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ASRC supports higher education on North Slope

July 20th, 2014 | For the Arctic Sounder Print this article   Email this article  

In 2008, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) entered into a five-year commitment with Ilisagvik College, Alaska's only tribal college and the only institution of higher education on the North Slope. As part of the agreement, ASRC committed to giving $100,000 each year for an overall total of $500,000. Since that time, ASRC and its family of companies have given more than $780,000 to support education at Ilisagvik College.

In late 2013, ASRC board of directors announced plans to enter into another five-year commitment with Ilisagvik College, providing an increased donation of $150,000 per year, for a total commitment of $750,000.

"Ilisagvik and ASRC have many shared goals, making ours a natural partnership," commented Ilisagvik College President, Pearl Brower. "With their past and future giving, ASRC has truly shown their dedication to sustainability for our region, through education."

"Our financial commitment to Ilisagvik College truly is an investment in an invaluable renewable resource — the future of our ASRC shareholders," said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. "This funding will not only create additional educational opportunities but also allow Ilisagvik to plan for its future."

In addition to providing financial support, ASRC and Ilisagvik College have partnered in other ways. Ilisagvik Community and Workforce Development Department, which provides custom trainings to local employers, has provided a number of trainings for ASRC and ASRC subsidiary employees directly. Also, ASRC provided externs to assist with the Ilisagvik College summer camp program in both 2012 and 2013. Ilisagvik served an estimated 879 ASRC shareholders as students in the 2012-2013 academic year, which accounted for over 50 percent of the total student body.

"In our two organizations' missions, we strive to support Inupiat culture, create opportunities through economic development, and overall improve the quality of life for North Slope residents" said President Brower. "Through the work that they do and the support they have shown for education, ASRC is going a long way in meeting this mission."

Ilisagvik College has seen steady enrollment growth over the last nine years, and added the new programs of Uqautchim Uglua (focused teacher education and lab school) and Cooperative Extension in 2011 and 2012. This expansion, in conjunction with reduced grant funding (due to governmental budget cuts) and increased operational costs, has increased the need for contributions such as ASRC's. "We are so grateful to have partners like ASRC, and our sustaining funder, the North Slope Borough," continued President Brower. "A heartfelt quyanaqpak from Ilisagvik College to ASRC for their continued generosity!"

To find out more about giving to Ilisagvik College, please go to or call (907) 852-1761.


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