University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Pathway to Employment

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University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Pathway to Employment

University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Pathway to Employment received a $2,507,462 Round Three grant award to focus on improving fisheries technology education in Alaska by expanding and enhancing an existing Fisheries Technology (FT) certificate and degree se­quence. The resulting program—Pathway to Employ­ment—addressed an integral part of the Alaska Mari­time Workforce Development Plan (2014), created by representatives of the state’s fisheries, seafood and maritime (FSM) industry sectors, Alaska state agen­cies and the University of Alaska. The plan called for industry, government, and educators to work together to increase the number of Alaskans in this workforce.

Defining Features of Project:

  • Added two Occupational Endorsements (OE) to the program structure. OEs are a first level of credentialing, consisting of 14 credit hours of content coursework that can be completed in less than a year. This intervention was intended to increase outcome measures related to student retention, completion and post-program employment.
  • One of the most successful modifications utilized in the Pathway program was transitioning coursework to iPads, including all of the courses necessary for achieving the first credential—an Occupational En¬dorsement that could be delivered asynchronously and which did not require internet access. This innovation also was cited as a promising practice in the program’s 2016 USDOL monitoring review. The change in program delivery was intended to increase student enrollment and completion.
  • OE courses articulate with the certificate and asso¬ciate degrees in fisheries technology and complete the third modification—stacking credentials in the as¬sociate degree pathway in fisheries technology. In addition, the program sought to more closely align the associate-level coursework with that required for a bachelor degree. This modification was intended to increase post-training further education.

Project and Outcome Report
ProjectUniversity of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Pathway to Employment
InstitutionUniversity of Alaska Southeast
Outcome ReportUniversity of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Pathway to Employment Final Evaluation Report
Industry SectorAgriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Grant Completed9/30/17
Grant Amount$2,507,462
State Profile ReportAlaska State Profile Report
Participation Metrics
Participation118 participants
Completed program of study22
Participants earning credentials51
Employment*16 employed after completion

*= As of the time of the Final Evaluation Report
Source: Grantee’s Third-Party Evaluation