KPC talk: Enrollment, meetings, exchanges, textbooks

Enrollment info announced

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2000

Kenai Peninsula College currently has 320 full-time students enrolled in 12 or more credit hours and 1,058 part-time students enrolled in one to 11 credits.

Ninety students are taking noncredit courses or Adult Basic Education-GED courses. The student population is 64 percent female and 36 percent male; 43.5 percent of the students are in the teen to 20 age bracket, 37.2 percent in the 30 to 40 age bracket and 16.7 percent in the 50 and older age bracket.

Botanical society to meet

The November meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Botanical Society will be at 6 p.m. Saturday in room 137 at KPC. There will be a lecture titled, "If everything in nature has a purpose, what about the bark beetle?" by Boyd Shaffer.

The botanical society is sponsored by the biology department at the college, and everyone is welcome to attend all meetings and field trips. For more information, check out the Kenai Peninsula Botanical Society, featuring the botany news online at http:// www.wild htm, or e-mail Shaffer at boyd@ wildlifeartprints .com, mail him at P.O. Box 2445; Kenai, AK 99611, phone 283-3753 or fax at 283-8761.

A draft class schedule for spring semester 2001 is now posted on the KPC Web site at kenai.

Japanese exchange continues

In June, a delegation from the Kenai Peninsula traveled to the city of Akita as part of an ongoing sister-city exchange program between Akita and the borough.

This sister-city relationship was initially established more than eight years ago as a special project of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Economic Development District. This was the third delegation representing the peninsula to visit Akita.

KPC was represented in this exchange by Diane Taylor, the Learning Center coordinator; Yasuko Lehtinen, an adjunct instructor who teaches Japanese, and Ayako Mieumi, an international student from Japan attending KPC.

Lehtinen has been instrumental in keeping this cultural exchange active over the years and the most recent visit to the peninsula from an Akita delegation occurred in 1999.

During this recent exchange, the delegates stayed in the homes of Japanese host families, visited a local elementary school and a university campus. Delegates were invited to sit in to observe classes, make presentations and actively participate in the educational process of these schools.

Television and newspaper coverage focused on the delegation's visit, and the city of Akita's international relations office hosted a formal reception in honor of the visit.

The intent of this exchange is to expand intercultural understanding and continue the sister-city exchange between the peninsula and Akita.

Other delegates representing the borough included George Lehtinen; Lloyd, Toni and Kyla Steward; Roger and Marlene Pearson; Dan, Reean, Jenna and Tracy Pitts; Mike and Linda Sipes; Saturene and Jordan Jackson; and Tammy Fenimore. A delegation from Akita is expected to come to the peninsula and visit the campus within the next two years.

Individuals interested in serving as hosts for this exchange or getting more information about this program are encouraged to contact Yasuko Lehtinen at 262-1901 or Diane Taylor at 262-0328.

Textbooks available

for independent studies

The Office Instruction Center has new textbooks for the following courses:

n General machine transcription (1-credit course), which introduces machine transcription to students with no previous transcription experience. Students will develop proficiency in the use of transcribing machines and word processing equipment to produce mailable copy from dictated material. This course includes review of basic grammar and punctuation skill.

n Legal transcription (3-credit course), where students will learn how to use a transcribing machine and how to prepare legal correspondence and legal documents directly from a tape. Students also will become familiar with documents and correspondence common to specific legal proceedings.

n Medical transcription (3-credit course), which emphasizes accuracy and speed in transcribing medical dictation, develops ability to produce accurate medical data through a broad knowledge of medical terms, drugs and instruments, as well as acceptable initials and abbreviations for medical terminology and develops familiarity with various types of medical reports and records.

These courses are independent study classes. Hours are arranged rather than rigidly scheduled. For more information on these, contact Debbie Sonberg at 262-0355.

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