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Alaska Railroad Gives Free Ride to Alaska Business Week participants


The Alaska Railroad Corporation is offering free transportation between Anchorage and Fairbanks to high school students participating in the upcoming Alaska Business Week Program to be held at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus this summer from August 8-14.

“The Alaska Railroad is truly excited to participate as a transportation sponsor of the Alaska Business Week program.  We believe this innovative program will give our future state leaders a great advantage in pursuing their aspirations after high school,” said Bill O’Leary, interim Alaska Railroad President/CEO and CFO.  “UAF is my alma mater and a great location to stage this week long adventure as students explore business and college life first-hand.”

Modeled after the very successful and long-running Washington Business Week program, Alaska Business Week is sponsored by the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce.  It is a discovery-learning program for high school students to be held at the UAF campus August 8-14. This weeklong program is staged at the university to provide student participants the experience of college life and explore their leadership potential.  Limited to 100 students, this program includes a simulated ‘corporate’ environment replicating some of the challenges and opportunities of life after high school, raising students’ awareness of career choices, workplace issues, teamwork, money management, networking and leadership potential. 

There are a number of opportunities for business leaders to work directly with students to act as mentors throughout the weeklong program.  The students present their final work at the end of the program to a panel of judges selected by the Alaska State Chamber.

A reduced tuition for the program is $325, thanks to the generous contributions of many founding sponsors, including Tesoro Alaska, BP, Icicle Seafoods, State Farm, TOTE, GVEA, Alaska Airlines, AadlandFlint, the Alaska Railroad, Era Alaska and the Alaska Credit Union League. The tuition covers room, board, program materials, and activity fees on campus for the entire week.  Scholarships are also available to defer the cost of the tuition.

The deadline for applications has been extended to July 31st.  To register for the Alaska Business Week program and for more information, please see: www.alaskachamber.com

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce mission is to promote a positive business environment in Alaska.  The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce is a private, nonprofit corporation representing some 500-business members and operates under IRS Code, Section 501 (c)(6).  The Alaska State Chamber began operations in 1953.

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