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UAA Academy Kick-off 10/6/18

UAA-Clark Middle School Distinguished Leadership Academies: Forging a Path to Higher Education


ANCHORAGE-- A select group of Clark Middle School Scholars have the opportunity to explore leadership concepts, health careers, engineering careers, and Alaska Middle College through a set of leadership academies provided by the school’s fourth year of partnership with the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA).

“I am excited to work with Principal Williams and my colleagues to kick off the third year of the UAA Distinguished Leadership Academies and the fifth cohort of the CBPP Leadership Fellows Junior Program,” said Dr. Terry Nelson, CBPP Professor of Leadership and program coordinator. “The program continues to make an impact on today’s youth, and it is a significant opportunity to strengthen connections among different UAA colleges, Clark Middle School, Anchorage business community, and the Mountain View community."


UAA will host a brunch welcoming students who were accepted into the 2018-2019 Distinguished Leadership Academies.


WHO: Clark Middle School students

WHEN: Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Lucy Cuddy Hall, 3400 Seawolf Drive.


The UAA Distinguished Leadership Academies began in the spring of 2015 with a partnership between Clark Middle School and the UAA College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP). Since its pilot year, the success of the program has created a demand for further leadership development, and college and career exploration opportunities. To support this interest, the UAA-Clark Distinguished Leadership Academies now includes four programs: 

* The Tom Case Leadership Fellows Junior Programs (3-year program), provided in partnership with the UAA CBPP, focuses on students developing leadership skills such as ethics, public speaking, leadership qualities, professional etiquette, and preparing for the Alaska Middle College.

* The Junior Health Professions Pre-Medical Academy, provided in partnership with the UAA College of Health, introduces students to various career paths in the health industry including dentistry, medical assisting, laboratory technical careers, CPR, emergency medicine, and radiology. This is the third year for the program.

* The Pre-Engineering Academy, provided in partnership with the UAA College of Engineering, exposes students to a variety of engineering careers including civil, mechanical, geomatics, and electrical engineering, and computer science. This is the second year for the program.

For more information, visit the UAA College of Business and Public Policy webpage, 

Contact: Dr. Terry Nelson

UAA College of Business and Public Policy

(907) 786-1947