Vote for Prop B

Posted: Friday, October 29, 2010

Proposition B will be voted on statewide and, if it passes, eleven new building projects will begin in Alaska. The Kenai River Campus would gain a dorm building and a Career and Technical Center. These additions would accommodate rural Alaskans and the growing need for space at KRC.

A KRC dorm building would be a great resource for all Alaskans, especially rural Alaskans. I was born and raised in the Soldotna/Kenai area and have lived here my entire life. Since the age of 11, I have traveled to various Alaskan villages in the Bristol Bay area and up above the Arctic Circle where I would spend weeks and months at a time. I made many friends of all different ages. I see the benefit and impact that KRC's dorms would have on the people of rural Alaska. It would give teens, young adults and even the elderly a chance to attend college in a better, more suitable area.

Although, Soldotna and Kenai are urban cities, they are very different from Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau, with smaller populations and less overwhelming atmospheres, where Alaskan Natives can easily and readily keep their traditions and ways of life alive with hunting, fishing, berry picking and more. If the KRC dorms become reality, then I would predict the majority of their occupants would be from rural Alaska.

The possibility of having a Career and Technical Center would greatly benefit our growing college. I began attending KRC the fall semester of 2009, and since then, have seen a great increase in students. We are the fastest growing UA campus, gaining an enrollment increase of 8 percent since I got here and 23 percent in the last three years. If KRC receives the Career and Technical Center, I see an even bigger increase in enrollment. As a student, I find KRC to be cramped and in need of more space. The Career and Technical Center will give the existing KRC buildings more space by the reallocation of labs and classrooms. I foresee that KRC would not only gain a new building, but it will be occupied with an abundance of new students.

James Pazar, KRC Student Union Vice President

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