University of Alaska Southeast
The University of Alaska Southeast is a regional unit of the University of Alaska statewide system of higher education. Established on July 1, 1987 with the restructuring of the former University of Alaska Juneau, Ketchikan Community College, and Islands Community College (Sitka), the University of Alaska Southeast serves the residents of southeastern Alaska with campuses in Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka.
The Sitka campus (founded as Sitka Community College in 1962) shares in Sitka’s rich cultural heritage. Native Alaskans have lived in this area for 11,000 years, the Russian’s made it their North American capital, and the Americans bought it from Russia in 1867. Mt Edgecumbe, a dormant volcano, dominates the horizon across Sitka Sound. The Sitka campus awards workforce credentials, occupational endorsements, certiﬁcates and associate degrees.
Sitka, with a population of 8,881, is diversiﬁed with ﬁshing, ﬁsh processing, tourism, government, transportation, retail, and health care services. Sitka is a port of call for many cruise ships each summer. Regional health care services and education provide jobs. The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Coast Guard are signiﬁcant federal employers.
Sitka is located on the west coast of Baranof Island fronting the Paciﬁc Ocean on Sitka Sound. It is 95 air miles southwest of Juneau, and 185 miles northwest of Ketchikan. An extinct volcano, Mount Edgecumbe rises 3,200 feet above the community.
January temperatures average 23 to 35; summers vary from 48 to 61. Average annual precipitation of 90 inches of rain and 39 inches of snow each year.