UA Board of Regents Approves Joint UAS-UAF Fisheries Degree

Students at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) in Juneau will now be able to earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences in light of action by the UA Board of Regents in June 2017.

The new degree is expected to increase the number of Southeast Alaska students who earn an undergraduate fisheries degree and are prepared to work in fisheries development, management, and research.

The new degree is a joint offering of UAS and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). It is a direct outcome of the university’s Strategic Pathways process–expanding opportunities for students through collaboration between UAS and UAF faculty.  Fisheries graduates frequently go to work with state and federal fisheries agencies like ADF&G and NOAA, and in private sector industry jobs. Others enroll in graduate programs in fisheries and ocean sciences.

UAS expects to see a steadily increasing number of fisheries students on its Auke Lake Campus as the program gets underway. The hope is that many of those will go on into UAF graduate programs.

The new degree will emphasize marine fisheries biology, assessment and management of fish and invertebrate populations, and physical, chemical, geological, and biological dynamics of marine and freshwater environments. UAS recently hired a new fisheries faculty member, Dr. Michael Navarro, who will help coordinate the program.

Following the Board of Regents action, UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield observed that “Southeast Alaska is highly dependent on the fisheries industry and this program will produce local graduates who know our fisheries and our communities. I’m grateful to Southeast fishing industry representatives and fisheries managers who expressed support for this. I’m also grateful to our faculty, to UA President Jim Johnsen, and to UAF colleagues for recognizing the importance of growing our own local fisheries graduates.”

Admission of new students into the program will begin following a review of the degree by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). That review is expected to be completed by late summer 2017.

Source: SitNews: UA Board of Regents approves joint UAS-UAF Fisheries degree

University Recruits for Career Education Courses in Juneau


The University of Alaska Southeast’s (UAS) School of Career Education is recruiting for courses that start up in the fall. The courses provide training to help someone get started in careers in health care, engine repair, construction and others. Kerry White is a former Petersburg resident and now works as a recruiter for the UAS Technical Education Center. She was in Petersburg this month and encouraged Petersburg residents to stop by her office in the capital city.

Joe Viechnicki spoke with White about the school’s offerings. Listen to short interview here or call 907-796-6120 for more information.

Source: University recruits for career education courses in Juneau – KFSK

Renovations Planned for UAS Ketchikan Maritime Facilities

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Construction is expected to start later this year on a nearly $6 million overhaul of University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan’s Regional Maritime and Career Center.

Wendy Miles Horn, the university’s assistant director of business operations and special projects, said the work is needed because the two buildings that make up the facility are inadequate, cramped and don’t measure up to U.S. Coast Guard and maritime-industry training standards.

The renovations call for creating adequate space to house the industrial labs of the school’s welding and fabrication and maritime and multiskilled worker programs, The Ketchikan Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/2nTI0bB).

There will also be upgrades to allow needed space for the school’s 360-degree maritime bridge simulator. Two smaller bridge simulators will be added for a total of eight training platforms, Miles Horn said.

Dawes Construction will be heading up the work on the two buildings, one of which was constructed in 1959 as a bowling alley. The other dates back to 1985.

“We’ve been making due from the get-go, and there’s just not enough room,” said Larry O’Loane, an assistant professor of power technology. “Let me tell you, this (project) is not being gold-plated. … We’re doing what we can with what we’ve got, and that’s the best that’s going to happen. It’s going to be, quite frankly, a lot better.”

As part of the renovations, the maritime and career center will also get a new compressed-air system to enable essential welding shop needs like sandblasting.

Classes at the center will continue throughout the project, which will start in May.

Source: Renovations planned for UAS Ketchikan maritime facilities | News | heraldcourier.com

Coeur Alaska Inc. Donates $40,000 to UAS Scholarship Fund

Coeur Award - Avery Stewart

Juneau, Alaska – Coeur Alaska Inc. has donated $40,000 to the UAS Coeur Alaska-Kensington Gold Mine Environmental Science Award this academic year. This brings a total donation of $126,500 to the University of Alaska Southeast since 2010 with $100,000 going to awards for students studying environmental science.

“Coeur Alaska – Kensington Mine values our partnership with the University of Alaska Southeast and our shared desire to train the next generation of Alaskans in the field of Environmental Science,” says Wayne Zigarlick, VP and General Manager. “We are pleased to make this contribution to the scholarship endowment fund to help students who share our dedication toward preserving and protecting the environment.”

Avery Stewart is just one of these students. A Coeur Alaska – Kensington Gold Mine Environmental Science Award recipient and a senior at UAS, Stewart is set to graduate this May with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. He has made the Dean’s Honor List and enrolled in the UAS honors program and researched hydrology while participating in the UAS International Student Exchange program in Hungary in 2015. He plans to continue his education researching biotechnology and renewable energy and use his skills to help Alaska’s economy.

“Our state has relied heavily on our natural gas reserves, for which profits have dwindled over the last decade, but it has incredible potential for wind and hydro power that has been largely untouched.” Stewart says. “I think in the future we will have no choice but to invest in alternative energy. I’m actually really hopeful for the country and for the state.”

For more information about the University of Alaska Southeast, visit www.uas.alaska.edu or call 907-796-6100.

Source: UAS Press Release – March 21, 2017 (Photo Credit: Seanna O’Sullivan)

Workforce Wednesday: Maritime Careers Through a New Training Program


Including various islands, Alaska has nearly 34,000 miles of shoreline, according to Fly Alaska. That means there are a lot of opportunities for employment in the maritime sector.

Now a joint program with Vigor Alaska, Maritime Works, and the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium (APICC) can help Alaskans start what could be a lifelong career in the maritime industry. The program is known as Advancing Alaska Workers and was launched last month.

According to Doug Ward, with Vigor Alaska, one-third of Ketchikan’s workforce enrolled in the new program to take courses at the city’s shipyard.

Ward said that right now, they are hiring entry-level workers and are moving them up to middle-level production skills.

“If you want to, you can continue through project management and get into the corporate offices if that’s your aspiration,” he added.

Sierra Callis, a fitter and welder at Vigor, is currently enrolled in the program. She is taking classes to work on skills she says she is lacking. Callis added that it’s a great feeling to know that her company values her, not just as a worker, but as a person as well.

The program is open to everyone who is interested, whether right out of high school or who just want to change up their careers. To learn more, visit APICC’s website, or Maritimeworks.org.

Watch the video segment here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Maritime careers through a new training program | KTVA 11