Film director Woody Allen once said, “Eighty percent of success in life is just showing up.” That axiom proved true for KCC graduate Ronnel Tyson, who turned his excellent attendance record and work ethic into a well-paying job in the fiber-optics industry.
Tyson moved to Anchorage from New York about three years ago. He tried KCC’s Computer Electronics Technology class, but within a week realized that field wasn't for him. So he moved down the hall to Construction Electricity and found his niche. He took two semesters of the class. “It was the best part of school. I loved it,” Tyson said.
By the time Tyson graduated in 2012 he earned every certification he could at KCC: OSHA training, North Slope training, HILTA, SIM, Fork Lift training and NCCER training. Tyson also connected with the team in the Youth Hiring Center with the Alaska Department of Labor, located behind KCC. YHC trained him in job interview skills and helped him polish his resumé. Then he patiently earned work experience at the Home Depot electrical department. All the while he kept his eyes open for a better position.
|It's all in a day's work
Mai Chang Vue was in her third day of training at the Alaska Native Medical center when her mentor, Bonnie Bausch called. “Come quick!” Bonnie said.|
Mai dropped what she was doing and followed her mentor to the Trauma Room. A patient in the ER had gone into cardiac arrest. Mai was directed to stand on a stool behind one of the technicians administering CPR. Then the technician stepped aside and motioned to Mai to take a turn administering CPR.
Mai was ready. She worked with a team of six technicians in two-minute rotations. After about 30 minutes the patient was revived.
The experience galvanized Mai desire to become a nurse. “It was the first time [I’ve helped save someone], and it’s the best opportunity I’ve ever gotten,” Mai said.
King Career Center’s On-the-job training (OJT) program puts students into real-world employment situations. Some, like Mai, are given a chance to help save a life.
Bausch is Mai’s OJT Mentor at Alaska Native Medical Center. She asks incoming students if they are Basic Life Support certified. “I asked Mai if she would be willing to perform CPR if needed,” Bausch said. “I usually ask ahead of time so I know the comfort level of the student. Part of being a great healthcare provider is being ready when you are needed. When we had a patient needing CPR Mai was willing to rotate with our staff, and she did a great job.”
|Trains, trails and glacier ice:
students explore an Alaska they’ve never seen
|Thanks to a donation of 50 tickets from the Alaska Railroad, dozens of Anchorage teenagers visited hidden parts of Alaska not accessible from the road system. A 3-hour train trip ended with a mile-long hike to Spencer glacier, where students fished for chunks of glacier floating like ice cubes in the melt water lake.
The Chugach Children’s Forest organized the trip--a partnership between the US Forest Service, Alaska Geographic and the KCC Natural Resources Management (NRM) class. Their goal is to introduce middle and high school students to some of Alaska’s wildest places.
While exploring the Spencer Glacier area, Alaska Geographic youth leaders explained how glaciers form: Layers of snow press into mile-thick ice that becomes heavy enough to flow like toothpaste down mountain valleys. The students also learned how increased atmospheric carbon is affecting the rate of flow, and how Spencer Glacier itself has receded over the past few decades.
Over the past few years, students from KCC’s Natural Resource Management program have participated in many Children’s Forest adventures, ranging from one-day ice climbing and snowshoeing trips to 10-day kayak and horseback trips. Many NRM students have gone on to internships and jobs working in the outdoors. Guided by staff from both the Forest Service and Alaska Geographic, who act as mentors, the students explore careers working with national parks, wildlife refuges, outdoor recreation, and resource management.
| 3rd Session after-school classes begin
|The after-school program at KCC is back and registration has gone paperless. Contact counselors at the student’s home high school to sign up. Called Third Session, the courses begin Sept. 23 and run Monday through Thursday through Nov. 14, 3:00 p.m. – 5:10 p.m. Third Session will not be held Oct. 16 – 17.
Students take three different 10-day classes, earning a .5 elective credit upon successful completion. Home school counselors will notify students when enrollment is complete.
Class choices this Fall 2013 Third Session are:
Advertising, Art and Design
Advanced Health Career Pathways
Career and Scholarship Portfolio Building
Collision Repair and Refinishing
Emergency Medical and Fire Rescue
Early Childhood Education
Simulators for Heavy Equipment
Two stand-alone classes are also available to select students.
Personal Care Assistant (PCA) is offered to juniors and seniors only with counselor recommendation.
Advanced Automotive Technology is offered to students who have successfully completed a minimum of one semester of auto maintenance at KCC.
RETURN BUS TRANSPORTATION
Optional Return Bus Transportation is provided. Only proximity stops are
scheduled within the student’s home school boundaries. Bus routes/schedules will be on the KCC website soon, and are also available from the home school counselor or at the KCC front office. If a student needs bus transportation, have them talk to their home school counselor.
Click here to download your application for the 2014 course. Application period is December
4-20, 2014. Bring completed applications to King Career Center, email is NOT accepted.
Class will be held January 27–April 12, 2014, Monday through Thursday from 3–5:30 p.m. at the King Career Center, 2650 E. Northern Lights Blvd.
Join us for Open House on Thursday, Dec.12, 7-8 p.m. at King Career Center, 2650 E. Northern Lights Blvd.