Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus

Two days prior to the close of this semester’s late registration period, enrollment across the KPC system is down less than one percent compared to the same period last year. According to KPC Director Gary Turner, KPC’s growth is up 17 percent in head count and 28 percent in credit hours compared to enrollment five years ago.


KPC continues to see a significant increase in minority student enrollments. In the last ten years, the number of minority students has increased 212 percent. KPC enrolls more Alaska Native/American Indian, Pacific Island, Asian, Black and Hispanic students than any other UAA community campus.

Another area of rapid enrollment growth is in the number of veterans who are choosing KPC for their higher education needs. Although enrollment rates are still being evaluated, it is anticipated that this semester will meet or exceed the spring 2013 semester. By comparison, there were 28 veterans enrolled during the spring 2007 semester versus 108 this past spring.

During the recent fall semester convocation, Turner reported that KPC saw 150 associate degrees (106 classified as being in high demand areas by the Alaska Department of Labor), five certificates, 42 welding certifications and more than 100 GEDs. This is a new record and the fifth consecutive year that the record has been broken.

This year’s summer semester saw a slight decrease in enrollment compared to 2012. However, compared to summer enrollment five years ago, head count increased 102 percent and credit hours were up 104 percent.

Even with the leveling off of KPC enrollments, the college is the third largest in the University of Alaska system, behind UAF and UAA.

KPC Health Clinic encouraging students to seek health care information

Kathy Becher, KPC’s advanced nurse practitioner, is reaching out to students to raise awareness about the Affordable Health Care Act and its implications for young people.

“Beginning next year, individuals who do not have health insurance will have to pay a penalty. The penalty will start off small in 2014 ($95 per adult or one percent of household income, depending on which is greater) but will increase thereafter to $695 or 2.5 percent of income in 2016. Young Invincibles is a national organization formed to help youth ages 18-34 find out about how they can get health care under the Affordable Health Care Act starting Oct. 1,” said Becher.

According to the organization’s website, Young Invincibles is committed to mobilizing and expanding opportunities for young adults on issues like higher education, health care and jobs. For more information, visit the Young Invincibles website at

Seats available in late-starting, accelerated courses

Sometimes students only need a class or two to meet degree requirements and often it can be more efficient if the courses are delivered in a condensed format.

In an effort to meet the needs of these students, two courses have been developed for delivery in a ten week session. Interpersonal Communication (COMM A237) and Technical Writing (ENGL A212), both three credit, web-based courses, begin Sept. 30 and run through Dec. 14.

Registration is available at For more information, contact Student Services at 907-262-0330.


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


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