The U.S. Department of Education recently approved several grants for Alaska programs, including projects in Ketchikan, Metlakatla, Wrangell and Prince of Wales Island communities.
A $683,000 grant for the Rural Alaska Community Action Programs will go toward training early-childhood caregivers in nine communities, including Ketchikan and Hydaburg, according to Sen. Ted Stevens' office.
An $800,000 grant to the Craig School District will fund the district's FLOAT program - Float Learning Opportunity and Academic Triumph. The program is geared toward extending learning opportunities, addressing dropout rates and educating parents.
The program is based on a floating marine research station in the wilderness and will include students from Metlakatla, Wrangell, Craig, Hydaburg, Klawock and the Southeast Island School District, according to Stevens' office.