KPC students aren't happy with proposed cuts

Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dear Mayor Carey,

As you are a valued member of Kenai Peninsula College's adjunct faculty, I have every confidence that you are aware of the circumstances at KPC's Kenai River Campus -- headcount and credit hours have been increasing for the last few academic years while funding to provide services to these students remains stagnant, at best. It has been determined that several departments, programs, and positions are at risk for termination if your proposed suspension of funding to our college takes place.

The Jumpstart Program, which provides for high school seniors to attend college classes at a reduced cost, with college classes counting for both high school and college credits, will be terminated with the cessation of funds from the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

The Adult Basic Education Program, which provides free refresher courses in math, reading, writing, social studies, science, and life-coping skills, will also be terminated with the cessation of funds from the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

The Peer-to-Peer Tutoring Program, which provides tutoring services and several student employment positions, will also be terminated with the cessation of funds from the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

The Career and Community Engagement Center, which provides assistance to students with career and job searches, two computers and a typewriter that students may use in their career, college, and job market searches, and resources for students such as career counseling, information on employment and volunteer opportunities, service-learning and civic engagement in education, and a cooperative internship program, will also be terminated with the cessation of funding from the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

The position of Evening Coordinator, which provides point-of-contact services to callers and walk-in visitors and oversees the administration of the Kenai River Campus in the evenings, will also be terminated with the cessation of funding from the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

These are only the departments, programs, and positions that are at risk for termination at Kenai River Campus. There are other departments, programs, and positions at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer and our Resurrection Bay Extension Site in Seward that are at risk.

Funding from the Kenai Peninsula Borough allows Kenai Peninsula College to educate students across the peninsula. These services are vital to our students' ability to succeed in college and without funding from the Kenai Peninsula Borough, that success rate would be greatly diminished.

I and the students of Kenai Peninsula College strongly urge you to continue historical levels of funding with this thought in mind: "EDUCATION IS PRICELESS" to the future of our community.

Sincerely,

Shauna L. Thornton; President, KRC Student Union



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