currently working at the Cannery Loop field in the City of Kenai. Rig Manager Keith Carter provided a two-hour tour and a detailed explanation of the drilling process. The rig was actively drilling at the time providing students the opportunity to witness the process from the drill rig's pad.
Jake Main, assistant professor of process technology, took the same group of students to the Tesoro Refinery north of Kenai. The class spent four hours touring the crude and hydrocracker units and other support process units.
Tesoro employee Allan Casperson and other shift operators provided the students extensive explanations about the refinery processes and answered many questions about what it's like to work in such a facility.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, Advancement Programs Manager at Kenai Peninsula College.