Around Campus: Traditional Irish music comes to KPC

  • By Suzie Kendrick
  • Sunday, January 18, 2015 10:21am
  • NewsSchools

The public is invited to come and enjoy an evening of traditional Irish music and folklore at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan.22 at KPC’s Kenai River Campus in Soldotna. This free, family-friendly event is an annual kick-off for spring semester. Returning performers include Dublin native John Walsh playing the tenor banjo, vocals and Bouzouki by artist Pat Broaders, and Sean McComiskey on the button accordion.

Support for this event is made possible by the UAA Diversity Action Council, the KPC Showcase, the KPC Student Union, and the KPC Multicultural Consortium. For more information, contact Diane Taylor at 262-0328 or email

Certified Nurse Assistant course coming up

The Kenai River Campus will be offering HCA A105, a six credit course, beginning Monday, Feb. 2. The course will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday through Feb. 20.

Then beginning Monday, Feb. 23, students will begin clinical experiences at Heritage Place extended care facility in Soldotna from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday through March 5. The course will be taught by Instructor Nancy Nelson.

The course includes a minimum of 60 hours of classroom instruction and 80 hours of clinical experience. Students who don’t meet the 60-hour goal will be disqualified from the state of Alaska certification exam. Classroom instruction includes course work in medical terminology, basic anatomy, lab orientation, sills practice and the clinical application of knowledge and skills.

This course is ideal for those seeking work in the healthcare industry that aren’t able to devote too much time preparing to enter the workforce. According to, it is projected that almost 400,000 CNAs will be needed in the United States by 2016 and it is one of the most in demand professions in America. According to the website, Alaska offers CNAs the best pay scale of any state in the country.

Prospective students are asked to contact Patty Dombovy at 262-0344 and to also review the information at There are several requirements that students must attend to prior to the beginning of the course.

Rarefied Light 2014 currently on display at G.L. Freeburg Gallery

Rarefied Light 2014, a renowned statewide juried photography exhibition, is currently on display in KRC’s Gary L. Freeburg Gallery, where it will be housed until March 6. The show includes 55 pieces of excellent fine art photography created by artists from Barrow to Kodiak.

The gallery is open from 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, please contact Cam Choy at 262-0274.

Time to file for the 2015-2016 FAFSA and apply for scholarships

All current and prospective students are reminded that there is financial aid available to students of all income levels that can be accessed through the completion of the 2015-16 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

The FAFSA is an extremely valuable tool and all college students interested in receiving financial aid (federal or state grants and loans) are highly encouraged to file the information each academic year.

The application is available online at and KPC/UAA’s Title IV School Code is 011462. For more information, contact KPC’s financial aid office at 262-0331.

Students can now apply for 2015/16 University of Alaska Foundation scholarships via UAOnline at The deadline to apply is Feb. 15 and applicants are able to apply for several scholarships by filling out one simple application. View detailed scholarship application instructions at


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

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