Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus

More than 60 educational institutions, including KPC, will have representatives at the annual College Fair that will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 at the Sports Center in Soldotna, Alaska.


That evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., a financial aid informational program will be offered by KPC’s Financial Aid Coordinator Carrie Burford. Topics covered include overview of federal and state financial aid programs, local scholarship offerings, student timelines and funding post-secondary education. The events are sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and KPC. Both are free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 262-0332 or e-mail

Every year, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, together with the Alaska Humanities Forum, select a few Alaska citizens and organizations that exemplify great art and devotion to the humanities. Carol Swartz, director of KPC’s Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, has been named one of the 2012 recipients of the Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. She was recognized in the category “Distinguished Service to the Humanities” as the founding director of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference on Oct. 18 during a dinner at the Hotel Captain Cook.

KPC is proud to announce that Carol Joyce, KRC Learning Center instructor, has been selected as an AAEA Rising Star Award recipient. Joyce was nominated for the award by her peers, Billie Hardy and Terri Cowart, who both serve as adult basic education instructors in the Learning Center.

The AAEA recognizes programs for exemplary efforts in the areas of curriculum, instruction and community service.

According to the nomination submitted, Joyce earned her degree in secondary English education from the University of South Florida. She formerly held a position with the postal service that allowed her to travel to many cities and villages in Alaska to offer training and development for new employees.

Her experiences and travels throughout the state have benefited KPC greatly. Joyce joined KRC’s Learning Center in January 2011 as an instructor of adult basic education at the Kenai River Campus and then moved into the role of outreach instructor in Ninilchik and Tyonek.

“She has networked with virtually everyone in both of those villages to spread the word about our adult education programs and recruit students,” said Hardy and Cowart. “She is tenacious in bringing learning opportunities to the village across Cook Inlet, including trekking to the homes of no-show students and taking them back to the school with her. Carol’s efforts paid off when she was able to fly to Tyonek in 2011 with caps and gowns to hold their GED graduation ceremony.”

Anyone interested in sustainability issues on the Kenai River Campus or in the community is asked to come to a general organizational meeting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in room 203 of the Ward Building. If there is enough interest, officers and a club council representative will be elected.

In the past the club has worked on recycling, held the annual Earth Day Celebration and sponsored The Ripple Effect Film Series. Anyone interested is invited to attend this important meeting that will determine the future of the club.

For more information, contact Dave Atcheson at 262-0346 or Krista Timlin at 262-0337.

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, advancement programs manager at KPC


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