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UAS Ketchikan Awarded $1.1 million in Grants

The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan has been awarded two grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan (UASK) has been awarded two grants from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education under the Alaska Native-Serving Institutions Program authorized under Title III, Part A of the Higher Education Act.

The first grant provides $662,500 over five-years for a student-centered project aimed at improving completion rates for Alaska Native and Rural Alaskan students enrolled in developmental and preparatory courses. UASK Assistant Professor of Mathematics Colleen Ianuzzi is the grant’s project director. The project will develop, pilot and monitor tutoring and technology support services within specific developmental university coursework to assist students enrolled in UASK classes which rely on technology for delivery. The goal of the project is to provide Learning Center services and technology support to students regardless of where they live.

Over the five-year grant, UASK will increase its institutional learning center capacity to effectively and consistently provide the support services that students have indicated are critical to their academic success and persistence when taking general education courses. The grant will focus on math and English courses initially.

The second grant provides $504,000 over two years for UASK to renovate existing property at the UASK Technical Center, located on Stedman Street. This project will allow for increased workforce development opportunities among Alaska Native and rural Alaskans by improving safety and access to Marine Transportation equipment and classes. The UASK Marine Transportation program currently partners with the Alaska Marine Highway System to use AMHS vessels, when available, for lifeboat and fast boat rescue training courses. The project will provide a stable, stationary marine davit platform which will allow the Marine Transportation program to schedule training on a regular basis, provide a controlled environment for safer training and expand maritime certification training opportunities to a broader range of organizations and individuals.


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