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.

UA Fisheries, Seafood and Maritime Initiative Spring Update


The University of Alaska (UA) has been collaborating with maritime industry representatives, state agencies, legislators and other training entities across the state since 2012 on the Fishing, Seafood and Maritime Initiative (FSMI). The goal of the initiative is to assess, develop and deliver training programs, raise awareness and further research to prepare Alaskans to meet current and emerging workforce, economic and scientific needs.

The FSMI Spring Update was released in May. Read the full report here.

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