KPC Learning Center goes beyond just schoolwork help

Around Campus

Posted: Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Amazing things happen in the KPC Learning Center every day. This is where students of all ages and at all levels of education can come and receive help in reaching whatever goals they may have. Whether it's adult basic education, graduate-level distance classes, GED preparation, tutoring for specific subjects, or English as a second language instruction, each student receives individual attention and support at no cost.

There's more going on at the learning center than is immediately apparent. Diane Taylor, KPC Learning Center coordinator, administers a number of outreach programs that impact students in local schools and communities as far away as Tyonek. Services provided by the learning center are associated with Proliteracy Worldwide, the Foster Grandparent Program, the Alaska Adult Education Association, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), AmeriCorps National Service Program and the College Learning and Reading Association. All of these programs depend on volunteers from the community. The learning center invites anyone who is interested in helping others learn to contact them anytime to get involved. Call 262-0328 or come by the learning center in room 131 at the Kenai River campus for more information on volunteering.

Plans under way for busy spring semester

Even though the calendar indicates winter has not officially started, eyes at KPC have been focusing on the spring semester. The new class schedule has been worked out and will be posted on the KPC web site at www.kpc.alaska. edu, next week. Students who currently are admitted into a degree program will be able to register for classes online beginning Nov. 22. Online registration will be available to the general public Dec. 1. The printed course schedules will be delivered to mailboxes the second week of December, but this year the schedule will be available in its entirety at the KPC Web site as a PDF document.

Walk-in general registration for the public and KPC's annual open house celebration will be Jan. 6. Walk-in registration will continue Jan. 7 and classes will begin Jan. 10. There will be more than 240 classes offered at the Kenai River campus this spring.

KPC English professor offers new media class

Want to see your name in print or hear your voice on the airwaves? KPC offers the opportunity to explore these possibilities in a spring semester course entitled "Writing for the Media." This journalism-public communication class will be offered by former journalist professor Janice High. Meeting Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., the class will explore writing techniques for print, radio and television, public relations and advertising. Register for JPC A201 and find out what writing for the media is all about. Writing experience (academic or professional) is a plus. For more information about this course, contact High at 262-0321 or e-mail at ifjmh@uaa.alaska. edu.

Dental hygiene program

presentation planned

Nursing students on campus say their adviser, KPC biology professor Dr. David Wartinbee, is committed to helping them reach their goals.

Wartinbee also is serving as the primary faculty advocate for bringing the UAA paramedic program to campus, as well as advising KPC students preparing for other allied health programs offered at UAA.

One such program is UAA's dental hygiene associate of applied science degree. Wartinbee has made arrangements for UAA professor Ellen Kazar to visit KPC and present a short program about what dental hygienists do and provide information about what it takes to get into the UAA program. Kazar will give advice on what prerequisite courses are needed for admission and the admission process itself. There may even be a visit to a dental clinic after the presentation.

This presentation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Nov. 12 in room 132 at the Kenai River campus. For more information, call 262-0377 or e-mail

World class comedy comes to the Kenai

Don't forget to get your tickets for the upcoming KPC Comedy Showcase that will feature New York comedian Ben Bailey. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Brockel Building at KPC's Kenai River campus. This Showcase is made possible in part by a grant from the Anna Fossett Goodrich Humanities Program of the Damon Memorial Fund.

This will be Bailey's second visit to KPC. He packed the house the first time. Bailey has appeared at more than 200 colleges throughout the country and in a variety of feature films and network television programs.

Tickets are available at the KPC Bookstore, River City Books in Soldotna and The Music Box in Kenai and are $12 for general admission and $10 for students, staff and senior citizens.

The public is reminded that this show may not be appropriate for children. For more information, call 262-0346 or e-mail

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at KPC.

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