22nd Alaska State Legislature
Information from Representative Richard Foster

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State Capitol, Room 410
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: (907) 465-3789
Fax: (907) 465-3242

PO Box 1630
Nome, AK 99762-1630
Phone: (907) 443-5036
Phone: (907) 269-0272
Fax: (907) 269-0273

Sponsor Statement for HB 239
Vocational Education Pilot Program

An Act establishing a pilot program for a regional learning center.

Released: April 24, 2001
Contact: Representative Richard Foster at (907) 465-3789

The Twenty-first Alaska Legislature through the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee (LB&A) hearings found indications of broad support for regional learning centers. Several communities have expressed interest in creating regional boarding programs focused on the special interests of their region.

The LB&A meeting in Nome helped create a renewed interest in the possibility of a regional boarding school that would teach vocational skills and other job related and living skills that are not available in the high schools of small isolated communities.

The Bering Strait School District and the Nome City School District have been exploring the feasibility of a cooperative program that would utilize the existing Nome Beltz School complex to develop and operate a pilot regional learning program.

The Bering Strait School Board and the Nome Common Council have both taken actions to support the creation of a pilot program and to seek federal funding to help cover program planning and initial operation costs.

A conceptional overview of the program is contained in the March 20, 2001 letter from, Dr. John Davis, Superintendent of the Bering Strait School District.

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