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: Financial Planning & Financing PDF Print E-mail

with Nickie Culver

Tues & Thurs / 6:50pm – 8:20pm / Feb 20 – Mar 29
REGISTER BY: Feb 13
Ten 90-minute sessions / 1 credit / ABUS F151 - CRN: 37309
Cost: $216 + book (order at www.uaf.bkstr.com or call 1-888-280-8500)

AUDIO CONFERENCE & BLACKBOARD DISTANCE COURSE: This is an introductory course on basics of budgeting, cash flow, and financing for small rural businesses. Topics include how to set up and analyze a business budget, how to read financial statements, understanding cash flow, financial planning, internal financial controls and the foundations of small business financing.

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 Thursday, 04 January 2018 16:00
 
Rural Business Basics: Taxes & Payroll PDF Print E-mail

with Nickie Culver

Tues & Thurs / 6:50pm – 8:20pm / Apr 3 – May 3
REGISTER BY: March 27
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 Thursday, 04 January 2018 16:00
 
Computer Business Applications PDF Print E-mail

Computer Business Applications with Miranda Musich

Dates and Times to be Arranged!
Thirty 90-minute sessions / 3 credits / CIOS F150
Cost: $624 + 4% + textbook / CRN: 37216

AUDIO CONFERENCE/ONLINE COURSE: Get a basic intro to using an office computer. Learn practical skills; how to save and retrieve files, word processing, creating and formatting documents; understanding and creating basic formulas and functions in spreadsheets, and more! Requires Microsoft Office 365 (available to students for FREE).

This course is part of a Northwest Campus workforce credential. Contact us for details!

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, 03 January 2018 14:59
 
Ceramics - Wheel Throwing & Hand Building PDF Print E-mail

Ceramics with Cheryl Thompson

Tues / 6:00pm - 8:00pm / Jan 23 - Mar 10
REGISTER BY: Jan 18
Lab time available Saturday 12:00pm - 2:00pm for duration of the class
Seven 2-hour sessions with optional lab / 1 credit / APAR F150P
Cost: NOW $146 -- OR $110 if paid in advance!

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

Cheryl Thompson is an accomplished potter and has been participating in NWC ceramics classes and activities for many years.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 January 2018 12:03
 
Intermediate Quickbooks PDF Print E-mail

Intermediate Quickbooks with Nickie Culver

Wed - Fri / 9:00am - 4:00 pm / Jan 24 - Jan 26
REGISTER BY: Jan 17
Three 6-hour days / 1 credit / CIOS F189
Cost: $60 + book (order at www.uaf.bkstr.com or call 1-888-280-8500)

Take your QuickBooks knowledge to the next level! Bring your own data for training and workshop real-world scenarios in reporting, reconciliation, end-of-period adjustments, and payroll processing. Don't let the software get the better of you! Learn to troubleshoot and correct common problems.

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, 03 January 2018 14:02
 
Snowmachine Maintenance & Repair PDF Print E-mail

Snowmachine Maintenance & Repair with Brian Marvin

Fri / 6:00pm - 8:00pm / Jan 26
Sat / 9:00am - 4:30pm / Jan 27 & Feb 3
REGISTER BY: Jan 17
One two-hour session and two seven-hour Saturday sessions / 1 credit / AUTO F170
Cost: NOW $146 -- OR $110 if paid in advance!

Learn the fundamental skills needed for operation and repair of your snowmachine. This course will cover engine tune-up, lubrication, belt and track repair, alignment, and basic problems encountered during operation along with safe shop procedures. Students are welcome to bring their own machines to class for maintenance and repair.

Brian Marvin has taught vocational courses at Shishmaref and Brevig Mission, and science at Nome-Beltz High School. He currently teaches at NACTEC.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 January 2018 11:57
 
Ceramics For Kids! PDF Print E-mail

Ceramics for Kids! with Nick Treinen

Sat / 10:00am - 12:00pm / Jan 27 - Mar 3
REGISTER BY: Jan 22
Six 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.

Nick Treinen has been creating pottery for the past 11 years. He is currently student teaching at Nome Elementary School while pursing a master's degree in elementary education at UAF.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 January 2018 11:57
 
Arctic Survival PDF Print E-mail

Arctic Survival with Brian Volk

Mon & Wed / 6:30pm - 9:30pm / Jan 29 - Feb 7
REGISTER BY: Jan 22
Sa / 9:00am - 4:30pm / Feb 10 / (daytime outdoor field experience)
Four 2-hour sessions with outdoor field experience / 1 credit / ARSK F147A
Cost: NOW $146 -- OR $110 if paid in advance!

This course focuses on preparation and development of knowledge and skills to cope effectively with the difficulties and dangers frequently confronting people who travel, work, or recreate in the Arctic. Topics include appropriate survival kits, clothing options, nutrition, and hydration needs, shelter construction, signal development, cold weather injuries and safety issues related to modes of transportation. There is a one-day field practicum to practice skills learned.

Brian Volk is a teacher at NACTEC who has lived in several remote rural communities in Alaska. He has extensive experience traveling in cold, northern climates.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 January 2018 11:57
 
Knitting for Everyone: Beginner to Experienced PDF Print E-mail

Knitting for Everyone with Kirsten Bey

Mon & Wed / 6:00pm - 8:00pm / Jan 31 - Feb 21
REGISTER BY: Jan 24
Seven two-hour sessions / 1 credit / APAR F150P
Cost: NOW $146 -- OR $110 if paid in advance!

