Fall semester got off to a flaming start at KPC last week, with the first day of classes coinciding with the annual open house and barbeque at the local UAA campus.
There were free hamburgers, hot dogs, deserts and live music for anyone coming by to visit the renovated college. "We've opened up the commons area so students are now able to view the River and we've made a one-stop shop for all our student services, so registering is a lot more student friendly," said Gary Turner, KPC Director.
According to Turner enrollment is already up 20% compared to the same time last year and there is a new interest and enthusiasm at KPC. "We are really attracting the students and becoming the option and first choice for people to be able to stay here in the community and go to college," added Turner. Human anatomy and physiology classes that usually attract 30 some students at KPC this year has 60 students registered and more on a waiting list. "We don't have a classroom that holds 60 students, so we've arranged with the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska to use their new multi-purpose room to hold the class over there. We're growing and looking forward to next May when we start moving dirt for new classroom construction," said Turner.
Suzie Kendrick, Community Relations Director for KPC, was thrilled with the turn out at this year's open house. "It's really important for business owners as well as the potential students to realize the resource we are for training and continuing education for their employees or producing new well trained employees. We really feel that KPC is and should be the hub of our community," said Kendrick. The greatest increase in enrollment is students in the 18-22 year-old demographic according to Kendrick. "We are really into seeing more of our young people stay close to home, being able to save some money while getting a quality education right here on the Kenai Peninsula," added Kendrick. Enrollment for the fall semester will continue this week, for more information call KPC at 262-0300.
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