Partners to bring processing class to commercial fishers

Around Campus

Posted: Wednesday, April 21, 2004

KPC and the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Office of Community and Economic Development Division (CEDD), in collaboration with Cook Inlet Salmon Brand Inc (CISB), are bringing a three-week intensive seafood processor business development training program to the central peninsula Sept. 27 through Oct. 15.

The program is sponsored by Prince William Sound Community College in Valdez, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Marine Advisory Program and the University of Alaska Anchorage Small Business Development Center. The course is designed to provide commercial fishers with the level of instruction and training necessary to become certified to direct market seafood products. The free course will provide training in how to harvest, process and add value to the fish they catch.

"We learned of the program in December and felt it would be something Kenai Wild would be interested in partnering with us," said Gary J. Turner, KPC director. "The course should be a real help to our commercial fishers so they can provide a value-added quality product to a market that is flooded by bland farm-raised fish. This is one way to get more top quality fish into the market."

Jack Brown, CEDD director, and Sylvia G. Beaudoin, executive director of Cook Inlet Salmon Brand Inc., have been meeting with Turner to iron out the logistical details of offering the class and getting the word out to commercial fishers. The class is being offered in late September-early October so it is more convenient for the commercial fishers to attend, Turner said.

"This is a great opportunity for our local harvesters to learn about quality processing and how to market their catch," Beaudoin said. "Some of the subjects that will be taught include hazard analysis, quality control, secondary processing, business development and storage. It's a wonderful program."

Needing a fish processing line for part of the instruction, Beaudoin approached Paul Dale of Snug Harbor Seafoods to see if his facility would be available. Dale is allowing the class to use his equipment to include the processing line, smoker, filleting equipment and fish to demonstrate quality processing.

The 130-hour course is a certificate program through PWSCC. Graduates will receive six college credits and a Hazard Analysis and Critical Point Certificate of Completion (HACCP). The HACCP is the first step in allowing the commercial fisher the opportunity to direct market their products to individual or corporate consumers.

Brochures about the class are available at the CEDD office in the Red Diamond Center off Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite 16 or at KPC. Only 30 students will be accepted for the program; however, a waiting list will be kept if that number is exceeded since another course could be offered in the future. Students must be able to attend every day of the 15-day program.

For information on enrolling in the course, call Beaudoin at 262-6355.

Summer dig

KPC's anthropology department is making preparations for an archeological expedition to be launched in late August. Dr. Alan Boraas is planning to lead a field school that will take interested students into the rich remains of Alaska's first peoples.

KPC student Brett Encelewski serves as an assistant to Dr. Boraas in the anthropology department at KPC. Encelewski also serves as a volunteer reporter for the campus newsletter, The KPC Connection. What follows is a brief outline of what students who sign up for the field class can expect, in Encelewski's own words:

Science is about to get dirty once again! The 2004 KPC Archaeology Field School is scheduled for Aug. 9 to 27. Classes will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The excavation site is not set in stone at this time. Dr. Boraas, professor of anthropology, will be head archaeologist and currently is reviewing two possibilities for the dig: 1) A suspected historical Russian site located at the mouth of the Kasilof River, or 2) a prehistoric Dena'ina site located off the Kenai River in Cooper Landing. The Cooper Landing site may involve boating in to the dig and camping. Camping may include a self-sufficient campsite or a stay at a local federal campground, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's Schooner Bend." These details are still pending.

The archaeological field school is a four-credit course that fulfills an applied science general education requirement. The course may be taken twice for credit. See more course details on the tentative summer schedule posted on the KPC web site, the Kenai Peninsula College 2002-04 Bulletin and-or the current University of Alaska Anchorage catalog, available in the KPC Library.

The archaeology field school is one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling courses the college has to offer. However, students should know the work is not all a bowl of cherries. Archaeological excavation is a precise, and sometimes tedious, endeavor. It's all worthwhile, though, when an artifact sees the light of day for the first time in 2,000 to 3,000 years. So grab a Marshalltown trowel and an old pair of jeans and get ready to dig in.

Direct any questions about the upcoming field school to Boraas at the KPC anthropology lab, by phone at 262-0360 or via e-mail at

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.

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