Perseverance Led to Degree for Kotzebue Nurse

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Scott West stands with his wife, Flor Maria, his son, Benjamin, and his daughter, Leah. – Courtesy of Scott West

Last year, five students graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage’s distance-learning nursing program through the Chukchi Campus. Scott West, 29, of Kotzebue, was one of them. His passion for nursing runs deep; he’s always appreciated the field and was inspired to enter it after he found himself facing an emergency situation with little access to help. The Sounder spoke with West about his career path.

Read the interview here.

Source: Perseverance led to degree for Kotzebue nurse – The Arctic Sounder

Education Grad Named Alaska Teacher of the Year

Ben Walker ’06, a seventh grade science teacher at Romig Middle School in Anchorage, is the 2018 Alaska State Teacher of the Year. “I really enjoy the fact that every day is different. Every kid is different. Every kid is different every day.”

Read the full article here.

Source: Education grad named Alaska Teacher of the Year – Green & Gold News

“I honestly thought I would never get here.”

Giancarlo Mone, studying applied technology leadership, is a first-generation Italian-American and—as of this semester—a first-generation college student, too. (Photo by James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage)

A former New York City garbageman, Giancarlo Mone is a both a first-generation Italian-American and—as of this semester—a first-generation college student, too. “I don’t see myself moving back,” he noted. “I wanted to see intellectual smarts in a blue-collar world, and I feel Alaska has that.”

Read the full article here.

Source: “I honestly thought I would never get here.” – Green & Gold News

Kotzebue Woman Earns Nursing Degree

Last month, Kotzebue’s Savannah Saġainiq Jones, 21, became one of the region’s newest registered nurses. She, along with four other students, including fellow Kotzebue resident Tiffany Scott, earned her associate’s degree in nursing from the University of Alaska Anchorage and was recognized at a ceremony.

Read the interview with Jones about her academic achievement and hopes for the future.

 

Source: Kotzebue woman earns nursing degree – The Arctic Sounder

How Do You Recruit More Young Alaska Native Nurses? Start By Giving Them A Stethoscope.

More and more programs have sprung up locally to familiarize students with trades and professions in the hopes of getting more Alaska Natives employed.

That’s what the University of Alaska Anchorage did 20 years ago for Alaska Native nurses. The program is called RRANN: Recruiting and Retaining Alaska Natives into Nursing. In December, RRANN held a camp in Bethel for high schoolers to show them how they, too, can enter the field.

Read the full article here.

Source: KYUK Public Media – How Do You Recruit More Young Alaska Native Nurses? Start By Giving Them A Stethoscope.