Fisheries Technology Program
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, Sitka Campus, has partnered with industry and regulatory agencies to develop programs that can meet this growing need for qualified personnel. Companies within the fisheries industry have donated scholarship money to make internship opportunities, training and work experience a large part of the education process.
The resulting programs are the Fisheries Technology Occupational Endorsements, Certificates and the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Fisheries Technology. The UAS Fisheries Technology faculty are available to discuss job availability, career paths, or educational next steps.
Completion of our programs can lead to employment opportunities in a wide range of technical and non-technical jobs.
Most Fisheries Technology courses can be taken online, at your own pace. Sitka students can also enjoy the benefits of face-to-face classroom experience, since almost all of our courses are delivered in a "hybrid" format with local students attending lectures while eLearning students tune in over the internet. This format also allows you to review missed classes later via the archived audio and screen record of the live class. In addition, beginning this fall with instructor approval, students can take selected courses via iPad. These "off the grid" courses make you completely independent of the internet -- free to take the class whenever you can squeeze it into your busy schedule. The waterproof iPads, provided as a free loan by UAS, contain all lectures, videos, readings, FAQs, and even the exams which you can take remotely without a proctor. The first "Course in an iPad" offering will be FT 120 - Introduction to Fisheries of Alaska. More classes will become available throughout 2016, so that the Certificate requirements may be completed entirely with the iPad delivery option.
For online access you will need access to a computer with a good internet connection, either at your home or at your nearest UAS partner campus.
Certain courses include concentrated lab sessions, designed to give you hands-on training and opportunities to work with classmates and instructors in a team environment. These courses require physical attendance for up to one week at UAS Sitka Campus or at one of our partner campuses in Ketchikan, Valdez, Homer, Kodiak and Bethel.
Members of the fishing industry and Alaska state regulatory agencies frequently offer local working internships for UAS Fisheries Technology students, providing a valuable opportunity to discover what different jobs are like.
For more details about the iPad delivery method, contact Reid Brewer at 907-747-7799.
Our Student Success advisors are on hand to help you find and apply for available scholarships and grants. Please refer to our Financial Support section for an overview of your options.
Available scholarships specific to this area of study include:
|Fisheries||Fisheries Technology Aid||No Deadline||UAS Scholarship|
|Fisheries||Icicle Seafood Scholarship Fund for Fisheries Technology||No Deadline||UAS Scholarship|
|Fisheries||Sitka Campus Tuition Waiver - Fisheries||No Deadline||UAS Scholarship|
|Fisheries||DIPAC Ladd Macaulay Scholarship for Fisheries Technology||No Deadline||None|
|Fisheries||UA Foundation Scholarships - Fisheries||No Deadline||UA Foundation|
|Fisheries||NSRAA Scholarship Program||No Deadline||None|
|Fisheries||Fish Tech Travel Assistance Application||No Deadline||UAS Scholarship|
Current Internship Opportunities
Current Job Opportunities
"I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about fish culture and what really happens out here."
Zach Heathman, Fish Tech Student