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Challenger receives technology upgrade grant from Rasmuson Foundation


Kenai, Alaska- The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska (CLCA) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation in the amount of $15,552 to fund technology upgrades. The upgrades will be to the sound, video and presentation equipment in the Aurora Borealis room, the centers largest community space. The facility is a popular venue for events large and small; from weddings to city hall meetings.

The Rasmuson Foundation has a long history of supporting non-profits throughout Alaska, supporting both individuals and well-managed 501(c)(3) organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for Alaskans. The Foundation seeks to support non-for-profit organizations that are focused and effective in the pursuit of their goals, with special consideration for those that demonstrate strong leadership, clarity of purpose and cautious use of resources. The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is proud to be a recipient.

The local area has a very limited choice of large facility space; CLCA offers numerous facility rental options for groups upwards of 200. The community now has access to a facility that offers new and upcoming presentation equipment and will help the Challenger halt the decline in an important revenue stream which enhances the education in STEM state-wide; opening up career opportunities for the emerging workforce with sophisticated skills in the STEM based disciplines.

Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in operation since April 2000. CLCA was created to meet the educational needs of students throughout Alaska; providing a vital and valuable educational resource for our state and is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of academic excellence. CLCA is in a unique position to be the leading resource in STEM education for Alaska. For nearly 13 years, CLCA has increased awareness of STEM and inspired over 80,000 Alaskans to develop interest in STEM fields through simulated missions, workshops, custom programming, distance based learning and outreach. Programs also include inventive and engaging methods to strengthen workplaces by offering communication and team-building activities. Along with the most recent expansion of services includes critical lifesaving training for community and industry in the survival sciences.

To continue providing innovative methods of information delivery, it is essential to use cutting edge technology. This grant goes a long way to ensure Challenger is successful at- “Inspiring Alaska’s Greatest Natural Resource –Our Students!”

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