Arctic Council Coming to Town: International Policy Group Chooses Fairbanks for 2017 Meeting

Already known for its role leading U.S. Arctic research, Fairbanks is set to be a key location in the conclusion of the U.S. term at the head of the Arctic Council. Though the Arctic Council isn’t a body particularly well known to the average Alaskan, its importance is significant and growing as the eyes of the world turn northward due to economic opportunities and the effects of climate change. Next year, the Interior will play host to the group as it makes decisions pivotal to the future of Alaska and the entire circumpolar Arctic region. Read the full article here.

Source: Arctic Council coming to town: International policy group chooses Fairbanks for 2017 meeting | Editorials | newsminer.com

New Grant RFP for Secondary & Postsecondary

A new grant opportunity is available via the Title IIB Math & Science Partnership.  This grant is for teacher/administrator professional development only, and will focus on the interface between Math, Science, and Career and Technical Education.  Projects will prepare Alaskan teachers and building administrators to develop strategies, units, and ways of thinking that incorporate CTE principles into STEM coursework, and STEM principles into CTE classes to further Career and College Readiness.

Only eligible partnerships may apply for this grant.  An eligible partnership includes:

  • A high-needs LEA (as defined on page 4 of the RFP document; full list of qualifying LEAs in Appendix A, page 11)
  • A postsecondary institution (representative of the department of math and/or science)
  • May also include non-high-needs LEAs, postsecondary departments of education, non-profits, or businesses; however, these are not required.

Total funding for the program is $700,000 for FY17.  EED expects to make 2-3 grant awards of $200,000 to $250,000 each.  Grants are funded for one year (FY17), with the possibility of a second-year of no-cost extension should a grant have carryover funds (FY18).  Continued funding of the grant for further years may be possible pending the availability of federal funding.  Awards will be made solely on merit and the responsiveness of the proposed activities to grant objectives.

The fiscal agent for the grant shall be an LEA in the state of Alaska.  (This may be either the high-needs LEA or a non-high-needs LEA partner.)

All projects must include an evaluation and accountability system designed to measure participant knowledge and skill acquisition via standardized pre-/post-tests.

An informational webinar about the RFP will be hosted via WebEx on March 8th from 3:00-4:00 PM.

You may download a copy of the RFP at https://education.alaska.gov/forms/nclbtitletwo/05-16-032.docx

All questions can be directed to the program administrator:

Bjørn Wolter, Ph.D.
Career & Technical Education
Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
907.465.6542
bjorn.wolter@alaska.gov
Source: Alaska Department of Education & Early Development – Career & Technical Education

Workforce Wednesday: Helping Alaska Students Find Money for School

Every high school student has the opportunity to earn money for school, whether it’s a trade school or traditional university. They can earn close to $5,000 a year for four years, a big incentive as school tuition continues to increase.

Cari-Ann Ketterling with the Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium and Rebekah Matrosova, the director of Outreach and Early Awareness joined Daybreak Wednesday to talk about the Alaska Performance Scholarship and how to qualify. Matrosova suggested it for her neighbor’s son, who she says wouldn’t have otherwise gotten the funding to help him land his dream job.

“He has two boys, not sure how to pay for their college. I think that’s a pretty common concern,” she said. “And between this and a few other things, his costs were almost completely covered.”

To apply for the Alaska Performance Scholarship, entry level qualifications include a 2.5 GPA, 21 on the ACT or 1450 on the SAT. The first step is to fill out a FAFSA application.

For more information on how to apply, click here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Helping Alaska students find money for school | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

First Draft of UA Strategic Pathways Framework is Now Available

Strategy

A first draft of the University of Alaska’s Strategic Pathways framework, announced Jan. 25, is now available at alaska.edu/pathways.

This framework seeks to strengthen UA’s ability to meet the state’s high priority needs for post-secondary education by focusing each of our universities on its unique areas of strength all the while providing wide access to cost effectively delivered common courses and services across Alaska. How the areas of emphasis take shape will continue to evolve over the next several months, and will reflect input from stakeholders as well as analysis of the potential impacts and benefits to students, the universities, and university communities.

Some initial changes could take effect by the end of this fiscal year, but since this process is still at a conceptual level, much work and input are needed for the framework to take full shape. President Johnsen and the Summit Team expect the restructuring to require two to three years for full implementation. Although Strategic Pathways is a conceptual framework for teaching and research areas of excellence, many changes also will be made to streamline administrative functions.

President Johnsen will present the Strategic Pathways framework to the UA Board of Regents at its next meeting, Feb. 18-19 in Fairbanks. Regents will hear from university leadership and discuss the overall restructuring effort. The president welcomes comments and ideas and asks that they be sent by email to ua-pathways@alaska.edu, or through an online form, which can be found via a link on the pathways web page, at alaska.edu/pathways.

Updated information about the Strategic Pathways effort, including opportunities for shaping the strategy, is being developed. Additional documents will be posted and made available at .alaska.edu/pathways.

Source: Noodls

Registration is Open: 65% by 2025 – Alaska Can!

65 ​%​ by 2025 – Alaska Can!

You are invited to participate in the “65 by 2025 – Alaska Can!” Alaska Postsecondary Access & Completion Network Conference! Register now.

The Network is committed to “65 by 2025,” which is to increase the percentage of working-age adults holding a high-value certificate, college degree, or other industry-recognized credential to 65% by the year 2025. The 2016 Alaska Postsecondary Access & Success Network Conference is a time for Alaskans from all walks – education, business, public service – to unite and work together on increasing the number of Alaskans enrolling and succeeding in postsecondary education. Postsecondary education includes apprenticeships, industry-recognized licensure, workforce credentials, certificates, and degrees.

We are currently seeking session presenters.  Share your knowledge, facilitate a needed conversation, or offer an interactive workshop.  More info.

Learn more about the conference, taking place March 22-23 at the Downtown Anchorage Marriott.

Source: Alaska Postsecondary Access & Completion Network – Registration | Online Registration by Cvent