Kenai Peninsula College will kick off the new semester with an open house Thursday. More than 30 demonstrations and presentations will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition, refreshments will be served throughout the day, and a free, three-credit class will be given as a door prize.
Just a sampling of the presentations planned for the day include sculpture demonstrations, finger picking guitar, tips for buying a computer, Japanese food demonstration, results from the archaeology field school, what's in a salmon's lunchbox, traveling Europe, "To Your Health: Natural Medicine," dance and "Seafaring Women."
Students can choose from nearly 200 classes in 43 different subject areas during general registration 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Classes begin next week.
Counselors and instructors will present information about various degree and certificate programs during new student orientation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Other topics covered during the three-hour orientation sessions include financial aid, peer advising, the Learning Center, the Career Center and other services offered through the college.
An evening session scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. accommodates people unable to attend the morning session. Anyone interested in attending one of these sessions should call KPC Student Services (262-0330) to reserve a place. Students who complete new student orientation may register for classes immediately following their orientation session.
The college's main campus is located at the end of East Poppy Lane, about one mile from Kalifornsky Beach Road between Kenai and Soldotna.
Eleven new classes will be offered at KPC this spring semester, including Intermediate Handbuilt Ceramics, Intermediate Sculpture, Appreciating Opera, Introduction to Creative Writing: Mysteries, Computer Numerical Control Lathe, Administrative Law for Managers, Public Budgetary Process, Natural Resource Policy, Advanced Tai Chi and Process Technology II: Systems.
The KPC Learning Center offers numerous options for students not quite ready for the traditional college. The Adult Basic Education Program offers individualized courses to develop math and English skills. These courses are free, and participants can register anytime. Information on telecourses and correspondence courses also is available in the Learning Center. In addition, free instruction and testing are provided for students wanting to earn a high school equivalency diploma or GED. Other programs, such as Elderhostel and the Family Reading Center, are offered through the Learning Center.
The Career Center at KPC provides services in the areas of career exploration, resume writing, interviewing skills and labor market information. The center is open to everyone.
The high school senior program continues this year as a result of funding from the Kenai Peninsula Borough. This partial tuition waiver allows high school seniors to take up to six credits each semester paying $20 a credit rather than $77.
KPC also offers courses that lead to completion or near completion of several degrees offered by the University of Alaska Anchorage. Professors from UAA and KPC contribute to the instruction and coordination of these courses. These degrees include bachelor of arts in anthropology and psychology, bachelor of business administration, bachelor of education, bachelor of fine arts and associate of applied studies in human services.
'Jump Start' available for seniors
High school seniors can get a "jump" on the rest of the crowd by starting their college education while still in high school.
Kenai Peninsula College and the Kenai Peninsula Borough have the Jump Start! program, which allows high school seniors to take up to six college credits each semester of the senior year. These credits can count toward a college degree, teach a new skill or help make decisions for life after high school.
The best part is, it is inexpensive.
High school seniors pay just $20 per credit, plus textbooks, class fees and transportation. That is a savings of more than $57 over the regular tuition of $77 per credit, which can add up to $684 if one takes the full 12 credits during the senior year.
The folks at KPC want area high school seniors to have access to classes not offered at the schools.
"We want our local high school seniors to get to know us. Once they've been to KPC, we think they'll be back," said KPC director Ginger Steffy. "We offer great teachers, a great personal environment and transferable university courses."
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