Kira Walters, Prince William Sound College (PWSC) student Read More

Meet the students Monday: Kira Walters

 |  Vicki Heisser and Jessica Young  | 

Kira Walters comes from a Coast Guard family. She has lived in so many different places, from Maine to South Carolina to Guam, Virginia, Washington, and even Alaska (when she was a child). Now she is back in Alaska to attend PWSC, while her family is in Honolulu where her younger brother is receiving treatment for leukemia.

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National Suicide Prevention Month

 |  Jessica Young  | 

In honor of September being National Suicide Prevention Month, PWSC is taking part in the national conversations happening this month around suicide prevention.

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Matt Schiffner completes his BLM internship

 |  Vicki Heisser  | 

PWSC student Matt Schiffner is about to end his 6-week internship with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Glennallen Field Office and return to PWSC. Before he returns to school to complete his outdoor leadership program, Matt took time to share what a great experience he had during his internship and all the support he received from the staff at BLM.

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Meet Erin Hickok, PWSC's Health & Fitness Coordinator

 |  Vicki Heisser and Jessica Young  | 

Having lived in Honolulu, Hawaii, for the past six years, Erin Hickok is PWSC’s newest Health and Fitness Center Coordinator and is eager to work with the college and Valdez community. With a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Marshall University, Erin has a wealth of knowledge at her disposal. She is also currently working on a doctorate in health and human performance through Concordia University. In Hawaii, Erin owned a running and training company and worked for a university as their head of strength and conditioning for their athletic teams.

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Sophia Palomar shares her experience as a CNA

 |  Jessica Young  | 

Sophia Palomar just graduated high school in May of 2020. A great accomplishment on its own, but for her, that was only part of it. She also completed the PWSC’s Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) course and passed her exam. Now she is working, along with her father, as a CNA at Providence Valdez Extended Care Center.

Kerra Apolo reads the book of published fairy tales Read More

Alaskan themed fairy tales

 |  Vicki Heisser  | 

As part of a creative writing class, Dr. Dennis Humphrey and his class collaborated to create a collection of fairy tales with Alaskan connections. He then edited the collection and published it through Amazon's self-publishing website, KDP, and plans to repeat this process in the fall (with a science-fiction theme).

Joe rides on all terrain vehicle in Wrangell St. Elias National Park Read More

Joe Kay shares about his NPS internship experience

 |  Vicki Heisser  | 

Not only does Joe get to see the wonders of the park, but he gets to live and explore among the Wrangell Mountains for three months while he participates in the internship. While mapping trail conditions, Joe spent five days camping in the park where he was able to put a few of his PWSC outdoor courses to use.

Megan Gunderson and sons and the beach in Valdez, Alaska Read More

The Early Childhood Development Project

 |  Vicki Heisser  | 

Finding good and affordable childcare and having the tools to ensure that care promotes their children’s physical and intellectual development, can be difficult for many working parents, and Valdez, Alaska, is no exception. Understanding this challenge, PWSC’s Dr. Teresa Barton and Megan Gunderson are working on a program to create, as Megan puts it, “a wider network of childcare in Valdez,” and to establish workshops and classes that focus on promoting children’s “physical and intellectual development.” To this end, they’ve created the Early Childhood Development Project.

PWSC student Matt Shiffner on the job with the Bureau of Land Management Read More

Matthew Shiffner interns for the Bureau of Land Management

 |  Vicki Heisser  | 

PWSC student Matthew Shiffner is happy to be in his element working as an intern with the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Glennallen Field Office (GFO). Recently we caught up with him and BLM’s Outdoor Recreation Planner Jan Miller.

Anthony Gerasch fishing in Prince William Sound, Alaska Read More

Anthony Gerasch to implement new marine technology program

 |  Vicki Heisser  | 

PWSC is excited to have Anthony Gerasch Jr. join the college team and begin building a new marine service technology program. Gerasch brings an incredible amount of expertise with him, and we recently had the opportunity to find out more about his background, his abundant enthusiasm for living in Alaska, and his plans for the marine tech program.

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