Debate, Faculty Forum and Discussion on Workforce Development – Thursday, November 12th

debateThe Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence,
Difficult Dialogues Initiative & Seawolf Debate Program

invite you to a public debate, faculty forum, and discussion:
UAA should prioritize workforce development
over a liberal arts education.”

Thursday, November 12, 2015    7-9 pm

Free of charge and open to the public
featuring the award-winning UAA Seawolf Debate Program,
a faculty response panel, and a facilitated public discussion.

With UAA faculty panelists:
Dan Kline, English
LuAnn Piccard, Engineering
Landry Signe, Political Science

The media contains numerous reports of U.S. jobs going unfilled, or being outsourced to distant lands, because too few American workers have the requisite skills to perform them well. In Alaska, with the fiscal crisis expected to last into the forseeable future, and with student debt rising, the pressure on students to have highly marketable skills is on the increase (and jobs may be on the decrease). More than two dozen Japanese universities are reducing or eliminating academic programs in the humanities and social sciences, following a dictum from Tokyo to focus on disciplines that “better meet society’s needs.” But don’t we need citizens capable of navigating their way through the complex social and political challenges we face, using skills and perspectives provided by a well-rounded liberal arts education? Join us for this important discussion.

This event is part of a series sponsored by the UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence since 2003 to offer the UAA and Anchorage communities access to university resources as a basis for discussions of policies and issues affecting its future.

For information: or 786-4605

MAPTS Underground Mine Camp Graduation

MAPTSGraduationYou’re invited to join University of Alaska’s Mining and Petroleum Training Service as they celebrate their 36th year of service to the mining industry of Alaska at their November 23rd Underground Mine Camp Graduation.

Additional details and who to contact can be found here.

Kodiak College Gets New Trainer for Boat Classes

KodiakBoatClassKODIAK, Alaska — Kodiak College has a new training tool that squishes all of a boat’s operational systems into a 4-by-7-foot cart to teach repair and maintenance classes.

Most of the systems are miniaturized with a small engine, a tiny prop and a 5-gallon bucket of water to represent the ocean in a sea water cooling system.

“You can see all the vessel systems at once and you can also see how they integrate with each other,” said LA Holmes, the college’s maritime workforce development coordinator.

Read the full article at – The Voice of Interior Alaska.

Alaskans can proudly celebrate their seafood | Homer News

October is National Seafood Month. This month we’re looking to spread the word to eat more Alaska seafood — it’s good for your health. Alaskans can be proud that our state and offshore federal fisheries produce more than 60 percent of the nation’s domestic seafood harvest. Alaska’s production of more than 5.5 billion pounds is more than the whole nation consumes. Alaska seafood has a positive brand image across the nation that helps every Alaskan.

Read the full article at: Alaskans can proudly celebrate their seafood | Homer News.