Spring semester on track for another record

At last week's spring semester convocation, Director Gary Turner reported to staff and faculty that the upcoming semester had already broken last spring's record breaking enrollment. With another week of general registration remaining, KPC enrollment was up 22 percent in headcount with 2,464 students registered and 17 percent in credit hours for a total of 14,878.


More than 53 percent of the total credit hours across the KPC system are from E-Learning courses.

KPC is now the fourth largest institution in the University of Alaska system in student head count, just 29 less students than the campus in Juneau.

The most staggering enrollment statistic regarding KPC's growth is in the five-year comparison, 2007 versus 2011. KPC has seen a 76 percent increase in head count and 61 percent in credit hours generated. KPC leads the university in this statistic.

Still time to register
Although online, public registration for spring has been open since Nov. 28, there is an opportunity for students who prefer to register in person at the Kenai River Campus to do so from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12 and Friday, Jan. 13. Campus Services personnel will be available to assist students to access UAOnline and complete the registration process.

The late registration period for the upcoming spring semester is Jan. 16- 20. Late registration requires a $5 fee and is only available by coming to Kenai River Campus Services.

Please note that the Kenai River Campus will be closed on Jan. 16 to celebrate Alaska Civil Rights Day. For more information, call 262-0330 or e-mail iyinfo@kpc.alaska.edu.         

First engineering class at KRC
Alaska needs more professional engineers and KPC is offering the first course required in all UAA engineering degrees in the upcoming spring semester. Students are encouraged to register now for Engineering Practices I and explore what it takes to enter the field.

The class is being offered at KPC's Kenai River Campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-11:15 a.m. beginning Jan. 17. It will be taught Geno Rohl, KRC assistant professor of mathematics and former engineering professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

For more information, contact Professor Rohl at 262-0271 or Campus Services at 262-0330 or e-mail ifear@kpc.alaska.edu.   

Call for art proposals at both KPC campuses
Kenai Peninsula College is requesting proposals from artists for projects at the Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer and at the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna.

The Kachemak Bay Campus is requesting proposals from artists interested in creating work to be placed in Bayview Hall, its newest building. The deadline to submit is 5 p.m. Jan. 19. Finalists will be selected by Feb. 24 and installation must be completed by July 15. Questions can be directed to KBC Director Carol Swartz at 907-235-1656 or e-mail incis@kpc.alaska.edu.

The Kenai River Campus is requesting proposals from artists interested in creating work to be placed on the sign base at the corner of Kalifornsky Beach Road and College Road in Soldotna. The deadline to submit is 5 p.m. March 1. Finalists will be selected by March 31 and installation must be completed by Aug. 1. Questions can be directed to Phillip Miller, KRC art selection committee chairman, at 907-262-0325 or e-mail inpjm1@kpc.alaska.edu.

Detailed descriptions of the requests for art proposals can be accessed at the KPC web site at www.kpc.alaska.edu.

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, Advancement Programs Manager at Kenai Peninsula College.