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Time running out to finish GED testing


The Kenai River Campus Learning Center has been very busy these days assisting members of the public who are finishing up the current incarnation of the GED test.

“We’ve really seen a lot of people coming in to finish,” said Diane Taylor, Learning Center programs manager.

I think that Randy Trask, the President and CEO of GED Testing Service, put it best, ‘To anyone who has already started the GED test, your future is calling. By passing the GED test, you can answer that call. You owe it to yourself. Don’t miss the chance to turn one small step into your next big opportunity in life.’”

More than 40 individuals have completed the GED testing process within the last three months. There is a sense of urgency because starting on Jan. 2, 2014, there will be a new GED test and the current version of the test is expiring. All scores will be invalid and students who have partially completed the process will have to start over using the new test.

“The changes to the GED will count as the biggest overhaul to the credentialing program since its inception,” Taylor said.

It will align GED goals with business, government, and foundation initiatives promoting strong skill sets and postsecondary training.”

The last day the Learning Center will administer GED tests is Dec. 18. The Learning Center is located in room 153 of the Brockel Building. To schedule an appointment or to find out the testing schedule, call the Learning Center at 262-0327.

Art and History of Brewing course back this spring

The popular, one-credit CED A157, Art and History of Brewing course will be offered on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-6:45 p.m. from Jan. 21 through May 5. The unique course was developed by beer aficionado Bill Howell, who also serves the college as director of Student Services.

All students who register for the course must be 21 years of age or older. Participants will learn about the basic brewing process, styles of beer, their historical and regional origins and their presentation and pairing with food. The class will include field trips to local breweries.

Howell is a noted craft beer expert and was crowned Beerdrinker of the Year in 2010 by the Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado. According the company, Howell won in part because he has the perfect balance of knowledge, passion and beer ambassadorship.

Howell has a published two books about craft breweries in Alaska, “Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island Breweries-Beer on the Last Frontier” and “Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Everything in Between-Beer on the Last Frontier.” Both books are available at

Howell blogs about the Alaskan brewing scene (www., writes a beer column for The Redoubt Reporter and serves as Alaska correspondent for the Northwest Brewing News magazine.

For more information, call 262-0330 or register for the course at UAOnline <> from the KPC homepage.

Santa's coming to campus

Santa Claus will be stopping by the campus form 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 in the McLane Commons thanks to the efforts of the Student Union. The public is invited to visit with Santa and enjoy free hot cocoa and cookies.

For more information, contact the KRCSU at 262-0339.

Suzie Kendrick is the Advancement Programs Manager at KPC. For more inforation, call 907-262-0320.


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