KCC Unveils New Programs

7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
New programs beginning this fall include Culinary Arts and Commercial Truck Driving.
KCC Unveils New Programs
From entirely new programs to new degrees and certificates within existing programs and new modes of delivery, many exciting changes are being implemented this fall at Klamath Community College.

New programs beginning this fall include Culinary Arts and Commercial Truck Driving. The Culinary Arts program, which was funded in large part with state lottery bonds, is accepting applications now. “Because of space constraints, there are a limited number of seats available for students in this program,” said Chris Stickles, KCC’s Dean for Career Technical Education. “We anticipate that we may have a waiting list for this program, so we are encouraging anyone interested to pick up an application now.” Applications are available on the college’s website and can be picked up in person in Building 5 at KCC.

Executive Chef Joe Schurley, the new faculty member who has been hired to head the Culinary Arts program, brings a wealth of experience in the culinary industry and higher education to his post. Schurley has a Master’s degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He has extensive experience in the restaurant industry as manager, executive chef and owner of multiple restaurants and has taught for various culinary academies on multiple continents. Most recently, Schurley served as professor and program coordinator for Raffles International College in Saigon, Vietnam.

“I’m always looking for a new challenge,” Schurley said. “I hope to be able to bring some of that international flare and experience to the Klamath Basin.” A public informational night for the Culinary Arts program will take place August 14 at 6:00 p.m. in Building 4 at KCC.

The Commercial Truck Driving program will get underway this fall as well, though exact details are still being finalized. “Commercial Truck Driving will not necessary run on the same schedule as our other academic programs,” Dean Stickles said. “Our goal is to offer the program this fall; we are currently in the process of procuring equipment and ensuring that it is in place for fall quarter.” The Commercial Truck Driving course sequence will also be accepted as an elective in KCC’s Diesel Technology program. Those interested in the Commercial Truck Driving program can call 541-882-3521 for more information.

Significant changes have been made in the college’s Business program as well. The changes are designed to streamline degree and certificate options and make it easier than ever for anyone interested in earning an associate degree or certificate to do so.

The additions include a new Associate of Applied Science degree in Accounting and a certificate in Web Design for Marketing. The Web Design for Marketing certificate will be available via a one-night-a-week program designed to appeal to those whose busy work or family schedules may prevent them from attending college on a regular schedule. “We wanted to make sure everyone—even those who may not be able to attend daytime classes—had the opportunity to earn this certificate,” said Linda Davenport, Chair of KCC’s Business Department.

Although the Web Design for Marketing certificate is also available through a traditional schedule of daytime classes, the curriculum for the one-night-a-week option has been created with working professionals, small business owners and managers and employees and administrators of non-profit organizations in mind. “This is a great option for anyone who wants to become certified with an employable skill, increase profitability of their business or improve their Web presence,” Davenport said. The certificate is designed to be completed in six terms of half-time enrollment and can serve as a precursor to completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration with a Marketing emphasis. The Marketing emphasis is another new addition to KCC’s Business program this fall.

An informational night for the one-night-a-week program is also taking place on August 14 at 6:00 p.m. It will occur in Building 6 at KCC.

Additionally, the Associate of Applied Science in Accounting as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration with a Business Management emphasis will be available entirely online. “The faculty, staff and administration at KCC have worked extremely hard over the past year to ensure that these new programs and initiatives would be ready to implement this fall,” said KCC President Dr. Roberto Gutierrez. “These changes are designed to allow even greater access to our programs and services and remove barriers that often prevent individuals from pursing a college degree.”

In addition to the informational sessions for Culinary Arts and the one-night-a-week program on August 14, those seeking more information can call 541-882-3521 or visit www.klamathcc.edu.