KPC’s Kenai River Campus will be hosting another installment of the annual event designed to provide the background necessary for a successful first semester at the college. The Set Up for Success event for new students will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3 in rooms 108 and 109 in the Ward Building.
Students who attend this event will learn about the many electronic tools that they must use throughout their college experience. It is vital to be familiar with Blackboard, the University of Alaska’s online learning management tool, UAOnline, the software interface that manages enrollment, admissions and registration mechanisms, and DegreeWorks, an electronic tool that allows students to monitor progress toward their degree and provides advising to ensure timely degree or certificate completion.
Another important take-away students will benefit from is learning what financial aid options are available. Students will be encouraged to pursue scholarships and grants and to carefully consider the implications of student loans and the resulting debt that must be repaid.
Free pizza will be served and participants will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad! Students must reserve their spot by signing up for the event in advance and be present to win the iPad. Reserve a spot by calling KRC Campus Services at 262-0330 or by signing up for the event from the Kenai Peninsula College Facebook page.
Kenai Peninsula College suffered a huge loss with the passing of the college’s founding director and perennial supporter, Clayton Brockel, on July 11, 2013. It is safe to say that without Brockel’s unwavering commitment to making higher education available on the Kenai Peninsula, the college would not be the thriving institution it is today.
Brockel beat down every barrier, and there were many, that might have prevented the college from becoming a reality. Before there was a physical location, Brockel administered the first KPC classes from his briefcase and his office was the 1963 Chevy Biscayne he nicknamed “Ol Blue.” Every corner of the Peninsula benefited from his efforts as he traveled extensively and established college courses that were delivered in Clam Gulch, Moose Pass, Hope, North Kenai, Tyonek, English Bay, Seward, Homer, Ninilchik, Kenai and Soldotna. He worked tirelessly to make the early residents of the Kenai Peninsula understand that having access to higher education was vital to healthy communities and a vibrant economy.
Even in retirement Brockel, along with his wife Jean, supported the college by establishing two, endowed scholarship funds, the Brockel Family Scholarship and the John C. Brockel Memorial Scholarship. The Brockel’s also donated a substantial amount of real estate to benefit the college.
The college invites the public to come together to celebrate Clayton Brockel’s life from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 in Ward rooms 107-109 at the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna. Memorial donations to either the John C. Brockel Memorial Endowed Scholarship or the Brockel Family Scholarship will be accepted at the event. For those unable to attend, donations can be dropped off at the KPC Director’s office or sent to KPC, Brockel Scholarship Donation, 156 College Rd, Soldotna, AK 99669. Checks must be made out to the UA Foundation and the scholarship fund chosen must be annotated on the check.
To further honor Brockel’s legacy, information regarding the release of KPC’s fifty year history book and a commemorative set of coins honoring the founding leaders of the Borough, School District and KPC will be available. For more information, contact KPC advancement at 262-0320.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, Advancement Programs Manager at Kenai Peninsula College.