It took a mad dash, but Logan Holt is the first-ever University of Alaska student to be part of a new Coast Guard scholarship program at the university.
Holt, 21, formerly a home-schooled student, officially signed
paperwork to be a recipient of the U.S. Coast Guard College Student
Pre-Commissioning Initiative Tuesday afternoon during a swearing-in
ceremony at UAS.
“It was kind of a scramble and a last-minute deal,” Holt said of his application process. “By the time I finally found out about the deadline to the time the application had to be in, I think I had eight days. This will be an exciting journey.”
Holt thanked the Coast Guard and UAS for the opportunity during the ceremony and afterward said it generally takes months to apply for programs like CSPI.
CSPI is a scholarship program meant for students between the ages of 19 and 28 with at least a 2.5 grade-point average in their sophomore or junior years of undergraduate studies, according to the UAS website.
Per the website: The program offers up to two years of paid
tuition, books and fees, approximately a $3,600 monthly salary as a
Coast Guard active-duty member while attending classes as a full-time
student and a guaranteed job after graduation with a starting salary of
about $60,000 upon graduation and completion of Officer Candidate
Trends begins 2019 with the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development annual jobs forecast. For this year, they forecast a small amount of overall job growth. Regionally, the Fairbanks area’s employment will grow the most, largely tied to the preparations to house two F-35 squadrons at Eielson Air Force base over the next couple of years as well as the accompanying personnel and their families.
Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development
Each November, Trends estimates fish harvesting employment around the state. After a dismal 2016, jobs rebounded in 2017, with growth across most regions and species. Also this month is a look at injuries and illnesses in seafood processing, which has the highest rate among Alaska industries. The largest share of seafood processors in Alaska is in the Aleutians, whose eastern borough’s economy and population we profile in this issue.
Let’s face it; many high school faculty members are overloaded with teaching core courses, so the thought of adding new curricula often brings a cringe to their faces and the beginnings of a migraine headache. What if high schools could offer new and exciting coursework without the cringing or the headaches? What if high school faculty didn’t even need to teach the content? What if all the resources (lectures, reading assignments, exams, etc.) were already available? What if students could take courses for both high school and college credit? What if it didn’t cost students money?
In spring 2017, the UAS Fisheries Technology program reinvented a way to offer courses that are:
Engaging and technology-based,
Use the latest educational pedagogy, and
Can be delivered directly into the high school classroom with no internet required.
These courses were initially created for distribution on university supplied Apple iPads, but have since been finding their ways into many high schools throughout the state. Imagine “beaming” a college instructor directly into a high school classroom where the on-site high school faculty member is doing little more than facilitating progress through the course and fostering discussion points.
Photo courtesy of (left to right): Ali Schuler, Dianna Perry, Marguerite Tibbles, Kayla Schommer, and Nyssa Baechler
For the fourth year, Alaska Sea Grant has funded five graduate students to begin marine policy and science communications work with local host organizations this fall.
Modeled after the highly successful Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, the Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship provides recent graduates with a unique professional opportunity to work firsthand on the science and policy needed to keep Alaska’s marine resources healthy.
This year’s cohort originates from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, and the University of Washington, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.