Up-and-coming fishermen meet with legislators at summit -The Cordova Times

Sen. Gary Stevens meeting with fishermen from Kodiak and Prince William Sound. Photo courtesy of Chelsea Haisman

Eight scholarship recipients traveled to a fisheries training and networking event in Juneau, where they met with lawmakers, scientists and fisheries officials.

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Growing emergency management program recognized for excellence

The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ online bachelor’s degree program in homeland security and emergency management has recently received top reviews in several college rankings.

The program has earned top-five rankings from Nonprofit Colleges Online (No. 1), Best Value Schools (No. 2) and The Best Schools (No. 5). In addition, College Choice ranked it as eighth on its list of the best homeland security degrees.

A decade ago, the UAF School of Management’s homeland security and emergency management program had just a handful of undergraduate students. Today, it boasts over 200 undergraduate and graduate students.

“These top rankings are only possible due to our knowledgeable instructors, an exciting curriculum and collaboration across campus,” said Cam Carlson, the program’s director. “Jobs in this field are only continuing to grow in size and significance, and we are providing nationally recognized leadership training as well as the critical thinking and ethical decision-making skills needed for these careers.”

In addition to a Bachelor of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the program offers a Master of Security and Disaster Management, which can also be completed online. The online instruction allows working professionals to advance their educations and improve their career prospects without taking time away from their critical jobs. Students earning these degrees are trained to plan responses and manage first responders during man-made and natural emergencies.

To learn more about these programs, visit the HSEM website or contact SOM at uaf-som@alaska.edu or 907-474-7461.

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Radio interview explores utility internship

Utility interns participate in a weeklong microgrid bootcamp as part of their internship. Photo by Amanda Byrd.

Heike Merkel, operations manager for the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, spoke about the upcoming 2020 ACEP utility student internship and microgrid boot camp during an interview with journalism associate professor and KFBX radio host Robert Prince.

During the interview, Merkel spoke about the internship, which takes applications from engineering, computer science and economics students enrolled at any University of Alaska institution.

Last year, eight student interns were paired with utilities and energy entities around the state. Several students continued on projects with ACEP afterward, and one intern gained full-time employment with the internship utility.

This year, students can receive up to four credits during their internships.

Applications are still being accepted for the internship. Apply here. Contact Heike Merkel at hmerkel@alaska.edu.

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UAF, Fairbanks school district launch middle college

UAF photo by JR Ancheta A student reads in the Murie Building atrium on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.

Students in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District will soon have the opportunity to complete their high school careers with up to two years of college credit, tuition-free.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks and the school district have joined forces to create North Star College, a middle college program that will allow students to take UAF classes at the Fairbanks campus while still in high school. The school district will cover tuition and transportation, and students will earn both high school and college credit for their UAF classes. The first group of students will start classes in the fall of 2020.

“This is the result of shared vision between the Fairbanks School District and UAF to expand academic opportunities for students and create a robust bridge between secondary and postsecondary education in our community,” said Superintendent Karen Gaborik. “I am thrilled that we’ve been able to jointly build a middle college model for Fairbanks.”

While UAF has, for many years, allowed high school students to take courses, North Star College fully integrates college courses into each student’s public high school curriculum. North Star College students will be able to take 7-15 credits each semester. Students’ course schedules during the 2020-2021 school year will include political science and economics. They will round out their schedules with courses chosen from UAF’s core content offerings. A dedicated space on campus will give North Star College students a place to check in, study or meet between classes.

Read the full story here.

Source: UA News Center