This class is open to anyone interested in learning to knit, learning a new knitting stitch, or taking on a project that you might not want to tackle alone. There will be two instructors, so beginners will receive close instruction, supervision and help. For students who already know how to knit but want to learn a new technique (e.g. lace knitting, cable knitting, double knitting, multiple color knitting) or take on a bigger project, there will be plenty of help and encouragement available.

Kirsten Bey learned to knit from her mother and never stopped. Knitting everything from qiviut socks to Scandinavian sweaters, she sells her work through her business, Qiviut Fever, and owns Sew Far North.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 January 2018 11:58
 
Beginning & Intermediate Bridge! PDF Print E-mail

Beginning and Intermediate Bridge with Harley Bress

Thursdays, 6-8pm, February 1 - April 12
Register by: Thursday, Jan. 25
Nine 2-hour sessions, non-credit
Cost: $45 (plus $10 book fee paid to instructor)

This workshop is designed for the beginning or intermediate bridge player. Bridge is an elegant game of strategy and tactics - part science, part math, part logic, part reason - mixed with a very human component. This mix of skills sets bridge apart from other card games and from board games like chess. A successful bridge player must be a great partner. Bridge is a social game. Come try it out!

Harley Bress has been playing and teaching bridge for close to 25 years and is a Gold Life Master based on participation in tournaments around the country.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 January 2018 11:58
 
Ugalqaq Kuspuk Sewing PDF Print E-mail

Ugalqaq Kuspuk Sewing with Marilyn Koezuna-Irelan

Saturdays, 11am-2pm / Feb 3 - March 3
Register by: Monday, January 29
Five 3-hour sessions / 1 credit / APAR F150P
Student provides fabric and supplies
Cost: NOW $146—or $110 if you pay in advance!*
*NSEDC/NWC spring 2018 price rollback! Regular price $216.

Learn to make a King Island-stule ugalqaq, or kuspuk! Adapt and cut a pattern to your size, cut out the pieces, and sew together a finished product. By the end of class you will have made your own custom-sized women's or men's ugalqaq. Please bring a sewing machine to class.

Marilyn Koezuna-Irelan has sewn many King Island-style kuspuks and parkas, and has taught these skill to Northwest Campus students since 2008.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 January 2018 16:07
 
Introduction to Watercolor: Crafting Images Through Color and Composition PDF Print E-mail

with Ashley Wick

Thurs / 6:00pm - 8:00pm / Feb 8 - Mar 29 (no class 3/15)
REGISTER BY: Feb 2
Seven 120-minute sessions / 1 credit / ART F193P
Cost: NOW $146 -- OR $110 if paid in advance!

This is an introductory course on watercolor painting. We will explore the craft of watercolor painting through the exploration of materials, mediums, technique, and the craft of watercolor painting through time in art-historical contexts. This course will include individualized instruction, classroom discussion/critiques, group projects, and weekly take-home assignments. This class is open to students of all levels of experience.

Ashley Wick’s experience includes teaching art at a community center in Massachusetts and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

 
Writing For Impact PDF Print E-mail

with Kristine McRae and Marie Tozier

Mon & Wed / 6:00pm - 9:00pm / Feb 14 - Feb 28
REGISTER BY: Feb 7
Five 3-hour sessions / 1 credit / WRTG F193P
Cost: NOW $146 -- OR $110 if paid in advance!

In this course we’ll explore the craft of poetry and prose. We will learn to explore the landscape of where and how our personal writing touches on the cultural (social and political) aspects of our lives. We will discover how to share our experiences in ways that work to include rather than exclude the world around us. We will read examples and identify elements of craft. We’ll examine our own experiences to highlight themes and perspectives, considering approaches to poetry and prose that have social impact.

Kristine McRae and Marie Tozier are recent graduates of the low-residency master of fine arts program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Kristine owns Bering Tea & Coffee, and Marie is the registration coordinator at Northwest Campus.

 
Ceramics For Kids PDF Print E-mail

with Margaret (Sister) Olson

Sat / 10:00am - 12:00pm / Mar 24 - Apr 28
REGISTER BY: Mar 19
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.

 
Comics & Graphic Storytelling PDF Print E-mail

with Zoe Grueskin

Mon & Wed / 6:00pm - 8:00pm / Mar 26 - Apr 16
REGISTER BY: Mar 19
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.

 
Sewing Basics for the Home PDF Print E-mail

with Rhonda Schneider

Tues & Thurs / 6:00pm - 8:00pm / Mar 27 - Apr 19 (no class 4/17)
REGISTER BY: Mar 20
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.

 
Intro to Personal Computers PDF Print E-mail

with Miranda Musich

Mon & Wed / 6:00pm - 8:00pm / Apr 2 - Apr 25
REGISTER BY: Mar 26
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.

 
Subarctic Gardening PDF Print E-mail

with Cheryl Thompson

Mon / 6:00pm - 8:30pm / Apr 2 - Apr 23, Mon & Thurs / 6:00pm - 8:30pm / Apr 30 - Sept 10
REGISTER BY: Mar 27
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.

 
Birding Field Trips PDF Print E-mail

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.

 

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