17th annual Career Day comes to Kenai Peninsula College on Friday

Around Campus

Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2006

On Friday morning, more than 250 high school students from across the Peninsula will fill the hallways of the college on a quest to explore different career paths. This year, students from Soldotna, Kenai Central, Skyview, Nikiski, Kenai Alternative, Ninilchik, Tyonek and the home-school programs Connections, IDEA, and Raven Correspondence will be participating in the event.

What makes Career Day unique is that it gives students the opportunity to gain information about career opportunities and career paths from real career professionals working in the community. This can give students a leg up on determining their own career options and can inspire students to pursue fields they might not otherwise explore.

The event is coordinated by Krista Timlin, career services coordinator, and Dayne Clark, business professor at the Kenai River Campus, with assistance from student services. Clark has co-chaired the event since its inception in 1989. Timlin says this is her fifth year organizing the event. The event is co-sponsored by the Soldotna Rotary Club.

Career Day centers on presentations made by local professionals in a variety of fields who volunteer their time to spotlight their profession. Over the course of the morning, between 8:45 and 10:45, students can attend four different presentations. Career fields covered include travel industries and tourism, health care, mental health and social services, education, criminal justice, law, biology and environmental science, communications, mechanics and construction, process technology, information technology, accounting and sales, culinary arts, and cosmetology. In addition, there will be information booths set up by Sheldon Jackson College, AV Tech, Alaska Job Corps, Youth Restoration Corps, and U.S military recruiters from the Air Force, Army, Marines and the Navy.

Career Day is open to non-high school members of the public who are looking to transition into another career field.

Organizers ask that anyone who would like to attend any of the sessions call 262-0337 to make arrangements in advance. The schedule of Career Day presentations is available on the KPC Web site at kpc.alaska. edu.

Informational meeting on nursing degrees set

Because there are only a limited number of slots, landing a position in KPC’s two-year nursing program is a highly competitive process. Being prepared is vital for students who are serious about applying for the nursing program. Although the program is delivered in a two-year format, successful students are those who receive advising so that they can properly prepare for the extensive application process.

Admission into the nursing program is determined by a ranking process and admission is selective. Students are encouraged to complete co-requisite courses while waiting for admission to the program.

KPC nursing coordinator Lynn Senette, R.N., and biology professor and health careers advisor Dr. David Wartinbee will be providing an informational session on the UAA/KPC nursing program from 2-3:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 in room 116. For more information, contact Senette at 262-0333 or e-mail ifcls@uaa.alaska.edu, or Wartinbee at 262-0377 or e-mail ifdcw@uaa.alaska.edu .

Phi Beta Kappa seeks new members

KPC’s Alpha Omega Omicron chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-year colleges, will be sponsoring a social at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna. Full- or part-time students at KPC who are admitted to a two-year degree program, earned 12 credits or more toward the degree, and had a 3.5 grade point average or higher last semester are eligible to join.

According to their Web site, PTK has symbolized academic excellence in community colleges for 88 years. The mission of the organization is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this, they provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, and fellowship for scholars to enhance interest in continuing academic excellence.

Diane Taylor, Learning Center coordinator, is the advisor for the honor society. Taylor encourages students to take advantage of the many benefits of membership. Benefits include many different scholarships for members only, student entry on national transfer database for senior institutions interested in recruiting high achieving two-year college graduates, membership verification on college transcripts, a letter of recommendation from PTK and many discounts, including discounts on Dell computers.

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

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