Outreach coordinators representing Bethel, Kodiak, Ketchikan, Homer, and Valdez met with Sitka staff and faculty earlier this fall.
“Here in Alaska, the Coast Guard plays a large role in ensuring that fisheries are being maintained and operating appropriately. We have been working with USCG North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center in learning how we can help them train and develop their instructors who are responsible for educating their Coastguardsmen on what is different and unique about our Alaska Fisheries. Currently we are having some of their instructors take part in piloting our newly launched iPad FT 120 course. Their insights will help us continue to develop and adapt that course to best suit individuals that require a non-conventional learning environment. Instructors from the Fisheries Training Center will also guest speak in some of our courses offering differing perspectives on running, managing, and policing fisheries.
Our goal as outreach coordinators is to find students and industry partners that will aid us in having a program that capitalizes the diverse roles that make up our industry and ensuring that we are producing students who have been exposed to all the wide-ranging roles found in Alaska Fisheries Industry.”
-Ashley Burns, Fish Tech Outreach Coordinator in Kodiak