ANSEP Leads Summertime Career Development for Middle School Students

Each summer the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program hosts four STEM Career Explorations sessions that expose students to a particular facet of science, technology, engineering or math. Throughout the five-day component, students live on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus and participate in hands-on, team-based learning activities.

This year’s sessions highlight health, coding, marine science, and fisheries and wildlife biology through career exploration activities, experiments, projects and field experiences.

This component is an opportunity for students who previously attended ANSEP’s Middle School Academy to gain first-hand insight into the daily life of a STEM professional.

Source: ANSEP leads summertime career development for middle school students – The Alaska 100

Want to learn how to be a nurse? There’s a summer camp for that.

School is out for the summer, but camp is in! Teens from across the state recently gathered on UAA’s campus for Recruiting and Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing’s (RRANN) Camp, an intensive three-day experience introducing them to the world of health care and nursing.

Source: Want to learn how to be a nurse? There’s a summer camp for that. – Green & Gold News

Alaska Identifies Difficult to Fill Health Occupations

AK Health Care Profile

This report details the health care occupations Alaska employers reported were most difficult to fill. It also introduces new data on occupational retention and provides occupational and demographic data on the existing health care workforce to help identify why some occupations are especially difficult for employers to fill. That information is intended to inform decisions about education, training, and other workforce development efforts.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Research and Analysis Section. in partnership with UAA College of Health, UAA Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce, and Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.

College of Health Amazing Academic Insight Day

Based roughly on the Amazing Race television show, about 90 interested health students and their guests (parents and family) raced around campus in March learning about the many programs the COH has to offer in the medical and health occupations.

Students found 28 challenge stations each with a unique task or challenge to complete before they could get a sticker and move on. Throughout the race, student clubs hosted “feeding stations” with food and refreshments, to develop interest in clubs. The young minds, the atmosphere of fun competition, and the great activities made it a night to remember.

Prizes included a 3-credit tuition waiver, a semester parking pass, an Amazon Echo, an Instapot, and many $25 gift cards. Some students were really competitive, completing 24 of the 28 stations, and others were asking questions and learning all they could.

There are already plans for next year’s Amazing Race Academic Insight Day, with the goal of making it even more successful and an event that will grow each year.

Source: University of Alaska Anchorage College of Health

University of Alaska Anchorage to Offer Free Registered Behavior Technician Credential

Direct service providers who work with individuals with special needs may qualify for an opportunity to earn a national credential in Applied Behavior Analysis at no little to no cost. Medicaid Coverage for Autism Services is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2018 and providers are required to have the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential in order to render services.

The Center for Human Development at UAA is offering free training to obtain the RBT credential. This training will meet the requirements set forth by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to sit for the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board has specific requirements for applicants to become Registered Behavior Technicians. Please review the information located on their website about the requirements for obtaining and maintaining the RBT credential (

This training will consist of access to online modules and hands-on skill competency assessments. Upon successful completion of the training, participants will be able to apply for the national credential and take the exam. We currently have funding to cover the entire cost of training, applying, and travel to and from the testing sites in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

To Apply for RBT Training, click here.

Source: University of Alaska Anchorage Alaska Health Workforce Coalition