The Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) Kenai River Campus held a gala Showcase last week complete with red carpet runway and cocktail attire. "We wanted to make an opportunity for folks who normally may not have a reason or excuse to come to the Kenai River Campus a reason to come here and see what is going on. So we invited folks who in some manner have supported the college in the past and created a gala showcase event where they would have incentive to go from one end of the building to the other, upstairs and across the new walkway and highlighting the tip of the ice berg of some of the wonderful classes we have to offer here at KPC," explained Suzie Kendrick with the KPC Resource Development Team. "We believe that if we can show the public exactly what is going on in their college they will embrace our mission and work together with us, faculty, students, and community so that we can continue to meet our potential," said Kendrick.
Indeed many guests were surprised to hear KPC Director Gary Turner say that KPC now has students attending KPC through distance learning curriculum from as far away as Iraq, Afghanistan and Australia and that KPC today has extension sites in Anchorage as well as Homer, "Our Anchorage extension site is located in the University center and as Director Turner said in his remarks KPC actually invented the process technology and instrumentation programs with UAA and those remain KPC programs and we know how to deliver those programs and that is why we have an extension in Anchorage where our programs are truly booming it's sort of our place and specialty within UAA. The other day we had an inquiry from Poland from a young student who wants to move to Alaska to attend the Kenai River Campus, and sort of typifies our KPC mission that working together with the community to make KPC a college of first choice and never give our local students a reason to go anywhere else," said Kendrick.
The Resource Development Team named certain "Hot spots" where guests could pick up door prize tickets by visiting locations such as the nurses and EMT training facilities, instrumentation and welding classrooms and the new biology laboratory classroom of the popular Dr. David Wartinbee. "We are not only focusing on building a larger student body of young students, but the older ones as well, we have a lot to offer and very broad based educational opportunity, the people are great, the students are well taken care of and it's a great campus," commented Pam Ward, also a member of the Resource Development Team that coordinated the Showcase event. For more information about events and activities at Kenai Peninsula College call 262-0320 or go to www.kpc.alaska.edu.
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