Kotzebue Woman Earns Nursing Degree

Last month, Kotzebue’s Savannah Saġainiq Jones, 21, became one of the region’s newest registered nurses. She, along with four other students, including fellow Kotzebue resident Tiffany Scott, earned her associate’s degree in nursing from the University of Alaska Anchorage and was recognized at a ceremony.

Read the interview with Jones about her academic achievement and hopes for the future.


Source: Kotzebue woman earns nursing degree – The Arctic Sounder

Alaskans Pressing Ahead with Renewable Energy Projects

Oil prices are still low, at least compared with three years ago, but Alaskans are pressing ahead with renewable energy projects to reduce dependence on fuel oil for power generation and, in some cases, space heating.

Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, which operates small utilities in 56 rural villages, has been aggressive in building wind generation and, more recently, linking projects to boilers and hot water loops to use surplus wind power for space heating.

AVEC now has 11 wind projects, operating 34 turbines, that serve 15 villages. Some communities connect with interties, so that one wind project serves two or more communities, according to Forrest Button, AVEC’s manager for project development. The co-op is now investing in more wind capacity: in Bethel in 2018 and St. Mary in 2019, and in 2020 at St. Michael and Stebbins, where one project will serve both villages, Button told Commonwealth North, an Anchorage-based business group, in a briefing on renewable energy.

Read the full article here.

Source: Alaskans pressing ahead with renewable energy projects – Frontiersman

CTE on the Frontier: Providing Learners Access to Diverse Career Pathways

Rural communities all too often face scarce funding, instructors and facilities, forcing institutions to choose between offering a variety of introductory courses across a breadth of subjects or providing more narrowly focused, sequenced programs within one or two priority Career Clusters. Providing learners access to diverse career pathways in rural areas is a persistent challenge for all states.

This brief from Advance CTE is the third installment in the CTE on the Frontier series, designed to help states identify promising strategies for expanding the variety of career pathways available in rural areas. The brief profiles how states such as Nebraska, Alaska, North Dakota and Idaho have leveraged strategic partnerships and new technologies to reach economies of scale and offer a wider breadth of career pathways to rural learners.

Other briefs in the CTE on the Frontier series include:

CTE on the Frontier: Providing Learners Access to Diverse Career Pathways was developed through the New Skills for Youth initiative, a partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers, Advance CTE and the Education Strategy Group, generously funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Source: Advance CTE


UAF Engineering Building Opens

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTUU) – Eight years after construction began, the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ engineering building officially opened.

Last month, UA President Jim Johnsen and other university officials did the honors at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $115 million building.

The building nearly doubles the space available for the campus’s engineering students, who are part of one of the university’s longest-running departments. About 1,000 students will use the building each year.

State budget issues halted construction for a year before Johnsen requested a bond package to finish the project.

Openness was a driving factor in the building’s design.

“Most of the high bay facilities at other universities would be encased in concrete walls. Ours is encased in glass,” said Douglas Goering, Dean of the College of Engineering and Mines. “So people can see what engineers do and experience and become engaged with what engineers do.”

Source: UAF Engineering building opens after year-long construction delay – KTUU

How Do You Recruit More Young Alaska Native Nurses? Start By Giving Them A Stethoscope.

More and more programs have sprung up locally to familiarize students with trades and professions in the hopes of getting more Alaska Natives employed.

That’s what the University of Alaska Anchorage did 20 years ago for Alaska Native nurses. The program is called RRANN: Recruiting and Retaining Alaska Natives into Nursing. In December, RRANN held a camp in Bethel for high schoolers to show them how they, too, can enter the field.

Read the full article here.

Source: KYUK Public Media – How Do You Recruit More Young Alaska Native Nurses? Start By Giving Them A Stethoscope.