College to revive alumni association: Kenai Peninsula College

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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Bill Howell, chair of the recruitment team and director of Student Services has announced that planning for the first organizational meet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in the conference room of the Mining and Petroleum Training Service Building.

Anyone who has taken at least one three-credit class is welcome to attend the meeting. Invitations will be sent to out to local alumni who show up on the school's database.

Michael Beck will serve as president of the reformed association. Howell says there will be a presentation to the group about where the college is today in terms of campuses and extension sites, enrollments, current programs, challenges and goals for the future.

Student Union President Todd Marshall-Closson will speak to the group about the current student population and the goals and objectives of the Student Union and how they may interact with the Alumni Association.

For more information, call Bill Howell at 262-0314 or e-mail

Statistics show that 146 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District high school seniors are taking advantage of the borough subsidized JumpStart program this semester. The program provides students a waiver that reduces their cost per credit from $128 to $35.

Students may take six credits each semester, beginning the summer after their junior year. If a student takes advantage of the program, they may take 18 credits at the discounted rate.

Homer High School seniors lead the pack in taking advantage of the program with 41 Jumpstart students. Seward and Soldotna high schools tie with 23, followed by the IDEA Home School program at 14 seniors, Connections Home-school program with 13, Kenai Central High School with nine, Skyview with eight and Cook Inlet Academy with six. Nikiski, Kenai Alternative, Ninilchik and Wings Christian Academy have fewer than three seniors in the program.

Students are taking more humanities courses English, communications, history, foreign languages, and philosophy, than other subject areas with 89 students enrolled in these disciplines.

The social sciences like anthropology, journalism, justice, psychology, sociology and political science are the second most popular with 49 students. Math and natural sciences such as biology, chemistry and physics come in third with 38 Jumpstart students.

All of the disciplines listed here contain classes that are general education requirements that all college students are required to take, regardless of the degree they are seeking. Most of the courses are three credits and the bulk of GERs provide students with the basic college-level knowledge they require to be successful in the other college classes they take in whatever degree program they decide on. A high school student who takes advantage of JumpStart may complete six GERs toward a college degree by the time they graduate high school.

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

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