Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus

Every day the new dorms at KPC’s Kenai River Campus get a little closer to looking like the architect’s renditions. The second floor exterior walls are mostly up and more interior walls are visible from College Road and Poppy Lane all the time.


For those who haven’t heard, the dorms are scheduled for occupancy next August just in time for students to live on campus and attend the fall semester. The college will be excited to welcome 96 students to the nearly 40,000 square-foot apartment style complex located across the street from the campus.

KPC hopes that the public will visit the new dorms website at to get a feel for what the residence hall will be like. Just like the facility, the website is still under construction and more information, including application procedures, deposit information and deadlines will be posted on the site as it becomes available.

And while on the internet, everyone is encouraged to “like” the dorms Facebook page at and to share the page with friends to help spread the word locally, throughout Alaska and across the country.

A personnel search is currently under way for KPC’s assistant director of residence life. The successful candidate will be responsible for supervising and directing all aspects of the residence life program, including supervising staff, facility maintenance, budget and utilization of the facility for commercial rental during the summer. The associate director will also develop policies, provide crisis management leadership and enforce the student code of conduct in the dorms. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will be identified and in place by Jan. 1, 2013.

Other positions that will be filled once the assistant director of residence life is in place will include the coordinator of residence life, who will live on site, an administrative assistant, a facilities maintenance technician and several student resident advisors (RAs).

The spring semester course schedule has been made available on KPC’s homepage under the menu heading, Courses & Calendars. The web-based schedule is searchable by a variety of different criteria and it provides a great tool for students to use to plan for completing their degree or certificate programs.

There are more than 400 sections of classes being offered next semester across the KPC system. KPC continues to be a leader in delivering E-learning courses, offering 148 web-based courses for the convenience of students who aren’t able to travel to a campus or extension site.

Priority registration for currently admitted, degree and certificate-seeking students opens Nov. 19 and students with the highest class standing register earlier in the week. Classes continue to fill rapidly and students are very much aware that it to their advantage to register as soon as they’re eligible.

General public registration opens at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 26 and as in recent years, everyone is encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment.

Gwen Johnson, social services associate at Heritage Place in Soldotna, will be providing a presentation titled “Facts and Myths of Medicare, Medicaid, Long-term Care Insurance and Co-insurance” from 4:30-6 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the Steffy Building at KRC.

Johnson will focus on the basics of insurance and how it relates in coverage for hospitals, assisted living homes, home services and continuing care communities. This event is free and open to the public.

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