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Story last updated at 6:08 PM on Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New classes mark KBC semester


With online and walk-in registration under way at Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage, most of the campus's 125 classes are set to begin Monday.

Some classes don't begin until October or November, but whether it's this month or later, advanced registration is required. Payment can be done with credit card and flexible EZ payment options. Student employment and scholarship applications are still available.

"On one hand, it's wonderful that people know and look to us for taking classes for all sorts of degrees and job training programs, but sometimes, as a result of people thinking of us with the university, they forget that anyone can take classes here for personal enrichment and fun," said Carol Swartz, KBC director.

The courses offered, many of them distance education courses, include Quickbooks, Spanish, personal essay and fiction writing, welding, Natives of Alaska, small business management, Karate, child development, oceanography, birding, mushroom identification, global climate change and whales of Alaska.

A community that prides itself in artistic talent is certain to offer multiple art classes. KBC is no exception.

There's beginning drawing; beginning, intermediate and advance painting with Asia Freeman; beginning ceramics with Jean Steele; and digital camera techniques with Taz Tally. Eva Saulitis is teaching a semester-long creative writing class focusing on personal essay and nature; Rich Chiappone is the instructor of a weekly fiction writing course. Local musician Julie Ann Smith is offering a class in the history of jazz each Wednesday evening.

Class schedules are available online, at the campus and area locations. For information, call 235-7743.