KRC will hold its 41st commencement ceremony at 7 p.m., May 3, at Kenai Central High School's Renee C. Henderson auditorium.
This year KPC will award one master's degree, five bachelor's degrees, one post-baccalaureate certification, 25 associate of arts degrees, 116 associate of applied science degrees, six certificates and 61 general education diplomas to students. Most of the degrees and certificates earned are from KPC-based programs, but UAA and UAS degrees will also be awarded as students utilize E-Learning to earn UA degrees offered at campuses around the state.
With each passing semester, KPC administration continues to marvel at the unprecedented growth the college is experiencing. Several years ago Director Gary Turner reminded employees that at some point, KPC's growth will plateau. At a recent KPC Leadership Team meeting, Turner commented that day has yet to come.
The 2011 spring semester that just ended recorded a 42 percent increase in head count and 43 percent increase in credit hours compared to spring 2007.
The upcoming summer semester, compared with summer 2007, is currently tracking at 162 percent more students and 250 percent more credits.
There has also been a marked increase in the number of veterans attending KPC. Only 28 veterans attended in spring 2007 compared to 110 in spring 2011.
The average age of the student body has shifted toward traditional-age college students with the 18-24 year old age group increasing 85 percent over the last 10 years with the median age now being 26.
KPC's Kachemak Bay has announced that the UA Board of Regents has selected Homer resident Mary Epperson as a recipient of the 2011 Meritorious Service award. Each year, UAA nominates individuals who have made significant public and volunteer contributions to UAA or to one of its community campuses. Conferral of the award by UA Pres. Patrick K. Gamble and Regents Kirk Wickersham and Mary Hughes will occur at KBC's 2011 commencement on Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at the Mariner Theater at Homer High School.
A resident of the Kenai Peninsula since 1954 and an enthusiastic volunteer in Homer for more than 50 years, Epperson has dedicated her life to serving her community. For her contributions to the community, Epperson received the Governor's Award for the Arts in 1988 and was named Citizen of the Year by the city of Homer in 2004. In recognition of her life-long contributions to the citizens of Homer, a mayoral proclamation declared May 24, 2010 as Mary Epperson Day.
To honor Epperson's dedication to KBC and the citizens of Homer, the Kachemak Bay Campus Advisory Board has established the Mary Epperson Campus Support and Scholarship Fund within the University of Alaska Foundation. The purpose of the fund is to enhance KBC's programs and support future students with scholarships. Individuals wishing to further recognize Epperson and her award by contributing to the fund's endowment, may forward donations to the University of Alaska Foundation's Mary Epperson Support and Scholarship Fund, 533 E. Pioneer Ave, Homer, Alaska, 99603.
KBC began holding classes at its new Bayview Hall on March 21 after occupying the new 7500 square foot building over spring break. The new facility has been well received by the community, students and employees. The new facility houses the Learning Resource Center, classrooms and faculty and staff offices. Students and faculty no longer have to travel a mile across town to attend classes at the space KBC formerly rented from the city of Homer.
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