Cleo Susook – Iḷisaġvik College Student Spotlight

This month Iḷisaġvik College would like to spotlight student Cleo Susook. Cleo is from Barrow, but his family just moved to Anchorage where his step dad got a new job. When he is not working on his AA in Accounting, Cleo is a Federal Work Study student in the Iḷisaġvik College Kitchen. His favorite activity is playing basketball with the Iḷisaġvik College team and his favorite professional team Learn More →

Iḷisaġvik Ice Bowling

On Saturday March 19th, a cool -12 degree day, the Iḷisaġvik College’s Student Services Department held its first Ice Bowling Event. A 25 x 30 foot area of the parking lot was smooth as glass, with 2x4 beams acting as bumpers for a make-shift bowling alley for students, staff and community members in Barrow, Alaska. This event took days of planning and with the creative efforts of Earl Davis in Learn More →

Ray Kasak – Iḷisaġvik College Student Spotlight

Ray Kasak is our next student in the spotlight! Ray Kasak is a soft-spoken young man from Nuiqsut, the son of Rhoda Mullen and Jerry Sikvayugak. He is pursuing an Associate of Arts (AA) degree at Iḷisaġvik College after dropping out of school in 10th grade and taking a series of jobs with no real future. It did not take long for Ray to realize that he did not have much of a future if he did not Learn More →

Teachers for the Arctic

Teachers for the Arctic is a teacher preparation program at Iḷisaġvik, for early childhood education, elementary education or secondary education. Students interested in a teaching career should enroll in the Associate of Arts degree (AA) program at Iḷisaġvik College and, following successful completion of the degree, transfer to participating colleges such as the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Learn More →

Tuzzy Library Expansion Project

Click here to download the Tuzzy Library Expansion Status Report. Learn More →

Dual Credit: Giving Students a Jumpstart on College

Iḷisaġvik College and the North Slope Borough School District have joined together to create a program that provides high school students with courses that carry both high school and college credits. These programs can benefit students whether or not they chose to go on to post secondary education. Blake Frerking, who teaches the dual credit IC3 Internet and Computing Core Certification Program Learn More →

Tribal College Status: What Does it Mean?

Iḷisaġvik College recently became the first federally recognized tribal college in Alaska. But what does that really mean? And why is it so important? The history of tribal colleges can be traced back many decades to the Native American activism of the 1960s and 70s, combined with the social programs promoted by the federal government at that time. The purpose of a tribal college, as opposed to Learn More →

Growing Teachers for the Arctic

Martha Stackhouse says that in her position as the coordinator of Iḷisaġvik’s new Teachers for the Arctic program, she is motivated by a goal set over 30 years ago by the late Eben Hopson Sr. As mayor of the North Slope Borough, Hopson said he hoped to see a day when 70 percent of the North Slope Borough School District’s certified teachers were Iñupiaq. This percentage would match the district’s Learn More →

ASRC Federal Partners with Tuzzy Library

ASRC Federal and Iḷisaġvik College Work Together to Prepare Shareholders for a Future in Libraries and Information Management Ethel Toovak, who has been a regular patron of the Tuzzy Library since childhood, is now working there thanks to a grant from ASRC Federal. Iḷisaġvik College, in partnership with a grant program from ASRC Federal, is now training students who are ASRC shareholders in Learn More →

Guys Read Brings the Joy of Reading to Barrow 4th Graders

“Fun books!” “Cool readers!” and “I loved it!” were just a few of the exclamations from participating fourth grade boys about theGuys Read program held from October to December at Ipalook Elementary School in Barrow. Guys Read, a program piloted in Fairbanks schools, incorporates fun, guy-friendly books and adult male volunteer readers to show the kids that reading is a fun, masculine thing to Learn More →