Around Campus: Upcoming summer semester enrollments continue to swell

Posted: Monday, April 11, 2011

Just when it looks like the increasing summer semester enrollment will level off, it climbs again making the upcoming summer semester off the charts. KPC's 2011 summer semester has 83 more students enrolled taking 541 more credit hours than the summer 2010 semester did when registration closed--and last year broke all previous records. Registration for the summer semester opened March 5 and the first day of classes will be May 16.

In summer 2002, the college had 185 students and 383 credit hours. In nine years, with a more than five weeks before this summer semester begins, head count has increased to 691 and credit hours increased to 2,709.

With 68 course sections offered this summer, 22 sections are full and 10 sections are within five seats of being full. Anyone who hopes to secure a seat in a KPC summer course should not delay registering.

Time to plan for fall 2011 semester

Fall semester priority registration for currently admitted, degree and certificate-seeking students is open now and will segue into the public registration period at 12:01 a.m. on April 18.

KPC is offering 383 class sections in the fall with 117 of those offered via e-learning (online). The course schedule can be accessed at the KPC website under the Courses and Calendars menu.

2011 Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference

KPC's Homer campus will welcome former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner Rita Dove to the 10th annual Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference as the keynote presenter. This year's conference will be held June 10-14 at Lands End Resort in Homer.

The conference will feature award-winning, nationally-recognized authors, editors and agents who will conduct creative writing workshops, readings, craft talks and panel presentations in fiction, nonfiction, children's writing, poetry and the business of writing. Optional activities include manuscript reviews, editor-agent consultations, receptions, a boat cruise and open "mic." The evening public readings June 11-13 by visiting writers will be open to the general public at no charge. A special two day post-conference workshop will be held at Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge June 14-16.

The deadline for early registration is April 29 for a discounted fee of $340. There is a special UA admitted student rate as well.

Advanced registration is required. For program and registration information, call 907-235-7743 or visit the conference website at

KPC sponsored FREE UA Foundation Estate and Financial Planning Seminar

Seats are filling fast for the UA Foundation sponsored seminar that will be held from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 in the Steffy Building at the Kenai River Campus. The informational session will offer general information including how and why Alaskans should create an effective estate plan, whether a will is necessary, what effects the new 2010 tax law changes might have on estate planning and explore the ins and outs of charitable giving options.

Because space is limited, RSVP for the free seminar at 1-888-907-4823 (toll free) or e-mail by April 15. Light refreshments will be served.

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