The Network

The Alaska Postsecondary Access & Completion Network builds and strengthens partnerships to increase the percentage of all Alaskans who complete postsecondary education, particularly credentials relevant to a robust Alaskan economy.

Network objectives are to create synergy, reduce duplication of effort across membership, disseminate best practices and develop complementary messaging by state programs, agencies and organizations to encourage and support attainment. The Network can begin to address Alaska’s gaps and dissonance in statewide messaging, transition pathways, professional development, and data utilization around postsecondary attainment.

Central to the Network's efforts is the statewide attainment goal of "65 by 2025" which refers to the need to increase the percentage of working-age Alaskans who hold postsecondary credentials -  from apprenticeship or certificate completion to advanced degrees - to 65% by the year 2025.  

The Network is funded through the federal College Access Challenge Grant (CACG).

Get Involved

Current Opportunity: Facilitator for Alaska’s College and Career Counseling Initiative (CCCI)

Are you passionate about education and training? Can you inspire individuals? Do you want to play a pivotal role in preparing Alaskans for post-secondary education and training after high school?

We are currently searching for the right individuals throughout the state of Alaska to help us develop the Alaska College and Career Counseling Initiative (CCCI). The CCCI program is an initiative sponsored by the Alaska Postsecondary Access and Completion Network a partnership of educational and community entities focused on improving postsecondary access and success in Alaska. Learn more.  We are no longer taking applications this year. 

Upcoming Events

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Network Board of Directors meetings are open to any individual interested in the work being done to increase postsecondary access and completion in Alaska to attend and observe (in person or telephonically). The next Board of Directors telephonic meeting takes place on February 18, 2016.  Download agenda and call-in Information  

Network meetings are open to any Network member to attend as an active participant, in person or telephonically (RSVP to required).  

Network Member Webinars are scheduled periodically to address topics of interest. No webinars are currently scheduled.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors Seat - Postsecondary Education

Saichi T. Oba is the Associate Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services at the University of Alaska. In this role he advises the University President, campus executives and Regents on systemic issues pertaining to student services and enrollment. He has worked for the University since fall 1990 when he was hired to work at UAF for Registrar Emeritus Ann Tremarello in the Office of Admissions and Records. Tapped to head the Office of Admissions, Saichi was appointed the Interim Director of Admissions at UAF in 1996. Saichi returned to Oregon as the Director of Admissions at the Oregon Institute of Technology in 1998. He returned to Alaska in 2000 as the Program Manager for Banner Student. Promoted to the Director of Enrollment Services in 2002 he returned to his passion: working on strategic enrollment management and helping students find success at UA.

Saichi has served on executive committees for several professional organizations including the National Student Exchange, the College Board, and National Association for College Admissions Counseling and the Pacific National Association for College Admissions Counseling. He holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Eastern Oregon University and an MBA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Board of Directors Seat - Rural Alaska

Joe is the Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). Born and raised in Yakutat, Alaska. Lives in Juneau with wife and three kids.


  • Yakutat High School (1988)
  • BA in Political Science, UCLA (1996)
  • MA in American Indian Studies, UCLA (1998)
  • Juris Doctorate, Loyola Law School (2001)
Recent Work Experience:
  • Positions at UAS since 2004, PITAAS Program Director, Associate Vice Provost, Director of Admissions, Dean of Enrollment Mgmt, Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management/li>
  • Assistance City and Borough Attorney
  • Attorney, private practice
  • Commercial Fisherman
Current (for-profit) Board Service:
  • Sealaska Corporation since 2003, currently Chairman
  • Yak-tat Kwaan since 2002, currently Chairman

Board of Directors Seat - Vocational/Tribal Institutions

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Board of Directors Seat - At Large

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Board of Directors Seat - At Large

Mary Gower is the Director of Enrollment Services at the University of Alaska system office.  In her 15+ years working for the university Mary has enjoyed the breadth of work she encounters in Enrollment Services (no two days are the same!), her friendships with colleagues across the state, and ultimately that her work and that of her colleagues has positively changed students' lives. Mary's perspective reflects her diverse work background  - she held corporate, small business, education, and healthcare positions.

Mary is a University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) alumna, '94 BBA, '95MBA, and taught for six years as a UAF adjunct faculty member at UAF School of Management and also at the UAF Community & Technical College.

Board of Directors Seat - Postsecondary Student Services

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Luisa Machuca

Board of Directors Seat - Alaska Natives

My name is Luisa Machuca, Inupiaq Eskimo from Council, Alaska. I am currently the Vice President of the Education, Employment & Training Division with Kawerak, Inc in Nome, Alaska. I have been with Kawerak since 2009, working with many bright students from the Bering Strait region preparing them for post secondary training or college, careers, and equipping them with employment skills. I currently hold M.S. in Clinical Psychology, a B.A. In Psychology, and A.A.S in Accounting.

I am actively involved in educating and training youth and adults of all ages in the communities I serve. I am a current a board member for the Native Village of Council, appointed member for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Campus and the Northwestern Alaska Career and Technical Center Advisory Council, and the representative for Kawerak on the Alaska Native Coalition for Education and Training.

