KPC spring semester registration opens Friday

Around Campus

Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Online registration for next semester opens at 8 a.m. Friday for the general public. Students enrolled in degree programs have been able to register since Nov. 1.

The spring course schedule is available at the KPC Web site in short format, listing just class information. An electronic version of the complete document will appear in mailboxes this week.

Walk-in registration will be held Jan. 11 and 12 and the first day of classes will be Jan. 16.

New student orientations will be offered Jan. 9 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. There are mandatory new student orientations for high school students. Junior and younger students will have a session at 3 p.m. Jan. 10. High school seniors will have a JumpStart new student orientation at 6 p.m. Jan. 10. Students must make appointments to attend sessions, have placement scores and have necessary high school waiver form signatures prior to attending. Call 262-0330 for more information and to make appointments for the new student orientations and placement exams.

Financial Aid Night at SoHi

Carrie Burford, KPC financial aid coordinator, put together a presentation, dubbed Financial Aid Night, which she will give at every high school in the area at least once a year.

Burford designed her presentations to give generic overviews of financial aid options available to students, whether they decide to attend KPC/UAA or not. The presentations provide guidance in applying for state and federal aid programs and many private grants, scholarships and loans.

Although each student’s financial situation is different, there are many common steps that must be completed regardless of eligibility.

Students and parents are encouraged to attend the presentation and to bring their questions with them to Financial Aid Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Soldotna High School.

For more information, call 262-0332 or e-mail incmb@uaa.alaska. edu.

KPC Bookstore: more than textbooks and supplies

Gwen Gere, manager of the KPC bookstore, has transformed the store into much more than just a place to purchase books, backpacks, and pencils. Gere has put her mark on the store with attractive displays and a diverse collection of gifts and clothing items.

She comes by her expertise in managing a bookstore honestly. Her parents owned and operated the Book Cache outlets that were fixtures in communities throughout Alaska for many years. In some ways, when Gere accepted her position as bookstore manager, it was like coming home.

“I have the best job in the world,” she said.

She has brought a line of ethically-sourced gifts into the store in an effort to provide busy students, staff, faculty and the public the opportunity to purchase unique, “fair trade” items on campus which are produced by artisans from over 30 different countries. The World of Good, a non-profit organization, focuses on assisting artisan cooperatives attain long-term economic sustainability by bringing their handmade products into mainstream retail markets. The organization donates ten percent of profits to assist the artisan cooperatives with projects related to improving their communities.

In an effort to provide nursing, personal care assistant and certified nurse’s aide students medical apparel, the bookstore is carrying scrubs. Gelscrubs, the brand name of the clothing line, are widely carried by university bookstores around the country.

Another line of items in the bookstore are the Overland bags and backpacks. The bookstore is the only outlet for these products on the central peninsula.

Gift certificates for tuition, fees, supplies and books also are available in the bookstore. For more information or to purchase gift certificates, call 262-0312.

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

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