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Annual Report to the People 2011


Ilisagvik . College

Leadership . I am so very pleased to share with you Ilisagvik . College’s most recent Annual Report for the academic year 2010-2011. This has been both a year of excitement and change, and a year of progress and advancement. I welcomed the honor, privilege and opportunity to take over the helm as the most recent President . and CEO of Ilisagvik College on January 1, 2011. .

. workforce and industry driven choices. Ilisagvik College is again pleased to . be awarded a second consecutive year of funding from the State of Alaska to support Workforce Development trainings and courses across the North Slope, particularly in our villages.

I am passionate about leading the charge to educate the next generation of leaders and employees for the workforce of the North . Slope and beyond! At Ilisagvik College, we believe you can start here and go . anywhere. We are working diligently to make sure that all of Alaska knows about the best kept secret of the North Slope and best kept secret in Alaska . – Ilisagvik College – Alaska’s first and only tribal college. Core to our mission . is providing accessible, affordable and high quality educational programming to all students – to all Alaskans and to all Alaskan Natives.

. Finally, Ilisagvik College has been awarded two significant and highly com. petitive grants to support revitalization and a new direction to increase Iñupiaq language acquisition through Early Childhood Education, to increase Iñupiat teachers in the classrooms of the North Slope, and to increase child care availability and increase economic development in Iñupiaq speaking home-based language nests in the villages of the North Slope. . Ilisagvik College is very pleased to strengthen its valued partnership with . the North Slope Borough School District on this major four year endeavor. Uqautchim Uglua is focused on the Iñupiaq Learning Framework, guided by Iñupiaq language and values, self-determination and empowerment, and the success of the birth to grade 16 educational pipeline.

. At the end of spring semester 2011, Ilisagvik College’s commencement hosted . the largest graduating class in the college’s history. Seventy students received GED’s, certificates and Associate of Arts degrees. Our enrollments continue to increase and the college is very excited about this landmark growth.

. These are but a few of our highlights this year at Ilisagvik College and ones . of which I am delighted to be a part of. Please take a moment to explore our website and to spread the word about the excitement taking place on the rural North Slope of Alaska. Quyanaq!

. Ilisagvik College proudly continues to showcase robust growth and enroll. ments in our Allied Health and Business programs, while our Construction Trades, Heavy Equipment and CDL programs continue to be very popular

Dr. Brooke Beaverheart Gondara President

Board of Trustees Harold L. Ivanoff Chairperson, Jack M. Smith, Jr. Vice-Chairperson, Mary Sage Treasurer, Lillian Lane Secretary, Lydia Agnasagga Wainwright, retired Dec. 2010, Ida Angasan Kaktovik Anna Nageak Anaktuvuk Pass, Rainey Hopson At-Large, Rhoda Bennett Nuiqsut, Bill Tracey, Sr. Point Lay, Amos Nashookpuk Wainwright-current, Mary Ellen Ahmaogak ASRC


“Ilisagvik . . College provides quality post-secondary academic, vocational and technical education in a learning environment that perpetuates and strengthens Iñupiat culture, language, values and traditions. It is dedicated to providing well-educated and trained individuals who meet the human resource needs of North Slope employers.”

. As an expression of this mission, Ilisagvik College pursues . the following core themes: Academic Education - that education embodied in the Associate of Arts, the Associate of Science and the Associate of Applied Science degrees from which students either enter the workforce or transfer to four year institutions. Applied Knowledge and Skills to Develop the Local Workforce - that education and training embodied in Certificates, Workforce Development programs, and partnerships with business and industry which either prepare participants to enter the workforce or to gain additional skills to enhance their abilities in the workforce. Access and Support - those activities which either prepare students to enter college level programs or enable students to undertake college programs by providing classes to villages and providing the financial and learning resources to enable them to be successful in their endeavors. Iñupiaq Culture and Values - Instruction and activities which incorporate principles of traditional education, including the promotion of Iñupiaq culture and values and which provides opportunities for participation in cultural events important to the essence of being an Iñupiaq.

