Program bridges gap between village and college

Imagine boarding a plane in your home village, landing in Fairbanks or Anchorage, navigating your way by taxi or public bus to a giant university populated by people you don’t know, figuring out how to enroll in and pick courses, and finally, ending up in a classroom of hundreds of other students.

Many rural Alaskans have gone through this tricky transition from vibridgellage to college and while it’s certainly doable, it’s not always easy.

“Socially, a lot of the students from very small villages aren’t used to being in a class at the university that has 200 students in it—that’s more than they have in their entire village, so that’s overwhelming,” said Denise Wartes, director of the Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI).

Since 1983, the institute has provided a bridge for students making that transition through an intensive six-week summer program in which they attend college classes and earn transferable credits at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Read the full article here.

Source: Program bridges gap between village, college – The Bristol Bay Times

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

ANSWERS Website is Now Live

ANSWERSANSWERS will link current Alaska K-12, higher education and employment data to deliver critical outcomes information to Alaska’s policymakers, educators, and general public about the state’s education continuum.

The new ANSWERS website is live at It provides information on what ANSWERS is, and what it does, while protecting the privacy of all Alaska students.

On the Home page you will find a new ANSWERS video that explains why ANSWERS is so important to the State of Alaska.

On the bottom of the Home page you will notice a News and Announcements section.  This section will provide you with a quick glance of news and new items that have been added to the website.

ANSWERS has recently released three interactive reports relevant to the outcomes of the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS).  All reports can be found on the Reports page.

Alaska Governor Bill Walker Proclaims February as CTE Month

Career and Technical Education Month

WHEREAS, Career and Technical Education (CTE) offers students the opportunity to gain the academic, technical, and employability skills necessary for true career readiness; and

WHEREAS, leaders from business and industry, both in Alaskan and across the nation, report increasing challenges related to the skills gap and connecting qualified professionals with available careers in critical and growing CTE-related fields including healthcare, energy, natural resource development, and information technology; and

WHEREAS, Career and Technical Education prepares students for these and other fulfilling careers by offering integrated programs of study that link secondary and postsecondary education and lead to the attainment of industry-recognized credentials; and

WHEREAS, the Alaska Departments of Education & Early Development and Labor and Workforce Development and the University of Alaska system are jointly implementing the statewide CTE plan to ensure a comprehensive, integrated career and technical education system for Alaska; and

WHEREAS, ensuring that Alaskan employers have access to a qualified workforce is a crucial step in ensuring productivity among the business and industry communities as well as continued Alaskan economic growth and global competitiveness.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Walker, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim February 2016 as:

Career and Technical Education Month

in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to become familiar with the services and benefits offered by the career and technical education programs in this community and to support and participate in these programs to enhance their individual skills and productivity.

Click here for a PDF copy of the proclamation.

Source: Alaska Governor Bill Walker