The new process technology degree and certificate program is progressing rapidly toward final university approval. Students are beginning this program as fast as the school can accept them, at approximately 25 new people each semester.
The Alaska oil and gas industry is projecting an urgent need for trained workers in this area for the next several years. Another brand new course, PETR 294, Process Technology II: Systems, will be offered at the college for the first time in January.
Drew O'Brien, machine shop instructor, will offer a new course next semester called MECH A294B, Computer Numerical Control Lathe. The main attraction is a state-of-the-art, CNC lathe installed this semester. This course will supplement an existing course on CNC milling machines, which O'Brien began last year.
He still is committed to community service, most recently as a hard-working volunteer in the Kenai Peninsula Blood Bank's KPC blood drive. He was there, as he is every semester, making signs, moving equipment and most important, donating blood while encouraging the rest of us to do the same.
The welding department added several light wire-feed MIG welding machines to the shop this semester. Fritz Miller will offer training on these machines, which are available everywhere and designed to do garage repairs, metal artwork and light commercial welding. The machines are a big hit in Fritz's Weld 108 wire welding class and also will be used in other welding classes and other departments.
The Business and Industry Division computer department is preparing for a big upgrade to one of its computer labs in January. The entire lab will be outfitted with new 700 MHz PCs with high-quality, 17-inch video monitors.
When the upgrade is complete, the school will have three state-of-the-art computer labs, two of which are set up for computer classes. The new PCs will combine with new workstation furniture in August to make room 106A a comfortable and productive learning and working environment. This hardware upgrade was made possible through student technology fee funding.
Some new computer related courses to watch for in the spring will be EDD 288 and EDD 294, Computer Aided Drafting I and II, which cover Autocad 2000 LT, an instructional version of the industry standard computer-aided design drafting application.
The school's Autocad classes now are offered on the Soldotna campus. CS 109, Java Programming, also will be offered. CS 109 is an introductory programming course using the most important computer language developed in the past decade.
Other available computer classes cover Web design, desktop publishing, computer presentation tools, relational database management and more.
Upgrade your computer skills and sign up for a short course.
Student ID cards
Starting spring semester 2001, KPC students will need new KPC identification cards. The new IDs will be incorporated with library cards, making life easier for everyone. As of Dec. 31, the old cards will become invalid, so stop by the Student Union office to request your new card.
Student Union tidbits
Sherri Dub, communications officer, attended the 12th annual Northwest Student Leadership Conference in Portland, Ore., in November. Her trip was funded by the Coalition for Student Leaders.
The NWSLC brings together college campuses from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California and Alaska. The student
representatives take part in workshops and seminars that enhance their skills for future student government activities.
Dub also spent three days in Sitka for a presidents' retreat and coalition meeting sponsored by the Sitka campus. This meeting was held to prepare the student representatives for their lobbying adventures that will take place in Juneau in the first week of February. Lobbying for the University of Alaska education system was the main focal point of the retreat.
KPC enrollment figures
As of the this semester, 1,721 students are enrolled with 1,421 students taking credit courses and 300 in noncredit courses; 320 are full-time students taking 12 credit hours or more.
WolfLine Telephone Registration, which started in November, will return for degree-seeking students spring semester. As of Dec. 5, 142 students have registered. Telephone registration via the WolfLine opened to the public Monday and will continue through Dec. 22.
A class schedule for the spring semester is posted on the the school's Web site at www.uaa.alaska.edu/kenai.
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