UA president to visit the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, February 01, 2010

University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton will be visiting the Kenai Peninsula on Feb. 2 and 3. He will be at the Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer on Feb. 2 and at the Kenai River Campus on Feb. 3. While at KRC he will meet with faculty, staff and students from 3-4 p.m. in the McLane Commons. Hamilton will also be addressing a joint meeting of the Soldotna and Kenai Chambers of Commerce at noon on Feb. 3 at the Kenai Merit Inn.

Nursing program offers informational session

KPC has been offering UAA's two-year associate of applied science degree in nursing since January 2005. KPC brought the program to the Kenai Peninsula in order to help alleviate the shortage of nursing professionals in Alaska. The program is delivered at both the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna and at the Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer. Many of the more than 35 graduates of the nursing program are now employed locally.

The program at KRC is limited to cohorts of 14 students and 8 students at KBC because of limited clinical opportunities the students need to complete the degree. The programs begin each January, alternating between the two campuses each year.

Because of the high demand and limited number of seats, entry into the program is very competitive. The application process involves a ranking system based on a number of variables and students with the highest ranking are offered seats in the program. It takes most students one to two years to acquire the prerequisites needed for a complete application that will rank high enough to qualify for placement.

To better help interested students prepare for applying Associate Professor of Nursing Lynn Senette, R.N. and Professor of Biology Dr. David Wartinbee will be providing information and offer advising for students from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 in room 109 at KRC in Soldotna. The session will cover a wide range of subjects including information for students who are just considering nursing as a profession as well as for students who intend to apply for the next nursing cohort that starts January 2011 at KRC. The first hour of the session will include an informational presentation and a question and answer portion. The remainder of the session will be dedicated to individual student advising. Each advising session will be 15 minutes long; students who would like to sign up for advising should call 262-0330. For more information, please contact Lynn Senette at 262-0333 or e-mail

KPC/UAA receives reaccreditation

Chancellor Fran Ulmer recently announced that the UAA system has been notified by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities that the institution's accreditation has been reaffirmed. Accreditation is formal recognition and validation that an institution has quality standards in place and it helps ensure students that UAA/KPC credits transfer to other accredited institutions. Accreditation by a nationally recognized accrediting organization, approved by the U.S. Department of Education, allows the university to participate in government student assistance programs (federal grants and loans).

This article was provided by Suzie Kendrick, advancement programs manager at Kenai Peninsula College.

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