Series of short classes offers plenty of education at KPC

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2001

Short classes at KPC

The business and industry department is beginning a new series of short classes this week. These classes include greenhouse gardening, log cabin construction, Intermediate Access using HTML (Web design), Microsoft Powerpoint, and intro to Excel. Registration for these classes is currently under way. Space is limited so register soon.

The fly fishing course, offered for the first time at Kenai Peninsula College, is an introduction to the basics of fly fishing, including selection of equipment, types of line, flies and techniques geared toward area lakes and streams. This class includes a field trip for learning techniques for fishing on the upper Kenai River.

Intermediate Access teaches computer software properties such as locating data, creating filters, importing tables and spreadsheet data, advanced query topics, designing forms and reports, reviewing and printing reports.

Using HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) has a prerequisite of CIOS A119 and a pass-fail grading mode. HTML is the source language for every page or document formatted for the World Wide Web. Students will learn to create and post their own Web pages using the major HTML structural elements. Sound design principles will be emphasized.

Intro to Excel has a prerequisite of CIOS A113B. Keyboarding skill of at least 30 words per minute is recommended. It includes an introduction to design and use of electronic spreadsheets in a Windows environment and covers the basic Excel for Windows commands and functions needed to create, manipulate and print spreadsheets.

Log cabin construction includes techniques and skills of log cabin construction. It covers planning and organization, estimating costs and major phases of log building construction including foundation, floor, walls, roof, windows, doors and trim.

Intro to Powerpoint includes software applications covering techniques for design and development of presentation graphics slides. Slides are created with embedded graphs, tables and visuals. The emphasis is on design techniques. Prerequisites are CIOS A113B or experience using Windows.

Greenhouse gardening is a one-credit class beginning today in Room 206B. Classes run 7 to 9:45 p.m. Wednesdays through April 25. Tom Jahns is the instructor.

Career exploration seminar

The Soldotna campus will host a career exploration seminar from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday in room 124.

It will cover career investigation strategies, jobs of the future, resume writing, interviewing skills and internships. All seminars are free and no preregistration is required. For more information, call Jerry McDonnell at 262-0337 or e-mail

LVA sponsors essay contest

Literacy Volunteers of America at KPC and the Peninsula Clarion are sponsoring an essay contest, "What Literacy Means to Me." Winners in each of the five age-group categories will receive a $100 savings bond. Anyone living on the peninsula may enter the contest, and all entries must be received by Friday.

For contest rules and requirements, call the Learning Center at Kenai Peninsula College at 262-0327. Entries can be mailed or delivered to the Learning Center at Kenai Peninsula College, 34820 College Drive, Soldotna, AK 99669.

Winners will be announced April 18.

Literacy Volunteers of America Inc. is a national not-for-profit organization managed by professionals, which delivers local literacy services through a network of more than 375 community programs supporting more than 50,000 volunteers and more than 70,000 adult literacy students.

Homer career fair

The Homer College and Career Fair will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Homer High School, the Kachemak Bay Rotary Club and the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College/UAA. Community members working in their fields will make more than 40 presentations on various occupations.

Workshops on college and career planning also will be available. Represen-tatives from colleges, universities, military, technical and other training programs are invited to attend. Table space will be made available in the high school commons for visits throughout the day.

Representatives are welcome to submit ideas for optional 30-minute presentations related to career preparation.

Opera appreciation

class gets standing ovation

Love, romance, deception, intrigue, insanity and fatal slayings of the very worst kind. What kind of scenario are we talking here? NYPD Blue? The Bold and The Beautiful?

No. It's the latest new offering at KPC, opera appreciation. Students have been studying, watching, discussing and listening to classical opera from the past as well more recent times and finding that the "innocent grandfather" of modern cinema and TV is probably verismo opera, which was on the opera house stages of the world in the form of "La Boheme," "Tosca" and other great operas of the repertoire.

This semester's five-week offering included the operas "La Traviata," "The Marriage of Figaro," "Lucia di Lammermoor" and "La Boheme." Local singers Jean Brockel, Stephanie Bouchard, Lynn Kuhl and Judy Russell brought the real thing to class in the form of arias from various and sundry theatrical musical dramas.

The class was taught by adjunct instructor Maria Allison, who hopes to offer the class again next winter, as a great escape from the winter doldrums, and have it end by spring break.

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