Kenai Peninsula College

Posted: Monday, March 01, 2010

Beginning Fly Fishing slated

For those who don't have time to spare in the summer to attend the Kenai Fishing Academy, there is another opportunity at KRC to learn more about fishing. CED A133 Beginning Fly Fishing starts at 7:15 p.m. on March 24 in room 109 at KRC, This six week, one-credit course is taught by Dave Atcheson and is an inexpensive introduction to the basics of fly fishing. Atcheson has taught fly fishing for many years and has also been a contributing editor for Fish Alaska Magazine and is the author of the guidebook, "Fishing Alaska's Kenai Peninsula." Register for the class at KRC Student Services. For more information call 262-0330.

Kenai Fishing Academy celebrates its anniversary

This summer marks the eighth year KPC has sponsored the Kenai Fishing Academy. The KFA combines teaching students to become better anglers with classroom subjects like river history and biology.

There are two sessions, one for those interested mainly in bait and spin casting (June 20-25), the other for the fly fishing enthusiast (Aug. 1-6). In both classes, students spend four classroom hours each day and then are on the water in the afternoons and evenings, except for the last day when anglers go on an all-day trip.

Anglers learn about hydrology, Alaska wildlife and bear safety, fish characteristics, habitat protection, cold water survival and processing the catch. Some of Alaska's top guides and instructors teach the courses offering a program that is affordable and truly unique.

Students have the option of earning two college credits. There is no additional tuition charge to take the course for credit, but there are additional requirements such as homework and an exam, which may be taken online the week following the class. To take the course for credit it is necessary to fill out an enrollment form upon arrival.

Visit the KFA Web site at for more details about the program. For more information, contact Valerie Lewis at 262-0381 or Dave Atcheson at 2620346.

Online support growing for distance students

As the number of KPC students taking distance-delivered classes grows, so has the need for dedicated, online resources to help students succeed.

The Learning Center at the Kenai River Campus has developed the Online Writing Lab to assist students with honing their writing skills and the Online Math Lab that focuses on assisting students succeed in math. Both labs can be accessed from the KPC Web site under the menu item "Online Services."

The OWL provides tips about the writing process, essay format, paragraph development, documentation, grammar and provides students with the opportunity to dialogue with a trained tutor. Students submit papers and get feedback from tutors who will also direct students to other resources.

The OML assists students to succeed in math. There are several methods for conducting online tutoring, including straight e-mail dialogue, pencasting , and real-time virtual meetings with a tutor via E-Live, KPC/UAA's synchronous software application. Pencasting is a new tool with an infrared camera and voice recorder that brings much of the face-to-face experience into the distance realm.

Suzie Kendrick, is the KPC Advancement Program Manager, Kenai Peninsula College.

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