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College construction moving along

Posted: March 16, 2013 - 9:30am  |  Updated: March 18, 2013 - 9:12am

The new facility is big, bold and impressive and more than 60 percent complete. With an industrial theme throughout, students who attend classes and labs in the building will be in an environment that screams work.

KPC process tech, instrumentation and computer electronics faculty have been involved in the planning since the project was approved. Designing a new teaching facility for these programs presented the opportunity to customize features so that students are exposed to the most current technologies.

The centerpiece of the CTEC will be a large, process simulator located in the front of the building that encompasses two floors and is visible to the outside through large, architectural glass panels. The simulator will be composed of a variety of vessels, heat exchangers, valves and stainless steel piping that will be operated via computers from a glassed in control room. The simulator will also be connected to the labs upstairs, so that experiments can be run through the simulator. The simulator was specially designed to illustrate what students will see when they enter the oil and gas or other process-based industry workforce.

Upstairs houses the computer electronics and instrumentation labs and two classrooms. On the first floor there is a fabrication lab, two classrooms, a conference room and six faculty offices. One classroom has a specially designed equipment viewing wall so that instructors can simply move a retractable wall to show specific items without having to transport them into the classroom.

With an eye toward taking advantage of every teaching opportunity, even the mechanical and data rooms are oversized so students can learn about how they are set up and see them in operation.

With the new residence hall just across the street, KPC Director Gary Turner has said that he wants students to feel that they are home in the dorms and then going to work when they walk into the CTEC.

The new residence hall will offer a Process Tech/Instrumentation Living Learning Community where students in these degree programs can share apartments and the common goals of the programs. According to Tammie Willis, associate director of residence life, the mission of this community is to provide Process Tech and Instrumentation students with engaging activities and events that expands upon what they are learning in the classroom while also developing career expertise and leadership to better prepare them for their chosen career path.

“One of the most important goals of this LLC is to connect students to important figures within the field to establish mentorship opportunities and promote students as lifelong learners who are able to think critically as problem solvers and readily adapt to constantly changing technology,” Willis said.

Learn to fly fish starting this week

Beginning Fly Fishing is a one-credit, six-week course that will be held from 7:15-9:15 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning March 20 in room 158 at the Kenai River Campus. The course, taught by Dave Atcheson, introduces the basics and is designed for those new to fly fishing. For more information, call 262-0330.

Psychology Club to host PTSD presentation

The KRC Psychology Club is hosting a free presentation on post-traumatic stress disorder at 7:15 p.m. on March 21 in rooms 108/109 in the Ward Building. Dr. Jacqueline Bock, a local neuropsychologist and currently a KRC adjunct professor, will discuss “’Trauma, Resilience and Positive Psychology.” The second speaker will be Pat Merwin, a behavioral health counselor at Central Peninsula Hospital, whose topic will be, “Trauma and PTSD: a Clinical Approach with a Local Perspective.”

Column provided by Suzie Kendrick, Advancement Programs Manager

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