Above: Mattie Bodfish at Open House for the College. Below: Carl Hank of Point Lay adjusts lighting during the Digital Media Camp.

Partnerships ASRC Federal Kivvaq Nungasak was this year’s student to travel to Washington, D.C. for a 10 week internship with ASRC Federal and American Indian Science Engineering Society (AISES). “I interned at ASRC Federal in Greenbelt, Maryland in the Contracts Department. I filed and organized modifications and NDAs (non disclosure agreements) and TAs (teaming agreements). I also assisted my mentor with anything she needed. I would . recommend this to any Ilisagvik students who are . willing to give up a summer to do an AMAZING intership in Washington.” - Kivvaq Nungasak

Kivvaq Nungasak on a hiking trip in Washington, D.C.

State of AlaskaDepartment of Corrections . Ilisagvik is entering its third year of partnership with Hiland Correctional . Center in Eagle River. Through an articulated Tech-Prep Agreement, inmates are able to complete their Carpentry I Certificate while still incarcerated, in hopes that this basic certification will encourage them to continue their training once released and/or facilitate entry into the workforce. . This past year, 13 inmates met the requirements for the certificate. Ilisagvik . adjunct instructor, Sheirwin Caldwell, taught the NCCER accredited classes this summer, which culminated in the construction of a barn used to grow and sell flowers to the community. Both institutions are now exploring an expansion of the partnership to include instruction towards a Plumbing Certificate as well.

“These women want to change their lives. These construction classes help them to do that. There are so many opportunities available to them upon their release. I cannot thank you enough for helping these women out. They are a good investment!� -Sheirwin Caldwell, Instructor

Barn under construction with instructor Sheirwin Caldwell, and Brittany Burt, Hiland Educational Coordinator. Above left: Students and instructor Caldwell working on building construction.

Community Empowerment Workforce Development The College’s Workforce Development department continued to see growth in requests from employers, and subsequently more classes and higher enrollment. 117 Village Classes, 687 Participants 197 Barrow Classes, 1360 Participants Total: 2047 Participants* *duplicated - participants counted for each course they take.

Sustainable Northern Shelter Project in Point Lay This project - similar to the Anaktuvuk Pass home completed in 2009 - was a collaborative effort between the Cold Climate Hous. ing Research Center in Fairbanks, TNHA and Ilisagvik College. This . partnership is an essential step in developing our workforce and encourages young local workers, not only because they have completed . their course work at Ilisagvik and are employed where they live, but . - more importantly - to become stakeholders in developing and creating a more sustainable quality of life for their friends, family and community. “I was impressed with the students’ attitude. The discipline of completing their college curriculum was apparent in their work ethic and their willingness to take instruction and learn new skills. I be. lieve the Ilisagvik concept of mentoring the students on the job com. bined with class time is the right way to integrate students into the workforce safely, with the right attitudes, and with a good base of knowledge and some skills. It worked well here. They are all good young men and have much to contribute. I would not hesitate to hire them myself. I hope they go on to further challenge themselves and maximize their contribution to their community.” -John Woodward, Instructor

Above: Christian Young of Point Lay working hard. Below: The students constructing the home’s frame. Facing page, above: 40 Hour HAZWOPER students suit up. Facing page, below: OUPV (6-pack) class

Employers served: Arctic Slope Native Association

Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slope

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation

Kuukpik Corporation

Barrow Arctic Science Consortium

North Slope Borough

Barrow Utilities and Electric Coop.

North Slope Borough School District

Cully Corporation

Olgoonik Corporation

Areas of Instruction: Building Sciences (Exclusive of Trades Program) Classes Taught: 15 Total Participants: 99

Business Classes Taught: 120 Total Participants: 931

Commercial Driver’s License and Heavy Equipment Classes Taught: 19 Total Participants 73

Driver’s Education Classes Taught: 22 Total Participants: 53

EMS and Fire: Classes Taught: 12 Total Participants: 89

Health: Total Classes: 6 Total Participants: 36

Industrial Safety Classes Taught: 82 Total Participants: 570

Public Administration Total Classes: 6 Total Participants: 12

Utilities, Industry, Tourism, Marine, General Classes Taught: 34 Total Participants: 257

Preparing Our Youth for College Success Part of creating a college-going culture is helping youth to become comfortable and familiar with the idea of college. We continued our successful programs from years past. Some of our highlights include: •

I Know I Can - bringing college graduates from our community into 2nd grade classrooms to read to them about college and professions. They then draw pictures of what they want to be when they grow up. The State of Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education will mail their drawings back to them two years later.

