Kenai Peninsula College will be busy Thursday and Friday with fall semester walk-in registration from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Online registration currently is available and can be accessed at the KPC Web site at www.kpc.alaska.edu.
KPC is offering hundreds of classes this semester and whether it's just one class or an entire degree program, there's something for everyone. The fall course schedule is available on campus and on the KPC Web site.
There are a number of classes that have been added to the schedule since it was printed. These classes include three mechanical technology courses that teach the fundamentals of machine shop; a commercial vessel license (6-pak) preparation course; and a process technology oil and gas production class.
For more information about these classes or any others, call KPC student services at 262-0300.
Campus gets facelift
The last month and a half has been rather chaotic on campus as the business office, student services, financial aid and career center personnel have had to pick up and fan out to temporary office space. No one is complaining, though. A complete remodel of the central campus is under way, and the final result is going to be fabulous.
The remodel will be more "student friendly" with student services and admissions offices in close proximity with "one-stop shopping" being the goal. The other consequence of the remodel is that the student commons area now is located along a large bank of windows that overlook the Kenai River. The additional light and openness is sure to enhance the quality of student life on campus.
The KPC Bookstore also is being expanded to allow for more textbook displays, storage space and general merchandise.
Other planned improvements include network connection points for students' laptop computers and eventually "wireless" connectivity to the Internet throughout the commons areas.
Stay tuned because KPC is on the move to make the campus a college of first choice.
Welcome back barbecue slated
KPC encourages everyone to plan on coming to the annual community "welcome back" barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 3, which also is the first day of classes for the new semester. Enjoy the food and music, then take a few minutes to tour the new and improved campus. KPC is confident everyone who takes a look will appreciate the new space.
Course planned for educators
KPC tries to offer a wide variety of professional development courses each semester to help area teachers and administrators meet their continuing education requirements.
This fall, a new three-credit class is being offered for the first time on the peninsula. "Getting Kids to Think! And more ..." addresses the learning and teaching of critical thinking skills in an engaged, challenging, student-centered context.
Designed to introduce a process of facilitation and dialogue, this course is about practicing critical, creative and caring thinking.
This class, a 500-level professional development course, will meet from 4 to 5:45 p.m. Thursdays in Room 112 and is appropriate for all kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers and administrators.
Christine Gehrett, KPC's new professor in the education department, will teach the course.
KPC also has a variety of courses for those new-to-the-state teachers who have provisional certificates.
The Alaska studies requirement can be fulfilled through either "Anthropol-ogy 200: Natives of Alaska" or "History 341: History of Alaska."
The multicultural education-cross cultural communication requirement can be met by taking "Education 300: Philo-sophical and Social Contexts of American Education."
Course descriptions and times for these courses can be found in the fall schedule.
Call Sherril Miller at 262-0390 for more information about KPC's professional development offerings for fall semester.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.
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