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Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus

Posted: January 27, 2013 - 2:08pm  |  Updated: January 28, 2013 - 10:12am

KPC’s process technology, instrumentation and computer electronics students are very popular these days. Successful graduates have many opportunities to secure both internships and entry-level employment as they approach graduation. These popular programs are full every semester and classes fill up immediately after registration opens and often have waiting lists..

Major oil and gas companies are fully aware of the advantages of hiring KPC graduates for operations, instrumentation and computer electronics positions in Alaska and across the nation. Over the years KPC has worked with industry to establish best practices in curriculums and to update course work to ensure relevancy to modern oil and gas technology.

KRC professors and instructors emphasize employment preparation to their students in addition to program content. With many collective years of experience in their fields, teachers maintain close contact with employers and some maintain data bases of current opportunities that they share with current and former students.

ExxonMobil, Shell, Apache and BP send recruiters to visit with KPC on a regular basis. Some companies administer employment screening exams to students to establish their employability. Others grant interviews for upcoming internships and entry-level openings locally, nationwide and even international opportunities.

BP representatives came to KRC in December and will again visit on Feb. 13 to conduct internship interviews with Process Technology, Instrumentation and Computer Electronics Technology students.

Kenai River Campus residence hall countdown continues

It’s hard to believe, but January 31will mark “200 days until move-in day” for KRC’s 96-bed residence hall facility.

According to Phillip Miller, construction project manager, Bristol Environmental, the general contractor, is on schedule to deliver the building as anticipated. The building has been closed in and many sub-contractors are installing plumbing, electrical systems and drywall.

A major sigh of relief was almost palpable at KRC when Tammie Willis, KRC’s new associate director of residence life, arrived to take the project helm. Willis comes with more than a decade of hands-on experience in residence life and she has already immersed herself in planning. With virtually a blank slate, Willis will put her mark on the facility and use her vast experience to put KPC’s first residence hall on the map.

Residence hall applications for the fall 2013 semester will be accepted beginning April 15, the first day that general public registration opens. Details regarding the process will be publicized as they become available.

Important dates coming up

As the semester progresses, students are afforded opportunities to change their minds. This semester, the last day to drop a class and receive a 100 percent refund of tuition and fees is tomorrow, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. This is also the deadline to drop semester-length courses online and to change a class from credit to non-credit or audit.

On Jan. 30, a $125 fee will be assessed on all accounts that have outstanding or due balances. To avoid paying late payment fees, students must either pay their accounts in full, present verification of approved financial aid or be enrolled in an approved payment plan prior to the payment deadline date.

To review account status and/or pay via credit card or electronic check, students can go to UAOnline at http://uaonline.alaska.edu. For more information, contact Student Services at 262-0330.

 

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

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