TCC GO “Growing Our Own”

The TCC Education Department is excited to share news of our new TCC GO (“Growing Our Own”) Program. Funded through an ANE grant, TCC GO is designed to encourage high school students to pursue a career in a health-related field. The program focuses on providing guidance for pursuing interests in health careers.

Students will be provided with opportunities to receive funding for dual credit courses offered through UAF’s Alaska Advantage program, to receive virtual tutoring services in math, English or the sciences, to job shadow health professionals virtually, and to engage in paid micro-internship opportunities (in their home community) that focus on health-related projects. These experiences will help our students explore their career interests and prepare for post-secondary opportunities.

All high school students within the TCC region are eligible, however juniors and seniors will receive priority access to services. We strongly encourage all students, especially those in our rural communities, to apply.

Contact Us:

  • (907) 452-8251
    Isaac Bettis (Advisor), ext. 3049
    Alicia Kangas (Advisor), ext. 3039
    Stephanie Hinz (Program Coordinator), ext. 3447
  • tccgo@tananachiefs.org
  • Chief Peter John Building, 122 1st Ave, Suite 600, Fairbanks AK 99701

TCC GO provides individual targeted academic advising to Alaska Native students that concurrently encourages health career exploration and provides support and encouragement in meeting basic academic requirements for high school graduation.

Advisors will recruit students to participate in health career related job shadowing, paid internship opportunities, and to explore course intensives with a health focus.

Our academic advisors are Isaac Bettis and Alicia Kangas. Below are the districts that our advisors work with:

  • Alaska Gateway School District – Isaac Bettis
  • Effie Kokrine School District – Isaac Bettis
  • Galena City School District – Alicia Kangas
  • Iditarod School District – Alicia Kangas
  • Nenana City School District – Alicia Kangas
  • Tanana City School District – Isaac Bettis
  • Yukon Flats School District – Isaac Bettis
  • Yukon Koyukuk School District – Alicia Kangas

In addition to helping students take advantage of TCC GO opportunities, our advisors can assist students with applications to colleges and with applications for scholarship opportunities.

Educational intensives that focus on a variety of health topics and learning modules that earn dual high school and university credit towards certification in a variety of health careers will also be offered. Courses may include topics such as EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) training, Introduction to Anatomy, Medical Terminology, Phlebotomy or Wilderness First Aid. All expenses related to course participation will be covered by TCC GO.

Note: We recognize that restrictions due to COVID-19 might limit student access so we are working with districts and other programs to find safe and innovative ways to deliver these courses. Contact your district’s designated TCC GO academic advisor for more information.

High school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to participate in three-day job shadowing opportunities at TCC’s Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center (CAIHC) in Fairbanks to learn about a variety of health careers such as radiology, phlebotomy, optometry, and urgent care. Students may experience such hands-on activities as taking x-rays, suturing, or using optometry equipment in their exploration of health related careers.

These job shadowing opportunities will present additional opportunities for youth to learn about the level of training required for a variety of health careers. Students over age 18 who complete a job shadowing session will have the opportunity to participate in a competitive (limited to 7) four-week long paid internship at CAIHC. TCC will cover all the costs of travel, including airfare, lodging and per diem.

Note: COVID-19 restrictions on travel currently prevent students from traveling to Fairbanks so TCC GO is developing mini paid internship opportunities that could be taken advantage of in their home community. Reach out to an academic advisor for more information.

Students (age 18 and over) who complete a job shadowing experience through TCC GO will have the opportunity to participate in a paid internship (one participant from each of the six TCC sub-regions plus the Fairbanks North Star Borough will be selected). Students will be recruited and selected for internships by the Academic Advisors based on pre-determined eligibility criteria.

Each paid internship will be designed to give participants a more intensive job shadowing experience which may include learning basic medical tasks suck as patient intake or taking blood pressure readings, as well as to support participants in learning the public relationship skills necessary for medical professions. All travel expenses for interns will be paid and students will receive a stipend commensurate with their level of training. Students may potentially also be able to receive college credit for their participation.

Note: Due to restrictions relating to the pandemic, TCC GO is revising how paid internships will be implemented. There could be the opportunity for any interested junior or senior to have a mini-internship opportunity. Please contact either Isaac Bettis (Isaac.bettis@tananachiefs.org) or Alicia Kangas (Alicia.kangas@tananachiefs.org) for more information.

How to apply or get more info

Complete the application TCC GO Application.pdf and return via email to tccgo@tananachiefs.org or by mail to: TCC GO Program, 122 1st Ave, Suite 600, Fairbanks AK 99701

Resources

Program News

Students who graduated from one of TCC’s rural communities this spring will receive a TCC GO backpack that includes an information packet about the TCC GO program along with some items we hope they will find helpful as they transition from high school onto post-secondary and other opportunities.

Academic advisors will be traveling to villages to assist students, check back here for travel dates.