Around Campus: ‘Gateway to the Associate Arts Degree’ program announced

  • By Suzie Kendrick
  • Sunday, November 6, 2016 8:04pm
  • NewsSchools

Beginning in fall 2017, a residential based academic program called ‘Gateway to the AA and Beyond’ will be available to students. The program will create a specific academic cohort built around common classes and themes in a living-learning community in the KRC Residence Hall. The initial cohort will be up to 16 students who are admitted to the KPC associate of arts program. They will live in a quad of four suites (four private bedrooms per suite) in the Residence Hall allowing the students to focus collectively on their academic programs.

The program will bring the Gateway students together in common classes, some delivered at the Residence Hall. There’s a myriad of potential benefits for students in the cohort including dedicated advising to assist with major exploration, study skills development, specialized activities and programs to help students understand their strengths and challenges, as well as assistance with financial aid and identifying scholarships. Students will also be mentored to effectively plan and prepare for successful articulation into bachelor degree programs.

The Gateway program’s first-year students will live in the Residence Hall and take at least two classes with their cohort. Second-year students will be encouraged to remain on campus to help form natural mentorships and study groups with new students.

Similar programs around the country tout important benefits including better academic performance, increased intellectual development and smoother transition for first-year students into college life. The intent of the program is to increase student retention, student satisfaction and engagement, and to provide for stronger faculty/student mentorship relationships. It is hoped to facilitate greater ease in the high school to college transition that continues on into the second year and through to graduation.

KPC expands free English as a Second Language program

The KRC Learning Center has offered ESL instruction for many years. The free instruction is offered to non-native speakers of English to become more fluent and proficient in the English language.

The new ESL instructor in the Learning Center, Bridget Clark, is excited to announce that she has revamped the program to include a wider variety of course options to diversify instruction from basic English to more advanced offerings.

“In addition to the traditional ESL course format, I am offering students classes in reading, academic vocabulary, citizenship, U.S. history and current events to further enhance their language proficiency so they can pursue college and career opportunities,” Clark said.

Classes are offered daily, Monday through Thursday, at the KRC Learning Center in Brockel Building room 191. All classes are free and students can enroll at any time. For more information or to sign up, stop by the Learning Center or call 262-0327.

KPC Showcase An evening with adventurer Dick Griffith

The popular, continuing humanities-based series, the KPC Showcase, will be hosting Dick Griffith and Biographer Kaylene Johnson at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 in the KRC McLane commons. The program is funded in part by a generous grant from the Anna Fossett Goodrich Program of the Damon Memorial Fund.

The public is invited to the free presentation that will feature Griffith describing many of his solo wilderness adventures including occasionally death-defying moments while rafting down the Green and Colorado Rivers, skiing across the Northwest Passage, and being the first non-native to drop into the treacherous Barranca Del Cobre in Mexico. Johnson, the author of “Canyons and Ice: The Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith,” published by Ember Press, will be on hand to talk about the biography.

For more information about this event, or to propose other KPC Showcase ideas, contact Coordinator Dave Atcheson at 262-0346.


This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, Advancement Programs Manager at Kenai Peninsula College.

More in News

The Seward welcome sign is photographed in July 2021. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Seward vice mayor and council member resigns

The council accept the resignation of Tony Baclaan during its Monday night meeting.

Ben Mohr watches Kenai River Junior Classic participants head out to fish on the Kenai River in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)
Mohr resigns as director of KRSA

He has been the executive director of KRSA for nearly three years.

Heather and Hunter Phillips walk through the Kenai Community Library Haunted Hunt with their mom Kumi Phillips on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Scary reads

Spooky literary characters come to life at Kenai library haunted house.

Alaska state Rep. Laddie Shaw, an Anchorage Republican, waits for the start of a so-called technical session on the House floor, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Juneau, Alaska. The fourth special legislative session of the year began Oct. 4, in Juneau, but there has been little action at the Capitol and little progress toward resolving Alaska’s fiscal issues. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
Special session plods on with little action

Many legislative offices have been dark and floor sessions in some cases have lasted seconds.

The Kenai Community Library health section is seen on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. After the Kenai City Council postponed a vote to approve a grant funding health and wellness books, community members set up a GoFundMe to support the purchase of materials. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
After cries of censorship, community raises funds for library

The Kenai City Council voted during its Oct. 20 meeting to postpone acceptance of a $1,500 grant for materials related to health and wellness.

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. (CDC)
11 new deaths reported

Statewide there were 244 COVID-related hospitalizations as of Tuesday, with 37 of them on ventilators.

Rep. Don Young talks during a June 2021 interview with the Empire. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Young to face off with a Begich yet again

Young, 88, seemed unfazed by Begich’s entry into the race.

A remote galaxy captured by the Hubble Space Telescope is greatly magnified and distorted by the effects of gravitationally warped space. (Image via NASA)
Grant brings NASA to library

The grant supports science, technology, engineering, arts and math programming for patrons.

Most Read