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Cultural host training offered in Anchorage

Fairbanks, Alaska—The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer a workshop in Anchorage May 17-18 for people who work with or in rural Alaska.

Organizer Tony Nakazawa said the 10-hour Alaska Cultural Host workshop will provide participants with an increased awareness and knowledge of remote, rural Alaska. The workshop will include a four-hour cultural host training by Ann Lawrence of the Cook Inlet Tribal Council and additional presentations about rural history and tradition.

Nakazawa, an Anchorage Extension agent, said the training is designed to benefit the tourism or hospitality industry, government employees, teachers and others who work in rural Alaska. Speakers will include Dru Garson of the AlaskaHost Program; Edgar Blatchford, the former mayor of Seward; Larry Dickerson, a community development specialist from the University of Missouri; and others.

The training will take place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 17 and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 18 at the Anchorage Extension office at 1675 C St. The workshop fee is $50. Register online and download the brochure at www.uaf.edu/ces.

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