College plans to offer applied science nursing degree in 2005

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2002

KPC encourages anyone interested in pursuing a nursing degree to attend an informational meeting presented by Marie Samson of the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing.

Samson will present two informational, open meetings at KPC on Dec. 4: at 11:15 a.m. in room 132 and at 7 p.m. in room 110. The public is invited to attend these meetings.

Individual advising sessions also are available by appointment from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 and from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 5. To schedule an appointment, call Student Services at 262-0330.

New computer systems degree

A new associate of applied science degree in Computer Systems Technolo-gy is available at KPC. This degree provides skills and education for qualified workers in the field of network and systems administration. The degree is designed to teach students both the business and information technology related concepts needed to enter the information technology work force as a systems administrator and-or technician. Four full-time semesters are required to complete the degree program.

Graduates with the degree can be employed in a wide variety of positions in the information technology field. Students who complete this program will have a firm understanding of a wide variety of technical concepts, from the latest versions of Microsoft's operating systems to routing and switching technology using Cisco equipment. Preparation for several industry certification exams is integral to the program.

For more information about this option, contact Scott Kraxberger at 262-0354 or at

Pell Grant information

Getting financing for college can be a challenge whether you are a full-time or part-time student. According to the KPC financial aid department, students should apply early and apply often for as many different scholarships and grants as they can. Scholarships and grants differ from loans in that they do not need to be repaid.

Educational grants from the federal government are one way students can get help with their education. To be eligible for any federal financial aid, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, form. The information requested is factored into a complex formula that calculates what level of aid a student qualifies for. These forms are available at KPC's financial aid desk (262-0332) or online at

One popular grant, known as a Pell Grant, is awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelors or professional degree, such as medicine, law or dentistry. The maximum Pell grant for the 2001-02 award year was $3,750. Students only can receive one Pell Grant per year. Other factors besides the FAFSA formula that influence how much Pell grant money a student receives include the cost of attendance to go to a particular school (expressed as a yearly figure), full-time or part-time status and whether students attend school for a full academic year or less. Even part-time students attending less than half-time (defined as six credits per semester) who meet all the eligibility requirements can qualify for this federal grant, even though they won't qualify for as much funding.

There are many different types of financial aid, and KPC encourages anyone interested in applying to take advantage of the on-campus expertise to guide them through the process. For more information about all aspects of financial aid, call the KPC financial aid office at 262-0332.

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

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