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Twin ribbon cutting marks expansion of KPC

Posted: August 17, 2013 - 7:42pm  |  Updated: August 20, 2013 - 1:23pm
Photo by Merrill Sikorski/Peninsula Clarion The newly opened Career and Technical Education Center Thursday August 15, 2013 on the Kenai Peninsula College's Kenai River Campus grounds.  The $15.25 million project will house process technology, industrial instrumentation and computer electronics classes.
Photo by Merrill Sikorski/Peninsula Clarion The newly opened Career and Technical Education Center Thursday August 15, 2013 on the Kenai Peninsula College's Kenai River Campus grounds. The $15.25 million project will house process technology, industrial instrumentation and computer electronics classes.

As several hundred people crowded around, waiting to get into the glass, steel and aluminum space housing the Kenai Peninsula College — Kenai River Campus’ new Career and Technical Education Center, Spencer Litzenberger had a different idea.

The Blazy Construction Inc. worker knows the new building intimately as he’s been with the $15.25 million project since the company broke ground on the building in summer of 2012.

“I’m very proud of it; I just don’t ever want to see it again,” he said, with a laugh.

Still, despite his aversion to being in the building, Litzenberger has no problem recalling his favorite spots inside where the sun streams through full-windowed walls, bounces off the exposed steel frame and gives a sense of openness to the nearly 20,000 foot space.

“The architecture is really amazing, the industrial look,” he said. “It’s great to see the building finally come to fruition.”

With the large number of visiting dignitaries, it took two ceremonial ribbon-cuttings to acknowledge everyone who helped bring to fruition space that will house process technology, industrial instrumentation and computer electronics workforce development programs.

During the opening ceremony, Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, recalled his days at the college and said it is important for people to understand how attractive a graduate from the college’s technical education programs is to Alaskan employers, as they can “hit the ground running.”

“I only hire those that have graduated from the process tech program,” he said. “They come ready to go; some of our top employees came right out of this program.”

After the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new technical center, most of the crowd made their way to the college’s new residence hall where another 40,000 foot building will house nearly 100 students.

Penny Vadla, longtime community member and adjunct English professor at the college, said she thought the building was going to entice more students to stay in the area.

The center has three classrooms, labs for computer electronics, instrumentation, process simulation and fabrication as well as commons areas and eight faculty offices.

“This, to me, is an amazing edifice that will bring more opportunities for our students,” she said. “I hate to see the brain drain; now we won’t have it so much.”

Vadla stood just outside the building, admiring the angular shadows cast by the sunlight on decorative aluminum window bars.

“I didn’t like it in the beginning,” she said. “It’s a big building, and when you get older you don’t like change. Now it is — to me – the prettiest building on campus. It’s modern. It’s young.”

 

Editor's Note: This article has been modified to correct two editing errors. 

Rashah McChesney can be reached at rashah.mcchesney@peninsulaclarion.com

 

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luvak52
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luvak52 08/19/13 - 08:13 pm
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PLEASE proofread!!

Expanion??

comeonpeople
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comeonpeople 08/20/13 - 06:04 am
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wow that was fast!

They broke ground and completed the project in one summer? Where's my sarcasm button......I concur with luvak52. PLEASE PROOFREAD !!

aknativewoman
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aknativewoman 08/20/13 - 08:56 am
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More than a problem with proofreading

I am a retired typesetter (over 50 years experience) that wonders about the newspaper's software. In this age of technology, almost every word processing program is capable of alerting the article's author of errors, whether it's a misspelling, punctuation, even poor sentence construction. Perhaps the staff should review this. To have such an obvious error in a headline, and more than just this one time, makes me believe it's more than simple proofreading.

Media Critic
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Media Critic 08/20/13 - 01:08 pm
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You are most certainly right,

aknativewoman. All you need to consider is that people have been questioning the error (and others) for three days now but the error hasn't been corrected.

aknativewoman
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aknativewoman 08/21/13 - 07:58 am
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Headline corrected!

Media Critic, the complaints have been out there for more than several days. I've seen this problem in this newspaper since I moved here ten years ago. Yes, the headline has been corrected, but if you look at the article written about the new librarian, the mistakes continue! Missing words, incorrect choices (everyday instead of every day), these are the other issues that should also be looked at.

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supercubber 08/22/13 - 07:25 am
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Mr. Micciche

He states that is all he hires is process tech graduates. Alaska's Oil Company (ConocoPhillips) doesn't even come close to supporting the graduates from all 3 programs as BP. Typical politician. Sounds really good, makes the locals feel good, but is no where near the truth.

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