Kenai Peninsula College: Around campus

KPC enrollment trending upward with underage students

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Classes are under way at Kenai Peninsula College and indicators are pointing toward increased enrollment at the Kenai River and Kachemak Bay campuses. According to Bill Howell, student services director, "We are still showing good growth compared to this time last year."

Statistics show Kenai Peninsula College has the largest number of underage students in the University of Alaska system. Some of these younger students come as part of their home-school program, while others are seniors from local high schools taking advantage of the Kenai Peninsula Borough-sponsored Jump Start program. The program is popular because of the discounted tuition, $25 per credit, the students enjoy. This semester, 32 underage students are enrolled outside the Jump Start program and 86 are registered within the program.

On the opposite end of the age spectrum, KPC has more than 100 senior citizens who take advantage of the University of Alaska senior citizen tuition waiver program. Alaska residents 60 years old or older may enroll in most KPC classes and have the full tuition waived. Enrollment is permitted during general and late registration on a space-available basis. The program does not waive fees or the cost of text books. Tuition waiver forms are available at the Campus Services desk and must be presented at the time of registration with proof of age.

The EZ Tuition Payment Plan has attracted more than 170 students this semester. These students decided to take advantage of staggered payments of tuition and fees during the semester, all at zero interest. KPC believes students who might not be able to take classes otherwise are using the payment plan. It is hoped the program will continue to expand.

Break up winter blues

with entertainment at KPC

Kenai Peninsula College's Showcase series is bringing comic relief to central Kenai Peninsula residents. A double-billed show in the Brockel Building at KPC's Kenai River Campus will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5. The KPC Showcase is supported in part by a generous grant from the Anna Fossett Goodrich Humanities Program of the Damon Memorial Fund.

Coming direct from Las Vegas will be the comedy of hypnotist Daniel James and the award-winning comedy-magic duo "Spike and Hammer." Both will perform at UAA prior to their shows at KPC.

According to his promotional information, James performs his comedy-hypnotist show in night clubs from Atlantic City to Las Vegas, at universities and corporate events and on many of today's top cruise lines.

The comedy-magic duo known as Spike and Hammer are known for their card tricks, con games and sleight-of-hand antics. An unusual mix of comedy and magic delights audiences wherever they perform.

Tickets will be available in the KPC Bookstore next week. For more information, contact Dave Atcheson at 262-0346 or e-mail at indaa@uaa.alaska.edu .

Rarefied Light on display

Rarefied Light 2004, a statewide juried photography exhibit sponsored by the Alaska Photographic Center in Anchorage, is making a splash at KPC's Kenai River Campus. The exhibit is showing in the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery through Jan. 29. The gallery is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Guest juror, Ryuijie, master of platinum photography printing, said, "It was a pleasure and a privilege to be this year's judge for Rarefied Light. The volume of excellent photographs submitted made it doubly difficult, but after a long morning of making preliminary selections, it came down to the 52 prints that make up this year's exhibition."

The entry that won best of show was Lisa Ballard's "Vespertine." Ryuijie chose Ballard's image, "a mixed-media portrait of a woman, head tilted, shoulders bare, encased in a cocoon of abstraction, because it is, in my opinion, one of the best examples of what photography can accomplish when combined with talent and imagination."

Don't miss this opportunity to see some incredible images by of some of Alaska's most talented photographers. For more information about the exhibit, contact KPC art professor Celia Anderson at 262-0361 or e-mail ifcra@uaa.alaska.edu.

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



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