University provides Alaskans with affordable workforce training and certification

A welder works on the new coal-fired 17-megawatt power plant being built by the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Welding programs, as well as several other vocational and technical education programs, will see reduced tuition this fall at all three major University of Alaska campuses. (JR Ancheta / University of Alaska Fairbanks)

As the primary provider of the state’s skilled workforce, the University of Alaska is identifying more affordable ways to educate Alaskans. Alaskans often think of our state as a place where we can secure a good-paying job without higher education credentials or certifications, but that’s less and less often the case. By 2025, 65 percent of jobs in Alaska will require some post-secondary credential. Alaska’s economy is changing and so is its university.

We’re starting with the career and technical education opportunities available through the university for those looking for a job as a welder, a nurse aide, a corrections officer, to refine bookkeeping or basic carpentry skills or to fill other critical positions in Alaska communities. The University of Alaska’s occupational endorsement programs are specifically designed to provide these skill-building courses.

To make these training opportunities more accessible and affordable, beginning in fall 2018, the university will reduce tuition by 25 percent in selected occupational endorsement programs and career and technical education  courses. The tuition reduction will apply to more than 300 courses in 50 programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and University of Alaska Southeast, including community campuses. Open registration for fall 2018 began April 16 and continues throughout the summer. The reduced tuition is part of the university’s plan to meet Alaska’s workforce needs by growing enrollment and increasing degree completion.

Read the full article here. Learn more about the tuition reduction here.

Source: University provides Alaskans with affordable workforce training and certification – Anchorage Daily News

Kinzea Jones honored as 2018 Interior Region EMS Educator of the Year

Jim Siddall, one of the owner/operators of the clinic at Clear Air Force Station and Canyon Clinic at Denali, with his employee Kinzea Jones, the 2018 EMS Educator of the Year. Photo Courtesy Kinzea Jones.

FAIRBANKS — Lifelong Fairbanksan Kinzea Jones is the 2018 Interior Region EMS Educator of the Year.

This award is given to the educator who displays initiative, leadership and dedication to emergency medical services training and helps to improve the Interior Alaska EMS system.

Every year, the Interior Region EMS Council recognizes individuals who have performed their services in a special way. The council also recognized Nenana Fire Chief Joe Forness as Provider of the Year and Chalkyitsik Emergency Trauma Technicians Team as the Service of the Year.

Read the full article here.

Source: Kinzea Jones honored as 2018 Interior Region EMS Educator of the Year – Daily News Minor


Alaska high schoolers to explore teaching careers

Seventy-five high school students from 11 school districts throughout Alaska gathered in Fairbanks to explore teaching careers and develop leadership skills.

The 2018 Educators Rising Alaska State Conference was held on March 25-26 on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. The conference featured activities to prepare for a teaching career, including a resume-writing workshop, job interview practice sessions and an opportunity to take college-placement tests. The conference was organized by Educators Rising Alaska in collaboration with the UAF School of Education and Rural Student Services.

Educators Rising is a national organization to help high school students explore careers in teaching. Less than half of Alaska’s teachers are prepared in-state, so Educators Rising Alaska, formerly Future Educators of Alaska, focuses on increasing the available workforce of teachers who are committed to remaining in-state.

Learn more about Educators Rising Alaska at:

Source: UAF School of Education K-12 Outreach

Career and Technical Education Tuition Discount

 Beginning this fall, the University of Alaska will offer a 25 percent tuition discount on selected career and technical education (CTE) courses. The discount will apply to 50 programs and more than 300 courses at the University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and University of Alaska Southeast including community campuses. Eligible programs range from pharmacy technology to welding, and many courses can be taken online to accommodate the needs of working Alaskans.

In providing a discount for courses in many high-demand workforce areas, more Alaskans will have the opportunity to build the skills they will need for their advancement in Alaska’s future workforce. These skill-based programs also are ideal for employers looking to affordably develop employees’ skills or for individuals looking to change careers or increase their credentials.

The discount is part of the university’s plan to meet its goals to grow enrollment, increase degree completion and meet Alaska’s workforce needs. According to national research, by 2025, 65 percent of Alaska jobs will require some form of post-secondary education. Many of the applicable programs are in high-demand workforce areas such as marine transportation, medical billing, phlebotomy, welding, office management and construction technology.

While UA’s tuition is low compared to peer universities in the western United States, its tuition for CTE programs is high compared to other community college systems. By providing a discount for these courses, UA hopes to enroll Alaskans who want to refresh or learn new skills and those who want to return to college to complete a workforce training program.

The CTE discount will be applied on a course-by-course basis. For example, if a lower division course tuition is $212 per credit, the applied discount would be $53 per credit. There is no reduction to assessed fees, non-resident surcharge, or other costs. For a complete list of eligible courses and programs across the university system, visit

Source: The Statewide Voice


Alaska Sea Grant: Interactive map of Alaska commercial fisheries launched

1624707947Alaska’s commercial fisheries are vast and lucrative. With a dockside value of $1.7 billion in 2016, the industry employs more than 29,000 people. To help fishermen and others understand more about Alaska’s 180-plus commercial fisheries, Alaska Sea Grant has developed an interactive map. It features target species, gear, locations, seasons and more.

Sunny Rice, Alaska Sea Grant’s Marine Advisory agent in Petersburg, spearheaded the project to complement the fisheries business tools on Sea Grant’s  FishBiz website.

“Building the interactive map was a collaborative effort that allowed us to take advantage of the geographic diversity in our program,” said Rice. “Our agents from Nome to Unalaska to Kodiak and Prince William Sound drew on their knowledge of local fisheries to make sure we had a tool that made sense for Alaska fishermen. Mark Vinsel from United Fishermen of Alaska lent us his fishery database as a starting point, and we got input from ADF&G fishery managers.”

The interactive map allows users to search 183 different fisheries by region, target species and fishing gear. They can also search by limited entry, catch share, Individual Fishing Quota and other categories to help determine costs of entry. Each fishery is linked to its management agency website.

Read the full article here.

Source: Alaska Sea Grant: Interactive map of Alaska commercial fisheries launched