Design Alaska understands the value of education and supports it on all levels.
Continuing education for its employees is encouraged and supported by Design Alaska. Whether for personal or professional gain, employee expenses incurred in pursuit of university level continuing education, be it Legal Principals for Engineering Management or History of World Art, are fully reimbursed by Design Alaska.
Employment of local architecture and engineering students is encouraged. Every summer university students work for Design Alaska and acquire skills that can only be acquired by working in a real-life environment. They are given meaningful tasks and they become productive members of the Design Alaska team. Some continue to work for Design Alaska when they return to school. For those who are willing to work a minimum of 20 hours per week while in school, they are eligible for Design Alaska’s continuing education reimbursement policy, thus allowing them to attend school and acquire a university degree at Design Alaska’s expense.
We partner with FNSB schools to enhance the student learning experience. To name a few ways we do so - we accept job shadows, our employees participate in STEAM events and science fairs, we partner with Calypso Farms on their school gardens program, we have helped with purchases of musical instruments for school bands and computer parts for computer clubs, we have hosted robotics teams in our office to give them experiences in making presentations prior to competitions, and we make donations for schools to use in providing food and clothing to students in need.
We partner with UAF’s Music Department in support of their annual UAF Summer Music Academy, which provides music education for middle and high school age students. We host a picnic at our office for the students and their families where students can show off their talents for a very appreciative audience.
We partner with Alaska Society of Professional Engineers in support of their Mathcounts program and with UAF’s ASCE/AGC Student Chapter in support of their Student Steel Bridge Competition.
Design Alaska understands that a well-educated populous is key to a successful future for our community and are pleased to do our part in making it so.