85 village football participants visited the college and heard from current student Riley . Sikvayugak who shared why Ilisagvik is such a fantastic opportunity for North Slope youth. .

This page, left: A graduate of the Law Enforcement Camp! Below: Carpentry student Lloyd Pikok shows middle school students how to operate the lift. Facing page, top right: ‘I Know I Can’ participants display their drawings. Below, right: Law Enforcement Camp participants toured the NSB Search and Rescue aircraft. Bottom, left: Jen Kiser encourages a 2nd grader to think about what he wants to be when he grows up!

13 Summer camps for middle and high school students, with over 100 participants. Camp subjects ranged from Science and Wildlife to Health Care and Law Enforcement.

. 5th graders visited the Ilisagvik campus for ‘I’m Going to . College’ Day. They toured classrooms where they had minilessons from college professors, then graduated with a diploma at the end of the day.

. Ilisagvik also partners with Hopson Middle School to bring . middle school students to our campus every Thursday afternoon. These sessions are an opportunity for students to be on a college campus, and to participate in various programming to excite them about learning and about higher education.

. Ilisagvik graduated a record number of students in spring 2011. . 70 students received degrees, certificates and GEDs! Aarigaa!

Congratulations Graduates! Roberta Panik Ahmaogak

Isabel Ahseangatuk Edwardson

Stacy L. Nielsen

Heidi Ahsoak

Michael Foster

Angelica Marisse C. Pelia

Flora Aiken

Lesley Hopson

Daniel Paul Pikok

Theresa Akpik

Maude Hopson

Joseph Pikok

Pamela Amling

Sandy Hopson

Lloyd Franklin Thomas Pikok

Jennie R. Bodfish

Suzanne V. Howard

William Rexford-Brown

Marilyn Booth

René Johnson

Patricia Rice

Muriel D. Brower

Lilly Lorraine Kanayurak

Naomi A. Ruby

Adam Jene Burnett

Jackie Leavitt

Sione L. Siale

Eric Burnett

Rebecca A. Leavitt

Jamie Suvlu

Whitney R. Congdon

Nicholas A. Leiva

Christopher A. Upicksoun

Jaysun Cox

Lilly Kay Miller

Levy F. Worrell

Emmanuellynn Ebue

Vincent Nageak III

Christian S. Young

“My dream was to graduate with my daughter. It was a dream come true!” -Maude Hopson, on graduating alongside her daughter Leslie Hopson with Associate Degrees in 2011.

Program Successes Associate of Arts (AA) Program •

This year, we increased the number of graduates with AA degrees in general studies: Spring 10: 1 graduate Spring 11: 5 graduates Spring 12: 4 projected

We are continuing to have good participation from dual credit students, including highly motivated groups like those from the high school in Kaktovik taking MATH 105. At least one dual credit student is now pursuing a degree with the college.

We had a successful science class delivered to village students using E-Live technology and an on-site coordinator.

Five students in Point Hope are now continuing to make progress towards graduation.

Above and below: Students registering for classes

Iñupiaq Studies There have been exciting advancements this past year in the Iñupiaq Studies Department. An Iñupiat Language Certificate II was implemented in the Fall of 2010. We are proud to announce that we are open now to instructing a second year Iñupiaq Language certification for those who are interested in pursuing their continued study of the Iñupiaq language. In addition, in partnership with North Slope Borough School District and the . Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slope (ICAS), Ilisagvik College won a grant . from the American Indian College Fund, called the Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones” Early Childhood Initiative. We were one of four Tribal Colleges awarded funding throughout the nation. Our regional name for this program will be Uqatchim Uglua: Iñupiaq Early Learning Program, which will be an Iñupiaq Language Nest program for ages 3 months to 3 years. Alongside that, we were awarded an Alaska Native Education Program grant that encompasses three main objectives: 1.

