Doyon is supporting my endeavor toward a career in the electrical field”

spencerA Doyon Foundation student pursuing his certificate in industrial electricity, Spencer Brown is scheduled to graduate from the Alaska Vocational Technical School (AVTEC) in June 2020. His parents are Nadene and Chad Brown; Nadene is from the McGrath area and Chad is from Anchorage. His maternal grandparents are Alice Verdene and Richard Anslement, both of the McGrath area.

Spencer has received a competitive scholarship awarded by Doyon Foundation. He is a 2019 high school graduate from Enlightium Academy and lives in Seward, where AVTEC is located.

Spencer understands the power of setting goals. “My plans for the next six months are to stay focused on school, work hard and finish at the top of my class,” he says. Beyond that, he’s eager to enter the workforce and keep learning.

“Doyon Foundation graciously offered to help support my endeavor,” Spencer says. His scholarship helped cover costs of tuition as well as tools needed for AVTEC classes. “Doyon helped me overcome this challenge.”

A tour of AVTEC introduced him to the range of topics covered in the industrial electricity certificate. Day-to-day homework involves Spencer in practical applications of mathematical principles and theory.

“I love that I’m able to figure out such things as superposition, sine waves and Thevenin and Norton equivalents,” he says. “Everything I learn has a reason and a purpose. It’s an incredibly interesting and diverse field.”

Graduates in industrial electricity are in demand as construction and maintenance electricians, controls technicians, and marine engineers, among other careers. AVTEC’s program attracts detail-oriented students who enjoy solving complex technical projects – a passion Spencer discovered when he was 14 and helped his father with a building project.

Spencer continues to value teamwork. “I’d say the most fun part of industrial electricity is the cooperation among my peers to complete various labs and projects,” he says. Among the most challenging tasks was memorizing complex diagrams and functions in a mathematical logic class.

Students in Spencer’s field demonstrate proficiency in circuit analysis, including an ability to design, build, test and troubleshoot circuits and devices. Industrial electricity classes involve physics; industrial safety and health; renewable power; and an understanding of the National Electrical Code for construction and maintenance projects.

Founded in 1969, AVTEC is the only career and technical education center for post-secondary students statewide. “I would absolutely recommend AVTEC to anyone interested in the trades,” Spencer says.

While his time away from studies is limited as graduation day approaches, Spencer says that taking a break helps. “I’m putting all my efforts into studying,” he says, “but I do allow myself downtime.” He enjoys reading, hiking, fishing and composing music.

Whenever the going gets tough, ask for help, whether it’s from family, peers or Him up above,” Spencer says. He encourages other students to get enough rest, eat healthy foods, and avoid drugs and alcohol.

“Respect your body,” he says. “The effort you put into your studies will determine how successful you are at them. You are accountable for your actions.”

View the AVTEC May 2015 e-newsletter here.

Doyon Foundation welcomes Katie Sommer, our new administrative assistant. Katie, of Fairbanks, is the daughter of Joyce and Earl Sommer, and the granddaughter of Jean and George Jenkins, and Dorothy and Fred Sommer. She is the sister of Kristie Sommer, Terrance Sommer and Earl N. Sommer, and mother of Kaylynn O’Brien. Katie Sommer

Katie, a Doyon, Limited shareholder, is a 2008 graduate of Nenana City Public School. She completed one year of her electrical apprenticeship through AVTEC, and is a level 1 and 2 certified pipefitter through NIT.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Katie worked as a sales associate with Prospector Outfitters, and was an electrician apprentice with IRHA.

“I thought (joining Doyon Foundation) would be a great work experience,” Katie said about her new role. “I’m looking forward to learning a lot more about the company and being able to be a part of helping students get a higher education.”

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Doyon Foundation student Raquel Williams, of Allakaket, Alaska, is currently attending the Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC), where she is pursuing a certificate in business and office technology.

Williams said her biggest challenge to date has been filling out all the paperwork required to go back to school. She tackled this challenge by organizing everything and then just completing the paperwork.

Williams said she appreciates the support she’s received from Doyon Foundation.

“Doyon Foundation helps with my financial aid to pay for school,” she said.

After graduating from AVTEC in May 2011, Williams wants to “find a great job with my certificate, and build a great home for my children.”

In her free time, Williams, who is the daughter of Joe and Rhea Williams, Jr., enjoys playing with her children.

“They are my life,” she said.