Around Campus: KPC announces Valentine's Day Open House

Posted: Monday, February 07, 2011

Kenai River Campus Learning Center announces Valentine's Day Open House

One of the most important and busiest places at KRC is the Learning Center. The staff in the Learning Center are known for providing a relaxed, friendly atmosphere that lends itself to providing support for students to study for classes and assistance in academic courses and college survival skills.

The Learning Center is inviting the public to an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14 in room 153. The event is designed to showcase the many services offered to the public and KPC students. Most of the staff, including Diane Taylor, the Learning Center programs manager, will be there to provide information and answer any questions and refreshments will be served.

The Learning Center offers free tutoring for KPC students, group study areas, computers for student use, a testing room, audio-visual academic support materials. In addition, they offer free adult basic education, English-as-a-second language instruction, general education development (GED) instruction and testing and a program promoting literacy.

The Learning Center coordinates a Math Lab and Writing Lab with online components and they provide tutoring for KPC students in all subjects.

They also provide support for students with disabilities through a variety of avenues including American Sign Language interpreters, note-taking assistance, testing adjustments, ergonomic furniture, textbooks in alternate formats and access to adaptive technology.

Providing various types of testing services is also an important service the Learning Center provides. New students are encouraged to take the ACCUPLACER assessment to assist with selecting appropriate courses prior to registering for math, reading, speech and written composition courses. Other testing and proctoring administered by the Learning Center include College Level Examination Program tests, distance education exams, Graduate Record Exams and various specialized exams for certifications and licensure.

New personnel in the Learning Center

Diane Taylor has been managing the Learning Center at KRC for more than 20 years and the Adult Basic Education program has been in existence the entire time. Historically, the program has been funded with from a variety of sources, including grants from the Alaska Department of Labor.

Keeping the Adult Basic Education program up and running has been challenging, according to Taylor. "We have made things happen with one full-time instructor and program assistant, with occasional part-time staff and many community volunteers. We could not have run the program consistently without our volunteers."

Grant funding requires results reporting and Taylor said that the DOL noticed that the Learning Center had little staff to do follow-up with persons who failed to complete the program.

"Apparently they saw we had a lot of potential here and decided to grant us $30,000 for additional staffing through June 2011. With this additional funding, I was able to hire Ramsey Arneson., Bev Edwards, Carol Joyce and Karen Monell as ABE instructors," Taylor said.

The additional personnel have different roles, including outreach to agencies, providing instruction in the evenings and providing instruction in outlying communities, including Tyonek.

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