A five-year, $1 million grant from the US Department of Education will support a new University of Alaska Fairbanks program to teach students how to operate in the booming markets of YouTube, video game streaming, and social media. The new, sixteen-credit occupational endorsement in content creation has been submitted for academic review and is expected to be available this fall if approved.

The university also received a five-year, $16 million grant to expand UAF's Biomedical Learning and Student Training program, which engages students in biomedical research,


The Native Village of Hooper Bay and Rural Alaska Community Action Program (RurAL CAP) are opening a women's domestic violence shelter in the Hooper Bay sub-region. The Hooper Bay Victim Services Project will provide comprehensive victim services and support for women and their children who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault in Hooper Bay and the surrounding sub-region including Chevak and Scammon Bay.

Renovation of the building, a space provided by Sea Lion Corporation, began in September. Once completed, the shelter will be staffed 24/7.

Port of Alaska

The US Department of Transportation awarded a $25 million Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant to the Port of Alaska. The Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) will use the funding to complete a new petroleum and cement terminal. MOA broke ground on the $214 million terminal in summer 2019. The BUILD grant will make a significant dent in the project's then-$80 million gap in funding, as construction began with $134 million in state and federal dollars on hand.

Alaska's Congressional Delegation applauded the grant, saying, "This new BUILD Grant will help offset the cost of the first phase of the port's desperately-needed modernization program."

Pacific Health Coalition

Pacific Health Coalition Executive Director Fred Brown was elected president of the National Labor Alliance of Health Care Coalitions, a nonprofit organization of management health and welfare coalitions representing purchasers of health services that work together to increase value in care, services, and benefits for more than 6.5 million Americans. Brown's goal is to provide efficient and innovative plan options already implemented in Alaska as options for other organizations to improve quality and cost of care nationwide, in addition to strengthening communication and...

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