Should young people today go to a 4 year university or enter the trades? Some students do both: Get a job through a technical program so they can make enough money to support their plan for college.
On May 7, 2019, Missy Fraze, Acting Director of Career and Technical Education for the Anchorage School District (ASD), and Denise Runge, Dean of UAA Community & Technical College, spoke with Alaska Public Media on the future of CTE in training a 21st Century workforce.
Many college students struggle with the balance of going to class and having to work to pay for their education. Rather than waiting until after graduation to start making money, students in the UAA Aviation Degree & Airline Pilot Employment program can now start working while finishing their education.
On Wednesday, UAA and Ravn Air Group announced the launch of a new program that allows students to simultaneously complete their aviation degree and work as regional airline pilots.
“The uniqueness is that the pilots come to us already qualified, but they are not yet finished with their undergraduate,” Ravn Senior Vice President of Flight Operations Deke Abbott said. “So they get credit for their undergraduate degree, while at the same time earning a living as a new commercial pilot.”
The program is a win-win for Ravn and for the students, UAA Director of Aviation Technology Paul Herrick said.
“The employment component is the different element of this, which we are really excited about,” he said. “Because students do want to get out and start making money, and start advancing their career with an actual air carrier.”
UAA’s aviation maintenance, piloting and air traffic control programs have been in place for nearly three decades and have supplied the aviation workforce in Alaska, Herrick said.
It took a mad dash, but Logan Holt is the first-ever University of Alaska student to be part of a new Coast Guard scholarship program at the university.
Holt, 21, formerly a home-schooled student, officially signed
paperwork to be a recipient of the U.S. Coast Guard College Student
Pre-Commissioning Initiative Tuesday afternoon during a swearing-in
ceremony at UAS.
“It was kind of a scramble and a last-minute deal,” Holt said of his application process. “By the time I finally found out about the deadline to the time the application had to be in, I think I had eight days. This will be an exciting journey.”
Holt thanked the Coast Guard and UAS for the opportunity during the ceremony and afterward said it generally takes months to apply for programs like CSPI.
CSPI is a scholarship program meant for students between the ages of 19 and 28 with at least a 2.5 grade-point average in their sophomore or junior years of undergraduate studies, according to the UAS website.
Per the website: The program offers up to two years of paid
tuition, books and fees, approximately a $3,600 monthly salary as a
Coast Guard active-duty member while attending classes as a full-time
student and a guaranteed job after graduation with a starting salary of
about $60,000 upon graduation and completion of Officer Candidate
The College of Rural and Community Development recently hosted a
gathering in Fairbanks that included faculty, staff and administrators
of the rural campuses. We came together to build and nurture
relationships, train in student advising, work on the academic structure
of CRCD, and develop a vision for the future of our programs, campuses
CRCD has a service area that includes 160 communities, 140 Alaska Native tribes and 392,000 square miles of land. Our rural campuses are the front door to the University of Alaska for two-thirds of the state, fulfilling a unique role in helping meet local needs of community partners and students, and in addressing workforce and academic needs among a diverse population. CRCD is also present on the Troth Yeddha’ Campus, offering comprehensive student advising through Rural Student Services, a dormitory at Eileen’s House and a summer high school bridging program with the Rural Alaska Honors Institute.
Kimberly Hoeppner keeps children’s heads in the clouds. The meteorologist from the National Weather Service was teaching girls about clouds and more weather phenomena on Saturday.
The girls, in kindergarten through 12th grade, spent the day at the University of Alaska Anchorage getting a hands-on introduction to science.
“Science and technology really are the careers of the future,” Girls Scouts of Alaska CEO Sue Perles said, “and we know women are underrepresented in these fields and we want girls to feel welcome. We want girls to know they can do whatever it is they want to do.”
Women in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) jobs often experience more discrimination and harassment in the workplace than their males counterparts. A 2018 report from the Pew Research Center states that gender was seen as an impediment rather than an advantage to career success.