July 2009

alaskanativestudentnetworkThe Alaska Native Student Network is a portal created on behalf of the ANCSA Education Consortium to provide a place for Alaska Native students and prospective students to start networking and share one another’s experiences. This is a Facebook Site.

Here are two recent postings to the Network so you can get an idea of what resources are there for you.

Alaska Native Student Network
What is a National SMART Grant? A National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART) is for FT undergraduate students who are enrolled in the 3rd or 4th yr of undergraduate study. The award is for up to $4,000 for each of the 3rd and 4th years. For a list of SMART grant eligible majors go to www.ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/GEN0809.html

Alaska Native Student Network
Avoid scholarshp scams by avoiding fee-related services, as suggested by www.FinAid.org. Caution: scholarship seekers be aware of the following “tell tale lines” (US Dept of Ed 2005) such as “The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”  “You can’t get this info anywhere else.” “I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship.” “You’ve been awarded a prize in a contest you didn’t enter.”

Visit and join the Alaska Native Student Network . It is one more great resource to help you with your pursuit of your education goals.

The purpose of the Interior Alaska Career Academy is to offer career exploration classes to high school students who want to expand their opportunities and learn about technical fields in high-growth, high-demand areas that can lead to successful career opportunities.

Each session will accept 12-20 students from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, 16 years of age, and still in high school with a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students will earn one (1) UAF/ TVC credit for successfully passing each session. At the completion of two sessions, participants will earn 0.5 high school elective credits. The student cost per session is $200. Scholarships may be available to qualifying students. Click on the download link below.

For more information contact your high school counselor, career guid­ance specialist, or Nina Tartakoff at 455-2869 or TVC at 455-2800.

You can also visit www.tvc.uaf.edu/iaca

Interior Alaska Career Academy.pdf

Association of AlaskaSchool Boards’ Initiative for Community Engagement (Alaska ICE) seeks a motivated individual to join a community engagement team that provides direct education and technical assistance to schools, communities, and organizations throughout Alaska. Works with a variety of people, from young to old and of varied ethnic backgrounds, to increase community support for positive youth development and success in school. Responsibilities include training and community workshops, school climate workshops, capacity building, youth leadership, and basic data analysis and interpretation.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelors degree (Masters preferred); at least 3 years of professional training or teaching experience and 2 years of project management; experience working in rural Alaska and familiarity with Alaska Native culture; strong interpersonal and writing skills. Juneau location preferred; must be willing to travel all over Alaska with limited accommodations. 217-day work year. Competitive salary/benefits. Equal opportunity employer. Background check required. Email cover letter and resumé to dmiller@aasb.org before 8/11/09. Visit www.alaskaice.org for more information.

CIRI Alaska Tourism, Corporation (CATC) is currently recruiting for a Reservations Manager. If you meet the minimum qualifications and would like to apply, please submit a resume and a CATC employment application (also attached) to:

CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp.
Attention: Susan Williams
PO Box 93330
Anchorage, AK99509-3330
Fax: 907-263-5508
Phone: 907.263.5123

You may also view this job opening on-line at: www.ciri.com. CIRI shareholders are encouraged to apply.

Download the application and job posting:
CATC Application 6-09.pdf
Reservations Manager 7-27-09.doc

Full scholarships are available to qualified Alaska Native students interested in attending George Washington University’s Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP). Scholarships cover tuition, housing, airfare and a stipend. NAPLP offers the opportunity to study in Washington, D.C. and learn how public policy decisions are made, how power is wielded, how government is run and how democratic politics function in a free society. The program involves coursework in applied politics, professional internships, mentorships and interaction with decision-makers and leaders. For more information, visit www.gwu.edu/~siw/politics/naplp/index.cfm or contact naplp@gwu.edu or 1.800.367.4776. To apply, visit www.gwu.edu/~siw/politics/admission/online-application.cfm. Applications for the spring 2010 semester are due November 1, 2009.

Applications are now available for the DENTEX Dental Health Aide Therapist Training Program, offered through collaboration between the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the University of Washington School of Medicine. Through the two-year program, students become advocates for oral disease prevention in rural Alaska villages, and are trained to provide restorative care.

The first year of the program takes place in Anchorage, and the second year takes place in Bethel. The program seeks applicants who, with tribal sponsorship, are willing to live and work in rural Alaska as a mid-level dental provider. Applicants should have a high school diploma or equivalent, and have work experience or desire to work in a clinical setting or health-related field. For more information or an application, visit www.dentexak.washington.edu or www.anthc.org, or contact dentex@u.washington.edu. Applications die September 1, 2009.

Southcentral Foundation’s dental clinic is offering an on-the-job training opportunity through its August 2009 dental assistant trainee class. During the 16-week course, students will receive clinical and academic training, and work closely with dental personnel and educators. Students will be on a 4/10 schedule and will receive an $8/hour salary. After successful completion of the course, a full-time employment opportunity may be presented. For more information, contact Tamara Larson at 907.729.5235 or tlarson@scf.cc.

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