An update on Educators Rising in Alaska

Educator’s Rising is excited to start the 20-21 school year of building student leadership capacity with our new officers. We are embracing our virtual capabilities to stay connected throughout these times, with monthly check-ins. Student officer involvement activities include: adding content to our social media, leadership training in communication, participation in Alaska Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO), and functioning as liaisons between rural students and our K-12 Office. Educator’s Rising Alaska’s CTE high school pathway has undergone major updates this past year to ensure alignment with the UAS Educator’s Rising Alaska dual credit course. Middle school curriculum is a new addition. We are also continuing to offer expense-paid UAF professional development credit for teachers. EdRising is working with our other K-12 Outreach programs for continuous enhancements. We would like to introduce our new student officers Ashley, Kaitlynn and Carl, for the 2020-21 school year. Below is an introduction they have written to share more about themselves:

Ashley Dahlman, one of three of this years’ Student Officers, hiking with her dog in Kenai this summer. Photo: Courtesey of Ashley Dahlman.

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley Dahlman and I am one of your EdRising State Officers for the 20-21 school year. I am in 10th grade and attend school in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. I am excited and I’m looking forward to working with you all this year! Wishing you a great year!Hi everyone! My name is Ashley Dahlman and I am one of your EdRising State Officers for the 20-21 school year. I am in 10th grade and attend school in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. I am excited and I’m looking forward to working with you all this year! Wishing you a great year!

Kaitlynn Gist, enjoying being out by Cook Inlet this summer.
Photo: Courtesey of Kaitlynn Gist.

Hello everyone! My name is Kaitlynn Gist. I am an 11th grader in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. I am interested in becoming a middle school math teacher and look forward to serving EdRising Alaska this year as a state officer. I hope you have a spectacular year and look forward to working with you!

Carl Vent, taking in a warm and green summer day in Fairbanks. Photo: Courtesy of Carl Vent.

Hi everyone, my name is Carl and I’m one of your Educators Rising State officers for the 2020-21 school year. I am in 12th grade and attend school in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. I’m very excited to be working with you all on becoming a future teacher, and hoping you guys have a successful school year!!

Source: Educators Rising Alaska

Attend the virtual engineering and trades recruitment fair

Date: September 23, 2020
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Location: Online

Connect with employers and learn about current positions — including part-time, full-time and internship opportunities — in the engineering and trades fields on Sept. 23 from 4-7 p.m.

This event is completely virtual.

Complete the post-event survey, and you’ll be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card!

Source: UAF Cornerstone

RAHI celebrates 38th graduation ceremony

On May 28, RAHI 2020, a class comprised of 38 high school juniors and seniors hailing from 24 communities across the state, embarked upon the RAHI challenge like no other cohort has before – fully online. Over the course of six weeks, they’ve Zoomed like champions, starting their days at 9 a.m. and ending at 9 p.m., while overcoming connectivity and technology challenges and balancing the demands of family, friends, jobs, and subsistence lifestyles.

Read the full article here.

Source: RAHI celebrates 38th graduation ceremony | UAF news and information

Virtual Microgrid Boot Camp prepares students for utility internships

ACEP’s Jeremy Vandermeer simulates solar energy integrated into microgrid for 2019 boot camp participants. Photo by Amanda Byrd.

The second Microgrid Boot Camp is wrapping up this week. Previously a hands-on learning experience at Alaska Center for Energy and Power facilities in Fairbanks, the boot camp this year is held in an online format due to coronavirus restrictions. It remains a collaboration between ACEP and the Laboratory for Energy And Power Solutions at Arizona State University.

The course was originally developed by LEAPS as part of the Naval Enterprise Partnership Teaming with Universities for National Excellence program, an energy research project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, to break new ground in alternative energy employment for student veterans.

The intensive five-day training focuses on technical, economic and regulatory basics of microgrids, with an emphasis on Alaska energy challenges. Camp participants earn one credit through the UAF Bristol Bay Campus and are primarily University of Alaska undergraduate students who have been selected for the ACEP Utility Student Internship program.

This year the camp expanded to a full capacity of 16 participants: nine UA undergrad students, four students from out of state and three participants from a regional tribal consortium. ACEP intends to continue expanding the reach of the course in the future to utility members, city and tribal councils, housing authorities, trade schools and programs, and utility industry personnel.

ACEP researchers, ASU collaborators and Alaska energy experts are engaging with the participants and sharing their expertise via sessions such as microgrid design activities, virtual Power Systems Integration Lab tour and demonstration, and Alaska Energy Authority powerhouse tours.  There will be a group collaboration project on electric vehicles and an energy audit activity, among other presentations, and virtual hands-on learning activities.

The boot camp outfits participants with the knowledge and skills to prime them for online-based summer internship project work with remote and railbelt utilities, many of which have started the process of integrating renewable and alternative energy sources into their grids.

The Microgrid Boot Camp is funded by a grant from the Office of Naval Research.

For more information on the ACEP Microgrid Boot Camp, please contact Heike Merkel.

Source: Virtual Microgrid Boot Camp prepares students for utility internships – UAF Cornerstone