Professor Clark retires for new adventures in Washington: Kenai Peninsula College

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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Long-time professor retires

After teaching thousands of students the business of accounting and economics over a 31-year span, professor Dayne Clark has retired.

Clark served as the co-organizer of the college's Career Day, an event that brought almost every local high school student on campus to hear presentations by professionals from different careers.

Clark served on the board of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and belonged to the Soldotna Rotary for many years. Clark was awarded the Professional Person of the Year by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce in 2002.

Clark said he will move to Moses Lake, Wash., and looks forward to doing things that he couldn't because of his teaching schedule.

Fall semester enrollments

Kenai Peninsula College campuses and extension sites show a 3.8 percent decrease in head count and a 2.7 percent decrease in student credit hours compared to 2006 fall semester. The college currently has 319 full-time students and 1,119 part-time students.

The rate at which students are registering online has continued to increase every semester since registration via telephone was eliminated. In the fall 2005 semester, 52 percent of class seats were reserved online; 69 percent in fall 2006 and this semester, 75 percent of course seats were booked online. It is anticipated this trend will continue as the Internet gains more popularity.

KPC works on service to rural students

The college hosted a group of 22 faculty members from the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Arts and Science and College of Education, and Kodiak College at the Kenai River Campus on Aug. 31. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how UAA could better serve rural students who are pursuing the bachelor of liberal studies and bachelor of elementary education via distance delivery throughout the state. Additionally, this gave Anchorage-based faculty an opportunity to learn more about the community campus environment, meet their colleagues and enhance the communication between faculty at KPC, UAA and Kodiak College.

Paramedic program update

The paramedical technology department began another class of paramedic students in August. Paramedics from the current graduating class have completed their required field internships at metropolitan emergency services departments from New York City to Tacoma, Wash. The program is approved to perform necessary testing for national and state of Alaska paramedic licensure onsite.

The application deadline for the fall 2008 paramedic program is April 18. For more information, call Paul Perry at 262-0378 or e-mail him at

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

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