Job, career fair planned

Posted: Monday, March 30, 2009

The annual Job and Career Fair, billed as the biggest recruitment event on the Peninsula, will take place March 31 and April 1 at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Kenai Peninsula College's Career and Community Engagement Center will be at the fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 1. The KPC booth will provide information about degree and certificate programs as well as instructions on how to apply for employment at KPC through the online UA job Web site,

Employers, including private businesses and government agencies, will be on hand to answer questions, provide job applications and accept resumes. It is expected that retail, tourism, oil and gas, healthcare, construction and commercial fishing sectors will be represented at the fair.

The first day of the fair will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will focus on part-time, seasonal and youth employment opportunities. The next day of the fair will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will focus on exploration of new career paths.

The annual Job and Career Fair, coordinated by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development with support from the City of Soldotna, the Peninsula Clarion and Yahoo! HotJobs, is designed to provide opportunities for those looking to improve or change their career status.

Alaska's Department of Labor and Workforce Development report, Alaska's Hot Jobs 2006-2016, indicates that occupations requiring bachelor's degrees or above that are expected to see the most growth include elementary school teachers, accountants and auditors, civil engineers, lawyers, medical and health services managers, sales managers, environmental scientists and specialists, construction managers, computer systems analysts and network administrators, special education teachers, geoscientists, petroleum engineers, real estate and property managers, physician assistants, pharmacists and physical therapists. Occupations requiring associate's degrees that are expected to see the most growth include registered nurses, commercial pilots, heavy equipment mechanics and licensed practical and vocational nurses, dental hygienists, radiologic technologists and environmental engineering technicians.

Kenai Peninsula College's May 2009 commencement will see 92 of this year's 119 graduates earning KPC degrees in areas defined as High Demand by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Writers' Conference open for registration

KPC's Kachemak Bay Campus has opened registration for the 2009 Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference being held June 12-16 at Land's End Resort in Homer. The keynote presenter for this year will be critically-acclaimed, award-winning poet Li-Young Lee.

There will be 18 other nationally-recognized authors, editors and agents at the conference who will be conducting creative writing workshops, readings, craft talks and panel presentations in fiction, nonfiction, children's writing, poetry and the business of writing.

Optional activities available include manuscript reviews, editor-agent consultations, receptions, a boat cruise and an open mic program.

Advance registration for the conference is required with early, discounted registration available through May 1. Students attending the University of Alaska will receive an additional discount for early registration through May 1.

Registration forms are available online from the Kachemak Bay Campus Web site at For more information call 907-235-7743.

This article was provided by Suzie Kendrick, advancement programs manager at Kenai Peninsula College.

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