Kenai Peninsula College, in conjunction with the University of Alaska Anchorage, will host an informational symposium on allied health careers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Soldotna campus.
Representatives from the UAA campus will be on hand to outline degree and admissions requirements for careers in dental hygiene, dental assisting, medical assisting, medical laboratory technology, phlebotomy, medical coding, medical transcription, radiology technology, pharmacy technology and massage therapy. There will be presentations on each profession and printed brochures available for all these programs.
David Wartinbee, KPC assistant professor of biology, will emphasize the fact that most of these allied health professions require at least a year of preparatory courses, all of which are available at KPC. Because KPC is a part of the UAA system, all course credits transfer and peninsula students would reduce the time they would have to spend in Anchorage to complete a program if they completed the "prep" work locally.
There also will be representatives from the UAA nursing department available to answer questions about the two-year and four-year nursing degrees at UAA.
Students who have been preparing to apply for admission to the two-year associate of applied science degree in nursing that will begin at KPC in January 2005 can, but do not have to attend this meeting. Wartinbee said representatives from the UAA nursing department will be at KPC in February specifically to advise these students.
It is common knowledge that there are many shortages in the allied healthcare work force and KPC and UAA are positioning to try to meet the needs of our state. These allied health professions vary greatly in the amount of time and course work necessary to become a certified professional.
These programs offer excellent training leading to jobs that are available now. Whether you're a high school senior looking for a career, or a displaced oil field worker or commercial fisher, this day-long presentation may just turn the light of opportunity on for you.
The gift of education
Although it's early in the holiday season, KPC would like to remind parents, grandparents and anyone else who may have a student on their shopping list to consider how positive the gift of education would be. Students struggle to meet the financial obligations that come with post-secondary education and a gift certificate from the KPC Bookstore allows them to use the funds for their tuition and fees or text books.
It's as easy as coming to the KPC Bookstore between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and asking to purchase a gift certificate. Don't underestimate the impact such a gift can have on a student who is struggling to make ends meet. Invest in their education and the gift will have an impact for the rest of their lives.
Winter Arts Extravaganza
The KPC Student Union, in conjunction with the art department and the KPC Showcase series, invites the public to the Winter Arts Extravaganza at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Brockel Building.
There will be entertainment provided by Anchorage area singer-songwriters Lili McGovern, Will Johnson and Kim Acuna. There also will be the opportunity to get started on holiday shopping at the silent auction of student and faculty artwork, with all proceeds benefiting the Student Union general fund, which in part will include support of legislative advocacy for the college and creation of a student art guild.
The event would not be possible without the support of the Anna Fossett Good-rich program of the Damon Memorial Fund.
Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy free food and entertainment. Come out to your community campus, enjoy the art, do some Christmas shopping and get in the holiday spirit, all while supporting the students at KPC.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.
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