As a community campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula College falls under the purview of UAA Chancellor Dr. Elaine Maimon. Each year the chancellor selects individuals, groups and departments that promote student success by cultivating excellence and inspiring pride for UAA. Nominations for the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence were submitted by faculty and staff.
Last week, Chancellor Maimon presented the annual Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium at UAA. Kenai Peninsula College was recognized for two relatively new programs in the group achievement categories.
In the “Exemplary Achievements in Internal and/or External Partnerships” division, the KPC Emergency medical services team received one of eight awards for excellence in the category. Paramedical technology coordinator Paul Perry was present to accept the award for the team.
In the “Exemplary Achievements Demonstrated in a Program or Service” division, the KPC Service-Learning Team accepted one of four awards given in the category. Krista Timlin, Kenai River Campus Career Services coordinator and Service-Learning program administrator accepted the award on behalf of the team.
Council seeking members
Having a community advisory board is an important aspect of making sure the college is in touch with the “real” world, outside of academia. The KPC College Council fills that role by soliciting members from a wide cross section of experiences and geographic locations around the peninsula.
Members of the College Council come together each month to interact with the KPC administration and faculty division leaders to provide a sounding board reflecting a “community” opinion on a large variety of topics important to the college. Although the role of the College Council is strictly advisory, the college depends on its feedback to ensure that the community mission of the college remains on track and with primary peninsula concerns.
The council is comprised of 15 members. Currently, there are three at large seats vacant. Anyone interested is asked to submit a letter of intere st and resume to the director’s office (34820 College Drive, Soldotna, AK 99669) at the Kenai River Campus no later than May 5. For more information, contact Cindy Finwall at 262-0308 or e-mail incmf@ uaa.alaska.edu.
Dual credit program established with school district
A growing component of the KPC student population is high school students, primarily juniors and seniors. The popular Jumpstart program, which allows high school students with senior standing to take six credits at $35 per credit, is not the only way that high school students can get a jump on college at a discounted tuition rate.
High school students can take dual credit classes, meaning they earn credit for their high school requirements and college credit, through the Tech Prep program. These classes are taught at the high schools with course work equivalent to college curriculum. Tuition for these classes is $15 per credit. Students who take advantage of this program can take a maximum of six credits per semester.
If a student takes full advantage of these discounted tuition programs in their junior and senior years, they can earn 24 college credits by the time they graduate high school. The general education requirement for almost all four-year degrees is comprised of 35 credits. All these core courses can be taken at KPC. Besides the considerable cost savings these college credits represent, students also gain experiences that give them a much better idea of what it takes to succeed in a college atmosphere. KPC’s small classes allow more individualized attention from faculty which translates to greater student successes.
In spring 2005, 97 high school seniors took 403 credits at KPC; in fall 2005, 126 seniors took 511 credits. Each student is taking an average of four credits. For comparison, there are 685 seniors in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, including home school, this year. This translates to 18 percent of school district seniors taking advantage of Jumpstart, while historically approximately 60 percent of them go to college and 25 percent eventually complete a four-year degree.
Parents and students who would like to tap into these savings are encouraged to meet with an advisor at KPC. Contact Campus Services at 262-0330 for more information.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at KPC.
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