KPC enrollment continues to soar

Posted: Monday, January 11, 2010

At last week's spring semester convocation, Director Gary Turner reported to staff and faculty that the upcoming semester had already broken last spring's record breaking enrollment. With another week of general registration remaining, enrollment was up 23 percent in head count and 25 percent in credit hours.

More than 35 percent of the total credit hours across the KPC system is from distance-delivered courses. Approximately 1,000 students have enrolled in a distance course delivered from a KPC campus or extension site.

Turner said that KPC saw a 25 percent increase in full-time students enrolled in the fall 2009 semester compared to fall 2008. That number has continued to climb this semester with 28 percent more full-time students enrolled than in spring 2009.

Compared to the other 15 University of Alaska campuses across the state, Kenai Peninsula College is enjoying the largest percent increase in both head count and credit hours.

Turner added that KPC's enrollments last semester exceeded that of Mat-Su College, also a community campus of University of Alaska Anchorage, which serves the Mat-Su Borough. That is especially noteworthy as the Mat-Su Borough population is just over 85,000 residents compared to the Kenai Peninsula Borough's 53,000.

UA college savings plan announced

As Alaskan's fill out their 2010 PFD applications, those who consider contributing half of their PFD to an account in the UA College Savings Plan will be given a chance to win a $25,000 scholarship account or one of four, $2,500 scholarship accounts. This unprecedented giveaway is aimed at increasing the number of Alaskans who are planning for future college expenses.

To participate, applicants must check the college savings box on line six of the 2010 PFD application. The application period runs from Jan. 1 - March 31.

The UA College Savings Plan is an effective vehicle for saving for a child's future. All contributions to the plan grow tax deferred and earnings are tax free if used for qualified education expenses at any school in the country.

For more information, call 907-474-5671 or visit

Project blends art and science

Service learning is a method of teaching that expands the classroom experience by incorporating community service into course curriculum. The intent is to increase students' awareness of civic responsibilities while simultaneously assisting the communities they live in.

The KPC Career and Community Engagement Center and the Sustainability Club, along with faculty and students, have collaborated with the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center to put together an exhibit titled "The Art and Science of Climate Change." The exhibition promises to provide a wide range of local perspectives regarding climate change.

There will be an opening reception at 7 p.m. Friday at KVCC. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 27.

A community dialogue, hosted by the Roundtable Center for Mediation and Community Dialogue, will follow at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at KVCC. The discussion will revolve around the question of how to build resilient communities that can cope with changing climate, rising energy costs and economic instability. Participants are invited to a potluck beginning at 6:30 p.m.

This article was provided by Suzie Kendrick, KPC Advancement Program Manager, Kenai Peninsula College.

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