Enrollment up on Kenai Peninsula College campuses

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Posted: Wednesday, January 24, 2007

More and more people are discovering Kenai Peninsula College. System enrollment at KPC is up 5.6 percent over the same time last year. With campuses in Soldotna and Homer and extension sites in Seward and in Anchorage, the college continues to grow in student population and course offerings.

New degree programs in nursing, paramedic technology, and digital art have attracted students. In addition, students can earn a number of four-year degrees locally, and getting a bachelors degree is becoming more popular.

Many people don’t realize the college does not limit students to one-year certificates and two-year associate degrees. The school offers courses that lead to completion or near-completion of several four-year degrees offered by other campuses of the University of Alaska.

As a community campus of UAA, the school is able to support these program offerings based on student interest and adequate enrollment.

The bachelors degrees that are supported locally include anthropology, art, business administration, elementary education, liberal studies and psychology.

In addition, a masters of public administration degree is supported via satellite and Web access from University of Alaska Southeast.

For more information about completing a four-year degree, call Campus Services at 262-0300 and make an appointment. Potential students are reminded that past college degrees and credits may transfer into a four-year program cutting down on the time and cost of pursuing a more advanced degree.

Check spring schedule for changes, cancellations

The good news is there are twice as many full classes this semester as there are classes that had to be cancelled due to low enrollments. One of the toughest jobs that the administration has to do is cancel classes, because the tuition students pay for courses support all aspects of class delivery, including compensating the instructor and maintaining the facility, the bottom line is strictly dependent on enrollments in the course.

At press time, KPC had cancelled 18 classes due to low enrollment and closed 37 classes because of maximum enrollment. It is critical that students enrolled in courses this semester check the “short version” of the spring semester schedule, accessible on the home page of the Web site kpc.alaska.edu, to determine if there are changes to the classes they registered for.

Changes can range from complete cancellation to changes to the day, time, location or instructor. If a class has experienced a change, the information on the Web spreadsheet will appear with red highlighting.

Even though the college does everything possible to minimize changes to the course schedule, because the printed document is prepared months in advance of the beginning of the semester, inevitably changes do occur. It is critical that students be aware of this and practice due diligence to become aware of any changes to classes they have registered for.

This brief analysis of the dynamics of how a class at KPC either comes to pass or is cancelled serves as a reminder that registering early for a class really can matter. To avoid any inconvenience to students and instructors, undersubscribed courses can be cancelled prior to the end of late registration.

Calling all talent: Open Mic Night returns

The Kenai River Campus Student Union kicks off the semester with another installment of Open Mic Night from 7 to10 p.m. Friday in the commons.

All types of performers are welcome. Anyone who wants to perform is asked to sign up for a time slot either at the Student Union office at 262-0339 or by e-mailing iysgov@ uaa.alaska.edu .

The public is invited to cheer on the performers at the free event. Materials presented are suitable for mature audiences only.

New electronics instructor makes his way to KPC

The KPC welcomes Richard L. Kochis as the newest instructor in the business and industry division. Kochis comes from Fort Collins, Colo. His past experiences include teaching at New Mexico State University and working as an electrical engineer for several companies, included Hewlett-Packard.

Kochis has a masters of science degree in electrical engineering from Colorado State University. Assistant professor Kochis will teach electronics and physics courses.

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

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