Foundation promises $2 million for Yukon Kuskokwim career center

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2003

ANCHORAGE - The Rasmuson Foundation will donate $2 million to a Yukon Kuskokwim career learning center in Bethel, the center announced Monday.

The foundation will make the donation to Yuut Elitnaurviat, which is Yup'ik Eskimo for "People's Learning Center." The center is a multi-agency collaboration set up to provide career education and training for the region's industries.

Spokeswoman Janelle Vanasse said training opportunities will be available to high school students and adults, and boarding facilities will accommodate students from the region's villages.

The Rasmuson Foundation was set up in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband, E.A. Rasmuson, who assumed leadership of the National Bank of Alaska in 1918.

Vanasse said $500,000 of the donation will be delivered to the center as a direct grant. The remaining $1.5 million will be awarded when the rest of the required funds are secured.

Construction of the first phase of the center is projected at $16 million. More than $2 million will be contributed by local partners and another $2 million in state and federal money has been secured.

The target date for operation is fall 2005.

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