Business and industry update
From Scott Kraxberger, division chair
The new KPC Process Technology program is still under development with several new courses offered this semester. The UAA approval process is not yet complete for the program, but demand for the courses is high. Essentially all of the new process tech courses are at maximum enrollment, and Alaska employment opportunities in this area are projected to grow rapidly.
The welding and machine shop program courses are running at or near enrollment limits this semester. Drew O'Brien and Fritz Miller, the machine shop and welding instructors, report area and statewide employment opportunities are currently near an all-time high.
Twenty new computers (500 MHz or faster) were added for the fall semester. We have added Autocad 2000 LT software to 20 workstations and are now teaching Autocad in KPC computer labs for the first time. Instrumentation and process technology instructors are making plans to include Autocad introductions and exercises into their courses, which rely heavily on blueprints and schematics.
New computer workstation furniture was installed over the summer in our 106A computer lab. The furniture was designed by Scott Kraxberger and custom built at Bailey's furniture. The furniture was designed to make the class environment more open and instructor's presentations more visible. Several features were added to make network wiring and computer hardware easier to install, maintain and upgrade.
A new computer numerical control (CNC) lathe has been added to KPC's machine shop to go with a CNC milling machine, which we added in 1998. Drew O'Brien is currently developing tools and curriculum for new CNC lathe classes beginning in January.
Machine shop students' community service work volume is larger than ever, doing free repair of wheelchairs, wheelchair lifts and wheelchair van systems for area handicapped citizens, as well as miscellaneous repair work in support of the Blood Bank of Alaska in Soldotna.
Art gallery presents 'Greeting Laticia'
Sculptures by Joy Falls, former KPC student turned KPC art instructor, are on display now. This exhibit runs through Oct. 13. Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Anthropology department news
Two anthropology students, Zoya Oskolkoff and Dana Woodard, have student intern positions for fall semester. They are working for Ricky Gease at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center organizing artifacts and creating a computer database of museum items.
Sheri Dub is working as an intern in the KPC Anthropology Laboratory working on artifact inventories.
The Cook Inlet Anthropology class (Anth 325) took a field trip to Kalifornsky Village on Thursday, always a remarkable experience. The college thanks the Kenaitze Indian Tribe for permission to visit this important site.
Bookstore manager gets scholarship
Jessica Tromblee, the KPC bookstore manager, has received a tuition scholarship of $1,200 to attend the National Association of College Stores' annual Academy for Collegiate Retail Leaders in conjunction with Texas A&M.
Jessica was one of 35 recipients nationally. The academy blends leadership and management principles to help managers meet the challenges of rapid changes brought about by technological advances in today's college bookstore market.
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