Ilisagvik News & Events
The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) will conduct a site visit to consider the Alaska Dental Therapy Education Program for accreditation. Commission members will be in Anchorage March 3-5, 2020.
The Alaska Dental Therapy Education Program has been sponsored in partnership with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium since Fall 2016, and graduates earn a Dental Health Aide Certificate and an AAS Degree in Dental Health Therapy. During the upcoming visit, the evaluation team will be review documents, interview students, faculty and staff as well as travel to instructional sites Bethel and Napakiak. The evaluation team will then submit a report to the CODA.
In preparation for the March visit, Iḷisaġvik College invites the public to submit written comments regarding the College’s and program’s qualifications for accreditation. Comments must be in writing, signed, and received no later than February 28, 2020 at the address below.
INSTITUTION: Iḷisaġvik College
PROGRAM(S) TO BE REVIEWED: Alaska Dental Therapy Educational Program
SITE VISIT DATE: March 3-5
PLEASE DIRECT COMMENTS TO THE COMMISSION OFFICE:
Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Iḷisaġvik College is pleased to announce that Iñupiaq language courses will be offered free of tuition beginning the Spring 2020 semester. This amounts to $495 in savings for each student enrolling in Iñupiaq language course, a reduction from the total previous cost of $605 and the removal of a significant barrier to accessing language knowledge and instruction.
“We are proud to uplift our Iñupiaq language through our initiative of being Unapologetically Iñupiaq the theme for our 25th Anniversary Celebration this academic year. Being Unapologetically Iñupiaq is a continuance of our commitment to perpetuate Iñupiaq language, culture, values and traditions,” said President Dr. Pearl Brower. She continued, “To our knowledge, we do not know of another college or university who has also waived tuition or is offering free credit-bearing Native language courses. We hope other colleges and universities will follow suit and find creative solutions to further open access to Native language courses.”
Students will be asked to continue to pay existing fees in the amount of $110 for Registration ($50) and Student Support Services ($60), which help keep this offering sustainable. Iḷisaġvik Iñupiaq courses materials are also provided by the instructor and students are not required to purchase additional materials beyond what is provided.
Waiving tuition for the course is distinctive from the Alaska Native/Native American Tuition Waiver offered by Iḷisaġvik College, which requires that each student apply for at least one scholarship to qualify and after the first waiver, requires students to be enrolled in a program. Waiving tuition for the course further opens access to nondegree, non-program seeking community members seeking to further language ability.
About Iḷisaġvik College Iḷisaġvik College is Alaska’s only tribal college and is located in the northernmost village in the United States, Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow). Iḷisaġvik College provides quality post-secondary academic, vocational and technical education in a learning environment that perpetuates and strengthens Iñupiat culture, language, values and traditions. It is dedicated to serving its students and developing a welleducated and trained workforce who meet the human resource needs of North Slope employers and the state of Alaska. Iḷisaġvik College Media Contact: Cordelia Kellie External Affairs Manager 907.982.0846 Cordelia.email@example.com
Press Release – Barrow Mechanical Donates $15,500 to Iḷisaġvik College Over Two Years While Matching Pick.Click.Give Contributions
UTQIAĠVIK (BARROW), AK (December 13, 2019) – Barrow Mechanical, located in Utqiaġvik, Alaska, has generously matched Pick.Click.Give donations given to Iḷisaġvik College, Alaska’s only tribal college, for two years in a row.
First in 2018 and then in 2019, Barrow Mechanical matched donations that Alaskan residents contributed to Iḷisaġvik College from their Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) via the Pick.Click.Give program. Pick.Click.Give is a program that allows PFD beneficiaries to donate to various nonprofit entities across the state in increments of $25. Barrow Mechanical, a residential plumbing and heating business in Utqiaġvik, is owned and operated by Robert and Florence Alred.
The generosity of Barrow Mechanical and Robert and Florence Alred means that in 2018 and 2019, all donations through the Pick.Click.Give program were doubled. Thus, a total of $31,000 was given to Iḷisaġvik College and allocated to the Iḷisaġvik College Foundation to support the College’s sustainability. Barrow Mechanical individually gave $7,800 in 2018 and $7,700 in 2019. Iḷisaġvik College is honored to have a local business match its Pick.Click.Give donations. Every dollar helps support tribal higher education, which is essential to our North Slope communities and to individual students’ future success as leaders, business owners, innovators, and workforce participants.
President of Iḷisaġvik College, Dr. Pearl Brower, is appreciative of Barrow Mechanical’s support, and said “Barrow Mechanical’s generosity helps empower our students to pursue an education that will shape their future. We are so pleased to have had Barrow Mechanical as a partner these past two years. Their matching of Pick.Click.Give donations has augmented the power of Alaskans giving to nonprofits, and the $15,500 they have donated is both generous and impressive.”
Iḷisaġvik College is grateful to Barrow Mechanical for its two-year Pick.Click.Give matching donations. On December 13, 2019, Iḷisaġvik College will honor Barrow Mechanical at its Board of Trustees meeting, to which the public is invited to attend. Quyanaqpak (thank you very much) to Barrow Mechanical for supporting tribal higher education.
About Iḷisaġvik College Iḷisaġvik College is Alaska’s only tribal college and is located in the northernmost village in the United States, Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow). Iḷisaġvik College provides quality postsecondary academic, vocational and technical education in a learning environment that perpetuates and strengthens Iñupiat culture, language, values and traditions. It is dedicated to serving its students and developing a well-educated and trained workforce who meet the human resource needs of North Slope employers and the state of Alaska.
About Barrow Mechanical Barrow Mechanical is a privately-owned residential plumbing and heating business located in Utqiaġvik, Alaska. It serves the local community with its plumbing and heating expertise, installation, and repair. Barrow Mechanical is owned and operated by Robert and Florence Alred.
Iḷisaġvik College media contact:
Director of Development