University of Alaska’s teacher education programs support Alaska’s future

Amidst a nationwide teacher shortage, the University of Alaska is focused on increasing its teacher pipeline to provide the state with the workforce it needs and help shape the future of Alaska. 

“We know that when incoming students weigh their career options, they’re looking at choices from an economic perspective,” said Steve Atwater, executive dean of Alaska College of Education. “They are concerned about the return on their educational investment. When it comes to careers in education, UA offers a good return on that investment with a wide array of degrees and certificates that are affordable and lead directly to employment.”

According to a University of Alaska workforce report from Dec. 2020, nearly 90 percent of graduates are working in education within a year of finishing their degrees. 

Between University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Alaska Southeast, the system offers 41 programs linked to teacher education. From elementary and secondary education to music education, educational leadership and more, there are many career options to explore. 

“Alaska students are our future – and a quality, stable teaching workforce is one of the best ways we can help to set them up for success,” said Atwater. “When we hire teachers that are educated in Alaska and are invested in the communities in which they teach, everyone wins.”

Prospective students and current teachers can visit UA’s new, interactive teacher education website at TeachAlaska.org to explore which degree and certificate options best fit their career goals. 

About University of Alaska Schools of Education 

The University of Alaska offers a wide range of teacher education programs at all three universities in the UA system for students wishing to become educators. UA’s programs range from associate degrees to four-year and advanced degrees as well as certification programs. Degree-seeking students can enroll in distance or on-campus courses. 

Source: UA News Center

Reports show value of UA workforce development programs

Quantifying the impact of postsecondary education on the workforce across Alaska industries has long-been a challenge for the state and university. In an effort to address this, the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development partnered with the University of Alaska (UA) to create workforce reports that demonstrate UA graduate outcomes in 10 key industries: administration and finance, aviation, construction, fisheries and marine science, health, information technology, mining, oil and gas, and teacher education. Each report highlights the largest and fastest-growing occupations within each industry that require postsecondary education, average wages earned over time, the percentage of graduates employed across Alaska’s six economic regions, what industries they work in, and how they contribute to the Alaska hire rate. More than 17,700 UA graduates over a ten year period were included in the report data, and 96.3 percent are working in Alaska today averaging $69K annually. The reports can be found at https://www.alaska.edu/research/wd/reports.php.

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Source: Reports show value of UA workforce development programs | Juneau Empire

Alaska Live Job Shadows – Maritime Occupations

On April 21st, Alaska guest panelists from the maritime industry shared about their careers in an Alaska LIVE Job Shadows event. Participants joined across the state, from individuals to classrooms to teachers who shared the event through their own Zoom link. Students were able to ask questions through the Zoom chat and through interactive Google Slides.

Help expand career awareness of these career opportunities by sharing the recording with classrooms, students/families, colleagues, industry partners, and community groups: Watch here.

Find Alaska LIVE Job Shadow information, including registrations for future events on the AKCIS.org web page.

Source: Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education – AKCIS

University of Alaska launches largest fundraising campaign in state history

The University of Alaska system has launched the public phase of For Alaska, a multi-year fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $200 million by 2024. To date, more than $135 million has been raised from more than 16,000 donors since the quiet phase of the campaign began in 2016.

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Source: UAA Green and Gold

Alaska Live Job Shadows – Health Care Occupations

Alaska guest panelists from the health care industry recently shared about their careers in an Alaska live job shadow event. There were 210 registrations from individuals, classrooms, teachers who shared the event through their own Zoom link, home school students, job centers, tribal organizations, and industry partners. Twenty-eight school districts joined, representing multiple schools and villages across the state.

Students were able to ask questions through the Zoom chat and through interactive Google Slides.

The Zoom recording is available to share out to classrooms, students/families, colleagues, and community groups – watch here.

Find Alaska LIVE Job Shadow information, including registrations for future events on the AKCIS.org web page.

Source: Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education – AKCIS