Around Campus: Voters approve Proposition B, good news for KPC

Posted: Monday, November 08, 2010

Prop B was approved by voters in the Nov. 2 general election. The general obligation bond will finance both student housing and a Career and Technical Center at KPC's Kenai River Campus in Soldotna, as part of the $397 million statewide package to design and construct education related facilities.

According to KPC Director Gary J. Turner details relating to the how the bond-financed projects will proceed are "very fluid right now."

The timeline for when funds might be available is dependent on several variables. "It is expected the state will start selling the bonds within weeks," Turner said. "The Board of Regents must review and approve each of the projects, and they can't review all the projects at once so we need to be patient. The first project they will review will be the UAF Life Sciences building. This project has been on the Regent's capital list for 10 years and they hope to open it in 2014.

"It is expected the KRC and Mat-Su projects will go before the Regents over the course of the coming year. Of course, the sooner the better, but we realize that with six new projects that the Regents must review, it will take some time. We've virtually been waiting for housing for 36 years, so we can wait a little longer," Turner said.

Having two construction projects on the table, Turner said, "It is expected that the CTC will start first with the student housing to follow 3-9 months later."

Because of many contingencies, including when the UA Regents might approve the projects, Turner said it is difficult to pin down completion dates.

"It is my hope that the CTC will be ready for occupancy in the summer of 2013. I would like housing to be available to students in fall 2013, but that may not be feasible; 2014 may be more realistic. Major construction projects like this ($30.5 million) have very fluid timelines; however, we're ready to start design and planning as soon as the Regents give us the green light," Turner said.

KPC/KPBSD Financial Aid Night

KPC's financial aid office and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's counselors will co-host the fourth annual Financial Aid Night at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Attendees will be provided with information about financial aid options, timelines, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, grants, scholarships and the Alaska supplemental loan program and non-college track options such as vocational and technical schools and the military.

For more information, contact the KPC financial aid office at 262-0331 or e-mail .

Priority web registration for spring open

Chances are that a large number of KPC students were up late last night waiting for the clock to strike 12:01 a.m.

It has become the norm for degree-seeking students to jump on the first possible opportunity to secure seats in the courses they need to complete their degree program.

The priority registration period opens for one week prior to general, public registration, which opens on Nov. 15 at 12:01 a.m.

This article was provided by Suzie Kendrick, advancement programs manager at Kenai Peninsula College.

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