New Aviation Technology Director Talks About What’s on the Horizon

Paul Herrick is the director of the Aviation Technology Division at UAA. While Herrick is still new to the position, taking on the role this past January, he’s an established presence at ATD, having worked as a professor for the division for 26 years and even served periodically as interim director and associate dean. In that time, he watched the division grow into the industry pillar it is now while weathering ups and downs in the aviation industry. (Photo by James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage)

Located a 10-minute drive north from UAA’s Main Campus and right on Merrill Field lies the Aviation Technology Center. While the historic Anchorage airport is a natural home for the university’s aviation programs, the separation can sometimes make it easy to forget about that corner of campus.

Despite the distance, the Aviation Technology Division (ATD) is anything but an aside. Housed under UAA’s Community and Technical College, ATD boasts a nearly 100 percent job placement rate for graduates from all four of its programs: aviation maintenance technology, air traffic control, professional piloting and aviation administration.

“It is unlikely that you can go to an aviation employer in this state and not find a graduate from our programs,” says Paul Herrick, UAA’s new ATD director. “The way we state it is that everyone who looks for a job, gets a job. You have to not want a job to not get one. Our students’ large presence in Alaska aviation is a legacy that we’re really proud of.”

That legacy includes a whole range of positions with small operators, regional airlines, major air carriers and even the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Source: New aviation technology director talks about what’s on the horizon – Green & Gold News

Hot stuff: 29 students graduate from Summer Fire Academy at UAF

A round of graduates came through University Park on Friday after months of training for fire sciences in the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Summer Fire Academy. Read the full article here.

Source: Hot stuff: 29 students graduate from Summer Fire Academy at UAF

UAA Looks to Expand Nursing School to Help with Increasing Demand for Nurses in Alaska

It’s one of the most in-demand professions in the country and Alaska is no exception. The Alaska Department of Labor estimates the state will need an additional 1,141 registered nurses by 2026.

Marianne Murray, director of the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing,  said the demand for nurses is increasing as the state’s population ages.

“One of the reasons why is because Alaska has what we call a ‘silver tsunami’ which is, our population is aging,” she said. “And of course, with an aging population, we have an increase in health care needs.”

Murray said UAA is actively working to help fill the gap for health care workers, especially nurses. The nursing school offers both a four-year bachelor’s and two-year associate’s degree in the profession. Although, realistically, Murray said the associate’s degree takes three years to complete.

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Source: UAA looks to expand nursing school to help with increasing demand for nurses in Alaska – KTVA

RAHI Celebrates 37th Class of Graduates

Photo by Caity Tozier
The 2019 graduates of the Rural Alaska Honors Institute gather at UAF.

The Rural Alaska Honors Institute hosted a graduation ceremony at 1 p.m., July 11, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Fifty rural and Alaska Native high school students, representing more than 30 communities across the state, graduated after six weeks of academics and on-campus living at UAF this year. They explored fields such as writing, library sciences, process technology, chemistry, business, math, recreation and, for the first time ever, Alaska Native languages. Six students also gained hands-on experience working on two different projects with UAF researchers.

Since its inception in 1983, RAHI has prepared more than 1,950 students for the rigors of higher education. Graduates have gone on to obtain 929 degrees and 187 certificates from not only from the University of Alaska but also other institutions such as Harvard, Yale and Brown universities, Dartmouth College and the universities of Notre Dame and California, Berkeley.

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Source: RAHI celebrates 37th class of graduates – UAF News