Establish an Iñupiaq Immersion Early childhood Education Center;

2. Create an Indigenous AA Degree in Iñupiaq Early Childhood Education; and 3. Provide culturally relevant professional development opportunities for current NSBSD teachers. The first year will concentrate on curriculum development and planning for the Fall of 2012 opening. The program funding will run for 4 years.

Above: Akłunarriqiruk. They (Henry Koonuk and Jerica Aamodt) are making rope from seal skin during the Iñupiaq Culture Camp in Point Hope. Below: Drum Construction Instructor Vernon Aiviq Elavgak sands the handle for the drum.

Allied Health •

The Northwest Alaska Area Health Education Center (NW AHEC) was officially established in December, strengthening the mission of the Allied Health program by serving as a recruitment pipeline and retention tool.

Allied Health Program Active students increased from 27 students in Fall 2010 to 35 students in Summer 2011.

7 CNA graduates and the first Allied Health Certificate graduate. The Arctic Slope Native Association has increased its CNA staffing at Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital by four positions and was able to fill those positions locally because of this program.

32 students participated in two Allied Health Summer Camps. This was the first year we ran a middle school camp and it was a huge success.

11 of the top summer camp students were funded to travel to Anchorage and complete a job shadow with a variety of healthcare professionals.

In Spring 2011, Vincent Nageak was the first student to earn the Allied Health Certificate. He continues to pursue an Associate of Arts, General Studies degree, as well as an Associate of Applied Science degree in Allied Health. Vincent is a superb student, serving as a mentor to the community. He works full time . at the NSB as a corrections officer, attends Ilisagvik full time, is a . father, subsistence hunter and whaler, and serves as a volunteer EMS provider.

Above: Larissa Lee takes x-rays on Ellen Oyagak. Below: Joseph Neakok and Kenneth Ivanoff are all smiles during the Allied Health Middle School Summer Camp.

Tuzzy Consortium Library

James Tuckfield and Jacklyn Sceeles show off their fun face paint at the Summer Reading Kick Off Carnival. Jacklyn was the summer’s top reader!

Over 42,000 people entered the building to use the services that are provided.

The Tuzzy web page ( had 85,472 hits.

640 uses of the library’s Wi-Fi.

30,742 items were circulated.

The library held 238 programs attended by 3,625 adults and children.

Special programs included the popular Saturday morning story time for infants and toddlers, teen game nights, family movie nights, and the knitting group, the Knitwits. Meetings and college classes were also held in the library. Popular adult programming included world famous Native poet and musician Joy Harjo, photographer Bill Hess, storyteller Brett Dillingham and Ted Mala Jr., grandson of movie star Ray Wise Mala. The library again partnered with the Friends of Tuzzy Library and the North Slope Borough in bringing books to preschoolers through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. This is a Borough-wide initiative so books are being sent to youngsters in all the villages of the North Slope. Libraries in those communities were also open all year and provided summer reading programs.

Construction of the library expansion was begun in October when pilings were installed. The project was picked up in June when flooring and walls went in. Completion is expected in February 2012.

Enrollment 2010-2011 Academic Year Student Numbers: •  Total students (unduplicated): 1,741 •  Continuing Education Unit (CEU) students: 738 •  Male: 789; Female: 952 •  Alaska Native/American Indian: 61% •  Village Students (not including Barrow): 253 •  Students Enrolled in Distance Delivery Courses: 760 •  Distance Delivery Courses Offered: 158 •  Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 115 (Fall 2010) •  College graduates: 39 •  GED graduates: 12

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Revenues FY11 Revenues North Slope Borough Contribution Local appropriation from the NSB To support: . College •  Ilisagvik . •  Tuzzy Library •  Village library operations •  ABE/GED Center •  Village ABE/GED operations •  25% Village Liaisons' salaries •  Rent paid to UIC Total NSB Contribution




Self Generated Income Grants and Contracts Donations BIE Tribal College Registration, Tuition, and Course Fees Housing and Meals Bookstore Miscellaneous Revenue

3,732,954* 323,240 378,180 669,315 529,066 65,715 33,042

PERS Contribution from State of Alaska


Total Revenues


* some grants are multi-year awards

Above left: The College is abuzz with activity on Registration Day. Above right: Allied Health Camp Counselor Linda Ahkiviana is up to bat during a summer game.

