The February 15 deadline for University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) scholarships is fast approaching. UAS-specific scholarships are open to students who will attend a UAS campus in Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, or enroll in an online program. There are also UA Statewide scholarships which are open to students who attend any University of Alaska campus. More than 50 scholarships of varying amounts are available. All scholarships are listed on the UAS Financial Aid website:

New this year is the Verna Carrigan Promise Scholarship, open to high school seniors from Southeast Alaska high schools or a homeschool program. This one-time $3,000 award is unusual because it is geared to students who have overcome significant challenges in their education and life—who despite those challenges demonstrate talent, fortitude, and the motivation to succeed. They may not have the highest grade point average or test scores, but their will to succeed is clear.

Another is the Southeast Conference Scholarship for UAS students who are residents of our region who demonstrate motivation, academic and leadership potential, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must show they are committed to the development of business and commerce in Southeast Alaska.

Hecla Greens Creek Mine near Juneau supports the Hecla Greens Creek Environmental Science Scholarship for UAS environmental science majors in their junior or senior year. The goal of this award is degree completion for promising environmental science students, enabling them in their future careers to develop natural resources in a sustainable way.

Applying for scholarships is easy. Students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at New students need to first apply for admission at The scholarship application can be found by logging in to and following the section titled “Student Services and Account Information” to the scholarship section. Some scholarships require supplemental applications and these can be found at the bottom of the main application.

For more about financial aid and a complete list of scholarships available at the University of Alaska Southeast, visit, or call to speak to one of their advisors at 907-796-6100.

Four DNP Graduates Reach Nursing’s Educational Pinnacle at UAA

(Photo by Philip Hall / University of Alaska Anchorage)

Four women—Jyll Green, Jill Rife, Leigh Keefer and Robin Bassett—became the first students accepted into UAA’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and, 15 months later, the first to accept their DNP diplomas at UAA’s fall commencement last month. The DNP is the highest degree offered in the nursing profession.

“Even in 2005 when I started getting my master’s, there was discussion in the literature about the DNP being required for entry into advanced practice,” said Robin Bassett, one of the inaugural four UAA DNP graduates.

Read the full article here.

Source: Four DNP graduates reach nursing’s educational pinnacle, at UAA – Green & Gold News

Workforce Wednesday: Millwrights

Millwrights are precision industrial mechanics that work on compressors, turbines and other heavy equipment. This field includes high paying jobs servicing equipment that keeps Alaska’s major industries, like fishing and mining, afloat.

Interested? The only place in Alaska to get trained is at Prince William Sound College in Valdez. The nationally accredited program is comprised of five modules as well as an internship and occupation endorsement certificate, according to faculty member Sharry Miller. She said people could further their education to advance into supervisory and managerial jobs. Millwright training also translates to other types of heavy industrial work, like power plant operators for instance.

People looking into this career can expect a salary from $70,000-$120,000 a year. Pogo Mine and Petro Star are currently hiring for these positions.

For more information, visit Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium website.

Watch the Workforce Wednesday video segment here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Millwrights | KTVA 11

Alaska Maritime Apprenticeship Program – Provided by Calista Corp.

Calista Corporation has created a multi-employer, three-tiered apprenticeship program with different pathways for apprentices to grow: Deck side, Engine Room and Galley/Kitchen. Each tier allows the apprentice to grow into the next tier as they gain certifications and sea time.

Apprentices have two apprenticeship tracks to choose from, Traditional or Subsistence. To meet the subsistence needs of the Alaskan lifestyle, apprentices may have the option of taking time off to provide and prepare for their families. This option will need to be agreed upon by both the employer and apprentice prior to starting the apprenticeship.

The mission is to increase Alaskan hire in the maritime industry while meeting the subsistence needs of the Alaskan lifestyle.

Find out more information, how to apply and who Calista Corp. is partnering with at:

Source: Alaska Maritime Apprenticeship Program – Provided by Calista Corp.

UAA Community & Technical College Ranked Among the Best Automotive Mechanic Schools in the Nation just released their rankings of automotive mechanic schools and the University of Alaska Community and Technical College placed 13th in the nation.

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#13 University of Alaska Anchorage – Community and Technical College

The University of Alaska Anchorage, the largest university in Alaska, is a public university that offers a straightforward approach to the study of automotive technology through its Community and Technical College division.

The school is career-focused, and the courses are modeled after corporate training programs, and based on ASE certification standards. It offers the unique option of the General Motors ASEP program, which specifically prepares students for automotive service career on GM vehicles, through partnering with GM dealerships. This provides strong career recruitment potential, as well as paid, on-the-job experience, and prepares students for Master ASE-certification.

The courses have small class sizes, and take a hands-on approach, allowing students to gain valuable experience with a wide variety of vehicles, working closely alongside instructors and peers.

The University of Alaska Anchorage is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on College and Universities (NWCCU) and its automotive programs are accredited by NATEF.

Degree Programs:

  • Associate of Applied Science – Automotive Technology with focus in General Automotive, or with focus in General Motors ASEP
  • Associate of Applied Science – Diesel Power Technology

Other Programs:

  • Certificate – Automotive Technology
  • Certificate – Diesel Power Technology

Source: The 20 Best Automotive Mechanic Schools | The Best Schools