Short courses give students a taste of college

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Although late registration for the current semester has passed, opportunities are still coming up at Kenai Peninsula College. Some people don't realize KPC offers short courses that you can register for up until the first day the class meets.

The majority are one-credit classes that meet once or twice a week over a period of a month or two. Some short courses meet on a series of Fridays and Saturdays. Most of the others are evening classes. KPC tries to keep the schedule flexed to accommodate Alaskans with full-time jobs.

These condensed courses give the public an opportunity to get on campus without the major commitment of a full 15-week semester.

Taking a short course can be just the ticket for the person on the fence about college. Having a taste of college can be the catalyst someone needs to see the value of furthering their education.

It's easy and affordable to get your foot in the door and explore the campus while taking one of these abbreviated classes.

Short courses are offered in a staggered fashion throughout the spring semester.

In the next few weeks KPC will offer several computer classes. Introductory classes covering Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, exploring the Internet, using Adobe Photoshop (microcomputer graphics) and using "html" for Web site building will be offered at various times in February.

Business owners should consider how classes like these could help their bottom lines. Improving the skills of your current workforce can help your business grow, and the payoffs will be much greater than the tuition for any course.

You may not be able to afford a bonus or raise, but sending an employee to a class is an undeniable benefit to them. Skills such as these last for life, and employees like to know they are appreciated.

Other courses coming in February include Spanish II, mind-body medicine and several early childhood development classes. For more information, call KPC at 262-0300.

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

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