ACPE's annual Alaska College & Career Advising Consortium (ACAC) Training is designed to equip attendees with a wide array of resources to help them support and guide students and adult learners in their preparation for postsecondary education and career training programs in Alaska.

The ACAC Training brings together representatives from Alaska's educational institutions, state agencies, Alaska Native Corporations, Alaska Native Tribal Organizations, and local non-profit organizations.

The ACAC Training is not only a professional development opportunity for education stakeholders, but also a unique chance of becoming a part of statewide efforts to improve the lives of Alaskans through access to postsecondary education and career training. Together we are making a difference!


2020 ACAC Training Agenda available HERE


Tuesday, 9/1

Tuesday, 9/3

Overview of ACPE
Kate Hillenbrand, Director of Communications & Outreach; ACPE
Alaska Career Information System (AKCIS) – Assessments
Julia Renfro, AKCIS Partnership Coordinator; ACPE
Student Financial Aid
(FAFSA, grants, scholarships, work-study, student loans)

Tyler Eggen, College & Career Specialist II; ACPE
Northern Industrial Training (NIT)
Patrick Rose, Business Development Manager
Iḷisaġvik College
Janelle Everett, Director of Recruiting
The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP)
Shaylyn "Yosty" Storms, Middle School Director
Audrey Alstrom, Regional Director (Summer Bridge)
Corissa Berntsen, Regional Director (Acceleration Academy, Mat-Su)
Alaska Laborers Training School
Suzanne McCarthy, Training Director
UAA Native Student Services
Amber Fullmer, Director/Assistant Professor



Tuesday, 9/8

Thursday, 9/10

Overview of Exams
(ACT, SAT, College Board ACCUPLACER, WorkKeys)

Caroline Proulx, College & Career Guide Nome Public Schools & Bering Strait School District
Best Academic Match & Social Fit
Caroline Proulx, College & Career Guide Nome Public Schools & Bering Strait School District
AK Department of Labor & Workforce Development
Division of Employment & Training Services

Demetria Veasy, Anchorage/Mat-Su Regional Manager
AK Department of Labor & Workforce Development
Office of Apprenticeship

Anne Velardi, Statewide Apprenticeship Coordinator
Covenant House Alaska
Helen Michaelson, JAG (Jobs for America's Graduates) Manager
AK Postsecondary Access & Completion Network
Arth Brown III, Network President; Iḷisaġvik College
Charter College
Joshua Bicchinella, Campus President–AK/MT
SERRC – Alaska's Educational Resource Center
Kate Prussing, WIOA Youth Program Manager
Karragh Arndt, STEP & ACA Trades Program Manager
Jackie Wood, Adult Education Programs Manager



Tuesday, 9/15

Thursday, 9/17

Alaska Career & Technical Education Student Organizations (CTSO's)
Joni A. Simpson, Statewide Coordinator
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District

Alaska Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)
Alexis Harvey, K-12 Education Coordinator

Academic Year Cycle – Best Practices for Student Connections
Caroline Proulx, College & Career Guide
Nome Public Schools & Bering Strait School District

Working with Students – Dissecting an Interaction
Caroline Proulx, College & Career Guide
Nome Public Schools & Bering Strait School District

Alaska Education Network – Project ECHO
Carey Gray, ECHO Coordinator
Raquel Schroeder, ECHO Coordinator

Alaska Job Corps Center
John Alcantra, Business & Community Liaison

AVTEC – Alaska Vocational Technical Center
Cathy LeCompte, Director

AK DOT&PF Civil Rights Office
Aaron Nickols, Business Development/OJT Program Manager
Erin Fragoso, Civil Rights Programs & Compliance Specialist I


Tuesday, 9/22

Thursday, 9/24

Alaska Safety Alliance
Cari-Ann Carty, Executive Director

UAF Rural Student Services
Gabrielle Russell, Lead Advisor
Minnie Naylor, Academic Advisor

Alaska Works Partnership Construction Education & Training
Tiffany Caudle, Program Manager

Alaska Pacific University
Dr. Hilton Hallock, Provost, Professor of Education
Toni Riley, Director of Admissions

UAA First Year Student Advising & Success
Valerie Robideaux, Director

Alaska Miners Association
Deantha Skibinski, Executive Director

Alaska Army National Guard
SFC Ernesto Ventura, Recruiting & Retention Non-Commissioned Officer

AK DOLWD Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
James Swanson, Vocational Rehabilitation Manager


Tuesday, 9/29

BONUS Presentations

UAA Center for Alaska Education Policy Research
Dr. Dayna DeFeo, Director

Helping Young Students Plan for College & Career Success During a Pandemic
Shelly Morgan, K-12 Specialist; ACPE

Marketing an Event
Christina Campbell, College & Career Specialist II; ACPE

Understanding Generations
Christina Campbell, College & Career Specialist II; ACPE

ABC of Alaska
Amber Cartier, Director of Apprenticeship


Alaska Career College
Chaz Alexander Sr., Career Services Director