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KIBSD offering students new summer intensive programs

KIBSD offering students new summer intensive programs 
By Noelle H. Lowery

With summer just around the corner, Kodiak Island Borough School District is hoping its students will take advantage of new learning opportunities being offered through the 2017 KIBSD Summer Intensive Program.

Thanks to the “Kodiak, I Can” Project, KIBSD students in grades 8-12 can take Career Technical Education courses this summer in Automotive Repair, Architectural Design, Construction, Culinary Arts, Fabrication for Welders Using GMAW and Health Services. There are two possible three-week sessions: May 30-June 16 and July 10-28. July sessions will be offered only if the first session fills up completely.
The goal of the intensives is to boost college and career readiness for KIBSD students, especially Kodiak’s native students. “The idea for the intensives is to build more opportunities for students to gain skills required to succeed in post-secondary education and employment in Kodiak’s workforce,” says Travis Gannon, “Kodiak, I Can” Project’s itinerant career guide.

The “Kodiak, I Can” Project is made possible through a U.S. Department of Education Indian Education Demonstration Grant. Grant partners include KIBSD, the Native Village of Afognak, the Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak and the Koniag Education Foundation.

Awarded at the beginning of this school year, the four-year, more than $3.68 million grant is designed to increase the college and career readiness of KIBSD’s native students by 35 percent through classroom time devoted to college and career preparation and various activities outside of school, including college visits and tours, job shadowing, internships and summer intensives programs. The grant will also help establish new CTE offerings within KIBSD, including Industrial Arts and Health Care.

Summer intensive program schedules are Monday to Friday from 9AM to 3:30PM, with a 30-minute lunch break at noon, and all sessions will be held at Kodiak High School. According to Gannon, the intensives give students an opportunity to focus on one subject for three weeks of instruction, which is the equivalent of a semester long course.  Six hours per day will be dedicated to the specific intensive each student selects.  “This class structure allows for the instructors to fully immerse their class in one subject, allowing for deeper learning and understanding,” he explains. 

Additionally, students receive 0.5 high school credits per course completion, and they can work towards various certifications in their chosen field. They also will receive a $100 Tool Package for course completion.

Class size is limited, and application submission does not guarantee placement. The deadline for applications is Monday, May 22, by 4:30PM, and applications can be submitted to “Kodiak, I Can” Secretary Irene Lind at or directly to the “Kodiak, I Can” Project/KIBSD Federal Programs office in F144 in the district Central Office.

For questions or more information about the program, please see the application information accompanying this story, or contact Gannon or Lind at 907-486-7595.