JUNEAU - Career training and workforce development for Southeast Alaska is the motivation behind a recent $25,000 gift to the University of Alaska Southeast from Icicle Seafoods, a seafood processing company founded in Petersburg in 1965 and currently one of the largest seafood processors in Alaska.
The gift from Icicle includes $15,000 in funding support for the UAS Ketchikan Fisheries Technology Program, providing eight Leica CME microscopes with camera attachments for student use in laboratories, hatcheries and community-based training sessions. The Fisheries Technology Program prepares students for employment in a variety of fisheries occupations in Southeast Alaska with an emphasis on finish fish culture and salmon hatchery technologies. The program offers a Certificate in Fisheries Technology as well as an Associate of Applied Science degree.
Additionally, Icicle created two $5,000 scholarship funds, both of which will give Petersburg students educational access to the high-demand job skills needed for starting their careers in Alaska.
The Icicle Seafoods Petersburg High School Scholarship provides scholarship assistance to Petersburg High School graduates or Petersburg residents with a GED who plan to attend the University of Alaska Southeast. The scholarships are available to full or part-time students across all disciplines.
The Icicle Seafoods Career Education/Dual Enrollment Scholarship awards tuition and fees for Petersburg High School students who are enrolled in Career Education or dual enrollment classes at the University of Alaska Southeast.
The UAS dual enrollment program offers high school students the challenge of college instruction, earning high school and college credit simultaneously. Dual enrollment students have either exhausted high school course offerings, have shown solid ability or are highly topic-focused. Both programs offer great educational opportunites for career training and workforce development.
Scholarship applications may be acquired by contacting the UAS Director of Financial Aid at 907-796-6255.
Icicle's $25,000 contribution to UAS was part of a $200,000 gift to the University of Alaska made late in 2008.
Icicle has operations in Petersburg, Seward, Homer, Egegik and Larsen Bay, as well as floating processors that operate at various locations around the state.