Upcoming 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-L email list, and this website.

  • Semester-based distance delivered courses offered by other UA campuses. These can also be most easily found at the University of Alaska Distance Education Gateway or UAF eLearning & Distance Education. This is an online schedule that is searchable by course, meeting time, delivery type, and semester.

  • UAF eLearning & Distance Education offers online courses and fully online degrees. You can find these courses and degrees, and register online through UAF eLearning & Distance Education's 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 443-2201, fax 443-5602, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for current course offerings.

Rural Business Basics: Taxes & Payroll PDF Print E-mail

Rural Business Basics with Nickie Culver

Tues & Thurs / 6:50pm – 8:20pm / Apr 3 – May 3
Ten 90-minute sessions / 1 credit / ABUS F151 - CRN: 37311
Cost: $216 + book (order at www.uaf.bkstr.com or call 1-888-280-8500)

This is an introductory course on income tax basics and payroll for small rural businesses. The tax portion of the course will cover the basic income tax forms and schedules for individuals and small business owners, an overview of tax deductions and credits, record keeping, and strategies to reduce taxes. The payroll portion of the course will cover an introduction to methods used to calculate payroll, earnings, deductions, and net wages and city, state and federal tax reporting forms.

Nickie Culver is in Fairbanks currently working toward a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance. She is excellent with QuickBooks software and has extensive work experience in accounting, bookkeeping, and tax preparation.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 14:36
Ceramics - Wheel Throwing & Hand Building PDF Print E-mail

Ceramics with Cheryl Thompson

Tues (plus Lab)/ 6:00pm - 8:00pm / Mar 20 - May 5
Lab time available Saturday 12:00pm - 2:00pm for duration of the class
Seven 2-hour sessions + lab time / 1 credit / APAR F150P
Cost: NOW $146 -- OR $110 if paid in advance!
Plus supplies fee: $35

Learn to make pottery in this popular class that lets you get your hands dirty! Immerse yourself in creating clay object. Learn to work with clay, build projects by hand, throw bowls on a wheel, and glaze and fire your work. Make your own cups and bowls, gifts, and more! Limited to 8 students.

Margaret (Sister) Olson, an accomplished potter, has her own studio in Nome. She has been participating in NWC ceramics classes and activities for many years.

Ceramics For Kids PDF Print E-mail

Ceramics For Kids with Margaret (Sister) Olson

Sat / 10:00am - 12:00pm / Mar 24 - Apr 28
Sic 2-hour sessions / workshop / NONC F001
Cost: $70

Kids ages 7-14 will learn to 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.

Margaret (Sister) Olson, an accomplished potter, has her own studio in Nome. She has been participating in NWC ceramics classes and activities for many years.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 13:57
Comics & Graphic Storytelling PDF Print E-mail

Comics & Graphic Storytelling with Zoe Grueskin

Mon & Wed / 6:00pm - 8:00pm / Mar 26 - Apr 16
Seven 2-hour sessions / 1 credit / APAR F193P
Cost: NOW $146 -- OR $110 if paid in advance!

From cave art to comic books, stories have been told through pictures fo millennia. We’ll look at works that combine words and drawings, and we’ll explore techniques for creating our own. We’ll consider questions like: What kinds of stories can be told through pictures? How can drawings give words new meaning? Exercises and assignments will include both collaborative and independent projects, culminating in a finished work. This course is open to all - no drawing experience is required, only a willingness to experiment and share!

Zoe Grueskin is new to Nome as a KNOM Volunteer. She has had a wide variety of teaching experience, including with the Cheng Yin Private Academy in Shanghai, China and the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership in Durham, NC.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 13:58
Sewing Basics for the Home PDF Print E-mail

Sewing Basics for the Home with Rhonda Schneider

Tues & Thurs / 6:00pm - 8:00pm / Mar 27 - Apr 19 (no class 4/17)
Seven 2-hour sessions / 1 credit / APAR F150P
Cost: NOW $146 -- OR $110 if paid in advance!

In this course, learn how to confidently operate a sewing machine. The projects selected for this class will teach basic skills that will help the student expand their sewing ability and eliminate fears associated with trying something new. You will learn how to properly install zippers, snaps and hooks; make button holes; use elastic and casings; and make and use bias tape. Students will choose at least three of the following projects to complete: shoe bag, pillow cover, table runner, mitten leash, kuspuk apron, placemats, embellished hand towel, grocery bag holder, zippered such or tote.

Sewing since age 7, Rhonda Schneider has become an accomplished seamstress whose skills include alterations, furniture upholstery, and teaching sewing to others.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 14:02
Intro to Personal Computers PDF Print E-mail

Intro to Personal Computers with Miranda Musich

Mon & Wed / 6:00pm - 8:00pm / Apr 2 - Apr 25
Eight 2-hour sessions / 1 credit / CIOS F100
Cost: NOW $146 -- OR $110 if paid in advance!

Uncomfortable around computers? Not sure how to drag and drop? Can’t find tools on the toolbar? This course is for you! You’ll learn basic computer skills like using the mouse and menus, opening and exiting applications, creating basic word processing and spreadsheet files, basic file management, web browsing, email, and virus protection. This course is great for total beginners or for anyone wanting a review and overview of computer basics.

Miranda Musich is assistant professor of applied business at Northwest Campus. A Nome-Beltz graduate, she holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 13:59
Subarctic Gardening PDF Print E-mail

Subarctic Gardening with Cheryl Thompson

Mon / 6:00pm - 8:30pm / Apr 2 - Apr 23, Mon & Thurs / 6:00pm - 8:30pm / Apr 30 - Sept 10
Forty-four 2.5 hour sessions / 1 credit / SCIA F150P
Cost: NOW $146 -- OR $110 if paid in advance!

Soils, plant propagation, disease and insect control, variety selection, fertilization, greenhouse construction and care and gardening techniques. Emphasis on development and care of green houses and gardens in the Nome area. This is a hands-on class. Students will raise a wide variety of plants in several greenhouses over the course of the spring and summer months.

Cheryl Thompson is a certified master gardener who has successfully gardened in Nome for over 20 years and operates a greenhouse business.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 14:37
Birding Field Trips PDF Print E-mail

Birding Field Trips with Peter Rob

Sat / 7:00am - 7:00pm / May 26 / REGISTER BY: May 21
Sat / 7:00am - 7:00pm / June 2 / REGISTER BY: May 29
Sat / 7:00am - 7:00pm / June 9 / REGISER BY: June 4
One 12-hour day workshop / NONC F001
Cost: $45 per trip

FIELD TRIPS (NOME): Travel the roads of Nome to view the spring bird migration. Each trip will take participants along a different route (Council, Kougarok, and Teller roads) depending on road conditions and migration progress. These are day-long trips with no facilities or amenities along the way, so be prepared for all manner of weather and bring plenty of food and water.

Pete Rob has been an avid birdwatcher for over 55 years and has participated in Nome-area breeding bird surveys over the past 20 years.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 14:38

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