University of Alaska’s teacher education programs support Alaska’s future

Amidst a nationwide teacher shortage, the University of Alaska is focused on increasing its teacher pipeline to provide the state with the workforce it needs and help shape the future of Alaska. 

“We know that when incoming students weigh their career options, they’re looking at choices from an economic perspective,” said Steve Atwater, executive dean of Alaska College of Education. “They are concerned about the return on their educational investment. When it comes to careers in education, UA offers a good return on that investment with a wide array of degrees and certificates that are affordable and lead directly to employment.”

According to a University of Alaska workforce report from Dec. 2020, nearly 90 percent of graduates are working in education within a year of finishing their degrees. 

Between University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Alaska Southeast, the system offers 41 programs linked to teacher education. From elementary and secondary education to music education, educational leadership and more, there are many career options to explore. 

“Alaska students are our future – and a quality, stable teaching workforce is one of the best ways we can help to set them up for success,” said Atwater. “When we hire teachers that are educated in Alaska and are invested in the communities in which they teach, everyone wins.”

Prospective students and current teachers can visit UA’s new, interactive teacher education website at TeachAlaska.org to explore which degree and certificate options best fit their career goals. 

About University of Alaska Schools of Education 

The University of Alaska offers a wide range of teacher education programs at all three universities in the UA system for students wishing to become educators. UA’s programs range from associate degrees to four-year and advanced degrees as well as certification programs. Degree-seeking students can enroll in distance or on-campus courses. 

Source: UA News Center

Reports show value of UA workforce development programs

Quantifying the impact of postsecondary education on the workforce across Alaska industries has long-been a challenge for the state and university. In an effort to address this, the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development partnered with the University of Alaska (UA) to create workforce reports that demonstrate UA graduate outcomes in 10 key industries: administration and finance, aviation, construction, fisheries and marine science, health, information technology, mining, oil and gas, and teacher education. Each report highlights the largest and fastest-growing occupations within each industry that require postsecondary education, average wages earned over time, the percentage of graduates employed across Alaska’s six economic regions, what industries they work in, and how they contribute to the Alaska hire rate. More than 17,700 UA graduates over a ten year period were included in the report data, and 96.3 percent are working in Alaska today averaging $69K annually. The reports can be found at https://www.alaska.edu/research/wd/reports.php.

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Source: Reports show value of UA workforce development programs | Juneau Empire

New workforce data highlights the University of Alaska’s impact on preparing students for Alaska jobs & good wages

An in-depth analysis of nine major Alaska industries captures the impact that university programs have in preparing its students for jobs in Alaska’s workforce. The reports answer key questions related to the largest and fastest growing occupations that require some postsecondary education and highlights important employment indicators such as average wages earned, where UA grads work in Alaska, what industries they work in, and how they help boost the Alaska hire rate.

The workforce development and institutional research offices at the University of Alaska partnered with the Research and Analysis Section in the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development to create the reports, which demonstrate UA graduate outcomes in nine key fields — administration and finance, aviation, construction, fisheries and marine science, health, information technology, mining, oil and gas, and teacher education. The reports can be found at https://www.alaska.edu/ research/wd/reports.php.

“We are in the business of creating Alaska’s workforce,” UA Interim President Pat Pitney told the Senate Education Committee on Feb. 3, adding that 70 to 90 percent of UA graduates stay in Alaska and find employment. 

The health report, for example, shows that of more than 2,300 nursing graduates in both 2-year and 4-year programs, 89 percent remain in Alaska after graduation and are employed at an average wage of $70,000.

Teri Cothren, University of Alaska Associate Vice President Workforce Development, said: “This data demonstrates the success of our core programs and how we are contributing to Alaska’s high‐demand industries and economy.” 

In preparing the reports, the university analyzed labor market information to identify the largest and fastest-growing occupations in the nine industries, then linked related UA programs to those jobs. Detailed employment and wage information was extracted from employer quarterly reports filed with the Dept. of Labor. That means the numbers are based on a comprehensive match of all graduates who remain and work in Alaska.

“The economic value of training and education is abundantly clear in the data,” said Dan Robinson, Chief Labor Research & Analysis, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. “More education and training also correlate strongly with lower unemployment rates.”  

Median earnings, for example, jumped from $35,328 for high school graduates to $44,619 for Alaskans with an associate degree, $57,708 for those with a bachelor’s degree, and $77,402 for holders of graduate or professional degrees. 

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Source: UA News Center

An update on Educators Rising in Alaska

Educator’s Rising is excited to start the 20-21 school year of building student leadership capacity with our new officers. We are embracing our virtual capabilities to stay connected throughout these times, with monthly check-ins. Student officer involvement activities include: adding content to our social media, leadership training in communication, participation in Alaska Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO), and functioning as liaisons between rural students and our K-12 Office. Educator’s Rising Alaska’s CTE high school pathway has undergone major updates this past year to ensure alignment with the UAS Educator’s Rising Alaska dual credit course. Middle school curriculum is a new addition. We are also continuing to offer expense-paid UAF professional development credit for teachers. EdRising is working with our other K-12 Outreach programs for continuous enhancements. We would like to introduce our new student officers Ashley, Kaitlynn and Carl, for the 2020-21 school year. Below is an introduction they have written to share more about themselves:

Ashley Dahlman, one of three of this years’ Student Officers, hiking with her dog in Kenai this summer. Photo: Courtesey of Ashley Dahlman.

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley Dahlman and I am one of your EdRising State Officers for the 20-21 school year. I am in 10th grade and attend school in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. I am excited and I’m looking forward to working with you all this year! Wishing you a great year!Hi everyone! My name is Ashley Dahlman and I am one of your EdRising State Officers for the 20-21 school year. I am in 10th grade and attend school in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. I am excited and I’m looking forward to working with you all this year! Wishing you a great year!

Kaitlynn Gist, enjoying being out by Cook Inlet this summer.
Photo: Courtesey of Kaitlynn Gist.

Hello everyone! My name is Kaitlynn Gist. I am an 11th grader in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. I am interested in becoming a middle school math teacher and look forward to serving EdRising Alaska this year as a state officer. I hope you have a spectacular year and look forward to working with you!

Carl Vent, taking in a warm and green summer day in Fairbanks. Photo: Courtesy of Carl Vent.

Hi everyone, my name is Carl and I’m one of your Educators Rising State officers for the 2020-21 school year. I am in 12th grade and attend school in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. I’m very excited to be working with you all on becoming a future teacher, and hoping you guys have a successful school year!!

Source: Educators Rising Alaska