Alaska is no longer off the beaten path. Education is available through serious studies and good schools to help adults work toward rewarding jobs and degrees.
Alaska: Source of Top-Level Adult Education
Alaska, purchased from Russia in 1867, became the 49th state in 1959. Along with spectacular outdoor beauty and abundant natural resources, its fishing industry is the nation’s largest. Many opportunities exist if you’re looking to better your life. There’s no state income or sales tax, although the cost of living is higher due to Alaska’s need to import most consumer products. Industries driving the state’s economy are oil/gas, fishing, mining, timber, and tourism. According to the BLS, Anchorage and Fairbanks show unemployment rates of 7% and 6.9% respectively in November of 2010. Anchorage and Fairbanks are the highest paying cities for blue-collar jobs comparing favorably nationwide. Currently the oil and transportation sectors pay the best with ample job openings.
The University of Alaska is your major source of college degrees. Alaska also supports community college programs promoting successful careers if you’re beyond the 17-22 normal college age. Alaska can offer ample assistance including generous financial aid to help move you towards your educational goals.
The above information applies mainly to residents of Alaska. Coming from out-of-state to seek jobs or entry into one of Alaska’s schools can be very expensive. You can also check the Free Application for Federal Student Aid website for additional information about available grants and loans.