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August 29, 2014

Internationally renowned cancer researcher addresses Alaska Middle College School students

Internationally renowned cancer researcher, Melody Swartz, Ph.D., addressed students at the Alaska Middle College School (AMCS) during an exclusive lecture Monday, encouraging them to pursue their passions.

Melody Swartz, Ph.D., speaks at the Alaska Middle College School
Internationally celebrated cancer researcher
Melody Swartz, Ph.D., discusses science, research and
life aspirations with Alaska Middle College School students.
Swartz was named a 2012 MacArthur Fellow and is currently a professor at the University of Chicago Institute of Molecular Engineering. She was the keynote speaker at this year's UAA Freshman Convocation. During her visit, she also gave a public lecture entitled “Immunoengineering: A New Approach to Cancer Research and Beyond.”

Swartz's visit to AMCS was memorable, marking students' first day of college courses at UAA. During her presentation, she not only encouraged students to pursue their passions but also discussed her research, science and biology with them.

“Dr. Swartz inspired the students by sharing her story,” said Whitney Tisdale, AMCS coordinator. “She assured them that when you work hard and put forth effort and time you can achieve anything.”

The Alaska Middle College School, housed at the UAA Chugiak-Eagle River Campus, is a collaboration between UAA and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. In addition to special presentations each semester, the early college program provides high school juniors and seniors the unique opportunity to earn their high school diploma while simultaneously earning college credits toward an Associate of Arts degree from UAA.

CERC provides instruction and related activities to meet the Chugiak and Eagle River community needs for postsecondary courses, workforce development, professional and continuing education, and student support services. In addition to daytime classes, CERC offers courses scheduled in a once-a-week meeting format in the evenings and on the weekends to provide educational access for nontraditional, working adults or those who need greater flexibility in an academic schedule.

About the Chugiak-Eagle River Campus
The Chugiak-Eagle River Campus is administered by the UAA Community & Technical College's Extended Studies & Workforce Development Division. The division also offers courses through the Continuing Education Department and Military Programs at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. For more information visit www.uaa.alaska.edu/eagleriver

Story by Mariah Olney, Communications Coordinator

August 20, 2014

New café opens at Chugiak-Eagle River Campus

The UAA Chugiak-Eagle River Campus (CERC) and the Mat-Su Borough School District (MSBSD) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the Eagle Center Café on Monday.

UAA and Mat-Su Borough School District administrators and the community join to celebrate the opening of the Eagle Center Café at the UAA Chugiak-Eagle River Campus.

Pictured from left to right: Kim Griffis, CERC Director; Susie Gorski, Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce Executive Director; Deena Paramo, MSBSD Superintendent; Stephen Strom, Extended Studies & Workforce Development Associate Dean; Gene Stone, MSBSD Assistant Superintendent of Instruction.
In a collaborative effort, CERC and MSBSD funded the construction and opening of the Eagle Center Café to meet the needs of UAA and Alaska Middle College School (AMCS) students. The middle college provides high school students the unique opportunity to earn their high school diploma while simultaneously earning credits toward an associate of arts degree from UAA.

“Chugiak-Eagle River Campus is excited to offer this new service to our students, especially our AMCS students who arrive early and nontraditional, working students who may not have time for dinner before class begins,” said CERC Director Kim Griffis.

Designed with students in mind, the café, operated by Nana Management Services, features multiple electronic ports and free Wi-Fi. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Stephen Strom, associate dean of Extended Studies & Workforce Development  and Deena Paramo, MSBSD superintendent, were in attendance to cut the ribbon.

CERC provides instruction and related activities to meet the Chugiak and Eagle River community needs for postsecondary courses, workforce development, professional and continuing education, and student support services. In addition to daytime classes, CERC offers courses scheduled in a once-a-week meeting format in the evenings and on the weekends to provide educational access for nontraditional, working adults or those who need greater flexibility in an academic schedule.

About the Chugiak-Eagle River Campus
The Chugiak-Eagle River Campus is administered by the UAA Community & Technical College's Extended Studies & Workforce Development Division. The division also offers courses through the Continuing Education Department and Military Programs at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. For more information, visit www.uaa.alaska.edu/eagleriver. 

Story by Mariah Olney, Communications Coordinator

August 14, 2014

New oil and gas grant pays student tuition and fees

The State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development granted funding to the Community & Technical College’s Nondestructive Testing Technology program to cover the costs of student tuition, fees, books and equipment leading to the occupational endorsement certificate.

Instructor Eli Van Ringelenstein demonstrates an ultrasonic testing procedure in the Nondestructive Testing Lab at UAA.
Instructor Eli Van Ringelenstein demonstrates an ultrasonic testing
procedure in the Nondestructive Testing Lab at UAA.
The state funding program, called the Alaska Oil and Gas Training Fund, provides one-year grants to upgrade the skills of incumbent or new workers and any change in occupation that will result in continued employment or higher wages. A cohort of up to 12 students will begin the program during the fall 2014 semester and finish the 20-credit-hour certificate program during the spring semester.

The UAA grant program will also provide North Slope Training Cooperative (NSTC) instruction leading to the NSTC card at no cost to the student. Combined, the certificate and NSTC card credentials will render program graduates highly desirable to the industry as entry-level professionals.

Space in the program is still available. Interested parties should contact the Welding & Nondestructive Testing Technology program at 907.786.6475 to learn more about eligibility requirements and to request an application. Graduates of the certificate program may apply credits toward the Associate of Applied Science degree in welding and nondestructive testing technology.

Download a flier from the Transportation & Power Division’s website.

Story by Clarice Dickess, Grants and Research Specialist, UAA Community & Technical College