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College & Career Training in Alaska

My sister, who is 30 years old and a mother of two, decided to go back to college to finish her degree in Human Resources – Yay, sister! After the excitement subsided, the reality of life sunk in and it came time to review resources available to assist her with the college journey. First, we talked about financial aid options, and then we went over admissions.

After all that, she had questions about other resources that could assist with childcare. That made me think, every postsecondary student isn’t the same and will need different resources (just like my sister being a mother a two – not every student will necessarily inquire about childcare). I’ve gathered some resources, specific to Alaskans, and listed them below:

Childcare Assistance

The Child Care Assistance Program provides assistance with childcare expenses for eligible families who are working or participating in an education or training program. Contact them today for more information about childcare assistance.

Housing

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) is one of the resources that can assist low-income Alaskans with housing. They have programs like:

  • Housing Choice Voucher Program which helps eligible low-income Alaskans lease privately owned rental units from participating landlords
  • Public Housing – safe, quality and affordable rental units for low-income Alaskans. Housing is available in 13 communities across Alaska

Food

One can’t fully function – physically and mentally – when there is a lack of food/nutrition. Check with your institution to see if they have any programs that offer food assistance. When I attended the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), the UAA Student Health and Counseling Center had an emergency food cache to assist students who were in need of food. Below are a few resources to help with food assistance, specific to Alaskans –

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps) – The Alaska Food Stamp Program provides food benefits to low-income households.
  • Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) – A public health program providing nutrition and breastfeeding education, counseling, support, nutritious foods and referrals to needed services. WIC serves babies and children up to age 5, pregnant women, and new mothers. Dads, grandparents, foster parents of young children, and working families are welcome at WIC too!
  • Food Bank – Food Bank of Alaska provides food to nearly 200 partner food pantries and meal programs all around Alaska. This chart lists pantries and meal programs in the Anchorage area (other areas in Alaska available here).

 

Federal Work-Study (FWS)

FWS provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing you to earn money to help pay education expenses. FWS is a great option because it is part-time and most FWS jobs are located on campus – making it convenient for you to go to work in between, before, or after classes.

Other Resources

Here is a Community Resource List compiled by the Department of Health & Human Services of the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska. This list has the contact numbers of resources for housing, food, financial assistance, Childcare/Emergency Childcare, Health Care Info, and a whole lot more! Save this list and forward it on to others who might benefit from these resources.

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