Time remains to register for spring semester classes

Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Classes started this week at KPC, but that doesn't mean you have missed your opportunity to attend college this semester. The late registration period is designed to allow students, who for whatever reasons weren't able to make it to walk-in registration, to get into the classes they want.

The KPC Book Store, next to the commons area in the McLane building, is where students need to go to sign up for classes. The Book Store will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Don't forget that you do not have to be admitted into a degree program to take a class at KPC. Also, remember that even if a class lists prerequisites, oftentimes this requirement can be waived by the instructor of the class. This especially is true of the many art classes KPC offers. Don't count yourself out of a class; talk to the instructor and more often than not, the instructor will sign the registration form and you will be welcomed into the class. Prerequisites are important to students who are enrolled into a degree programs, because course work continually builds on concepts learned in earlier classes.

Don't let the dark days of winter get you down. There's no better place than the KPC campus when the wind is howling and it's 10 below outside. The environment is warm and friendly, and the experience has a way of bringing out the best in everyone on campus. Sound intriguing? Try KPC, you'll like it.

3-D art studio christened

It was a small, intimate gathering that marked the unveiling of the newly completed 3-D art studio in KPC's Ward Building at the open house celebration last week. The Anna Leah Fosset-Goodrich Memorial 3-D Art Studio plaque was unveiled by Faith Hall, who is the niece of Anna Leah Fosset-Goodrich, along with her daughters Aspen and Amber.

Anna Leah Fosset-Goodrich and her son, Larry, were lost in the 1964 earthquake as a result of the tsunami in Whitter. Her parents, local homesteaders and peninsula pioneers, Clarence and Anna Goodrich, formed a memorial foundation in tribute to their daughter and grandson. The foundation has benefited KPC in countless ways over the years, especially by supporting the arts. The new 3-D art studio would not have the beautiful, quiet potters wheels and other related equipment without the generosity of this civic-minded, pioneer Alaska family.

In these days of tight budgets and program cuts, support such as that received from the Goodrich family can make the difference between KPC being able to offer a course or not.

VUE testing offered

Thanks largely to the efforts of KPC's information technology guru, Mark Jensen, Learning Center Coordinator Diane Taylor, and Business and Industry Department Chair Scott Kraxberger, KPC now is an authorized center to deliver exams for Pearson VUE testing clients. Pearson VUE is an international media company that implements innovative testing solutions that enhance the performance reliability and security of licensing and certification programs throughout the world.

KPC is an authorized center to deliver exams for the following VUE Testing clients: Agilent Technologies, American College, Avaya Inc. Testing, BMC Software, Brocade Communications, Certifications International, Check Point Software Technologies, Cisco Systems Inc., CIW, CompTIA Testing, CPW (World Organization of Webmasters), Dassault Systemes-CATIA, EMC, IBM Testing, Informix Testing, Internet Security Systems, ITT Technical Institute, Linux Professional Institute Testing, Lotus Testing, Lucent Technologies Testing, Macromedia Testing, MatrixOne, Mc-DATA, Microsoft Business Solutions, Microsoft Testing, MySQL, NetScreen Technologies, Novell Testing, PRMIA, RSA Security Testing, Sair Linux & GNU Certification Testing, Security Certified Program, Siebel Systems Testing, Siemens, Sun Microsystems SAI Program, Telecommunications Industry Association, Tivoli Testing, VERITAS and VMware Inc.

The process for becoming a certified testing site was long and convoluted and the IT department and Learning Center are to be commended for their hard work. The new service will make it convenient for Cisco and Microsoft certification-seeking students or anyone else to seek certifications from any of the companies listed above. For more information about the new testing service at the Learning Center, or any other testing service they offer, call 262-0327.

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.

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