New KPC semester offers new opportunities

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2001

It is never too early to plan for next semester at your community campus. Kenai Peninsula College is putting the spring class schedule together.

Almost 16,000 households will receive KPC's class catalog in late November. The spring semester begins Jan. 7. Winter in Alaska is a great time to dedicate to stimulating your mind and maybe even your career.

KPC will offer an interesting mix of community interest classes and academic courses. Tai chi, yoga, floral design and film music are just a few of the classes that can help fill the dark months.

KPC offers many approaches to education -- everything from one- or two-year certificate programs that lead directly to employment, to two-year associate degrees, four-year bachelor's degrees and even master's degrees.

For those unfamiliar with the types of programs and degrees available, here is a brief overview of the opportunities on hand.

One-year programs:

n Mechanical technology prepares students for employment as mechanics or millwrights in all types of industrial settings.

n Office technology provides the job skills necessary for working in any office setting.

n Petroleum technology gives students specific training in petrochemical plant operations.

n Small business management helps students explore business career options by giving entry-level job skills and upgrading skills for advancement. It also serves as the first year toward the two-year associate of applied science in business.

n Welding technology graduates will be prepared for employment as structural or pipe welders and will have a solid background for many mechanical trades.

Two-year programs:

Associate of arts degree is a two-year degree program designed to fulfill the lower division requirements of a four-year bachelor's degree.

Associate of applied science degrees are two-year degrees intended to provide specialized education in a particular field.

Students may earn more than one AAS degree. There is computer electronics, industrial process instrumentation, office management and technology, process technology and small business administration.

These programs can be completed in one year (two semesters) or two years (four semesters) without going any further than KPC.

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