The Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center (KSMSC) is a unique facility including classrooms, laboratories, a test kitchen and a pilot seafood processing plant that enables the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) to provide a statewide program of research, technical assistance, workforce training and education. KSMSC is Alaska’s only workforce development and applied research center focused on the seafood processing/fishing industry, as designated by the Alaska State Legislature in 1983. KSMSC also serves the Kodiak Island communities as a regional marine research and education center.
UAF personnel working at KSMSC currently consist of four UAF faculty members (three Marine Advisory and one Fisheries) and three staff members all within the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS). In addition, the UAF Cooperative Extension Service’s 4-H coordinator works at KSMSC. Graduate students and visiting UAF faculty use the Center and a number of community groups make use of the space for meetings during the year.
Kodiak is the fourth largest seafood port in the nation and has a large resident seafood processing and fishing workforce, with plants operating 11 months a year. Statewide, the waters off Alaska produce over 60% of the nation’s seafood valued at $5.6B and the seafood industry is the state’s largest private employer with over 50,000 jobs. Kodiak Island also has a number of smaller outlying villages that have a strong subsistence economy based on marine resources, whose residents work with the faculty at KSMSC.
The Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center is a hub of applied research, training and technical assistance serving a statewide seafood industry audience. It supports food safety in Alaska and is recognized as a food process authority by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.
Take a look back at KSMSC’s accomplishments in their annual report.
Last year, five students graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage’s distance-learning nursing program through the Chukchi Campus. Scott West, 29, of Kotzebue, was one of them. His passion for nursing runs deep; he’s always appreciated the field and was inspired to enter it after he found himself facing an emergency situation with little access to help. The Sounder spoke with West about his career path.
Governor Walker recently announced February as Career and Technical Education Month. You can find the announcement here.
WHEREAS, Career and Technical Education (CTE) affords students the chance to gain the academic foundation and the technical skills necessary for true career readiness; and
WHEREAS, the genuine experiences and career exploration prospects provided by CTE programs enable students early on to make knowledgeable decisions about their academic and career pathways; and
WHEREAS, CTE prepares students for fulfilling careers by offering programs of study that link secondary and postsecondary education and lead to the attainment of industry-recognized qualifications; and
WHEREAS, the Alaska Departments of Education and Early Development, Labor and Workforce Development, and the University of Alaska system continue to jointly implement the statewide CTE plan to ensure a complete and consistent career and technical education system for Alaska; and
WHEREAS, ensuring Alaskan employers have access to a qualified workforce is an important part in guaranteeing productivity within business and industry as well as continuous Alaskan economic growth and global competitiveness.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Walker, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim February 2018, as:
Career and Technical Education Month
in Alaska, and urge all citizens to become familiar with the services and benefits offered by the CTE programs in Alaska and to support and participate in these programs.
Ben Walker ’06, a seventh grade science teacher at Romig Middle School in Anchorage, is the 2018 Alaska State Teacher of the Year. “I really enjoy the fact that every day is different. Every kid is different. Every kid is different every day.”