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Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus

Posted: March 31, 2013 - 11:35am

Ever wondered what degrees UAA/Kenai Peninsula College offers? Thinking about living in the new residence hall but want to scope it out first? Unsure what requirements need to be met to qualify for financial aid? Find out the answers to these questions, enjoy a slice of pizza and take the opportunity to discover all the benefits of attending college at the Kenai River Campus from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday in the McLane Commons.

With public registration for next fall semester and the application period for living in the Kenai River Campus Residence Hall both opening on April 15, now is the time for prospective students, and their parents, to learn about all the opportunities available. Current KPC students, and those who may have taken a break from the college, will also benefit from the event as the campus has been changing rapidly in recent years.

“Advice and a Slice” was conceived by Chris Stuive, assistant professor of counseling, to provide a one-stop, comprehensive KPC overview during hours convenient for high students and their parents.

“I have been at KPC for almost three years and I just felt like we weren’t offering enough outreach to high school students. My priority was to come up with a way to showcase all the cool things happening here at KPC. It will be powerful to have all the key players on campus in the same place at the same time. We do outreach, but often it is individually or in small groups,” said Stuive.

“This is our opportunity to say, ‘Here’s how we can help.’ This college is a gem in our community and I want everyone to have the chance to see that for themselves.”

Stuive coordinated an effort to mail out more than 650 invitations to current high school seniors in the Borough and a great deal of effort has been made to get the word out to the high schools and the media.

Most every campus entity that serves students will be represented at the event. Counselors and advisors will be showcasing KPC/UAA certificates, degrees and special training opportunities and faculty will be on hand to talk to students about what it takes to complete specific programs. Career Center and financial aid representatives will share what resources are available to students and KPC’s Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Kathy Becher, will provide information about the Student Health Clinic. Learning Center and Library personnel will be available with information about tutoring, testing and onsite and online information resources available to students.

Tammie Willis, associate director of residence life, will be on hand to provide information about the new KPC residence hall and will offer tours of the new facility from 3-5 p.m. Brochures about KPC’s new residence life program will be available as well as detailed application procedures and requirements related to living in the new facility.

Other groups participating include the Student Union and campus clubs, including the Gamer’s Club, Anime Club, Psychology Club, Art Students’ League Association and Phi Theta Kappa. These groups will share opportunities for students to get involved in campus life, including student governance and sharing interests through club activities.

For more information about the event, call 1-877-262-0330 or e-mail iyinfo@kpc.alaska.edu.

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

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