In an effort to keep key decision-makers informed about Kenai Peninsula College, peninsula legislators and mayors, UAA Chancellor Fran Ulmer and Provost Michael Driscoll attended an information luncheon Monday. The purpose of the event was to provide an overview of current campus topics, highlights of the UA budget requests and demonstrate the importance of training the workforce for the local economy. The dignitaries interacted with the KPC leadership team, college council and Student Union members.
Besides the luncheon, the legislators accompanied Student Union members to a few classes to observe the learning process. They sat in on a chemistry lab, paramedic course and a basic physics lecture.
The agenda of the luncheon included Ulmer speaking about the UAA/KPC relationship and a "State of the College" address by KPC Director Gary Turner. Also in attendance was Pete Kelly, University of Alaska director of state relations, who provided highlights of the UA budget request to the legislature. State Legislators Rep. Mike Chenault, Rep. Kurt Olson, and Sen. Tom Wagoner each spoke briefly allowing for comments and questions from the luncheon attendees.
Process technology instructor hired
The Kenai River Campus has hired Henry Haney, formerly a senior process operator with Agrium, to teach in the process technology program. According to Scott Kraxberger, business and industry division chairman, "We are very lucky to bring Henry onboard. He will be a good fit in the department."
Haney brings more than 25 years of experience in the process industry, serving in many capacities, including instrument technician, supervisor and manager.
"Henry is very well regarded in industry circles. He has provided training to many employees over the years, so he should be able to really be effective in his classes," Kraxberger said.
Director reports on guide academy
"The Kenai River Guide Academy, a state-required course offered at KRC, continues to train Kenai River fishing guides. Since the first class was held in 2006, 171 guides have completed the 40-hour course. Another four courses (two have been offered in October and November) will be held from December through May that will increase the total number trained to more than 250."
Turner has been asked to do a 10-minute presentation on the KRGA at the triennial Board of Fish meeting Feb. 1 through 13 in Anchorage.
Emergency notification system set
In light of the growing number of college campus emergencies, KPC has purchased the MIR3 Intelligent Notification System.
According to the company's Web site, the system is built with products on a geo-dispersed, scalable telephony and application server platform that directs the dissemination of time-urgent information to and from any communications device.
"This system will only be used for actual emergencies and the rare test. Currently we plan to test the system during the first week of classes in January," said Bill Howell, KRC director of Student Services.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.
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