Chukchi Campus

In 1971 the University of Alaska established a “rural education center” in Kotzebue. By 1978, the University of Alaska, Board of Regents had established Chukchi Community College, which operated until 1987, when the newly named Chukchi Campus became a branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).

Located in the hub village of Kotzebue in the Northwest Arctic Borough, Chukchi Campus primarily serves Kotzebue as well as the eleven village communities and the Red Dog Mine site within a service area of more than 36,000 square miles of spectacular mountain and tundra wilderness. None of the villages in the service area are connected to each other or to any other road system. The 2018 U.S. Census estimates our service area population at approximately 9,000, 82% of which are Alaska Native. Combining a traditional subsistence lifestyle with formal education and training is becoming extremely important for the success of the residents in this region. 
Chukchi Campus is a two-year public institution, with Alaska Native Serving Institution status. This provides the Campus with the ability to tap into Federal funds earmarked for communities like Kotzebue. Chukchi Campus offers associates of arts, as well as associates of applied science degrees such as Certified Nurse’s Aide and Dental Assisting degrees. Thanks to a combination of distance delivery modalities such as audio, video and web-based instruction as well as face-to-face classes, intensives and lab practicums, our courses and programs are located on Campus or at local partner organization's facilities, such as the Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue High School and the Maniilaq Dental Clinic. Chukchi Campus also provides opportunities for students to complete their bachelor’s degrees through distance delivered courses and programs from the larger University of Alaska system, all while staying in region. 

UAF Chukchi Campus Advisory Council

The Chukchi Advisory Council was established by the University of Alaska Board of Regents in recognition of citizen involvement in the planning and implementation of higher education programs and services in the Northwest Arctic region. The Council is composed of 13 members  who are residents of the region. The Council provides guidance and advice to the Campus Director regarding the higher education needs and effectiveness of programs established to meet the needs of the Northwest Arctic Region. The Council is composed of leaders or representatives from:

  • Maniilaq Association
  • City of Kotzebue
  • NANA Corporation
  • Northwest Arctic Borough
  • Northwest Arctic Borough School District
  • Northwest Iñupiaq Housing Authority
  • Kikiktagruk Iñupiat  Corporation
  • Native Village of Kotzebue
  • Alaska Technical Center
  • National Park Service
  • Regional Village Representative
  • UAF Adult Student Representative
  • UAF High School Student Representative

Director's Corner

Stacey Glaser, Chukchi Campus Director

Director GlaserWelcome to Chukchi Campus / University of Alaska Fairbanks.  The 2021-2022 academic year is going to be a good one. It’s going to be good because our students will be taking classes and gaining skills necessary for a good life. Chukchi Campus is the local gateway to the world of career options, Inupiaq language and culture classes and other opportunities for learning.

We offer a variety of programs and classes and provide our students with access to all courses available through the University of Alaska system. Let us help you start your career or move your career forward or discover those that you may not be aware are available to you.  Our classes are taught here at the Campus, in the high schools in the Northwest Arctic Borough School District and via distance over Zoom or teleconference. 
We look forward to seeing you and helping you achieve your future career and educational goals. 






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