Education

Bristol Bay Borough School District

Bristol Bay Borough School Board President, Michael Swain, is now President-Elect of the Association of Alaska School Boards. He will serve in this position for a year before becoming President of the AASB.

McKinley Capital Management's Bob Gillam delivered commencement address to graduates Saturday in Dillingham.

There are over 30 correspondence schools in the state of Alaska.  These programs enable parents to be directly involved in their child’s education. However, there are quite a few misconceptions concerning the correspondence school lifestyle.

Correspondence school is essentially home schooling.  However, the parents work with school districts for resources and some specialty courses as well as guidance.

As of July 1st, former Alaskan public high school students that failed the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam and received a certificate of achievement are eligible for a high school diploma. 

As lieutenant governor candidate Bob Williams campaigns around Alaska this summer, he stopped in Dillingham Tuesday.  A huge focus during this campaign for Williams is education but he’s also concerned about letting Alaskans being heard.

Dental Health Aid Therapists are mid-level dental technicians trained specifically to work in rural villages. Ten years ago, the first group of Alaskan students returned from New Zealand with their certification.  Now, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium offers the program in state. 

DHATs are trained to do cleanings, fillings, simple extractions and provide dental education to the community that they serve.  Since the program in Alaska started ten years ago, DHATs have expanded to cover more than 40,000 Alaska Native people in over 80 rural villages.