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Legislative Task Force on Higher Education and Career Readiness to Meet July 22 and 23 in Anchorage


(Anchorage, Alaska) – A legislative task force looking at ways to improve access to higher education and get Alaska high school graduates better prepared for the career choices they will face will hold two days of meetings in Anchorage this week. The 20-member Advisory Task Force on Higher Education and Career Readiness, created under SB 221, will meet Thursday, July 22 and Friday, July 23 at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office at 716 W. 4th Street.

Senate President Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, co-chair of the task force, said the initial meetings of the task force are designed to bring together representatives of major organizations involved in delivering education to begin forming solutions for the Legislature to consider when it convenes in January. “I think it is imperative that we lay out on the table all of the various issues that keep our young people from fully realizing their potential,” Stevens said. “Once we have fully identified the real problems, we can work toward real solutions.”

“We’ve got some major projects coming up in the near-future,” House Speaker and co-chair Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, said, “and we need to ensure that our high school graduates are headed in the right direction in order to make the career choices that are going to make Alaska successful.”

Other members of the advisory task force are:

Mike Andrews, Executive Director, Alaska Works Partnership (Voc/Tech Training)

Barbara Angaiak, President, NEA-Alaska

Don Bantz, President, Alaska Pacific University

Diane Barrans, Executive Director, ACPE (AK Student Loans/Financial Aid)

Steve Bradshaw, President, ACSA (AK  K-12 Superintendents)

Heather Brakes, Legislative Director, & Designee for Governor Sean Parnell

Lolly Carpluk, Coordinator, AK Native Teacher Preparation Project (UAF)

Peter Finn, Chair, AK Coalition of Student Leaders (Designee for UnivAk Student Regent)

Tammy Fowler-Pound, President, AASB (AK School Boards)

Patrick Gamble, President, University of Alaska

Dr. Keith Hamilton, President, Alaska Christian College

Donald Handeland, Student Representative, Alaska State Board of Education & Early Development

Senator Charlie Huggins

Julie Kitka, President, Alaska Federation of Natives (or her designee)

Larry LeDoux, Commissioner, AK Dept. Education & Early Development

Representative Paul Seaton

Fred Villa, UA Associate Vice President for Workforce Programs

One seat remains open for someone serving as faculty at a post-secondary institution in AK with knowledge or experience with remedial education in AK who resides outside Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Juneau

(Senate Alternate) Senator Linda Menard


Location: Anchorage LIO - 716 West 4th Ave, Suite 220, (4th & H)


8:30 AM Opening comments by Co-Chair Senator Stevens

8:35 AM to 9:30 AM  Larry LeDoux, DEED Commissioner

9:45 AM to 10:45 AM Barbara Angaiak, NEA-Alaska President

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM  Tammy Fowler-Pound, AASB President - School Boards

-Recess for Lunch-

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM  Steve Bradshaw, ACSA President- K-12 Superintendents

2:45 PM to 3:45 PM, Mike Andrews, Executive Director - Alaska Works Partnership

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM  Donald Handeland, State Board of Ed Student Rep

FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM,   Diane Barrans, ACPE - Post-Sec Financial Aid

9:45 AM to 10:45 AM, Fred Villa, Associate Vice President for Workforce Programs

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Patrick Gamble, UnivAK President

-Recess for Lunch-

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, Dr. Keith Hamilton, President AK Christian College

(presentation by: John Lommel, Academic Vice President)

2:45 PM to 3:45 PM  Peter Finn, Chair, UA Coalition Student Leaders (Student Regent's Designee)

3:45 PM to 4:15 PM  Closing Comments and unfinished Task Force Business, including Fall meeting schedule
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