Plane Donated to UAF for Repair Practice

As university faculty and employees with Bering Air talk behind its wing, Charley Fox, a King Air 200, rests at its new home with the Community and Technical College’s Aviation Facility. Photo by Kyrie Long/News-Miner

Over the summer, the University of Alaska Fairbanks received a new plane for students to work on at its Community and Technical College, donated by Bering Air Inc, out in Nome. Read the full story here.

Source: Plane donated to UAF for repair practice – Fairbanks News Miner

Friday Focus: All about the community

Evon Peter, vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education (UAF photo by JR Ancheta)

The community college mission is essential to meeting Alaska workforce needs and providing career pathways for students of all backgrounds. It is an entry point into postsecondary education that is open to all people interested in pursuing technical skills and academic knowledge, independent of where they are in their educational journey.  Some begin while still in high school through college partnerships, such as with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District to become a certified nurse aide. Others start later in life or return to pursue a second or third career transition.

At UAF, we deliver on this mission through the UAF Community and Technical College and the College of Rural and Community Development, with its five rural campuses: Chukchi Campus (Kotzebue), Northwest Campus (Nome), Bristol Bay Campus (Dillingham), Kuskokwim Campus (Bethel) and the Interior Alaska Campus (Interior).

The community college mission is all about community partnership and responsiveness. Each of our six community campuses has a local advisory board composed of local business leaders, public and private organizational leaders, and community members. They help bridge campus relationships with local and regional entities to maximize the focus and benefit of programs and opportunities offered through the campus.

Read the full article here.

Source: Friday Focus: All about the community – UAF News

‘Dual Enrollment in Alaska’ Analysis Shows Progress and Supports Next Steps

Dual enrollment programs provide access to college-level courses to high school students prior to graduation, often helping students become more successful in high school and easing their path to college. Between 2008 and 2017, University of Alaska (UA) dual enrollment programs experienced an 85 percent increase in student enrollment and, among those who graduated from high school, 41 percent went on to attend a UA institution within a year.

The new report, Dual Enrollment in Alaska: A 10-year retrospective and outcome analysis, by Dayna DeFeo, director of ISER’s Center for Alaska Education Policy Research, and Trang Tran, ISER Research Professional, looks at 10 years of UA enrollment records for dual enrollment (DE) offerings and includes 15,473 students who attended Alaska public neighborhood schools. The study provides an overview of dual enrollment – including types of programs, participation, and performance – and highlights opportunities to build on the current successes.

Source: ‘Dual Enrollment in Alaska’ analysis shows progress and supports next steps – Green & Gold News

CTE 101

Advance CTE’s newest video provides an overview of how Career Technical Education (CTE) prepares learners for their futures while closing the skills gap for employers across the country. Use this video with critical stakeholders to continue to combat false perceptions of what CTE is and who it is for. This video is designed to help you make the case for CTE in your community and demonstrate the benefits of today’s CTE! We hope that you will watch and share!

Let people know that CTE works and share this video with others:
  • Use the CTE video as an icebreaker during your presentations. It’s a great way to introduce the subject, focus your audience’s attention, and kick off discussions.
  • Share it with your network! View sample social media posts here.
  • Find out more about the data presented in the video here.

Source: Advance CTE

DEED/CTE Announces Two Competitive Grant Opportunities

Postsecondary Grant RFP

Perkins postsecondary grants will deliver high-quality CTE programs focusing on either direct instruction of secondary students in postsecondary coursework or professional development of CTE instructors in one of nine priority workforce areas identified by the Alaska Workforce Investment Board.  Grants will prioritize offering multiple entry and exit points, including stackable courses and/or credentials for maximum participation and effect.

Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), Local Educational Authorities (LEAs) offering postsecondary instruction, technical schools offering postsecondary instruction, and consortia offering postsecondary instruction are eligible to apply.  Grants awards will be between $50,000 and $150,000 per year for up to three (3) years.  For more information, download the RFP here.  Proposals are due to DEED/CTE by 4pm on April 26, 2019.

Non-Traditional Occupations Grant RFP

Non-Traditional Occupations (NTO) grants improve gender equity and representation in targeted occupational fields important to the current and future state economy.  Grants are expected to increase equitable gender participation and facilitate smooth transitions from secondary education, through postsecondary training, and into the workforce.

LEAs and consortia of LEAs are eligible to apply.  Grants awards will be between $20,000 and $30,000 per year for up to three (3) years.  For more information, download the RFP here.  Proposals are due to DEED/CTE by 4pm on April 26, 2019.