Wendover to discuss generational differences

Around Campus

Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Kenai Peninsula College is somewhat unique in the diversity in its student ages brings a variety of life experiences and perspectives into the classroom. However, this can be challenging for faculty who understand that there are complexities that arise due to the different learning styles as some grew up with a pen and paper, others were weaned on a keyboard and monitor.

These are the reasons why the school is hosting a presentation to outline what generational differences exist in America today and what makes Generation Y, distinctive among the rest.

Robert Wendover, director of the Center for Generational Studies in Aurora, Colo., will be on campus Friday. His topics will cover recruiting and serving the generation born from 1982 to 98. This group, over 80 million strong in the U.S. are the offspring of the baby boomer generation and are as comfortable on the internet as the boomers were with television. Wendover will point out that colleges should be tuned into technology and multi-media approaches to education. Getting millennials on campus and keeping them engaged is dependent on meeting their technology expectations.

Wendover also will make a free, public presentation titled “Hey Dude! Managing and Marketing to the Millennial Generation” from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Room 101 of the Ward Building. He will discuss how marketing and delivering customer service to Generation Y differs from that of others and how to manage this age group to the maximum benefit of both the employer and the employee. For more information, call 262-0320.

Dual credit addressed

In an effort to promote what director Gary Turner calls, “a win-win for students and their parents,” Turner testified before the school board Jan. 16 to endorse dual enrollment courses between KPC and district high schools.

Dual enrollment courses allow high school students to enroll in college courses and earn college and high school credit at the same time. The classes, delivered at the high schools where students attend, essentially offer identical courses to those offered to enrolled college students. Students who successfully complete a dual credit course receive a college transcript and can apply the credits earned towards a degree or certificate once they enroll in college.

High to present research

Janice High teaches a variety of courses and serves as advisor to the Media Group, a campus club that specializes in media projects. Her past employment includes time as a television reporter and anchor and in radio broadcasting.

High has been selected as a presenter at the 2006 national conference of the National Council for History Education. She will bring an Alaska perspective to the conference theme of “The Americas in World History.”

High submitted her proposal as a joint venture to include two research colleagues with whom she studied last summer at New York University and at the Library of Congress.

Their presentation will be “The War that Shaped a Hemisphere: Implications of the U.S. Civil War.”

The conference takes place March 30 through April 1 in Austin, Texas.

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

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