Student Intern Opportunity

Kurt Nunn (right), a 2019 intern, talks with Cordova Electric Project Manager Craig Kuntz as water spills from the Power Creek Hydro Project. Photo by Amanda Byrd.

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power is looking for utility student interns for spring and summer 2020. Students in the program will gain hands-on experience with utilities around Alaska, learn about the challenges of integrating renewable energy sources into a grid, and become versed in microgrids and associated technologies.

The ACEP utility summer internship program consists of a spring semester lecture series, a five-day microgrid boot camp and a 12-week internship during the summer semester.

Application reviews begin Monday, Nov. 18. For more information, visit the internship program website or contact Heike Merkel at hmerkel@alaska.edu.

Source: Student interns sought for ACEP spring, summer program – UAF News and information

Premera Funds to Help Bolster Rural Health Care in Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A health insurer in Alaska has announced plans to provide $5.7 million to help bolster rural health care in the state.

The funds pledged by Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska will go toward the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the University of Alaska Anchorage and a new grant-making program administered by the Rasmuson Foundation in partnership with the Alaska Community Foundation, reported the Juneau Empire.

The grant-making program, which will be known as the Rural Health Care Fund, will get $3 million of the pledged funds. Grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 will be given to rural outpatient clinics, community health centers and hospitals for small capital improvement projects and medical equipment, said Jeff Roe, president and CEO of Premera Blue Cross.

Read the full article here.

Source: Premera funds to help bolster rural health care in Alaska – AP

Plane Donated to UAF for Repair Practice

As university faculty and employees with Bering Air talk behind its wing, Charley Fox, a King Air 200, rests at its new home with the Community and Technical College’s Aviation Facility. Photo by Kyrie Long/News-Miner

Over the summer, the University of Alaska Fairbanks received a new plane for students to work on at its Community and Technical College, donated by Bering Air Inc, out in Nome. Read the full story here.

Source: Plane donated to UAF for repair practice – Fairbanks News Miner

Friday Focus: All about the community

Evon Peter, vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education (UAF photo by JR Ancheta)

The community college mission is essential to meeting Alaska workforce needs and providing career pathways for students of all backgrounds. It is an entry point into postsecondary education that is open to all people interested in pursuing technical skills and academic knowledge, independent of where they are in their educational journey.  Some begin while still in high school through college partnerships, such as with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District to become a certified nurse aide. Others start later in life or return to pursue a second or third career transition.

At UAF, we deliver on this mission through the UAF Community and Technical College and the College of Rural and Community Development, with its five rural campuses: Chukchi Campus (Kotzebue), Northwest Campus (Nome), Bristol Bay Campus (Dillingham), Kuskokwim Campus (Bethel) and the Interior Alaska Campus (Interior).

The community college mission is all about community partnership and responsiveness. Each of our six community campuses has a local advisory board composed of local business leaders, public and private organizational leaders, and community members. They help bridge campus relationships with local and regional entities to maximize the focus and benefit of programs and opportunities offered through the campus.

Read the full article here.

Source: Friday Focus: All about the community – UAF News