FY11 Expenses Instruction Institution Auxiliary Enterprises Academic Support Operations and Maintenance Rent Student Services Capital Projects Depreciation

$4,708,400 2,825,225 1,080,138 2,062,791 735,951 1,317,000 1,519,953 939,109 142,252

Total FY 2011 Expenses Support for Title III Programs Operating Reserve

$15,330,819 400,000 76,943

Total FY 2011 Expenses and Commitments


Charitable Contributions Corporate


Dept. of Education Title III Grant (matching funds), $200,000 ASRC, $115,000 ConocoPhillips, $107,069 American Indian College Fund, $100,000 BP, $100,000 Shell Oil, $75,000 American Indian College Fund (Anonymous Donation), $24,407.47 Exxon, $15,000 ASRC Federal, $10,000 Landye, Bennett, Blumstein, LLP, $5,000 Avant-Garde Learning Foundation, $4,500 GCI School Program, $4,500 Pioneer Natural Resources, $2,000 AIG/VALIC, $1,500 IBM, $50

Marla Berg Elizabeth Beardsley Pearl Brower Anthony Bryant Eric Campbell Angela Cox Earl and Katie Davis Anton Edwardson George and Debby Edwardson David Fauske Beverly and Kent Grinage Mike and Esther Jeffery Diane Kaplan Augustine Kignak Lillian Lane Johnson Kathy Leary Edna MacLean Michelle Radin Ronald O. Reynolds Chris Smith Jack Smith Phoebe Stine Caitlin Sweeney Maclean Sweeney

Pool Operator’s class : Students with their instructor, under the Barrow High School pool.


Bureau of Indian Affairs BIA-BIE / Tribal College Fund

Alaska Dept. of Education & Early Development Public Library Assistance Grant (Village Library Operation)

Autaaqtuq Fund Tourism, Licensing & Training College Student Teacher Summer Intern Incentive & Student Support Exploring Careers in Digital Media STEM Camp

ASRC Federal Holding Company In-Sourcing Information Management Professionals

Best Beginnings / Friends of Tuzzy Library ConocoPhillips Dolly Parton - Imagination Library Imagination Library Program

US Department of Education / Title III USDA-NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) Addition to Tuzzy Library Tribal Colleges Endowment Program TCCU / At Risk Student Force Expansion Grant (Office Planning Special Emphasis Project) TCCU / Expansion and Technology Upgrade Equity Grants (Alaska Native Traditional Food Curriculum Alaska Native Education Program Development & Healthy Lifestyles Outreach) US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development Village Organizations Self-Sufficiency American Indian College Fund / W.K. Kellogg Foundation Wakanyeja (Sacred Little Ones) - Early Childhood Initiative Alaska Dept. of Health & Human Services Adult Basic Education / Tutors (Contract) WALMART Foundation/AIHEC, HACU, NAFEO Student Success Collaborative Alaska Dept. of Labor Adult Basic Education: Instruction Alaska, Dept. of Commerce, Community and Economic Development (DCCED) . Ilisagvik Workforce Development Programs . . Ilisagvik College Purchase of Heavy Equipment . North Slope Borough / NPRA Allied Health Training ECHO / North Slope Borough Planning IÑU 210 Culture Camp University of Alaska Anchorage / US DHHS Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

US Institute of Museum and Library Services Basic Library Operations John Kignak and Jerica Aamodt are on the way to PointThompson, during the Iñupiaq Values Camp.

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Pictured on the cover: Greta Elavgak, Dr. Kim Self, and Ellen Oyagak during the 2011 Dental Assistant Training