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Jan 09 2015
Rare KoC Course Offering Helps Students Focus Career Goals PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 January 2015

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Jay Barrett/KMXT

With a new year comes a new semester and new offerings at Kodiak College. In the Adult Basic Education department, there are three courses kicking off, GED preparation, English as a second language and, according to Adelia Myrick, one that hasn't been offered in a few years: the Career and College Awareness Course.

“Yeah, it's actually a really wonderful class. There's 10 classes; they are three-hour classes. It's sort of divided into three parts. The first part is self exploration. We've got a lot of instruments and tools for the students to look at their personal strengths and interests. And the second part is looking at different career possibilities that really match up with your own interests and abilities, and then the third part is what kind of training, education and what other steps do you need to take in order to begin with that career.”

Myrick says that last outcome is what sets it apart:

“So it's not just a find a job, get a job type of class. It's really looking at the bigger picture. Students can be looking at their own things. Though it's taught in a class setting, it's not forcing everybody in the same class to look at the same information. And the best part of the class I think is students leave with a really clear, step by step plan for what their immediate steps need to be next. So they don't just leave with just an idea that 'well, maybe I'll be great as a chef,' but they know what intermediate steps they need to take immediately in order to get started on the path.”

Myrick adds that the course isn't just for young people setting off on higher education for the first time.

“We say that it's never too late to figure out what you're doing with your life and never too late to be a student in our program. The requirements to take the class is that you may not be enrolled in high school – because we can't duplicate services – but other than that, there's no upper age limit. And students really need to be committed to coming to all 10 classes. So that's about all we require.”

There's also a new class under the English as a Second Language course offerings:

“One new thing that we're offering this semester is a workplace communication class, that is going to be on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30. And that will help students who are already established in a work situation, or who are looking to a different job, but English language skills are something they need to improve. So that class will be targeting those students.”

We'll have more from Myrick in a later story about how the changes in the State of Alaska's GED requirements are working out a year after they changed. 

Jan 08 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 January 2015

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afr_logo_screen_size.gifComing up this week, could new conservation measures in the Aleutians put up more roadblocks to commercial fishing? Laine Welch gets all “Inside Baseball” with last summer's salmon numbers, and though it never caught a fish itself, the most beautiful seafood-related vessel ever has a date with the breaking yard. All that, and as we get into the new year a quick look around the globe with our fisheye lens, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KUCB's Lauren Rosenthal in Unalaska, Fish Radio's Laine Welch in Kodiak and Thea Card, formerly of KDLG in Dillingham, but now safely back down south. 
Jan 08 2015
Students and Teachers Love the Wide Open Spaces of New School PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 January 2015
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Marina Cummiskey/KMXT
    On Tuesday, students and teachers at Kodiak High School got their first day together in the new four-story “Tower” addition. KMXT student reporter Marina Cummiskey took her recorder to school yesterday and asked teachers and students what they thought about their new learning environment. 
Jan 07 2015
Joe Floyd Tourney XLVIII Starts Thursday PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 January 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
     It's once again time for one of the oldest wintertime traditions in modern Kodiak history. The Joe Floyd basketball tournament. 
     The tournament kicks off at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon, with the Lathrop and East Anchorage girls, followed by the East Anchorage and West Valley boys at 4:45. The Kodiak Bears get in on the action with the defending 4-A state champion girls team taking the court at 6:30 against Mt. Edgecumbe, but the Kodiak boys play the nightcap at 8:15 against the Mt. Edgecumbe boys.
     We've got the full round-robin tournament schedule after the jump.
Jan 06 2015
Stevens Worries Marine Highway Vulnerable as Fiscal Gap Widens PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 January 2015
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Jay Barrett/KMXT
    The new legislative session starts in two weeks, and with the price of crude oil continuing its free-fall, Alaska's senators and representatives will be scrambling to make ends meet.
    “Yeah, it's going to be a very tough year as I look at the budget,” said District P Senator Gary Stevens of Kodiak. “I'm afraid there's going to be some real serious looks at things that are importation to us. I mean everyone I talk to, you know, always says, 'well yeah, we've got to cut that budget, but don't cut my part of the budget, cut that guy's part of the budget.' And that's always the case.”
    Though the state's operating budget – that is, the money to pay state workers and keep the lights on – dwarfs the capital budget – the money for projects in various communities, Stevens foresees bleak times ahead for towns wanting to spruce up their infrastructure on the state's dime:
    “I think we're going to have a real limited capital budget this year. Not a lot of projects. I know communities would like to see it. But I've heard things from folks on finance that are quite concerned about the marine highway system and looking at some serious cuts there,” he said. “I hope that doesn't happen, and I hope we can remind them how important the marine highway is to folks here in Kodiak and coastal Alaska. But everything is going to be on the table, and things that are important to us is going to be looked at very, very carefully.”
    Stevens, a retired professor and past chair of the Senate Education Committee, says a lawsuit from Southeast may have statewide implications that could further put strain on the budget:
    “Yeah, we're facing some pretty serious things. As you know, one issue that has me concerned is the Ketchikan lawsuit that says that the boroughs and cities should have no obligation to help pay for education. That's been a major part of our education funding in the past,” he said. “So if that were to take place, if suddenly we found ourselves as a state having to pay for the entire education bill with boroughs and cities not getting involved, then there'll be even more serious cuts elsewhere. So that's quite concerning to me.”
    Governor Bill Walker is asking his commissioners and even the public for suggestions for how to balance the budget and has put a freeze on six large state projects, including the Kodiak Launch Complex. Senator Stevens suspects there'll be more austerity measures before revenues return to pre-oil crash levels. 
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