Kenai Peninsula College

Kenai Peninsula College

Education budgets have been a major discussion topic this legislative session. And when the possibility for cuts to schools becomes real, arts are often at the top of the list. Cam Choy, Associate Art Professor at Kenai Peninsula College; Sadie Sprenger, art student at KPC and Chris Jenness, Art Instructor at Soldotna High School join us to talk about art in and out of the classroom.


A lot of the budget talk out of Juneau has been focused on school districts around the state. But the university system is also expected to be targeted by Governor Mike Dunleavy’s forthcoming budget.

Registration for the the spring semester at Kenai Peninsula College kicked off Monday.

“It doesn’t happen every time, but it’s going the time that you’re the one who procrastinates and doesn’t register early and don’t get a seat in the class that you want.”

Suzie Kendrick is the advancement programs manager for KPC in Soldotna.

“We already have had some preregistration take place," she said. "We have a priority registration period; our existing students, the ones who are closest to graduation. And our veterans, who always get first shake.”

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Alaska author Kathleen Tarr returns to the Kenai Thursday night, when she’ll be featured as part of Kenai Peninsula College’s Showcase series. Tarr released a book last year, 'We Are All Poets Here' about Trappist monk Thomas Merton, a prolific writer and renowned spiritualist who spent 17 days traveling in Alaska just months before his untimely death in 1968.



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Last week, we reported on a panel discussion that took place in Soldotna about salmon habitat. One of the takeaways from that event was the fact that in many areas of the world that have lost their wild salmon runs, gone too is a culture based around salmon. But on the Kenai Peninsula, both the fish and the culture they spawn remain.




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Fall classes begin at Kenai Peninsula College Monday. The official number of students isn’t known yet, with fall schedules still being amended. But the number continues to inch closer to 3,000.


Workforce development on the Kenai Peninsula, with Cathy LeCompte, director of the Alaska Vocational Technical Center in Seward, Sean Dusek, superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, and Gary Turner, director of Kenai Peninsula College.


Long-time Kenai Peninsula College psychology professor and local Democratic Party activist Marge Hays died Sunday. She was 84.

Word spread quickly online and among friends Sunday night that Hays had passed away.

Tributes and memories came in from around the country. One friend posted early Monday morning from Indiana, praising Hays for her positive, cheerful outlook, and credited her for helping him get hired as counselor, and later launching him on a “second career” in teaching.

Across the state and on the Kenai, Native languages are finding new life through new speakers.