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Personal Education Planning

Personal Education Planners can help you navigate the process of getting started in college all the way through degree completion and transition to the workforce by connecting you with the appropriate student services and resources relevant to your situation.

The Sitka campus offers a variety of ways to support students, new and continuing. If you have an issue and don’t know where to turn, call the Sitka Student Success Center at 907-747-7717 or email Our student service staff will be happy to listen and refer you to the service provider who can best address your needs!

Crystal Duncan - Rural and Native Student Services Specialist

Deb Corso - Behavioral Health and Wellness Specialist

Joy Klushkan - Financial Literacy Specialist

Behavioral Health and Advocacy

Deb is available to assist you with:

Providing a discreet, private, and safe space to discuss mental and behavioral health concerns face-to-face and via distance technologies. Appropriate support services and referrals for all students, including those struggling with the following barriers:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Sadness
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Domestic and Interpersonal Violence (DV/IPV)
  • Sexual Health
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sleep Problems
  • Substance Abuse and Recovery
  • Accessibility Issues
  • Relationship Problems

Deb can also provide you with useful strategies for success with a strong focus on resilience, self-motivation, self-esteem, confidence-building, and adapting to academic culture.

Deb Corso

Personal Education Planner: Behavioral Health Specialist

Phone: 747-7772


Sitka Campus

Rural and Native Student Services

Crystal is available to assist you with:

  • Application for Admission into UAS Degree program
  • Orientation to UAS Sitka
    • Campus Tour
    • E-Learner Student Orientation
    • Referral for Services (e.g. tutoring, testing, disability services, title IX, advising, etc.)  
  • UAS Forms and Processes
    • Registration, Proctor form, Residency Application, FERPA Release, Updates to Contact Information, Admission Deferral, Academic Holds, etc.  
  • Technology Troubleshooting
    • ELMO, Blackboard, Webmail, UAOnline, MBS Bookstore, UAS Sitka app, etc.
  • Student Check-ins
    • Weekly, Biweekly, Monthly, as needed
    • Faculty Referrals
  • Skill Development
    • Time Management, Note Taking, Exam Preparation, Tips for Online Learning, Plagiarism, Study Skills, etc.  
  • Testing Services
    • Proctor Accuplacer Math/English (in outreach communities only)
    • Provide testing study materials
  • Support for Regional and Village Corporation Scholarship Applications
    • Editing application/essays
    • Assistance with Application Process (e.g. requesting transcripts, faxing the completed application, etc.)
    • Protocol for requesting a letter of reference
    • Dual enrollment scholarship for STA
  • Career Exploration
    • Resume/Cover Letter assistance
    • Information on SEARHC Paid Internships
    • Aptitude testing
  • Other Support
    • Faxing and scanning documents for class or for UAS paperwork

Crystal Duncan

Personal Education Planner: Native & Rural Student Services

Phone: 747-7773


Sitka Campus

Financial Literacy

Joy is available to assist you with:

  • Paying For College
  • Understanding The Financial Aid Process
  • FAFSA Application
  • Financial Aid Requirements & Awards
  • Student Loan Education & Questions
  • Importance Of Scholarship Applications
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals
  • The Financial Side Of Career Planning
  • Budgeting

Joy Klushkan

Personal Education Planner: Financial Literacy Specialist

Phone: 747-7771


Sitka Campus

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1332 Seward Ave
Sitka, AK, 99835

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