KPC commencement this week

The 46th annual KRC graduation ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at Kenai Central High School’s Renée C. Henderson Auditorium. The keynote speaker will Dr. James E. Powell, UAS assistant professor of public administration. The KRC valedictorians for 2015-2016 will be Dagmar Badger and Jonathan Bruxvoort. There will be a reception for graduates and their families immediately following the commencement exercise.

Kenai River Campus closures

There will be a delayed opening of the college this morning, May 2, so that all personnel can attend a college-wide meeting. The campus will open at 10 a.m. and will return to normal hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) on Tuesday, May 3.

The campus will also be closed from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, May 6, re-opening from 2-5 p.m.

KPC apologizes for any inconvenience these closures may cause. For more information, call Campus Services at 262-0330 or email

KRC paramedic program application deadline approaching

Students interested in applying for KRC’s fall 2016 paramedic program must turn in their applications by Sunday, May 15. View the application from the KPC website at

KPC’s paramedic program is highly regarded and students who successfully complete the program graduate with an associate of applied science degree in paramedical technology. Because there are required prerequisite courses for admission into the program, prospective students should consider applying for admission as a “pre-major” in paramedical technology in order to be eligible for financial aid as a degree-seeking student.

Students who complete the program, including clinical rotations and the field internship, meet the U.S. Department of Transportation National Standards for Paramedics and are eligible to take the National Registry examination required for licensure. For more information about the program, please contact Paul Perry, KRC assistant professor of paramedical technology, at 262-0378 or e-mail

KPC’s two process tech troubleshooting teams place in national competition

KPC was represented well at the 2016 National Process Tech Troubleshooting Competition at Lone Star College Kingwood, Texas.

KPC’s Anchorage Extension Site team, known as Team 907, placed second and was composed of students Kadeen Sanford, Philip Valenta and team captain T.J. Krier. The KRC team, known as the Kenai Kings, placed third and consisted of students Andrew Davis, Brett Meyer and team captain Joshua Wolf. The KPC teams were led by assistant professors of process technology Rick Adams (AES) and Jeff Laube (KRC).

A UAF Community & Technical College team finished fourth, giving University of Alaska squads three of the top four places. South Central Louisiana Technical College finished first in the eight-team national competition.

2016 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the popular, nationally recognized Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference. The conference, held at Land’s End Resort in Homer, features workshops, panel presentations, readings and craft talks on the topics of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s writing and publishing. In addition, there will several supplemental events offered to participants, including manuscript reviews, open mic sessions, agent/editor consultations and a boat cruise with authors.

This year’s conference will be held from June 10-14 and the keynote speaker will be Natasha Tretheway, a two term Poet Laurate of the United States.

The early registration period for the public continues through today, May 2 ($375) and admitted, UA degree-seeking students can also register for the conference ($325).

After today, registrations will be contingent on space available and the cost rises to $400 until June 9. Depending on space, registration will be available for $450 on the first day of the conference.

The registration fee covers all conference activities, including opening dinner, workshops and luncheons. Access the registration form and learn more about the conference on the KBC Writers’ Conference website at For more information, visit, call 235-7743 or e-mail

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