January 07, 2004
Eligible persons can have part or all of tuition and fees funded to take fisheries technology or maritime training courses at the UAS Ketchikan Technical Center. The funding is provided through a grant from American Seafoods Company with matching money from UAS Ketchikan.
Enrolling in these courses provides new skills and training that will enable fishers to work more effectively in the fishing industry or to broaden their water dependent work options.
Courses which fall into these categories this semester include Introduction to Oceanography, offered both locally and by distance, Fisheries Management, Law & Economics, offered both locally and by distance, Fundamentals of Fisheries Biology; Lifeboat & Proficiency in Survival Craft; Bridge Resource Management; Basic Safety Training; Skiff Operator; Radar Observer; and Master 100 Ton/OUPV.
The fisheries technology program offers both an Associates of Applied Science two year degree and a one year certificate of completion. The maritime technology program offers US Coast Guard approved training and certification courses that allow people to gain entry level work in the maritime industry and to renew credentials as required.
In the past two years, both program areas have experienced significant increase in course enrollment by fishermen, people employed in fishing dependent industries and their families. People in the industry are looking for ways to diversify their funding sources while still engaging in water dependent occupations and the lifestyle associated with making a living on the water. UAS wants to encourage those in fishing related industries to gain new skills and seek options to enhance their current occupations.
The University of Alaska S.E. Ketchikan Campus provides a wide variety of educational courses and programs to Ketchikan and the surrounding communities throughout the year. Many course offerings are available via both locally and through distance sources including computer-based, audio-conference and satellite offerings. Through these offerings, students can achieve certifications, associate, bachelor and master degrees.
For more information regarding this funding source, contact Kate Sullivan at 228-4565 or Dale Miller at 228-4568.
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