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Exciting changes at Kenai Peninsula College

Posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2005

 

  KPC Director Gary Turner and Marketing Coordinator Suzie Kendrick invites everyone to the community barbecue at KPC Thursday.

KPC Director Gary Turner and Marketing Coordinator Suzie Kendrick invites everyone to the community barbecue at KPC Thursday.

As faculty and students head back to the Kenai Peninsula College Kenai River campus for the fall semester they are in store for some major changes. “A lot happened this summer and we’re building a new classroom addition that will give us two new classrooms and two new offices that will alleviate the classroom and office space crunch we’ve been in the last few years. On the inside we’ve revamped the majority of all the classrooms so that each classroom is identical to the others in the electronic equipment and IT hookups which will make it a lot easier on faculty and improve the learning for the students,” said KPC Director Gary Turner during a recent tour of the construction site.

Not only are there new facilities at KPC this fall, but new educational opportunities as well, such as the occupational safety and health degree program operating out of the Anchorage extension site, “A lot of people don’t understand what KPC is,” says Turner, “Kenai Peninsula College is what we are referring to now as a system. We operate out of five locations which most people don’t realize, we have the Kenai River Campus here in Soldotna, the Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, the Resurrection Bay extension site in Seward, the Mining & Petroleum Training center operating out of Soldotna and Anchorage, and the Anchorage extension site in the university center right in Anchorage, so we offer a lot of things across the state that are under the umbrella of Kenai Peninsula College.”

What KPC is becoming well known for across the country is its fishing academy. A recent Associated Press story about the unique curriculum was run by 48 different media outlets including the Washington Post, Fox News and even broadcast on Paul Harvey radio news. “It’s been very successful for us. It has a place at the College because it teaches people how to respect the resource, the fish, the habitat, the hydrology, and of course we teach them how to be better anglers too, so it fits our mission very well at KPC,” commented Turner.

The Kenai River Campus will host their traditional “Welcome Back” community barbeque from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2005. The event will take place on campus behind the Goodrich and McLane buildings along the banks of the Kenai River.

There will be free food and entertainment in conjunction with the first day of general walk-in registration for the fall semester. Walk-in registration will continue from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday, August 26. Online registration at www.kpc.alaska.edu continues through August 26. For more information, contact Campus Services at the Kenai River Campus at 262-0330.



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