Alaska CAN! 2020 Conference: Educational Equity

The 2020 Postsecondary Access and Completion Conference is a time for Alaskans to come together for a stronger Alaska. Together we can put Alaska’s students first!

Register to attend the 6th Alaska CAN! Educational Equity conference!

  • Early Bird Registration (before Jan. 11) – $250
  • Standard Registration (after Jan. 11) – $280
  • Student Registration – $175
  • Group Registration (5 or more attendees) – $230
  • Presenter Registration – $175

Submit a Breakout Session Proposal: Deadline Jan. 22!
Session suggestions (based on survey of postsecondary access program staff needs):

  • Skill-teaching
    1. Grant-writing 101
    2. Leadership Development
    3. Embedding Employability Skills in the Classroom
    4. Public Relations 101: Building Awareness of your program
    5. Collecting Data that Speaks to Funders
    6. Time Management 101
  • Structured Networking
    1. Myths about Education and How We Address Them
  • Best Practices Sharing
    1. How we survived the end of the grant
    2. How we successfully advocated for our budget to be restored/preserved
    3. How we developed a new business partnership

Source: Registration – Alaska CAN!

Alaska January Economic Trends

In January Trends: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development’s first issue of 2020 is their annual jobs forecast, detailing this year’s economic outlook for Alaska overall and for Anchorage, the Fairbanks area, and Southeast.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit Unites Early Career Fishermen

The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program presents the eighth Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit in Juneau, Alaska, Jan. 21-23, 2020.

The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program presents the eighth Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit in Juneau, Alaska, Jan. 21-23, 2020. AYFS provides training, information and networking opportunities for commercial fishermen early in their careers.

The summit will focus on building leadership and networking capacity in the Alaska commercial fishing industry during three days of intensive training. The fast-paced program features industry leaders providing insights on fishing business management, the fisheries management process, and the role of Alaska seafood in the global marketplace. This year, the summit is timed to coincide with the start of the Alaska State Legislature regular session in Juneau.

Alaska fishing industry leaders volunteer their time and expertise to mentor the young fishermen, and to teach a range of topics including business management, seafood markets, the fisheries regulatory process and fisheries science.

AYFS is geared for fishermen under 40 or within the first five years of their fishing career, attracting between 50 and 70 participants to each summit.

Registration is open now.

For more information, contact Sunny Rice at or Julie Matweyou at

Source: Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit unites early career fishermen | UAF news and information

Student Intern Opportunity

Kurt Nunn (right), a 2019 intern, talks with Cordova Electric Project Manager Craig Kuntz as water spills from the Power Creek Hydro Project. Photo by Amanda Byrd.

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power is looking for utility student interns for spring and summer 2020. Students in the program will gain hands-on experience with utilities around Alaska, learn about the challenges of integrating renewable energy sources into a grid, and become versed in microgrids and associated technologies.

The ACEP utility summer internship program consists of a spring semester lecture series, a five-day microgrid boot camp and a 12-week internship during the summer semester.

Application reviews begin Monday, Nov. 18. For more information, visit the internship program website or contact Heike Merkel at

Source: Student interns sought for ACEP spring, summer program – UAF News and information

Premera Funds to Help Bolster Rural Health Care in Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A health insurer in Alaska has announced plans to provide $5.7 million to help bolster rural health care in the state.

The funds pledged by Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska will go toward the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the University of Alaska Anchorage and a new grant-making program administered by the Rasmuson Foundation in partnership with the Alaska Community Foundation, reported the Juneau Empire.

The grant-making program, which will be known as the Rural Health Care Fund, will get $3 million of the pledged funds. Grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 will be given to rural outpatient clinics, community health centers and hospitals for small capital improvement projects and medical equipment, said Jeff Roe, president and CEO of Premera Blue Cross.

Read the full article here.

Source: Premera funds to help bolster rural health care in Alaska – AP