Coast Guard Signs Memorandum of Agreement with University of Alaska Southeast

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Michael McAllister, 17th District commander, and University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor Rick Caulfield shake hands after signing a memorandum of agreement between the Coast Guard and UAS during a ceremony in Juneau, Alaska, Oct. 2, 2017. The MOA makes UAS the first Alaskan college to host the Coast Guard’s College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Shawn Eggert)

On behalf of the Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Paul Zunkuft, Rear Adm. Michael McAllister, Seventeenth Coast Guard District commander, signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of Alaska Southeast, establishing the university as a member of the Coast Guard’s Minority-Serving Institution partnership program.

The purpose of the program is for the Coast Guard to recruit, retain and sustain a ready, diverse and highly skilled workforce.

“Our people are our most important investment, and the Coast Guard must engage and retain the most qualified and inclusively diverse workforce,” said McAllister. “For 150 years, the Coast Guard’s ability to serve and protect Alaska has grown alongside the state’s increasingly prominent role in national sovereignty and maritime commerce. With this MOA we have an opportunity to attract young people that know what it means to live and work on the water.”

Central to this partnership is the Coast Guard’s College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative scholarship program. CSPI is a program designed for motivated individuals who demonstrate high academic and leadership excellence, and desire to serve their country in the United States Coast Guard. Students can apply if they are currently enrolled, accepted for enrollment or pending enrollment in a full-time bachelor’s degree program at Minority-Serving Institutions and have the desire to receive a guaranteed commission as an officer in the United States Coast Guard.

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Source: Coast Guard Signs Memorandum of Agreement with University of Alaska Southeast – Alaska Business Magazine

Crowley Awards Scholarships Worth $10,000 to Four UAF Students

Crowley Fuels recently announced that it has awarded $10,000 in Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to four University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) students: Keenan Sanderson, Gabe Smith and twin brothers Carlton and Kendrick Hautala. Chosen for their academic achievements and meeting other scholarship criteria, each student received $2,500 toward his tuition from Crowley.

Crowley’s financial support, administered by the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, can be used towards any area of study, and preference is given to recipient students from Crowley-served rural communities throughout the state, including Aniak, Bethel, Delta Junction, Fairbanks, Ft. Yukon, Galena, Glennallen, Hooper Bay, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kotzebue, Naknek, Nenana, Nome, Palmer, St. Mary’s, Talkeetna, Valdez and Wasilla.

“Crowley is proud to contribute to the academic success of these highly-motivated UAF students,” said Crowley’s Jasper Hall, vice president, highway petroleum distribution. “Established in 2010, this program continues to support students who are committed to pursuing higher education as a means to help their communities and Alaska. Each of these recipients is passionate about maintaining our state’s natural resources, an endeavor that Crowley is pleased to support.”

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Source: Crowley Awards Scholarships Worth $10,000 to Four UAF Students – News9.com – Oklahoma City, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports |

Kodiak Summer Interns Benefit Seafood Industry

Three summer interns at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center reported their project outcomes at a seminar in August. They worked on markets for nucleotide nutritional supplements from pollock, parasite control for seafood safety, and communicating seafood science to the public.

Alina Fairbanks used the internet to find more than 60 companies—large and small, domestic and international—that may be suitable for marketing nucleotide supplements made from Alaska pollock. Nucleotides are used as human nutritional supplements, feed for aquaculture and other animals and in infant formulas to enhance the immune system.

“This experience allowed me to play detective on the current nucleotide market, which is very different than doing research as an undergraduate student in a classroom,” said Fairbanks. “It has been a great experience learning the research process and understanding the marketing field.” She is earning her bachelor’s degree in the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Her work was funded by the Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center.

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Source: Kodiak summer interns benefit seafood industry | News | Alaska Sea Grant

Alaska Journal | Building the Alaska ‘Blue Economy’

Alaska’s blue economy leadership potential is tremendous; we maintain over half the nation’s coastline and a third of the U.S. exclusive economic zone with access to vast natural resources.

The blue economy vision is that by 2040 Alaska would grow by 50,000 jobs and $3 billion in wages, approximately equal to the oil and gas industry today. Alaska’s blue economy includes existing traditional sectors such as fisheries, coastal tourism and oil and gas, as well as additional “new” blue economy sectors such as ocean technology, renewable energy and marine biotechnology.

The application and commercialization of new technologies and innovation to fisheries and marine science and engineering – referred to as the new blue economy – is one of the fastest growing sectors of the global blue economy. This maritime economic sector is currently valued globally at $1.5 trillion (measured as marine based industrial contribution to economic output and employment) and predicted to expand to $3 trillion by 2030.

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Source: Alaska Journal | Building the Alaska ‘Blue Economy’

Workforce Development Programs: Investing in Southeast Alaska Youth

As a lifelong Sitkan I have grown close to our coastal rainforest. As I head off to my first year of college this fall, I know I will miss this place. However, I can’t help but wonder — how much will it change?

Having just graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School, a boarding school that serves students across Alaska, I have heard many stories of successful hunts and summers spent at fish camp, but I also hear stories of quickly changing ecosystems. Every community in Southeast Alaska depends on natural resources in some way. Whether it’s harvesting wild foods or building homes out of local wood, our people depend on the land. In order to maintain our unique way of life, it is important that rural Alaskans have opportunities to pursue meaningful careers that promote sustainable living and wise management of these resources.

Today, many Southeast Alaskan communities are home to a variety of youth workforce development programs. These programs help prepare the next generation of Alaska’s scientists, field crews, and resource managers with the experiences, drive, and skills to pursue careers in their backyards, whether on the water or in the woods. This summer I visited three of these programs — in Sitka, Klawock, and Kake — to get an inside perspective on the impact they are having on our region.

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Source: CapitalCityWeekly.com – Southeast Alaska’s Online Newspaper