Neighbors Digest

Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Red Cross to offer free disaster training Friday through Sunday

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JUNEAU - The American Red Cross of Alaska will hold free disaster training to be conducted in three classes - "Knowing Our Mission; Turning Your Compassion Into Community Action" at 7 p.m. Friday in the Riverbend Elementary School commons, and "Family and Case Work" 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and "Shelter Operations and Simulations" 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday in the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School library.

To find out more about the Red Cross and different areas to volunteer in, the Red Cross will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Riverbend Elementary School.

Those with a desire to join the mission of the Red Cross are encouraged to sign up today, as space is limited. For more information, call 209-1568.

Southeast Alaska Career Center to open officially on Thursday

SITKA - The Southeast Alaska Career Center will officially open its doors Thursday, with an open house from 10:30 a.m. to noon at 205 Baranof St., in Sitka. There will be a dedication ceremony at 11:30 a.m., with special guests Rep. Peggy Wilson and Commissioner of Labor Click Bishop.

The center was developed as part of the Sitka Education Consortium mission to enhance regional career and technical education services to the 900 high schools in Sitka, as well as other youth ages 14-24 in Southeast.

The facility was funded through an Economic Development Administration grant and included an upgrade to the Yaw Building at Sheldon Jackson College, a new welding facility at the University of Alaska Southeast in Sitka and a new career center.

The mission of the program is to develop and enhance career plans, employability skills and career and technical education through contextual learning in an environment that mirrors the world of work.

Initial programs include the Young Entrepreneurs Program, in which students learn business and employability skills in the context of a real business.

The career center has also submitted a grant for Youth Build, a 10-month training program in which students building affordable homes from the ground up while completing high school or getting a GED.

The third program at this time will be the School-To-Work program, in which staff work with youth to develop career plans, do job shadows, internships and apprenticeships. This program will offer supervised distance delivered courses when the training is not available in Sitka, as well as plan and offer a host of career academics in partnership with UAS in Sitka, Sitka Works and other training providers. The career center will host job and college fairs as well as career camps for high schools in the region and work readiness training.

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UAS Student Wellness to host Luna Fest film festival on Oct. 20

JUNEAU - LunaFest, a fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers and bringing women together in their communities, is holding its premiere event at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20 at Centennial Hall.

Hosted by University of Alaska Southeast Student Wellness and sponsored in part by a state of Alaska Health and Social Services grant, the event is a unique film festival highlighting women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine films by women. The films range from animated short to fictional drama and cover topics such as women's health, body image, spirituality, relationships, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.

All proceeds will go to Cancer Connection and the Breat Cancer Fund. Thus far, LunaFest, sponsored by LUNA, the Whold Nutrition Bar for Women, has raised more than $10,000 for the Breast Cancer Fund and more than $250,000 for other women's nonprofits. For more information, visit

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