"Did You Know 白小姐王中王开奖结果F鈥檚 Kuskokwim Campus is Commemorating 50 Years Since Its Inaugural Graduation?鈥

April 23, 2024

Archival image of 1975 graduation featuring Robert Hiatt, Louis Andrew, Lewis Haines, Beatrice Jones, Hugh Fate Jr., and Patrick O'Rourke

Archival image of KuC inaugural graduation featuring Robert Hiatt, Louis Andrew, Lewis Haines, Beatrice Jones, Hugh Fate Jr., and Patrick O'Rourke


Historical Milestone:
It was 1975 in Bethel, Alaska, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks(白小姐王中王开奖结果F), College of Rural and Community Development鈥檚 (CRCD) Kuskokwim Campus (KuC), then known as Kuskokwim Community College, put on its first graduation ceremony. Fifty-eight graduates, all wearing caps and gowns, made their way across the stage. 白小姐王中王开奖结果 President Robert Hiatt shook their hands and the audience, packed with loved ones, stood and cheered. Fast forward to 2024, and the campus is preparing to commemorate its 50th graduation ceremony and celebrate its vast and influential history in the lives of many Alaskans. 

A Brief History:
The journey of the Kuskokwim Campus began on October 16, 1972, when 83 students enrolled in college courses. It was the first rural community college established by the university. By 1975, it had over 700 students enrolled and established the Bethel Consortium Library. That same year, the Kuskokwim Campus became the first Alaskan university to experiment with distance learn, when instructional television began beaming live TV classes to villages within the KYUK TV signal area.

Cultural Enrichment:
Embedded in the cultural fabric of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, the Kuskokwim Campus has played a central role in cultural enrichment in its community. Academic offerings, such as Yup'ik Language courses and the Ethnobotany program, highlight the campus' commitment to preserving Indigenous knowledge and promoting cultural diversity.

The campus has partnered with local agencies and school districts to offer programs catering to changing local needs, from Rural Human Services, Community Health Aide training, and Tribal Management.

Zoom In:
Since its establishment in 1972, nearly 3,600 students have earned certificates and degrees from the campus. The opportunities at Kuskokwim are vast, as students can earn everything from certificates to PhDs. This year, 36 students will walk across the stage.

The graduating class of 2025 will be even bigger, containing both two-year cohorts from the Human Services Associates (HUMS) AAS and Rural Human Services (RHS) certificate programs. In these programs, Elders teach alongside faculty, and students come to Bethel one week per month to complete classes. Students often move through this designed academic pathway and go on for bachelor's, master's, and PhD programs.

Zoom out:
At the heart of 白小姐王中王开奖结果F CRCD鈥檚 Kuskokwim Campus is a commitment to culturally enriching education and empowerment. By offering local and relevant curriculum, language revitalization programs, and community-based research initiatives, the campus actively promotes the preservation and celebration of Indigenous knowledge, languages, and traditions.

Recognition and Future Development:
In 2023, the Kuskokwim Consortium Library was awarded the prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service, nominated by Senator Lisa Murkowski. 

Following in the vision of Rep. Don Young and supported by congressionally directed funding, KuC has developed and planned a new Health Sciences Building and is set to begin construction in the summer of 2024.

Final Note:
As the Kuskokwim Campus celebrates its 50th graduation ceremony, this 白小姐王中王开奖结果F campus continues to be a bedrock of educational opportunity, empowering Alaskans to pursue postsecondary education close to home. The dedication of its directors, faculty, and staff have been instrumental in shaping the future of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, paving the way for generations of students to thrive.

Go Deeper:

Kuskokwim Campus Profile PDF

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