College to host 2003 Economic Outlook Forum

Posted: Wednesday, December 04, 2002

KPC will host the Kenai Peninsula Borough Economic Development District's 2003 Outlook Forum from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The annual forum provides a venue that brings together key business leaders, business owners, agencies, educators, politicians and vendors from around the state and the peninsula to examine issues that will most impact the economic climate of the area. KPC feels this important event helps identify what role the college has in providing training for a constantly changing economic environment.

This year's agenda includes presentations by the mayors of all the major peninsula communities and the borough, Native corporations and associations, the KPB School District, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Rural CAP and the University of Alaska Anchorage's economics department.

The keynote speaker will be Eric Wohlforth, chair of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. He has been asked to answer the question: How has the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.'s strategy changed since Sept. 11, 2001, what is the future prospectus and what about investing in Alaska other than the dividend?

On Saturday, the format of the forum changes to issue-specific panel discussions that are broken down into six specific sections: tourism, lumber and timber, educational and health care collaboration, oil and natural gas manufacturing, commercial fishing and small business development and marketing. The panels will be composed of experts who are actively working in each of the specific fields.

The goal for each of the panels will be to identify the current status of the industry and to determine the current employment opportunities, if any. The panels will strive to outline a vision for the future of each industry on the peninsula and develop a plan on making the vision a reality.

For more information about the Economic Outlook Forum, contact the EDD at 283-3335 or KPC at 262-0320.

Congratulations CNAs

The Kachemak Bay Campus of KPC announced the following students have successfully completed the Certified Nurses Assistant program, held in coordination with South Peninsula Hospital: Jamie Allison, Mary Baker, Joan Coppess, Cynthia Micheski, Jessica Nelson, Kelli Parker, Angela Pinkerton and LaShellia Powell.

As CNAs, they are able to seek employment in a variety of health-care settings including hospitals, assisted care facilities and nursing homes. Several of them plan on continuing their studies in the upcoming LPN program being provided by the Kachemak Bay Campus in partnership with Weber State University.

Both the Soldotna and Homer campuses will have CNA training programs beginning in January. For more information about the Certified Nurses Assistant programs at KPC, call 262-0330 in Soldotna or 235-7743 in Homer.

Who said college doesn't pay?

According to USA Today, results of a 2000 Census Bureau survey report that tracked the influence of education on lifetime earnings indicated that someone with a bachelor's degree earns almost $1 million more over their lifetime than a high school graduate.

Survey results showed that a college graduate could expect to earn $2.1 million working full-time between ages 25 and 64. A master's degree-holder is projected to earn $2.5 million, while someone with a professional degree, such as a doctor or lawyer, could make substantially more -- $4.4 million. In contrast, a high school graduate can expect to make $1.2 million during the working years, according to the survey report.

The survey was conducted between March 1998 and March 2000. All estimates are based on 1999 salaries and probably will increase as salaries rise over time.

The numbers speak for themselves. Young people need to remember that education is the key to future income and the amount of education a person receives is directly proportional to how much money they will make in a lifetime.

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

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