February 14, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wiping his hands as he came to the phone, Ron Dukowitz switched gears seamlessly. He had just finished butchering the moose from his recent archery hunt and was ready to talk about the impact the University of Alaska Anchorage’s (UAA) Process Technology program and his employer Chevron have made in his life.
Ron is close to graduating from the program offered at UAA’s Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) with a degree in Process Technology. When he enrolled three years ago, there wasn’t a waitlist to get into the program. Times have changed since then. Ron has been mentoring his 19-year old nephew, encouraging him to enroll in the Process Technology program. His nephew hasn’t been able to get into the program for almost two years. The need for workers is high. The prospective students are ready. The facilities, equipment and labs at KPC program just can’t keep up with the demand.
Recognizing the need for improved facilities and educational equipment to help grow the pool of trained workers, Chevron has donated $1 million in support of UAA’s Process Technology, Instrumentation, and Computer Electronics programs and the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP).
“Chevron is committed to Alaska,” said John Zager, Chevron Alaska manager. “We believe in recruiting and training locally, and we want to be an active contributor in helping to grow Alaska’s workforce for the future.”
The University of Alaska appreciates Chevron’s generosity and vision for the future.