June 29, 2015
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Alaska is currently experiencing a shortage of fisheries technicians and fisheries biologists – a trend predicted to continue for at least the next 10 years. The University of Alaska Southeast fisheries technician program is providing anyone interested in getting in to the field to start studying from the comfort of their home to a remote job site thanks to their online accessibility.
“You can go online and log into the class while it is running in Sitka and participate via the internet during the class as its going on.”
Ashley Burns in Kodiak is one of six outreach coordinators for UAS. The fish tech program is headquartered in Sitka, but there are partner campuses located in Bethel, Valdez, Petersburg, Homer, and Dillingham.
“It gives our students the opportunity to take an in depth study of the fishing industry in Alaska, and gives them flexibility to do it on their own terms that is convenient for their schedule.”
The program has been around for over ten years, but since making its move to Sitka they have made huge technological advances. This fall they are offering a fully loaded Ipad so students can start training anywhere, even without wireless connection.
“The entire course would be available to you, which is the fish tech 120. It is our introduction to fisheries of Alaska.”
Burns says, “It is the perfect class for fishermen at sea, coast guard, seasonal employees and or those who are working at remote sites and for those who need maximum flexibility.”
“You don’t need consistent accessibility to the internet because it is all preloaded on the Ipad. So you would be able to be at sea and still have access to your classes.”
Students finish with an associates degree in fisheries technology.
“When they have completed their courses they are going to be employees who know not just the book knowledge of what they need to do, but they’ve actually experienced it.”
To sign up for a career in fisheries go to www.uas.edu.
“Our program works heavily with the industry to make sure that our classes that are being offered to our students are exactly what they are looking for in potential employees.”
Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. (www.oceanbeauty.com) In Kodiak, I’m Stephanie Mangini.