Courses

Courses are available to you as:

  • Local and regional courses taught by Northwest Campus faculty. NWC offers community interest courses, such as painting, ceramics, and computer applications that are taught face-to-face in a traditional classroom setting. NWC faculty also teach distance delivered courses as part of CRCD's schedule, which includes the Bering Strait region. These are listed in the College of Rural and Community Development's Fall and Spring Schedule, but they can also be viewed through UAOnline at the Class Schedule link on the front page. As additional courses become available, NWC will advertise through local media, its NWC News Group, and this website.
  • UAF eCampus offers online courses and fully online degrees. You can find these courses and degrees, and register online through UAF eCampus website

These various schedules of courses offer instruction through audioconferences, paper-based correspondence, web-based correspondence, and Internet-based class meetings.

Please contact Northwest Campus by phone 800-478-2202 or 907-443-2201, fax 907-443-5602, or email nwc.info@uaf.edu for current course offerings.


Upcoming Courses

 

CABINET INSTALLATION WITH COUNTERTOPS

with Ryan Ford

Mon to Sat / 3:00pm-6:30pm / Oct 3-Oct 8 
21 hours in 6 sessions / 1 credit / CTT F133 / CRN: TBA

REGISTER BY: Sept 26

Cost: $205-or $150 if you pay in advance* (discount available to unsponsored students) + $50 supply fee
*NSEDC/NWC fall 2022 price rollback! Regular price: $270

SHOP COURSE (NOME): Provides students with basic concepts of installing cabinets with countertops. Identify various types of cabinet construction (stock/semi-custom/custom-built). Introduction to different types of wood products and special tools. Instruction in and practical application of different techniques of installing base cabinets and top or wall cabinets. This course is part of a NWC campus credential.

Ryan Ford has been teaching construction trades courses for UAF and Northwest Campus since 2012.

 

FIRE BUILDING: TIPS AND TOOLS FOR WILDERNESS SURVIVAL

with Brian Marvin

Saturday / 9:00am-4:30pm / Oct 8 
One 7-hour session / non-credit / CRN: 77311

REGISTER BY: Sept 30

Cost: $50*
*NSEDC fall 2022 price rollback! Regular price $55

WORKSHOP COURSE (NOME): It's true! You can start a fire by rubbing two sticks together. Learn a variety of fire building techniques with focus on the the bow drill. Parts include: bow, spindle, handhold, fireboard, string and tinder. Other techniques will be demonstrated with varying degrees of success: hand drill, fire plow, pump drill, fire piston, magnesium fire starter, magnifying glass. Learn the key ingredient to a successful fire and useful tips for this most important survival skill!  

Brian Marvin has taught vocational courses at Shishmaref and Brevig Mission, and science and vocational courses at Nome-Beltz and NACTEC.

 

SEWING BASICS + MACHINE MAINTENANCE

with Sarah Savage

Mon & Wed / 6:00-8:00pm / Oct 17-Nov 7 
Seven 2-hour sessions / 1 credit / APAR F150P / CRN: TBA

REGISTER BY: Oct 10

Cost: $205—or $150 if you pay in advance!*
*NSEDC/NWC fall 2022 price rollback! Regular price $270

CLASSROOM COURSE (NOME): Get to know more ins and outs of your sewing machine including basic maintenance tips and tricks. Learn how to tackle a zipper, make a button hole, and install quilting bias on your project. Make a small makeup bag and pot holders. Build your sewing skills and learn to keep your machine in tip-top shape.

Sarah Savage is the owner of “Cape Nome Craft” and has been sewing since she was six. She takes the skills she was taught to help others expand their horizons in crafting.

 

CERAMICS: WHEEL THROWING & HAND BUILDING II

with NWC Staff

Tues / 6:00-8:00pm / Oct 25-Dec 6 
Lab time available 12-2pm Saturdays for duration of class
Seven 2-hour sessions / 1 credit / APAR F150P / CRN: TBA

REGISTER BY: Oct 18

Cost: $180—or $150 if you pay in advance!* (plus $35 supply fee)
*NSEDC/NWC fall 2022 price rollback! Regular price $270

CLASSROOM COURSE (NOME): Learn and practice the basics of ceramics in this course that is open to beginners and those with ceramics experience. Explore techniques of hand-building (slab, coil, pinch) and wheel-throwing, glazing, and firing.

 

CERAMICS FOR KIDS II

with Vickie Erickson

Sat / 10:00am-12:00pm / Oct 29-Dec 10 (no class Nov 26) 
Six 2-hour sessions / non-credit workshop / ages 9-14 / CRN: 77293

REGISTER BY: Oct 24

Cost: $99* (fee includes supplies)
*NSEDC fall 2022 price rollback! Regular price $110

CLASSROOM WORKSHOP (NOME): Kids ages 7-14 will learn and develop basic pottery skills during this 6-week course. Students will hand-build and sculpt fun projects with clay. Techniques explored will include pinching, coiling, slab construction, surface decoration, and glazing.

Vickie Erickson has taken pottery classes for over 10 years. She currently practices from her own home studio. Myra Scholze enjoys sharing her passion for art with kids including watercolor and ceramics.

