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Voices of Alaska: Parnell shows strong support for higher education

When choosing our next Governor, I ask myself, what is the candidate's promise and what is the evidence that he can deliver on an issue of importance to me? Oil taxes, gas lines, health care, and budgets are clearly important issues worthy of extensive coverage and debate. For me, a critical issue is how we prepare our people - through higher education - for productive lives as leaders, workers, parents, and citizens of Alaska.
840 students receive merit scholarships

JUNEAU - Nearly 840 students who graduated from Alaska public high schools last year received $3 million in state-sponsored merit scholarships, a newly released report shows.
Renowned Alaska Native storyteller to perform

The KRC Learning Center and the Alaska Native Oratory Society invite the public to attend a presentation by renowned storyteller Jack Dalton at 7 p.m. on March 27 in the KRC McLane Commons.
APU launches Alaska Native executive leadership program

...Alaska Corp., and Bristol Bay Native Corp. are supporting the program, which is approved by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education."Developing the next generation of Alaska Native leaders is among the key concerns of corporations...
Nearly $8.7 million awarded in student scholarships

JUNEAU - The state has paid nearly $8.7 million in student scholarships under a program championed by Gov. Sean Parnell as a way to transform Alaska's education system.

...offers three maximum annual award levels for students: $4,755, $3,566, $2,378, according to Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education's website. While the scholarship is a good option for financial aid, said Carrie Burford, Kenai...
ACC receives accreditation status

Alaska Christian College was granted accreditation by the Association for Biblical Higher Education last week. "We are approved by the U.S. Department of Education through our accrediting agency as a fully accredited institution of higher learning," ACC president Keith Hamilton explained. "It's that official stamp of approval from the federal government that we are meeting all the criteria necessary to be an accredited college."
Cost for student loans on the rise

While most changes to the nation's health insurance system won't take effect for several years, students and parents borrowing to pay for college in Alaska and across the country will see their options -- and interest rates -- change starting in the fall semester.
Kenai Peninsula College

...Alaska Commission on Post Secondary Education. This year's speaker will be Mary Ellen Havens from the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education," said Burford. The topics will be the FAFSA process, academic competitive grants and smart grants...
Community college financial aid workshop set

There will be a free, public workshop on financial aid for college students today at 7 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center. The event is a collaboration between counselors and staff from area high schools, Kenai Peninsula College and the Alaska Commission on Post Secondary Education. Mary Ellen Havens from the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education will be the featured speaker.


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