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.

Read the full article here.

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

ECONOMIC BENEFITS | Alaska Miners Association

Download the Economic Benefits here.

Mining is a growing force in Alaska’s economy, providing jobs for thousands of Alaskans and millions of dollars of personal income throughout Alaska. Alaska’s mining industry includes exploration, mine development, and mineral production. Alaska’s mines produce coal, gold, lead, silver, zinc, as well as construction materials, such as sand, gravel, and rock.

Each year AMA commissions the McDowell Group to research the economic impact of Mining in Alaska. Continued investments by the mining industry ensure Alaska’s continued economic growth.

Click here to read the current (2018) Economic Impact Report for Mining in Alaska

Source: ECONOMIC BENEFITS | Alaska Miners Association

Opinion: University of Alaska is Committed to Preparing Our Future Teachers

University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen, left, listens to Dr. Steve Atwater, Executive Dean of the university’s new Alaska College of Education, during an interview at the University of Alaska Southeast on Friday, August 3, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alaska desperately needs Alaska-trained teachers and in response to our growing teacher shortage, the University of Alaska has expanded its support of the recruitment, preparation and retention of our state’s PK-12 teachers.

To increase the recruitment and retention of teachers, the Alaska Statewide Mentoring Project (ASMP) provides mentor support, this year working with more than 150 early career teachers. UA supports Educators Rising, a national organization that helps steer high school students to the teaching profession.

More than 30 of our state’s school districts have Educators Rising activity with hundreds of Alaska students involved and thinking about becoming a teacher. UA is also offering and coordinating more professional development for teachers, and through the Alaska College of Education, we have stepped up its efforts to recruit, prepare and retain teachers for Alaska.

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Source: Opinion: University of Alaska is committed to preparing our future teachers | Juneau Empire

Trades and Workforce Development for Alaska

(Photo courtesy US Air Force via WikiCommons)

Should young people today go to a 4 year university or enter the trades? Some students do both: Get a job through a technical program so they can make enough money to support their plan for college.

On May 7, 2019, Missy Fraze, Acting Director of Career and Technical Education for the Anchorage School District (ASD), and Denise Runge, Dean of UAA Community & Technical College, spoke with Alaska Public Media on the future of CTE in training a 21st Century workforce.

You can listen to the program online at

Source: The trades and workforce development for Alaska – Alaska Public Media