Seven Alaskans Awarded First-ever Teach for Alaska Presidential Scholarship

FAIRBANKS – University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen awarded seven young Alaskans with the first-ever Teach for Alaska Presidential Scholarship during a video conference with them today. The competitive scholarship, part of the university’s Drive the Change public awareness initiative, was open to all Alaska high school students planning to pursue a degree in education. Scholarship recipients hail from Angoon to Nome.

‘These very talented and dedicated young people are the kind of students we want at our university,’ Johnsen said, ‘and each demonstrates a strong desire to seek a career as a teacher and to nurture the next generation of young minds. Providing support and an educational path for Alaska’s future teachers is just one of the ways the university can continue to drive change in our state. We are honored to be able to support the higher education of not only one, but seven aspiring teachers as they pursue their career goals.’

The group of seven learned this week that they had been chosen as a finalist from a pool of 21 scholarship applicants, although it wasn’t until they convened for a video conference (video available here: from their hometowns with Johnsen that they learned each had been selected for the coveted four-year academic scholarship to study teaching at one of UA’s campuses.

‘You will be the educators of the future and you will be the ones who help drive change for your generation in Alaska,’ Johnsen said in awarding the scholarships.

Read the full article and see the list of winners here.

Source: University of Alaska System (via Public) / Seven Alaskans awarded first-ever Teach for Alaska Presidential Scholarship

Alaska May Economic Trends

May2017TrendsMay Trends provides an update on Alaska’s housing market, which remains remarkably stable despite the state’s recession. Also this month is a look at Alaska kids who live in their grandparents’ home and how this phenomenon compares to the rest of the nation, an analysis of Alaska’s slight drop in personal income in 2016, and data on Alaskans who work multiple jobs. It’s become common to work a secondary job in the state, and that began before the recession.

Read the full issue here.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Alaska AHEC Program Selected as Alaska Career Preparedness Award Recipient

The Alaska Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program is proud to announce that it has been selected as the Alaska Career Preparedness Award recipient for the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign. As the ACT College and Career Transition Award exemplar for Alaska, the Alaska AHEC has the opportunity to be considered for National Semifinalist status by an ACT Selection Committee. This committee will narrow the extremely deserving field of state exemplars into four National Semifinalists. Finally, a National Selection Committee composed of national education and workforce leaders will choose from the Semifinalists the four National Exemplars, one per category. These National Exemplars, along with all state exemplars and semifinalists, will be honored at an ACT event in late fall 2017. The Alaska AHEC would like to send a special thank you to all their partners and supporters.

Source: Alaska AHEC Program selected as Alaska Career Preparedness Award recipient – UAA Green & Gold News

Week of the Arctic Showcases UAF Energy Research

Hundreds of delegates from around the world were in Fairbanks for the Arctic Interchange.

For researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), the global spotlight is a chance to showcase their work on sustainable energy.

UAF research professor George Roe said right now the diesel generator is the backbone of villages around Alaska. He and his colleagues at the Alaska Center for Power and Energy (ACEP) want to change that.

“We’ve got wind, we’ve got solar,” Roe explained to a group of international journalists, as he showed them around the facility.

Engineers at ACEP can replicate wind streams, river currents and solar energy in the lab and test systems before they’re sent to rural Alaska.

Roe said renewable energy work being done in the Last Frontier can be applied all over the world.

“Alaska’s motto is: North to the future,” Roe said. “We’re required, almost mandated to share what we’re learning and to find opportunities to work with other people and learn from them as well.”

Roe points to Kodiak as a city leading the way in sustainability. Nearly 100 percent of the community’s energy needs are supplied by a combination of wind and water.

“It’s a huge knowledge export opportunity for the state. And in this time of economic diversification, taking this Alaskan know-how and sharing it with other remote communities,” Roe said.

Watch the news segment and read the full article here.

Source: Week of the Arctic showcases UAF Energy Research » KTVA 11