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Spring registration opens at Iḷisaġvik

December 12th, 2014 | By Elise Patkotak Print this article   Email this article  

As the holidays approach and everyone gets merry, it's hard to think about anything that isn't connected to tinsel, manger scenes and presents under a tree. But if you want your future to be as bright as the holiday season, then you should think of giving yourself the best present of all, the gift of education. It's a gift that just keeps on giving.

Registration for Iḷisaġvik College's spring semester is now underway. The course schedule can be found at, and a quick review finds that the college offers something for just about everyone.

Whether you want to take classes to increase your earning potential in your current career field or want to find a career path that grabs your interest, Iḷisaġvik has something for you. You can start your college education at Iḷisaġvik and then transfer to a four-year degree program if you want.

If that doesn't interest you, you can earn a two-year degree at Iḷisaġvik that will greatly enhance your future career and earning potential. You can take classes that will provide certificates and licenses in just about every vocational area with jobs available on the North Slope.

Or you can just take a course for the pure joy of learning because the subject interests you.

The last day to register for semester-long classes is Jan. 30, 2015. However, since classes begin on Jan. 20, students registering after that date will be responsible for catching up on any material they may have missed.

If you're in a village outside of Barrow, call Iḷisaġvik's toll free number (1-800-478-7337) for information on how you can obtain your education while staying in your home village.

In other village news, recruiters will be in the North Slope villages from February through early April with the latest word on the many summer camps Iḷisaġvik will be offering this year. They will also travel to the Bethel, Kotzebue and Nome area throughout the spring.

Iḷisaġvik's Student Success Center will be hosting outreach events held in Anaktuvuk Pass (end of January), Pt. Hope and Kaktovik (dates yet to be determined).

Iḷisaġvik President Pearl Brower adds, "Make your future as bright as the holiday season — pursue a post-secondary education. You'll be glad you did. Happy holidays to everyone on the North Slope, and especially to all our students, faculty and staff."


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