UAA collaboration receives $4.39M toward teacher training and retention in Bristol Bay

In early September 2022, the Bristol Bay Teaching and Learning Collaborative (BBTLC) —  which comprises the UAA School of Education (SOE), Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation (BBNCEF), Alaska Humanities Forum, Bristol Bay Region Career and Technical Education, Bristol Bay Native Corporation and Bristol Bay’s four school districts — was awarded a $4.39 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), just in time for the start of a new academic year.

BBTLC will focus on three areas: facilitating teacher development and retention from the region, enhancing positive engagement between the communities and schools, and helping teachers from outside the region better understand local context through culturally responsive practices. Read more.

Source: UAA News.

Parents of High-Schoolers

Prince William Sound College (PWSC) is offering free tuition and housing to any Alaska high-school student who enrolls in any PWSC course. Students can pursue occupational endorsement certificates (OECs), work towards an associate or bachelor’s degree, or take dual-credit courses.

Source: Prince William Sound College

REPOWERED FishBiz website!

Alaska commercial fishermen in search of business management assistance will find a wealth of information and tools on Alaska Sea Grant’s revised FishBiz website.

The redesigned and updated site has pertinent information for all phases of a commercial fishing career, from just entering, to upgrading and diversifying, to getting ready to retire. Topics include financing, income diversification, direct marketing and more. Podcasts and downloadable spreadsheets are featured throughout the site, as well as links to key state and federal resources important for making good business decisions.

Source: FishBiz

Did you know, dual enrollment programs are attracting and retaining more Alaska students into the University of Alaska system?

This segment of the “Did You Know?” series takes an in-depth look at dual enrollment programs across the UA system. Dual enrollment pathways, including Middle Colleges, the Alaska Advantage program, ANSEP Acceleration Academies, and other programs, provide a great benefit to Alaskans by improving both high school graduation rates and smoothing pathways to a successful college career — 56 percent of middle college graduates go on to enroll in a UA degree program. As the state considers legislation introduced to expand middle college programs across the entire state, the University of Alaska system is satisfying a growing demand for dual enrollment programs by offering an increasing number of accessible options for every Alaskan.

Source: UA News

Expanding Green Technology in Mining

Mining in Alaska is important to the world. If we look at where we are right now with critical minerals we are completely dependent on China. And we have the capacity and capability to change that global narrative through the universities with industry here in Alaska. The focus right now is on the green energy transition. Research conducted at the University of Alaska Anchorage is addressing conventional methods of extraction of critical minerals and other metals. This gives operating mines and upcoming mines the tools they need to be able to extract responsibly.

Source: Empower Alaska