Fish Pathology Labs a Success

This semester the UAS Sitka Fisheries Technology program offered three separate fish pathology labs – in Homer, Sitka and Ketchikan. Each had its own emphasis based upon local resources. While the classes were a success based upon student comments, there was also tremendous value in the collaborative relationships that were fostered. The Fish Tech program strives to work closely with fisheries industry partners to provide instruction that is relevant for their current and future employees.

In Homer, Jim Seeland and Joel Markis offered labs as continuing education workshops at the Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society’s annual meeting.

IMG_0235In Sitka, Fish Tech faculty worked with UAS Sitka Biology faculty as well as the staff at the Sitka Sound Science Center and the Medvejie Salmon Hatchery. UAS Sitka faculty and staff were generous in sharing their time and expertise with the students. We were privileged to have Dr. Paul Bahna present on basic microscopy methods and lab techniques. Kitty LaBounty provided the students with an understanding of the polymerase chain reaction process, which is commonly used in the fish pathology process. Wes Schaeffer provided necessary equipment and supplies for the lab. Angie Bowers, manager of the Sheldon Jackson Hatchery, spent time with the students sharing her experiences and had equipment available for us when we arrived. Being able to visit a hatchery and lab on the same site represented a “real world” element to the lab class which is necessary. The visit to the Medvejie Salmon Hatchery exposed students to a large-scale salmon production facility. The hatchery has a small lab that we were able to utilize. More importantly, we had the company of Bill Coltharp a fish culturist at the hatchery who had a wealth of experiences to share.

SAM_0292In Ketchikan we utilized the Deer Mountain Hatchery site which was recently acquired by Southern SE Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA). We were also fortunate enough to work in SSRAA’s Whitman Lake Hatchery to perform adult salmon sampling. Finally, UAS Ketchikan campus allowed us to use lab facilities to demonstrate basic microscopy and other lab techniques.

The labs provided instruction but also allowed students to interact with their peers as well as fisheries professionals. At every location, staff were very generous with their time and their professionalism influenced the students. Alaska is currently experiencing a shortage of fisheries technicians and fisheries biologists – a trend predicted to continue for at least the next 10 years. If you are interested in learning more about a career in Fisheries Technology contact the Fish Tech faculty. They are available to discuss job availability, career paths, or educational next steps.

The UAS Fisheries Technology Pathway to Employment Project is 100% funded through a $2,507,463 U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant. UAS is an AA/EO employer and educational institution.


Virtual Tour of UAS Sitka

Today UAS Sitka is launching its virtual tour of the resources and programs available for students as well as a peek at the physical presence of our campus. We hope this tour will help you learn more about the ways in which our staff and faculty support your educational and career goals!

Launch the tour now!

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Open House Reminder and Schedule!

openhouseWe at UAS are excited to share our plans for this Thursday’s big Open House event!

There is Something for Everyone

  • High school seniors, juniors and sophomores
  • Parents\working adults who are thinking about furthering their education
  • Anyone interested in studying abroad or in the lower 48 states
  • UAS students or prospects who want to learn more about fall/winter housing options on the SJ campus

Demonstrations and Participatory Events

  • Study Away – National and international student exchange opportunities (Go to school anywhere through UAS at UAS prices!)
  • Biology – Dissections of the eye and brain with Professors Marnie Chapman and Jon Martin
  • Fish Tech – Dissection with Professor Reid Brewer
  • Art – Formline design with Mark Sixbey
  • Art – Screen print your own T-shirt! (1 shirt free to each visitor while supplies last!)
  • Career and Technical Education – Construction opportunities with Pat Hughes
  • English – Film clip study and discussion
  • Medical Assisting – A brand new program starting in the fall with Dr. Paul Bahna
  • Nurse Assistant and Pre-Nursing  – Demos with instructor Shelley Adams

Staffed Information Tables for Career Information

  • Fish Tech – Barb Morse and Alex Najduchs
  • Health Information Management – A hot career and the biggest program we offer with program director and professor Leslie Gordon
  • Law Enforcement – Chief Sheldon Schmitt
  • Paying for College – User friendly insights from our Student Success Center advisor, David Felts
  • The new Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees – David Felts and Cheryl Stromme
  • Dual Enrollment – How to save a lot of money by attending college during high school
  • Sitka Start – How to save a lot of money and gain confidence by attending your first year of college here

Freebies and Giveaways!

