A list of course offerings for the spring semester is available from the homepage of the Kenai Peninsula College Web site. The public will be able to register at 8 a.m. Dec. 1.
Students are encouraged to register early to ensure they get into the classes they need. Also, everyone is reminded class information can change between now and the beginning of the semester. Changes to the schedule will be published on the Web site. Click on the menu item “Degree Programs and Catalogs,” then “Course Schedules and KPC Catalog.” Changes can be accessed by clicking on the link that says “spring 2007 schedule changes.”
The printed version of the spring course schedule will be mailed out in early December. The first day of classes will be Jan. 16.
Spring semester Web registration is now open for admitted, degree-seeking students
Students are urged to seek advising before registering for classes to be certain degree requirements haven’t changed. Also, it is important to make sure class choices meet the degree requirements.
KPC receives funding for workforce development
KPC continues to focus on programs that promote careers that meet the current and future needs of Alaska’s employers. This focus led the college to put forward funding requests to the University of Alaska statewide administration to help purchase equipment that meets current industry standards. KPC embraces the philosophy that students need to be provided with classroom equipment that utilizes current technology, similar to what they will see in the real world, when they enter the workforce.
Gary Turner, KPC director, informed the campus community last week that one such budget request was granted to the shchool by the university. The funding was made available to UA for workforce development resulting from SB 137. This bill appropriated funds to the Alaska Human Resource Investment Council which allocates the money to the University of Alaska and other training institutions in the state.
At the Kenai River Campus, the approved requests include $72,750 for the emergency medical service program, $16,500 for the process technology program and $49,350 for the welding technology program. The Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer will receive $37,850 for the nursing program.
“KPC received the second-largest funding amount of any community campus in the University of Alaska system and the third-most of any campus in the entire statewide system,” Turner said.
Shell Oil Company screening current, former KPC students
KPC’s business and industry division has announced that representatives from Shell Oil Company will be on campus administering screening tests to students in the process technology, industrial process instrumentation and mechanical technology programs. The screening tests are required for any students who may be interested in serving an internship or who want to be considered for employment with the company. Currently there are opportunities for internships in the Lower 48. The testing is also open to students who have previously graduated from KPC in the programs listed.
Testing will take place tomorrow, from 9-11:30 a.m., in room 201. For more information or to sign-up for testing, contact Eileen Reemstma at 262-0344.
Cornish coast ship wrecking practices: Free film and lecture
The public is invited to a free, special showing of the award-winning film, “The Wrecking Season,” at 7 p.m. tomorrow evening in the commons. The film follows playwright Nick Darke onto the beaches of North Cornwall during a stormy winter and records all his discoveries.
There will be an introductory lecture on the historical aspects of Cornish wrecking practices by Cornish maritime historian Cathryn Pearce, associate professor of history at KPC. Pearce has spent significant time in England where she has done extensive research on the subject.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.
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