The KPC Student Union is hosting an Oktoberfest celebration, in conjunction with a political rally for the passage of Proposition C today at the college. There will be music, sausages and root beer. Proposition C is the general obligation bond proposition for education. It is important to KPC students. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. and will continue until the food runs out.
The Student Union will continue to campaign for Proposition C until the general election on Nov. 5. Union members plan to encourage students and the public to see the value of supporting the first general obligation bond for education in 20 years.
Joining forces for literacy
The merger of the world's two largest adult volunteer literacy organizations is complete and Laubach Literacy Inter-national and Literacy Volunteers of America Inc. have become ProLiteracy Worldwide.
Nearly 1,450 volunteer adult literacy organizations nationwide will be invited to join ProLiteracy Worldwide, including four former Laubach Literacy and Literacy Volunteers of America Inc. affiliates in Alaska.
KPC, an accredited member of Literacy Volunteers of America Inc., is looking forward to working with this powerful advocate for adult learners.
"Affiliation with ProLiteracy America, the U.S. division of ProLiteracy World-wide, will increase our program's capacity to serve adult learners in this community. We are really looking forward to a productive relationship with this new international powerhouse," said Diane Taylor.
KPC is one of four volunteer adult literacy programs in Alaska that helped 1,630 adult learners improve their reading, writing, computation and English-as-a-second-language skills during the 2000-01 program year.
Approximately 708 Alaskans currently volunteer their time as tutors and trainers with Alaska's adult literacy organizations.
In the United States, one in four adults function at the lowest literacy level. Abroad, more than 877 million adults are functionally illiterate.
Adults with low literacy skills experience social, economic and personal challenges that compromise their abilities to support themselves, help their children in school and fully participate in society.
For more information, visit www.proliteracy.org.
AmeriCorps volunteers join KPC
The KPC Learning Center welcomes Franklin Adams, Rebecca Jorgensen and Chandra Hawkins to the college as AmeriCorps volunteers. Jeannie Pate will continue her service with Ameri-Corps in the Learning Center. These individuals all contribute to the Learning Center mission as tutors, literacy volunteers and mentors. They will work part-time through May.
Have you looked up into the night sky lately? According to Andy Veh, KPC assistant professor of physics, the aurora borealis has been working overtime. Andy invites you to check out some of his photographs at www.space weather.com in the aurora gallery 5.
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This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.
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