Story last updated at 1:20 p.m. Thursday, August 22, 2002

College gearing up for new year against school district
by Carey James
Staff Writer

While younger kids board yellow buses this week, college students are also gearing up for another year of learning.

The Kachemak Bay Campus of the Kenai Peninsula College has a smorgasbord of new offerings this year, and registration for the general public runs through tomorrow. Late registration runs Sept. 4-10.

Among the new classes offered this year are practical, job-skill type courses like computer networking fundamentals and navigation using maps and global positioning systems to elective courses such as study of the Dena'ina language and culture and an introduction to prospecting.

A large number of new art classes are offered this fall, including intermediate watercolor painting, contemporary artists perspectives and postmodern metalsmithing. There will also be a poetry workshop, a class on dance composition and a stagecraft course this term.

One class campus Director Carol Swartz noted as likely to be popular is a board of director training workshop taught by the Foraker Group. Swartz said the workshop, which will be held Oct. 12, is well suited to the many nonprofit board of directors in Homer.

Returning this fall is a past popular class on Eastern philosophy and religion. The course is offered as both a three-credit and one-credit course, depending on a student's academic interests.

Similarly, while the college is open to students taking a class here and there for personal development, Swartz reminds would-be students that there are also several four-year degree programs offered through Homer, as well as associates degrees and vocational training programs.

"We offer over 20 degrees through the college," Swartz said, with some taught almost entirely at the college and others using some distance education courses. Among those are bachelor's degrees in art, liberal studies and psychology and associates degrees in accounting and human services.

For a typical student, classes cost $82 per credit for lower division courses and $93 per credit for upper division classes. Senior citizens over 60, however, receive a full tuition waiver, although some class fees may be required.

As well, high school students may take up to seven credit each semester for $25 per credit. Swartz said some of the classes high school students have taken in the past are liberal arts classes, art and creative writing classes as well as vocational education programs and language classes.

"We feel we have a wide diversity of courses to meet the variety of interests and goals out there in the community," Swartz said. "There's really something for everyone."

Most classes start Monday. For more information, call 235-7743.