Leading students down path to success, ANSEP celebrates 25 years

What started as a scholarship program for one undergraduate student at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1995 now is guiding thousands of middle school students across the state down the path to bachelor’s degrees.

“We’ve got students from southeast, from Kenai area, from Galena, participating in our 12-day residential middle school academy experience, ” Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program regional director Michael Bourdukofsky said. “Today they are testing their balsa wood bridges which they spent the last two days designing and building.”

Friday marked the 25th year ANSEP has provided access to higher quality education for Alaska students. The bridge project, which took about two days for most students, is one of many that teaches students the importance of learning new skills.

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What is NCCER? – Alaska Safety Alliance

What is NCCER?

  • A not-for-profit education foundation created in 1996 as The National Center for Construction Education and Research (dba.NCCER). It was developed with the support of more than 125 construction CEO’s, associations, and academic leaders who come together to transform training for the construction industry. Twenty-four years ago, NCCER started with just 5 content areas and now twenty-four years later they have developed curricula for more than 70 craft areas and completed a series of more than 70 assessments offered in over 6,000 NCCER-accredited training assessment locations across the United States.
  • NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance curriculum and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s Registry System that allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.
  • NCCER’s workforce development process of accreditation , instructor certification. standardized curriculum, registry, assessment, and certification is a key component in the industry’s workforce development efforts. NCCER also drives multiple initiatives to enhance career development and recruitment efforts for the industry, primarily through its Build Your Future initiative. http://www.BYF.org

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Growing emergency management program recognized for excellence

The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ online bachelor’s degree program in homeland security and emergency management has recently received top reviews in several college rankings.

The program has earned top-five rankings from Nonprofit Colleges Online (No. 1), Best Value Schools (No. 2) and The Best Schools (No. 5). In addition, College Choice ranked it as eighth on its list of the best homeland security degrees.

A decade ago, the UAF School of Management’s homeland security and emergency management program had just a handful of undergraduate students. Today, it boasts over 200 undergraduate and graduate students.

“These top rankings are only possible due to our knowledgeable instructors, an exciting curriculum and collaboration across campus,” said Cam Carlson, the program’s director. “Jobs in this field are only continuing to grow in size and significance, and we are providing nationally recognized leadership training as well as the critical thinking and ethical decision-making skills needed for these careers.”

In addition to a Bachelor of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the program offers a Master of Security and Disaster Management, which can also be completed online. The online instruction allows working professionals to advance their educations and improve their career prospects without taking time away from their critical jobs. Students earning these degrees are trained to plan responses and manage first responders during man-made and natural emergencies.

To learn more about these programs, visit the HSEM website or contact SOM at uaf-som@alaska.edu or 907-474-7461.

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Radio interview explores utility internship

Utility interns participate in a weeklong microgrid bootcamp as part of their internship. Photo by Amanda Byrd.

Heike Merkel, operations manager for the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, spoke about the upcoming 2020 ACEP utility student internship and microgrid boot camp during an interview with journalism associate professor and KFBX radio host Robert Prince.

During the interview, Merkel spoke about the internship, which takes applications from engineering, computer science and economics students enrolled at any University of Alaska institution.

Last year, eight student interns were paired with utilities and energy entities around the state. Several students continued on projects with ACEP afterward, and one intern gained full-time employment with the internship utility.

This year, students can receive up to four credits during their internships.

Applications are still being accepted for the internship. Apply here. Contact Heike Merkel at hmerkel@alaska.edu.

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