 

SEW A TRAPPER-STYLE FUR HAT

with Cheryl Thompson

Thurs & Sat / Nov 5-Nov 19  
 - Thursday / 6:00-8:30pm
 - Saturday / 10:00am-12:30pm  
Six 2.5-hour sessions / 1 credit / APAR F157P / CRN: TBA

REGISTER BY: Oct 28

Cost: $205—or $150 if you pay in advance!*
*NSEDC/NWC fall 2022 price rollback! Regular price $270

CLASSROOM COURSE (NOME): Learn to sew a trapper-style fur hat—that fits!—in this class. You’ll learn to select and prepare a hide, how best to cut pattern pieces from fur, how to stitch and knot leather and skins, and how to make and insert a fleece lining. Learn to fit and make a hat for yourself or someone else.
NOTE: Instructor provides information on purchasing supplies at first class (fleece fabric, needles, etc.; fur selection will be discussed in class so we do not recommend purchase of fur before class begins).

Cheryl Thompson has been making and selling well-fitted trapper-style fur hats in Nome for over 20 years.

 

MAKING A WOOD BOW: FOR ARCHERY & HUNTING

with Brian Marvin

Fri & Sat / Nov 11-Nov 19 
 - Fri, Nov 11: 6pm-8pm

 - Sat, Nov 12 & Nov 19: 9am-4:30pm
One 2-hour session & Two 6.5-hour sessions / 1-credit / APAR F150P / CRN: 77312

REGISTER BY: Nov 4

Cost: $205—or $150 if you pay in advance!* (+ $125 supply fee)
*NSEDC/NWC fall 2022 price rollback! Regular price $270

SHOP COURSE (NOME): Learn to make an archery/hunting bow from a single piece of wood, using tools to shape wood in relation to the piece of wood’s own characteristics. Each student will leave class with a finished bow that can cast an arrow 140 feet per second, with a 50-pound draw weight.

Brian Marvin continues to teach a variety of CTT courses in the region and has taught bow-building many times. He has made a number of self bows.

 

APPLIANCE TROUBLESHOOTING

with Ryan Ford

Mon to Sat / 8:00am-3:00pm / Nov 28-Dec 3 
Six 6-hour sessions / 2 credits / CTT F133 / CRN: TBA

REGISTER BY: Oct 26

Cost: $430 + $50 supply fee-or $355 if paid in advance!* (discount available to unsponsored students)
*NSEDC/NWC fall 2022 price rollback! Regular price: $540 + fee

SHOP COURSE (NOME): Provides students with conceptual and practical applications in troubleshooting and repairing appliances. Students will be instructed in diagnostic skills that support repairing and replacing components in various equipment such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, clothes dryer and oven and cook tops. This course is part of a NWC campus credential.

Ryan Ford has been teaching construction trades courses for UAF and Northwest Campus since 2012.

 

TOYO STOVE MAINTENANCE & REPAIR WORKSHOP

with Ryan Ford

Mon to Fri / 6:00pm-8:00pm / Nov 28-Dec 2 
Five 2-hour sessions / non-credit / NONC F002 005 / CRN: 77296

REGISTER BY: Nov 21

Cost: $171

*NSEDC/NWC fall 2022 price rollback! Regular price $190

CLASSROOM WORKSHOP (NOME): Learn the steps to repair and maintain your diesel fuel home heater (toyo stove/monitor) No experience is necessary. Equipment and tools will be provided, but students may bring their own monitor heaters for repair.

Ryan Ford has been teaching construction trades courses for UAF and Northwest Campus since 2012.

 

STAINED GLASS ORNAMENTS WORKSHOP

with Molly Naaktgeboren

Tues & Sat / Dec 6-Dec 13 
 - Tuesdays: 6:00pm-8:00pm
 - Saturday: 11:30am-3:30pm
Two 2-hour sessions + One 4-hour sessions / non-credit / NONC F002 004 / CRN: 77294

REGISTER BY: Nov 27

Cost: $90* (includes supply fee)
*NSEDC/NWC fall 2022 price rollback! Regular price $100

CLASSROOM WORKSHOP (NOME): Explore the art of stained glass by designing and creating your own ornaments. We will be using the technique of copper foiling. Learn the basics of creating stained glass from start to finish. Students will cut and solder glass pieces together to create ornaments just in time for the holidays. Prior experience is preferred but not necessary.

Molly Naaktgeboren was taught by her father when she was a teenager, and she has been doing copper foil stained glass for 12 years. Recently, Molly has branched out into learning other techniques like fusing, beadworking, and torch work.

 

Dual credit courses

As a result of the direct partnership between Northwest Campus and the Northwestern Alaska Career and Technical Center (NACTEC), BSSD and NPS students participating with NACTEC programs can earn dual (high school and college) credit through certain offerings. Currently, dual credit will be awarded to students who successfully complete the following NACTEC classes:

Course

Credits

Survival Swimming

1 cr.

Driver's Education

2 cr.

Art

1-3 cr.

NCCER Core Curriculum

5 cr.

NCCER Carpentry I

6.5 cr.

Personal Care Attendant

4 cr.

Certified Nurse Assistant

6 cr.

Emergency Trauma Technician

3 cr.

Small Engine Repair

1 cr.

Early Childhood Education

1 cr.

Introduction to the Health Field

3 cr.

*NACTEC classes are for high school students only. Speak to your principal or guidance counselor, or contact NACTEC directly for a complete schedule, more information or to register at 907-443-3507.