Over the past few years the team responsible for putting KPC course schedules together has accelerated the process with the goal being ahead one year in advance of the current semester. With each passing semester, progress has been made and now the drafts for both the upcoming 2011 summer and fall schedules are posted online at the KPC website, in a searchable format. This improvement will make it easier for students to look ahead and plan more effective course sequencing to earn their degree in the shortest time period possible.
According to KPC Student Services Director Bill Howell, enrollments for the upcoming spring semester are currently ahead of the same point last year, up over 20 percent in headcount and almost eight percent in student credit hours.
Distance delivered classes continue to see climbing enrollments. Of the total number of credit hours enrolled for the spring semester across the KPC system, more than 48 percent of are from distance education. Last year at this time 36 percent of the credit hours were attributed to distance delivered courses.
As the current semester wraps up, the last day of classes is Dec. 12, enrollment is finishing up seven percent in both head count and total credit hours compared with last fall.
There are 57 students finishing their degree programs and graduating this semester with 45 of those graduating in high demand job categories. Student Services reports that 65 students have applied to graduate at the end of next spring's semester. The Kenai River Campus commencement will be held at Kenai Central High School's auditorium on May 3.
The evaluation of KPC's campus-based scholarship applications for the upcoming spring semester is underway. There were 35 applicants and the Scholarship Committee will select awardees on Dec. 10.
The business and industry division at the Kenai River Campus announced that British Petroleum will again be awarding three generous scholarships to high school students who will be (or are) attending KPC's Process Technology program. Two of the recipients will graduate in 2011, one from Soldotna High and one from Nikiski High. The third recipient graduated from Nikiski High in 2010. The total value of the three combined scholarships is $33,000.
After learning in classrooms and doing hands-on work in laboratory settings students benefit from seeing what they have learned put into practice in the real world.
To that end, KRC Assistant Professor of Process Technology Henry Haney took several of his students on a tour of the Tesoro Refinery in Nikiski. Alan Casperson, the Tesoro Training Supervisor, led the tour. Haney said that Casperson gave a very thorough overview of refinery processes and then took the group through all of the process areas.
Later in the week Haney led another group of students and visited the City of Kenai's Wastewater Treatment Plant. Haney reported that the students were all were very excited about all they saw and several expressed a desire to work at the facility.
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