Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program

The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, or ANSEP, was awarded a $6 million grant through the passage of House Bill 278.  The program is using that money to offer eight additional Middle School Academies.

ANSEP works with the University of Alaska system to effect systemic change in the hiring patterns of Alaska Natives in science and engineering by placing students on a career path to leadership.  This starts by placing students beginning in sixth grade through high school in science and engineering undergraduate degree programs. 

A Dillingham City School teacher is being considered by the state of Alaska for teacher of the year.  

Erika Schneider grew up in Massachusetts, went to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and immediately started applying for jobs in interesting locations-- like Alaska.  She taught in the Bering Strait School District for four years and has been teaching in Dillingham for the past three years.

UAF Vice-Chancellor Visits the Bristol Bay Campus

Oct 13, 2014

The man who oversees all of the rural campuses of the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been touring those campuses since being appointed to the job back in July. Evon Peter visited the Bristol Bay Campus last week and then sat down with KDLG’s Mike Mason.

Department of Education and Early Development

Governor Sean Parnell is trying to get more Alaska students ready for the workforce with specialized skills or crafts in Alaska’s economy.

The Alaska’s Career-Ready Education Initiative is intended to prepare students for Alaska’s growing economy and the types of jobs being created.  Governor Parnell introduced his initiative in Fairbanks at the Alaska Superintendents Association.

He says Alaska is on the cusp of an economic boom. 

Chamber of Commerce

Alaska has its own unique way of grading its schools and according to the Alaska School Performance Index, the schools in state are improving as a whole. However, the report card given to the state from the US Chamber of Commerce is less than encouraging.

University of Alaska Fairbanks

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Bristol Bay Campus is offering flight simulation classes October through November. 

Norm Van Vactor is the CEO of the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation.  However, he’s also an avid pilot and licensed flight and ground instructor.  This fall Van Vactor is teaching classes that apply the basic knowledge of flight to a virtual flight simulation.  He says this is the first time he’s taught flight simulation in a classroom setting.

Teacher Housing Shortage in Dillingham

Sep 24, 2014

The Dillingham School District is working towards a solution to the problem of a lack of housing for the District’s teachers. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

University of Alaska Increases Scholars Award

Sep 23, 2014
University of Alaska System

The University of Alaska System created its Scholars Award in 1999.  The scholarship is funded solely by the university through its land endowment and had remained at its original $11,000 since its creation until last week. 

Last week the University of Alaska Board of Regents approved a proposal to increase the Scholars award by $1,000.  The board agreed the minimum required credit load for a student receiving the scholarship will increase from 24 to 30 credits, beginning the second year of the award. 

UAF Awards Seven Alumni at Reunion

Sep 22, 2014
University of Alaska Fairbanks

The University of Alaska Fairbanks and the UAF Alumni Association will be holding an awards reception on Friday in Fairbanks.  One alumnus will be receiving the association’s most prestigious award.

The Distinguished Alumnus award was first granted in 1962.  Those that receive it are selected based on service on behalf of the quality and advancement of UAF.  This year, the winner is Frank Paskvan, a 1985 graduate of UAF’s College of Engineering and Mines. 

There are over 30 correspondence schools in the state of Alaska.  These programs enable parents to be directly involved in their child’s education. However, there are quite a few misconceptions concerning the correspondence school lifestyle.

Correspondence school is essentially home schooling.  However, the parents work with school districts for resources and some specialty courses as well as guidance.

Dillingham Schools Improving in ASPI Scores

Sep 18, 2014

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development released this year’s school ratings earlier this month.  Dillingham Schools faired very well, improving across the board.  This is part of the Alaska School Performance Index.  

The ASPI was adopted by the state in 2013.  The index rates schools on a 100 point scale.  The points are awarded based on test scores, improvement on tests, attendance, standardized tests and graduation rates.  The schools are the given ratings based on a scale of one-five, five being the best.

University of Alaska System

The University of Alaska system Board of Regents agreed this week to repeal the retention incentive that was previously approved as part of the system’s president’s new contract.

The bonus was equal to one year’s salary at $320,000.  However, after a summer filled with outrage, protesting and petitioning from University of Alaska students and faculty, Pat Gamble asked the board to rescind the bonus they offered him. 

The members of the Dillingham School Board received an update on the start of the new school year during their meeting Monday night. KDLG’s Mike Mason listened in and filed this report.

University of Alaska System

The University of Alaska Board of Regents offered an incentive bonus to President Pat Gamble to stay with the university system through 2016.  An online petition started up in response and has received over one thousand signatures.  

Every school year brings new experiences for high school students. The same can be true for new teachers making their way into schools. This year a local high school welcomed a number of new teachers. KDLG’s Luke Brummer sat down with the group to get their thoughts on the upcoming 2014-2015 year, and what they intend to bring to it and the students.