  • Screen print your own T-shirt
  • Door prizes – Cash, gift baskets, wearables, etc.
  • Food – Hot dogs and more lovingly cooked on the grill by Bob Love!

Here’s a schedule of all the exciting things that will be going on. We look forward to seeing you!
Open house schedule

UAS Sitka Campus Open House!

openHouseIn honor of Career and Technical Education month, the UAS Sitka Campus will host an Open House on Thursday, March 12, from 4:00-7:00 pm.

Experience classroom demonstrations in Film Studies, Ceramics, Microbiology, Law Enforcement, CNA, Nursing, Welding, and more!

Discover the many programs we offer and how you can complete a degree online.

Learn about Sitka Start, our exciting chance to get a smart start to your college education with highly personalized, small class sizes, and special local scholarships for your first year of college!

And there will be campus tours, door prizes, and free food for attendees! For more information, please call 747-7717.

UAS Sitka Campus Open House

  • Thursday, March 12, 2015
  • 4:00 – 7:00 pm
  • UAS Sitka Campus, 1332 Seward Ave.

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UAS Nurses Pinning Ceremony Friday, December 12

pinningCeremonyA Pinning Ceremony will be held Friday, December 12 at 6 pm in room 229 of the Sitka Campus. The UAS Sitka Campus cohort of the University of Alaska School of Nursing Program will recognize the nine associate nursing graduates of its 2014 class.

According to Dr. Lori Hart,  Sitka Outreach Coordinator, “The traditional pinning ceremony is a symbolic welcoming of the new nurse into the profession. We celebrate the hard work of these outstanding students, who have completed a rigorous two-year program. Most of their classroom work and clinical rotations occurred here in Sitka. We appreciate the clinical partners in the Sitka community who have helped prepare these nurses. Some of our Sitka cohort graduates will stay here, while others will move on to be nurses across Alaska or in the lower 48 states. Each of these new nurses will make a positive impact on the future of health care; they are a caring, knowledgeable group who reflect well on UAA and the Sitka campus of UAS.”

All are invited to recognize the significant achievement of the graduating nurses. Admission is free and refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

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Spring Semester Schedule Available

calendarReminder – the Spring 2015 semester schedule is available today to view and search online! Visit the search site and find your classes! (Classes are subject to change.)

Contact an advisor for assistance with planning your schedule or if you have questions about your degree options.

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Think Spring

plannerThink Spring? But Fall is just starting! The UAS Spring 2015 class schedule will be available to view online Monday, October 27. Whether you are already enrolled in a program, taking classes or thinking about getting started our UAS Sitka advisors are here to help you plan your Spring semester!

Online and in-person academic advising is available to UAS Sitka students. Below is a list of services and hours. It is highly recommended you call or email to schedule an advising appointment.

Student Success advisors can assist you with:

  • Discussing your educational goals and career plans
  • Exploring your options in choosing an onsite or online degree program
  • Developing a plan of study
  • Selecting, scheduling and registering for classes
  • Assisting with transition into college
  • Connecting you to other resources
  • Reviewing your academic progress or financial aid status
  • Working through class, instructor or study concerns during the semester
  • Troubleshooting issues or processing petitions
  • Navigating university requirements and policies
  • Following the Next Steps Checklist for Entering a Program

General Student Success Center Open Hours:

  • Monday and Wednesday:  8 am – 7 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday:  8 am – 8 pm
  • Friday:  8 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Hours may change, so please visit the website for current information. Feel free to email the staff to schedule an advising appointment. Or call toll-free: 1-800-478-6653 ext 7717.

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$10K Scholarship Opportunity from LinkedIn

LinkedIn is helping students find their university and pay for it! All you have to do is set up a Decision Board and you could win a $10k scholarship. What is a Decision Board?

Decision Boards allows prospective students to manage their school decision process and get help from friends, family, alumni, and current students at each step in that process.

money imageThere are 3 simple steps for a chance to win:

  1. Build your Decision Board
  2. Add a university or field of study
  3. Share your board

Before you can create a Decision Board, you will need to have a LinkedIn account. Signing up is free (you can pay for a Pro account). LinkedIn is a professional network that allows you to engage with other professionals or students and helps you stay relevant and current. Joining LinkedIn gives you access to the latest career news and job opportunities.

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