UAS Adds Two Professors in Marine Fisheries

The University of Alaska Southeast welcomes new marine fisheries professors: Keith Cox and Michael Navarro in the Department of Natural Sciences

Dr. Keith Cox has joined UAS as an assistant professor of marine fisheries in the Department of Natural Sciences. For the past three years, Cox has served as the director for the Alaska Native Science and Engineering (ANSEP) program at UAS and has taught microbiology in the department. Cox’s doctorate is in fish physiology and bioenergetics from West Virginia University. He also holds a master’s of science degree in aquatic ecology from Texas State University and a bachelor’s of science in Biology from Centenary College of Louisiana. He will continue to support the ANSEP program and teach biology courses.

Dr. Michael Navarro has joined UAS as an assistant professor of marine fisheries in the Department of Natural Sciences. Navarro comes to UAS from California State University Monterey Bay where he has been a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar in ocean sciences for two years. Navarro’s doctorate is in biological oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego; he also holds a master of science degree in biological science from California State University Fullerton and a bachelor’s of science degree in biology from the University of California Los Angeles.

Navarro brings faculty expertise for developing new courses in marine fisheries at UAS. He will also teach biology courses and supervise undergraduate research to support the growth of UAS’ marine biology and environmental science baccalaureate programs.

Source: UAS has three new arts and sciences faculty | Juneau Empire – Alaska’s Capital City Online Newspaper

Workforce Wednesday: Success Stories

If you’ve watched Daybreak regularly, you’ve seen our Workforce Wednesday segment, looking to get Alaskans a great paying career right here in Alaska. Martha Peck with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium stopped by Daybreak to share some success stories.

One story came from a man in Ketchikan, who saw the segment and his daughter, who called Peck, to tell her if she had known that there was training for aviation technology, she wouldn’t have sent her son out of state.

“We have had people reach out to us from Unalaska,” Peck added. “People reach out to us from Western Alaska. So it’s showing us we are reaching out to the different facilities, employers and people who want to get jobs.”

According to Ashleigh Russell, an administrative assistant with APICC, most of the traffic coming through the organization comes after the segment airs. The most popular segment was where Daybreak showcased Iron Workers.

To watch the segment, click here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Success stories | KTVA 11 News | The Voice of Alaska

Join Alaska ACTE for a Special Event


The Alaska Association for Career Technical Education is excited to announce a SPECIAL EVENT for the 2016 Professional Development Conference.

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University of Alaska Transition Coalition – Creating Access to CTE Opportunities

Have you ever wondered how your high school students can earn college credit? Or how Tech Prep and Dual Credit work? Or whether your school district has a Tech Prep agreement in place with the University of Alaska?

Find the answers to these questions and more at the new University of Alaska Transition Coalition (UATC) website!

UATC is a group of representatives from campuses all across the University of Alaska who partner with educators in their regions to bring college credit opportunities to secondary students.

Members of UATC meet regularly and are working to develop consistent processes statewide—whether that is aligning course content to postsecondary student learning outcomes, creating pathways to career and technical education goal completion, or developing articulation agreements among all educational partners.

Visit the website to review UATC’s operational framework, view Tech Prep and Dual Credit documents for school districts around the state, and identify the university staff person who can help your district implement Tech Prep or Dual Credit programs.

Workforce Wednesday: ASD and APD’s Joint Hiring Initiative

Looking for a new career? Is someone you know job searching as well? The Anchorage Police Department (APD) and Anchorage School District (ASD) are teaming up to fill the gaps in their workforce.

But why both those organizations? Cari-Ann Carty with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium, along with Lt. Jason Schmidt with APD and Susan Schmidt with ASD joined Daybreak on the couch to discuss employment opportunities.

It turns out that the Schmidts were talking over dinner and realized the two organizations have a lot of spouses that work at both. By teaming up, they could potentially hire families, and get more people into the city.

So far the idea has taken off where both APD and ASD recruit for both places at job fairs.

“This is a great initiative taking a holistic approach to the family,” Carty said.

To watch the segment, click here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: ASD and APD’s joint hiring initiative | KTVA 11 News | The Voice of Alaska