Career & Technical Education Open House at UAS Sitka Campus
On a breezy and sunny, Saturday, February 25, the UAS Sitka Campus held a Career & Technical Education Open House.
Health Sciences, Fisheries Technology, Welding, Construction, and Marine Technology were the featured programs. Students from Mt. Edgecumbe High School, Sitka High School, Pacific High School and home-schooled students were invited from 10-11:30am and embarked on a guided tour. Participants were given a CTE Passport at the beginning of their tour that was stamped at each station qualifying them for a prize drawing at the end of the tour. The first stop on the tour was the Health Sciences lab. Assistant Professor of Health Sciences, Bec Austin; UAA Nursing Professor, Shannon Moman; Assistant Professor of Health Information Management (HIM), Rose Goeden; Associate Professor of HIM and HIM Program Director, Leslie Gordon; and Health Science Project Assistant, Julie Kluczynski shared information about their programs and guided participants through the Health Sciences station. Certified Nurse Aide students took blood pressure, showed dissected fetal pigs, and participants had the opportunity to look through goggles that simulated macular degeneration, cataracts, and inebriation. The second stop on the tour was the Fisheries Technology station with Assistant Professor of Fisheries Technology, Jim Seeland. Participants choose male and female salmon species from a simulated tank, fertilized the eggs and put them in an incubation tray. Station three visited the state-of-the-art Welding Lab where Assistant Professor of Welding, Al Puckett and student volunteers from Mt. Edgecumbe High School, who are currently enrolled in the program, inspired the group with their welding expertise and knowledge. At station four, Assistant Professor of Construction, Pat Hughes showcased the out buildings that the Construction Program is currently building. Members of the Sitka community order these buildings and pay for all of the materials and in the process give the students a real-world learning experience. The last station on the tour, Marine Technology, featured adjunct faculty, Gary DenHerder and his Small Engines class. Gary shared the workings of a small engine and how even the smallest parts of the engine can be of utmost importance. At noon the High School students and general public were treated to grilled hot dogs, chips, cookies and soda in the Atrium prepared by RRANN Recruiter, Bob Love and I.S. Technician, Rob Billideau. Student Success Center Advisors, Michelle Wheeler, April Susky, and Marilyn durocher were on hand to advise students on how to get registered for upcoming Fall dual enrollment opportunities to earn college credits while they are still in high school. Registration and Instructional Support Specialist, Kim Davis, staffed the Front Desk for summer registrations.
UAF Bristol Bay Campus Director, Debra McLean gets her blood pressure reading from a Sitka Campus Certified Nurse Aide student at the Health Sciences station.
Assistant Professor of Welding, Al Puckett demonstrates how to make aluminum welds to the attentive Mt. Edgecumbe High School, Sitka High School, Pacific High School and home schooled students at the CTE Open House Welding station.
Student Success Center Advisors Marilyn durocher and April Susky greet high school students and the general public during the CTE Open House.