Did you know that students across the university system can earn college credit while interning in the Alaska Capitol?

The Senator Ted Stevens Legislative Internship Program empowers UA students to study and be a part of the legislative process in Juneau. The program draws students from all three universities and many majors to Alaska’s Capitol during the legislative session to work as full-time interns, while completing a rigorous academic program. Read the full article here.

Source: UA News

ACEP Expands Summer Internship Program for 2023

Interns have played an integral role in the UAF Alaska Center for Energy and Power’s development and growth, and in return ACEP has provided a launch pad for interns to continue their professional careers. The ACEP summer internship program is a 10-week summer program based in Fairbanks. It will provide opportunities for interns to gain hands-on research experience and skill development in the energy industry, while being mentored by an ACEP researcher on a specific research project.

Source: UAF News

The Blue Economy

Worldwide, the blue economy was estimated at $1.5 trillion per year in 2017 and is expected to double by 2030. There is fascination with Alaska and the biological diversity and the grandeur of the state that pulls people in. The blue economy represents the single greatest opportunity for job creation in the state and allow for Alaska to move away from simply an economy that’s based on extraction to one that’s based on sustainability and a benefit to the environment.

Source: Empower Alaska

UAF Receives $8 Million for Teacher Mentoring in Alaska

Photo courtesy Alaska Statewide Mentor Project­­­ The 2019-2021 Alaska Statewide Mentor Project participants gather for training at a 2019 fall startup meeting in Anchorage.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has received a five-year, $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase the reach and effectiveness of mentor-based teaching throughout Alaska.

The grant will expand the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project, which provides support for early-career educators.

Read the full article here.

Source: UAF News and Information

Anchorage Teacher One of 4 Finalists for National Teacher of the Year

Alaska Native Cultural Charter School teacher Danielle Riha, center, was named the 2019 Alaska Teacher of the Year by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development at an assembly on October 29, 2018. Anchorage School District superintendent Deena Bishop is at left, and the school’s principal Sheila Sweetsir is at right. (Marc Lester / ADN)

An Anchorage teacher is one of four finalists for this year’s prestigious National Teacher of the Year award.

Danielle Riha, 51, teaches seventh- and eighth-grade students at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in the Anchorage School District. She was named the 2019 Alaska Teacher of the Year in October. That put her in the running for this year’s National Teacher of the Year award as Alaska’s official nominee.

Riha was named one of four finalists in the national competition on Wednesday. A committee selected her from a nationwide group of 57 nominated teachers. It’s the first time an Alaska teacher was picked as a finalist for National Teacher of the Year since 1995, according to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.

“I feel really excited,” Riha said. “Not just for me, but for my school.”

This year’s other finalists are Donna Gradel from Oklahoma, Kelly Harper from Washington, D.C., and Rodney Robinson from Virginia, said a statement from the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Washington,D.C.-based nonprofit that runs the award program.

Read the full article here.

Source: Anchorage teacher one of 4 finalists for National Teacher of the Year – ADN