Kenai Peninsula College

Posted: Monday, December 07, 2009

Darkroom class offered

The Kenai River Campus is offering an "Alternative Darkroom Techniques" class in the spring semester. This is a 5-week course taking place on Mondays and Wednesday evenings from Jan. 11 - Feb. 28, and does not require textbooks. The course is taught by Richard Eissler, who can be contacted at 260-3323 or Eissler's own photography Web site can be viewed at

Distance courses help offered

KPC's Title III department is producing a DVD to provide help to students new to distance education. The DVD will cover how to overcome technical difficulties of distance classes, which often involve the use of online programs such as Elluminate Live! and Blackboard. The DVD will be sent to students enrolled in distance courses in the spring 2010 semester, and will eventually be available on KPC's Web site. The DVD is expected to be released in December.

CNA course added

This spring, KRC will start offering three sections, instead of two, of the "Certified Nurse Aide" six-credit course, HCA A105. The additional section will be taught by Carol Twait from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday, March 29 - April 23. Dan Bohrnsen, workforce development coordinator at Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, saw a large increase in demand from high school students for these courses and worked with KPC to see that another section was added so additional junior and senior high school students could enroll. The interest is so great that the KPBSD course waiting list has been over-booked since September. For more information, call student services at 262-0330.

Hot chocolate bar and bake sale to be held Wednesday

The KRC Student Union will be sponsoring a hot chocolate and sprinkles bar and holding a bake sale from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9 in the main commons at KRC. Proceeds from the bake sale will go towards the KRCSU student scholarship. For more information, call the student union at 262-0339.

Online Writing Lab increases staff

KPC's Online Writing Lab has added a new tutor: KDLL reporter Ben Stanton. OWL can be found on KPC's Web site at This online service provides students with answers to questions they have about writing papers and feedback on their work. The site offers students the opportunity to interact with a trained tutor about their work. This site is especially helpful for students taking distance courses. Use of OWL has increased, according to Diane Taylor, the Learning Center's coordinator. "The more distance courses we're starting to offer, the more people realize what a great resource it is," Taylor said. For more information about OWL and other Learning Center resources, call 262-0327.

Still time to register

Classes at KPC are filling fast, but registration for the spring semester is still open. The first day of spring classes is Jan. 11, and late registration is from Jan. 11 to 15. For more information, call Student Services at 262-0330.

This article was written by Naomi Hagelund, communications specialist at Kenai Peninsula College.

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