At KPC's annual spring convocation, College Director Gary Turner informed KPC faculty and staff that preliminary enrollment statistics indicate the semester that started today will be the thirteenth consecutive record breaking semester. This spring semester will be the first time in history that KPC breaks the 13,000 credit hour mark, making it the largest spring semester enrollment ever.
Distance delivered classes continue to expand at all KPC locations. Three years ago, KPC delivered approximately 350 credit hours via distance delivered instruction (web-based classes); the current semester will deliver more than 6,000 distance delivered credit hours.
Turner thanked the faculty for adding additional sections of classes as demand increases. One week prior to the first day of this semester, more than 80 classes had filled and closed.
For those who tend to wait until the last minute, there are many KPC courses that have open seats and are available for late registration through the end of this week. There is a late registration fee of $5 for late registration in addition to regular tuition and fees.
In 1992, KPC published "The Kenai Peninsula College History: The First Thirty Years." This was the first publication produced to document how the Kenai Peninsula's first institution of higher education came to be. The book was written by Lance W. Petersen. Petersen, then KRC's professor of humanities, worked with a team of faculty and staff to compile the historical publication.
As the college moves toward July 1, 2014, KPC's 50th anniversary, action has been taken to spur production of the second history book to commemorate the college's half century mark. Recently an informal request for proposals for production of the 50th anniversary history book was posted on the KPC website homepage and in a variety of newspapers seeking an author to write and facilitate editing (by a reputable editor) the book.
The book will be written in narrative form using source documents at KPC and will include photos. The author will be required to search out and procure the use of other source documents and photos from individuals, local historical societies and other entities that may own such material. The author will be required to gain, if necessary, legal permission to utilize these documents for the book.
In addition, the author is required to interview and record the interviews with past and present KPC employees and those whose efforts were significant in the history of KPC.
After selecting the contractor for the project, the timeline for production of the publication draft book outline is April 2011, with the final unedited full book draft deadline being September 2013.
The final, edited book, including table of contents, introduction, endnotes, index and bibliography will be due to Director Turner in January 2014 with the publication going to print and available for distribution in May 2014.
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