Crowley Awards Scholarships Worth $10,000 to Four UAF Students

Crowley Fuels recently announced that it has awarded $10,000 in Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to four University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) students: Keenan Sanderson, Gabe Smith and twin brothers Carlton and Kendrick Hautala. Chosen for their academic achievements and meeting other scholarship criteria, each student received $2,500 toward his tuition from Crowley.

Crowley’s financial support, administered by the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, can be used towards any area of study, and preference is given to recipient students from Crowley-served rural communities throughout the state, including Aniak, Bethel, Delta Junction, Fairbanks, Ft. Yukon, Galena, Glennallen, Hooper Bay, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kotzebue, Naknek, Nenana, Nome, Palmer, St. Mary’s, Talkeetna, Valdez and Wasilla.

“Crowley is proud to contribute to the academic success of these highly-motivated UAF students,” said Crowley’s Jasper Hall, vice president, highway petroleum distribution. “Established in 2010, this program continues to support students who are committed to pursuing higher education as a means to help their communities and Alaska. Each of these recipients is passionate about maintaining our state’s natural resources, an endeavor that Crowley is pleased to support.”

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Workforce Wednesday: Aviation Maintenance Technologies

On this workforce Wednesday, we take a look at the field of aviation maintenance technologies. A technician in this field is responsible for replacing and repairing plane parts, and diagnosing maintenance problems as they arise. We were joined by Paul Herrick with UAA’s aviation technology department.

He described the local program at UAA that prepares students to take the certification exam necessary to become a certified mechanic or a maintenance technician. The program is FAA approved, and Paul considers the program within the top ten percent as far as quality in the nation.

The best type of person suited for the job, according to Paul, is a person with attention to detail, who can remain focused and exact. Someone with a strong sense of responsibility is also preferred, as they are protecting the public’s safety.

Positions in aviation maintenance technologies typically pay between $22 and $45 an hour, but that scale is largely based on experience and time within a certain company.

Watch the Workforce Wednesday segment here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Aviation maintenance technologies – KTVA 11 – The Voice of Alaska

Science, Culture Camp Energizes Rural Alaska Teachers

Teachers and teaching aides from six villages in the Bering Strait School District immersed themselves in a science and culture camp in Unalakleet, Alaska, in August to learn how to integrate science and Native knowledge in the classroom.

The camp was offered as professional development for teachers by the Raising Educational Achievement through Cultural Heritage Up (REACH Up) program, part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks K-12 Outreach Office. Funded in 2015, the program provides Native students and teachers with place-based, culturally relevant science, technology, engineering and math curricula, and engages Native youth to come up with solutions to local climate change issues.

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Source: Science, culture camp energizes rural Alaska teachers – UAF News and Information

Kodiak Summer Interns Benefit Seafood Industry

Three summer interns at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center reported their project outcomes at a seminar in August. They worked on markets for nucleotide nutritional supplements from pollock, parasite control for seafood safety, and communicating seafood science to the public.

Alina Fairbanks used the internet to find more than 60 companies—large and small, domestic and international—that may be suitable for marketing nucleotide supplements made from Alaska pollock. Nucleotides are used as human nutritional supplements, feed for aquaculture and other animals and in infant formulas to enhance the immune system.

“This experience allowed me to play detective on the current nucleotide market, which is very different than doing research as an undergraduate student in a classroom,” said Fairbanks. “It has been a great experience learning the research process and understanding the marketing field.” She is earning her bachelor’s degree in the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Her work was funded by the Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center.

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Source: Kodiak summer interns benefit seafood industry | News | Alaska Sea Grant

Workforce Wednesday: STEM Careers


Careers in science, technology, engineering and math, better known as STEM, are in high demand and pay well. The Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium (APICC) typically focuses on opportunities in the trades in Alaska, however, STEM careers have a lot to offer in growth potential, diversity and opportunity.

Alaskan, Willow Hetrick, is a biologist with a private consulting firm in Anchorage. She joined Daybreak to offer insight into what it’s like to work in a stem career.

“I went to school for natural resource and environmental management, and I also have a certificate in urban and regional planning,” Hetrick said. “I’ve been working in Alaska since 2009, when I came back from college, in environmental consulting, focusing mainly on permitting and marine and terrestrial wildlife surveys.”

Hetrick says her role as a consultant is split into about 80 percent office work and 20 percent field work. “I spend a lot of time writing documents, a lot of time writing permits, a lot of time in meetings,” Hetrick added. “But it is necessary to get out in the field to see the sites you’re permitting. I’ve had an opportunity to travel all across the state. It’s fantastic.”

The pay for entry-level jobs in STEM careers range from entry-level, $35- to $45,000, to more experienced workers earning more than $100,000, according to APICC. You will typically need a bachelors or masters degree to work in a STEM career.

“All of our state universities offer degrees in what would be acceptable degrees for that,” said Martha Peck, with APICC.

Peck said she found job openings at the State of Alaska, ASRC, Ahtna, North Slope Borough, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Environmental Resource Management, UIC Arctic Response Services and Bowhead Family of Companies.

Watch the Workforce Wednesday segment here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: STEM careers – KTVA 11 – The Voice of Alaska