Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus in the snow, on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus in the snow, on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

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Give a gift that keeps on giving: The gift of education!

For some families, part of the upcoming the holiday involves exchanging gifts. KPC invites parents, grandparents, friends and family to consider a gift certificate toward spring semester class tuition and fees or textbooks. Gift certificates can also be applied toward placement test costs.

Providing a gift that could alleviate some of the financial burdens students have would always be welcomed. The gift of education can also be a seed that sprouts interest or direction in a young person who is having difficulty finding their way in life.

Gift certificates can be purchased in the Kenai River Campus Bookstore for any amount, via cash, check or credit card, and can be designated for a particular person and purpose (textbooks, tuition and fees, etc.). The bookstore can be accessed via both the Brockel and McLane buildings.

The bookstore also is offering a great selection of unique gifts that are not available elsewhere locally. Visit the KRC Bookstore from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, through Dec. 21.

For more information, call Jenya Malakhova-Quartley at 262-0312 or email

Demystifying JumpStart: What is it all about and why it is a good deal!

Although the JumpStart program has been in place since the early 1990s, many parents and high school students (including home-school students) don’t fully understand the ins and outs and advantages of participation for juniors and seniors.

JumpStart, thanks to the people of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, pays about 67 percent of regular tuition for classes at the college, and high school students (must be Kenai Peninsula residents) can receive dual high school and college credit for specific classes. Students need to interact with their high school counselor to determine which classes are eligible for dual credit. The JumpStart tuition rate applies only to courses originating at KPC; it cannot be applied to courses taken at other UA campuses.

It is important for students and parents to understand that to be successful in JumpStart classes, students should be both academically and socially prepared for the challenges they may face. If a student is not successful in a course, there are downstream implications that could affect future federal financial aid for college.

JumpStart students must complete placement tests in both English and math, submit all required paperwork and obtain all required signatures, and pay all tuition and fees by the end of the second week of classes. Spring semester begins Jan. 14, 2019.

For more information, call KRC Student Services at 262-0330 or Counseling and Advising at 262-0383 or email

Looking for a great winter diversion?

Not everyone is looking for another English, math or science course at KPC. Some lifelong learners are looking for classes where they can learn a new hobby or get in better shape. The Kenai River Campus will be offering a variety of spring semester classes that fall into this category.

This spring, learning to fly fish, playing finger-style guitar, making a modern qaspeq, practicing yoga and Pilates, are all possibilities. Details for these classes can be found at

For more information, call KRC at 262-0330 or email

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