Community editor and columnist Kris Capps is a longtime resident of Fairbanks and Denali Park. Contact her at, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.

Fairbanksans always pitch in and that is certainly evident at UAF Community and Technical College where community partners — both individuals and businesses — help build a quality workforce and help students succeed.

“UAF CTC prepares and educates the people who serve as the foundation of Alaska’s communities — firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement officers, mechanics, medical assistants, early childhood and education professionals, oil and mining professionals and much more,” according to a news release from the college. “More than 3,650 students have completed job preparation programs at CTC in the past four years.”

A special gathering in December honored those partners, who help make CTC a part of Alaska’s economic engine. These partners provide support in many different ways. They donate emergency vehicles to train first responders, donate the use of professional facilities for health students to complete their clinical experience, and provide industry-standard uniforms for automotive students, to name just a few.

Advisory board members help ensure the curriculum meets employers’ and students’ needs.

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