Board of Directors Seat - State Agencies

Rebekah Matrosova first served the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education from 2007 to 2008 as the Outreach division K-12 Program Specialist. Ms. Matrosova returned to the agency in 2010 as Outreach Program Manager and was promoted to her Director position in June 2013. Ms. Matrosova's professional experience includes serving as International Exchange Programs Coordinator for the University of Alaska Anchorage's American Russian Center and as Team Lead of a technical writing team for a major financial software platform. Ms. Matrosova holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism & public communications, as well as languages, and a Master of Public Administration in public management from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

As Director of Outreach & Early Awareness, Ms. Matrosova oversees the agency's initiatives to promote successful career & education planning statewide, including: programs to establish early awareness of the individual and collective benefits associated with postsecondary attainment; career & education planning tools, resources, and direct services; and public messaging to promote awareness of resources including state financial aid programs. Ms. Matrosova directs the activities of the outreach team and coordinates development and delivery of agency and multi-partner collaborative initiatives aimed at developing Alaska's capacity to produce college and career-ready citizens.

Kacey Miller

Board of Directors Seat - Students

Kacey Miller is from Dillingham, Alaska and a graduate from Dillingham High School. Kacey played collegiate volleyball at Minnesota State University Mankato then as a sophomore returned to Alaska to complete her postsecondary degree at UAA, earning a Bachelors of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Alaska Native Studies.

Kacey has resided in Nome the last 14 years and is the Student Services Manager at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Campus. Kacey serves on the NACTEC Advisory Board, NPS Strategic Planning and Cultural Committees as well as on the Anvil City Science Academy Academic Policy Committee. Kacey is also involved in statewide CTE taskforce initiatives, serves as the rural representative on several university policy and student enrollment initiative workgroups, and is involved in various regional education consortiums and postsecondary related workgroups.

Kacey is the recipient of the 2015 UAF Kay L Thomas Pathfinder Award and was featured in UAA's 2011 "I AM UAA" alumni series.  Kacey is especially passionate about and interested in distance education and successful student transitions to postsecondary education. She enjoys watching her children succeed in school and sports, returning to Dillingham in the summers, and relaxing by the bonfire with her husband, three children and lab Duke at their family cabin north of Nome.

Board of Directors Seat - Secondary Education

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Board of Directors Seat - At Large

Lael Oldmixon, a graduate of St. Michael's College (BA) and the University of Vermont (M.Ed), is the Executive Director of the University of Alaska's UA Scholars Program and UA College Savings Plan. Her career in higher education began 15 years ago as an admissions counselor at St. Michael's College. Since then, she has held positions in admissions, career services, and residence life with a focus always on access, retention, and attainment. Oldmixon serves on the boards of two Alaska non-profits, the Fairbanks Children's Museum and the Spirit of Youth. She spends her down time gardening, running, and wrangling her two children. The summer she's training to run the Equinox Marathon and raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Brenda Riley

Board of Directors Seat - Community Org/Non-Profit

Brenda Riley is the Executive Director of the Fairbanks Children's Museum, which opened on January 31, 2015 in downtown Fairbanks. As an avid proponent of educational investment, particularly focused on early childhood development, Brenda is the co-chair of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Early Childhood Development Commission. She is the president-elect of Arctic Alliance and is a board officer of the UAF Alumni Association Fairbanks Chapter, among leading and participating in many other community efforts. She was named an Alaskan Journal of Commerce Top 40 Under Forty recipient in 2014. Born and raised in Alaska, Brenda received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Board of Directors Seat - Business

Patrick Rose was raised in Soldotna, Alaska. He graduated from Soldotna High School and then graduated from Charter College with Honors with a Bachelors Degree of Science in Business Management and Technology with concentrations in Computerized Accounting and Business Management Practice. He has worked in the postsecondary education industry for over eight years with a broad range of experience, from students services and admissions to financial aid and community outreach. In his current position as Student / Client Outreach at Northern Industrial Training Patrick works on increasing awareness of vocational training opportunities to community groups, schools and villages around Alaska. Another critical aspect of his role is to develop and maintain relationships with Alaskan employers to quickly respond to industry training needs as well as aid students obtaining employment with Alaskan businesses.


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About the Network

Handout: About the Network - Need, Mission, & Goal (2-pager) - Last update 8/17/15

Draft Strategic Plan - Last update 11/24/2014

Research Presentations

Alaska Postsecondary Access & Completion Inventory - Scott Miller, MPPM, Senior Consultant, McDowell Group, LLC.

Getting to 65 by 2025: Understanding the Demographic Landscape - by Dan Robinson, Research Chief, Alaska DOLWD, Research and Analysis

Looking Ahead to 2020: Occupational Projections and Training Needs - Dan Robinson, Research Chief, Alaska DOLWD, Research and Analysis

College Access and Success in Alaska: Data Analysis - Patrick Kelly, NCHEMS 


NEW! The 2015 Alaska Postsecondary Access & Completion Program Inventory, commissioned by the Network through ACPE, and developed by the McDowell Group, LLC. provides the most comprehensive overview of Alaska's postsecondary access and completion environment available to date. DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE.