Kenai Peninsula College is a local community campus within the University of Alaska Anchorage located on the Kenai Peninsula. The University of Alaska serves more than 33,000 students all throughout the state and is the only public university in the state of Alaska. Kenai Peninsula College currently has two campuses, two extension sites and an expanding virtual college. It is also the leader in distance education in Alaska.
There are many reasons why students choose to attend Kenai Peninsula College. KPC has very qualified faculty that is also extremely supportive towards their students. The location is conveniently located on K-Beach and is easy to get to. People like that KPC has a low cost and they also appreciate the courses and programs that are offered. Students like the small class sizes which lets them get the individual attention needed from the instructor.
There are plenty of choices to pick from when deciding what you want to take. Kenai Peninsula College offers its students 14 different Associate Degree Programs and 5 Undergraduate Certificate Programs. There are also 5 Occupational Endorsement Certificates and 4 different Bachelor Degree Programs. If students do not want to take classes online then there are 5 Online Degrees and Certificates to choose from. KPC also offers Adult Basic Ed and GED programs as well.
Kenai Peninsula College currently has 39 full-time and about 110 part-time faculty. KPC also has 60 full-time and part-time staff members along with 46 student employees. As of Fall 2010 Kenai Peninsula College had a total enrollment of 2,366 students (including distance students).
Kenai Peninsula College offers some great programs for people who do not want to get a degree but want to become better fishermen. In one week 12 students will spend 20 hours in a classroom learning fishing techniques from the experts. Some of the top Alaskan guides/instructors will take the students to the best fishing spots on the Kenai Peninsula, including the famous Kenai River, and will get to practice what they have learned during this week long program. After this intensive week-long fishing experience students get to see firsthand why The Kenai Fishing Academy is “The Home of the Educated Angler.”
If you are wanting to be a fishing guide and plan to guide clients then the Kenai River Guide Academy is for you. It is taught at Kenai Peninsula College, along the banks of the Kenai River, and is a 5-day course that is required to be a guide with clients. Since 2007 guides have had to pass this course in order to receive an Alaska Department of Parks and Outdoor Recreation commercial operator permit to guide on the Kenai River.