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Women’s Educational Equity Act Program FY 2009 Grantee Abstract
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Project Name:Alaska Women in Management (AWIM)
Project Contact: Robert Johnston, (907) 452-6434
Mailing Address: Adult Learning Programs of Alaska
122 First Avenue, Suite 201
Fairbanks, AK 99701

Adult Learning Programs of Alaska (ALPA) is a non-profit education organization established in 1975 to provide services to Fairbanks. The purpose of this project is to promote gender equity in education primarily for Alaska Native women and girls who have traditionally suffered multiple forms of discrimination based on their race as well as their gender. This project will help address this inequity by measurably improving their achievement levels in mathematics while also creating short-term educational programs that lead directly to available career opportunities in our region. The management plan and related materials set out a process through which we will seek to primarily recruit participants from the ranks of Native Alaskan women across the Interior, but services will be open to all Alaska.

There are Two Phases to the project. Phase One will assist girls who have dropped out or at-risk of dropping out to obtain proficiency in math and to obtain their high school diplomas or GEDs. In addition, much needed supplemental workshops in areas such as trades math, employability skills, resume writing and interview skills will be offered in this phase.

Phase Two of the project will focus on delivering educational programs that further advance math skills that are tied to specific career paths and job opportunities in our region. Career paths will include: tribally controlled non-profit and for-profit agency management; construction trades (labor and management); and small business development and management. According to the Alaska Department of Labor and Economic Development, these will be the three largest career growth opportunities in our region over the next ten years. These are also areas in which Alaska women have historically been under-represented. In addition, this phase will focus on advanced proficiency development in math for the women who participate. A series of classes will be provided over a nine-month period for each pathway. Some of the courses will focus on skills needed for all pathways (creating and understanding budget on Microsoft Excel for example), while other classes will focus on skills specific to each pathway (Math for Construction Trades).

The standardized assessment tools for this project (TABE Test, OPE test) will establish benchmarks and improvement levels which can be cross-referenced to standardized scores in various Alaska state educational data bases so that we can track mean increases in ability level via pre and post testing in Phase One. Participants in Phase Two programs will receive similar assessments to establish baselines and track statistically significant higher mean increases in achievement through pre and post program testing. Students assessed at any point in the project with a need for increased services in order to specifically increase their achievement levels will be referred to appropriate workshops addressing those needs.

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