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Native Pathways to Education
Alaska Native Cultural Resources
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Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment

Subject Areas: vocational education (clerical), business management, math

Timeline: nine weeks

Grade Levels: 9-12

Purpose: to provide on-the-job experience relating to school coursework; to promote employment within the village


Gary Shriver and L. Dolan


Square bullet Activities

  • Plan field trips to regional and urban centers; discuss career options and required skills:

    visit vocational centers, the university, libraries, skills centers, airlines, and regional corporations

    arrange to have key personnel including Native leaders talk to the students.

  • Have students work two hours per day in a community nonprofit organization, or
  • Have students work in village jobs:

    students can learn on-the-job skills while taking classes such as bookkeeping, math, and typing

    students can serve as cashier, stocker, bookkeeper, or assistant manager in the village co-op or store

    students can work in city offices or with other organizations or businesses.

Square bullet Resources

  • the cooperation of local businesses and government
  • business courses and equipment at the school
  • Rural Student Vocational Program


  • Have students rotate around various jobs.
  • Schedule the field trip after "Career Day."
  • Have students plan the field trip.
  • Simulate a small business in the classroom.
  • Set up a school store: sell T-shirts, supplies, records. Use money earned for school fund.


Carving and Jewelry Co-Op

Fund-Raising: Concessions/Raffle/Auction/T-Shirt Sales

Rummage Sales

Mail Order Business

School-Based Enterprises

Café Operation

Open House

Community Use of School Library

Village Recreation

Guest Speakers


Local Livelihood

On-the-Job/Cooperative Education

College Preparation

Teacher's Aide Training

Managing Community Affairs

Land Claims Brainstorming

The Corporation Game or Alaska Monopoly

Reconveyances: ANCSA Studies

Resource Development Options

City Council Meeting Simulation

Mock Board of Directors Meeting

REAA School Board Trip

Your Village

Family Tree

Village Archaeology

Building Traditional Dwellings

Cultural Heritage Projects

Traditional Hunters Manual

Ethnic Dinners

Following the Iditarod Dog Race

Visit to the Tribes

Trip to Mexico

Cross-Country Skiing

Firearms Handling

First-Aid Training

Christmas Shopping      



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Alaska Native Knowledge Network
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 756730
Fairbanks  AK 99775-6730
Phone (907) 474.1902
Fax (907) 474.1957
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Last modified August 17, 2006