Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus

The Kenai River Campus graduation ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Kenai Central High School’s Renée C. Henderson Auditorium. The key note speaker this year is author Dana Stabenow.


KRC chooses valedictorians from the two major academic divisions at the college, Arts and Sciences and Business and Industry. This year the AS designee is Danna Spring, who is graduating with a 4.0 GPA and being awarded an associate of arts degree, and the BI designee is Lori Lehigh, also with a 4.0 GPA and earning her associate of applied science in general business.

The Kachemak Bay Campus will celebrate commencement at 7 p.m., Wednesday at Homer High School’s Mariner Theater. The keynote speaker at this year’s event will be journalist Michael Carey.

The KBC valedictorian representing the class of 2012-2013 will be Nina Reutov, who is graduating with a 4.0 GPA and is being awarded an associate of arts degree.

KPC’s Anchorage Extension Site’s graduates celebrate their commencement at a luncheon sponsored by the staff and faculty each year. Many of the AES graduates participated in the UAA commencement ceremony that was held on May 5 at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Students interested in applying for KRC’s fall 2013 paramedic program must turn in their applications by Friday. View the application from the Kenai River Campus homepage at

For more information about the program, please contact Paul Perry, KRC assistant professor of paramedical technology, at 262-0378 or e-mail

The GED program at the KRC Learning Center is in full swing. As of last week, 81 individuals have earned their GED diplomas. It is anticipated that more than one hundred diplomas will be awarded this year. To make that happen, GED instruction and testing will be offered through June 21. Students can prepare to take the tests with the help of individual tutoring, traditional textbooks, online technology, as well as through the use of Kindles and iPads.

When the GED tests change on January 1, 2014, those who didn’t complete the current tests or who missed passing by even one point will be required to start over.

“The changes to the GED will count as the biggest overhaul to the credentialing program since its inception 70 years ago,” said Diane Taylor, KRC Learning Center programs manager. “It will align GED goals with business, government, and foundation initiatives promoting strong skill sets and postsecondary training.”

KRC’s Learning Center’s summer hours begin June 1, opening all month for three days each week (Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays). The Center will close in July but will reopen at the end of August.

For more information about GED testing, call the KRC Learning Center at 262-0327.

KPC’s Kenai River Campus will be closed from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 10 for the annual year-end meeting and litter cleanups on College Road and Poppy Lane. In addition, KRC will also be closed all day on May 14 so that staff and faculty can attend the annual UAA Development Day.

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


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