New student orientations scheduled for January

Around Campus

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2005

If someone has never been to college, navigating through the system can be daunting. This is why the Kenai River Campus holds an orientation session for new students prior to each semester.

Orientation for the spring semester will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 4. A separate, mandatory underage new student orientation will be held at 6 p.m. on the same day for students younger than 18. Students are asked to call Campus Services at 262-0330 to reserve a seat for the orientations.

A presentation about financial aid options and tour of the campus will be given. Students are encouraged to talk to an advisor about what courses they should take and they will be able to register for classes at the end of the sessions.

Anyone planning to attend either of the orientations needs to take an assessment test prior to the session and they must bring their scores with them. The Kenai River Campus Learning Center (Room 131) administers the ACCUPLACER assessment. The test is computerized and not timed. Students are encouraged to be prepared to spend a minimum of two and a half hours for the entire battery of placement assessments in reading, writing and math. If for any reason a student does not complete all three exams, the “open” exams must be completed within one week or a retesting fee will be charged.

There are a limited number of computers available for the testing so students are required to make an appointment to schedule a seat by calling the center at 262-0327. There is a $15 fee for the assessment that must be paid at the campus bookstore. Students must keep their receipt and present it and a photo identification to the center. It is required that students have either a student ID number or provide a Social Security number.

The dates for ACCUPLACER exams for the spring semester are Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 21 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m and 3 p.m., Jan. 4 at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Jan. 5 at 9:30 a.m. and Jan. 6 at 9:30 a.m.

ACT or SAT scores may be substituted if the scores are not more than two years old. For more information, call 262-0327.

Wal-Mart discussed

BY Sandra Pazar, journalism student.

About 40 people gathered at the KPC Kenai River Campus on Dec. 3 to become better educated and discuss the issues revolving around Wal-Mart and its attempt to obtain a lease for property in Kenai.

This opportunity was co-presented by Kenai Peninsula College and the Center for Mediation and Community Dialogue. Both sides of the issue were presented through video and discussion.

The first video, “Why Wal-Mart Works and Why That Makes Some People Crazy,”addressed its hiring process, particularly in regard to the elderly, handicapped and those with little or no work experience.

It also noted that Wal-Mart has provided jobs for those living in China and how it has aided those affected by hurricane Katrina.

The second video shown was “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices,” which addressed Wal-Mart’s antiunion practices, problems with its employee benefit and pay procedures and some of the environmental and safety issues regarding its operations.

After the videos, a discussion focused on the impact of Wal-Mart on local businesses and the Kenai Peninsula. Some of the issues that concern local citizens attending the meeting included the business model that Wal-Mart presents, the local dollars that will be taken out of Alaska to a national corporation and the negative impact Wal-Mart has had on communities nationwide.

Another attendee remarked positively of how Wal-Mart has provided her daughter with a good job and benefits, and how such jobs will have a positive impact on the community.

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

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