UAA wants to make economic impact

    Fairbanks, Alaska (KINY) University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen gave a presentation The Alaska economy and implications on the UA system.

    Johnsen said the university wants to encourage students to enroll in post secondary training, which could lead to a more sustainable state economy and a healthier university system.

    Earlier this week he announced a number of tuition increases in nearly 500 various programs that mostly involve technical and vocational training.

    Johnsen said post secondary training can range from occupational endorsements to certificates to even bachelor's degrees.

    Johnsen admitted that there are fewer jobs for simple labor and that most jobs in the future will require some degree of technical training.

    Only 33 percent of Alaska's ninth graders go on to college, far below the national average of 54 percent.

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