KPC Around Campus: Spring semester off and running

Professor Alan Boraas receiving his fortieth year commemorative award for employment at Kenai Peninsula College's spring commencement. Photo by Spring Sibayan

KPC students are back in classes beginning today and enrollment is trending slightly up compared to this time last year across the KPC system. According to KPC Director Gary Turner, the college is doing very well as many institutions around the state are seeing decreasing enrollments as the economy picks up.


“We are very fortunate to see the increase here. Overall, the University of Alaska is seeing a 3 to 4 percent decline compared to the same period last year,” Turner told KPC employees at the spring semester convocation on Jan. 6.

Kenai River campus anthropology professor recognized for service

Dr. Alan Boraas began teaching Adult Basic Education courses part time at the college in the late 1960s when it was still known as Kenai Peninsula Community College.

Boraas, who holds a doctorate in anthropology, began teaching full time in 1974. This year marks Boraas’ fortieth year at KPC. He was recognized at the recent convocation by Director Turner with a plaque adorned with an eagle in flight. Boraas was honored by his fellow KPC employees with a resounding standing ovation.

In his own quiet, mild mannered style, Boraas addressed the group with “a little story” as he accepted his longevity award.

“They give you a clock at 30 years and then another clock at 35. I’m just glad it’s not another clock,” Boraas said.

He spoke about the prospect of retiring and that it would please his wife, then he spoke about a recurring dream that seems to be sending him a message.

“The dream is about building a house that I can’t finish; I think it represents work I still have to do here at the college. I guess I’ll retire when I stop having the dream,” Boraas said.

“I hope you never finish that house, Alan,” Turner said to the delight of all in attendance.

Paramedic Technology program application period open

KPC’s associate of applied science degree program in paramedic technology is among the best in the country. Students who successfully complete this prestigious degree have no problems finding jobs. Students train with state-of-the-art equipment in the classroom, at local and regional hospitals and during internships offered with major ambulance services in the lower 48.

Entry into the program is competitive and has pre-admission requirements that include being a current EMT and successful completion of Biology A111 and A112 (anatomy and physiology). Interested students are encouraged to submit an application right away, even if they have not completed the pre-admission courses. Students can complete those courses as part of the process toward having their application being accepted.

Download the application form at and return to Program Director Paul Perry by May 16, 2014. For more information, contact Perry at 262-0378 or e-mail

Rarefied Light 2013 open in gallery

The public is invited to view Alaska’s largest juried photography exhibition in the G.L. Freeburg Gallery. The exhibit, curated by the Alaska Photographic Center in Anchorage, is shown annually in Anchorage, Fairbanks and at KPC’s Kenai River Campus.

There will be an opening reception for the exhibition from 4:30-6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17 at the gallery located in the Brockel Building. For more information, contact Professor Cam Choy at 262-0274 or e-mail


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