College is wrapping up its year-long 40th Anniversary celebration
with an open house on Friday. At the event will be many people who were there
at the inception of what was then Kodiak Community College. Two of them, Bev
Horn and Marion Johnson were on KMXT's Talk of the Rock Tuesday, along with Sue
Jeffrey and current college director, Barb Bolson.
time, the college was conceived by the Kodiak Island Borough School District,
and Horn and Johnson were members of the school board. The board voted to
create the community college, and voted to select the first director. Johnson
remembered how they settled on Carolyn Floyd - who later became mayor - and how
the college grew in those early years:
-- (College 1 48 sec "We
were asked to ... job of designing the campus.")
year the school was in operation, 1968, students took classes at Kodiak High
School, which is now the middle school. There were 95 students spread among
eight classes. Now there are hundreds of students taking classes that fill an
entire catalog. And according to Jeffrey and Bolson, the budget has also
changed dramatically in that time:
-- (College 2 30 sec "I
think it was 1970 ... couldn't pay one of our lab tutors.")
then, just like today, there are a lot of immigrant students taking English as
a second language:
-- (College 3 :35 sec "I
can remember when ... technologically focused.")
recalled some of the more practical voc-ed classes she took:
-- (College 4 48 sec "You
know, it's funny ... never get tired of them.")
added that the academics of the school have also advanced, and that the nursing
program boasts a 100-percent hire rate among its graduates.
house at Kodiak College will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday afternoon, and then
an evening program with the University of Alaska string ensemble performing.
University President Mark Hamilton will also be in attendance, and other locals
with long-time ties to the college will reminisce. Best of all, it's all open
to the public.