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.


ARCTIC SURVIVAL PDF Print E-mail

with Brian Volk

March 1,2,6,8 6:30pm-9:30pm
Saturday March 11, 9am to 3:30pm
REGISTER BY: Thursday, Feb. 24
18.5 hours in 5 sessions / 1 credit / ARSK F147A
Cost: $142—or $105 if you pay in advance!*
*NSEDC/NWC spring 2017 price rollback! Regular price $206.

If you travel or recreate in the arctic, you need to be ready to survive when things go wrong. This class covers survival kits, clothing, nutrition, hydration, how to build a shelter, sending signals, cold weather injuries, and safe travel. The Saturday field experience includes building a snow shelter.

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, 08 February 2017 15:27
 
CERAMICS: WHEEL THROWING & HAND BUILDING PDF Print E-mail

with Margaret (Sister) Olson

Tue / 6-8pm / Mar 21 – May 2 / REGISTER BY: Mar 14
Lab time available 12-2pm Saturdays for duration of class
Seven 2-hour sessions / 1 credit / APAR F150P
Cost: $142—or $105 if you pay in advance!* (plus $35 materials fee)
*NSEDC/NWC spring 2017 price rollback! Regular price $206.

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.

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, 01 February 2017 11:19
 
ANTLER, BONE & HOOF CRAFTS PDF Print E-mail

with Jackie Hrabok-Leppäjärvi

Tue & Thu / 6-10pm / Mar 21-Apr 4 / REGISTER BY: Mar 14
Four 4-hour sessions / 1 credit / APAR F150P
Cost: $142—or $105 if you pay in advance!* (plus $20 materials fee)
*NSEDC/NWC spring 2017 price rollback! Regular price $206.

Learn to cut, sand, and polish a selection of hard materials (antler, shin bones, hooves) from caribou and reindeer to create unique earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants, brooches, and key chains. Learn to use rotary tools (Dremel, etc.) and non-electric hand tools (saws, files, sandpaper, etc). Students may color their projects using food grade dyes. Suitable for beginner and intermediate skill levels. Safety gear, hard materials, jewelry findings, and most lab equipment provided.

Jackie Hrabok-Leppäjärvi is an assistant professor with UAF’s High Latitude Range Management Program and a faculty member of the Sámi Education Institute in northern Finland. Her expertise includes traditional handicrafts from the Sámi region of northern Europe.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2017 16:55
 
CERAMICS FOR KIDS PDF Print E-mail

with Margaret (Sister) Olson

Sat / 10am-12noon / Mar 25-Apr 29 / REGISTER BY: Mar 20
Six 2-hour sessions / non-credit workshop / ages 7-14
Cost: $70* (fee includes supplies)
*NSEDC spring 2017 price rollback! Regular price $110.

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.

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, 01 February 2017 11:22
 
SALMON LEATHER & VERTEBRAE JEWELRY PDF Print E-mail

with Jackie Hrabok-Leppäjärvi

Sat / 10am-4pm / Mar 25 / REGISTER BY: Mar 20
1 six-hour session / non-credit workshop
Cost: $40* + $15 materials fee
Limited to 8 students
*NSEDC spring 2017 price rollback! Regular price $60

Learn to use fish skin and fish vertebrae to make unique jewelry in this 6-hour workshop. Students will learn how to turn raw fish vertebrae into cured, colorful beads used in the creation of earrings, necklaces, and bracelets from locally caught salmon. Each student will be given willow bark tanned fish skin (salmon leather), dyes, and jewelry findings. Please bring small needle-nose pliers to class.

Jackie Hrabok-Leppäjärvi is an assistant professor with UAF’s High Latitude Range Management Program and a faculty member of the Sámi Education Institute in northern Finland. Her expertise includes traditional handicrafts from the Sámi region of northern Europe.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 11:25
 
INTRODUCTION TO TANNING CARIBOU & REINDEER HIDES PDF Print E-mail

with Jackie Hrabok-Leppäjärvi

Mon & Thu / 6-9pm / Apr 3-24 / REGISTER BY: Mar 27
Seven 3-hour sessions / 1 credit / APAR F150P
Cost: $142—or $105 if you pay in advance!* (plus $30 materials fee)
*NSEDC/NWC spring 2017 price rollback! Regular price $206.

In this class you will learn the basics of traditional vegetative tanning of caribou and reindeer hides. Students will ferment the hides at room temperature to remove the hair. Skins will be brined, washed, scraped, and pre tanned with willow bark to make batik rawhide. During class students may choose to make a drum head skin, lampshade, or mask made from rawhide. Limited to 6 students.

NOTE: Students must purchase some supplies on their own for this course. Please contact NWC for a supplies list before the first day of class..

Jackie Hrabok-Leppäjärvi is an assistant professor with UAF’s High Latitude Range Management Program and a faculty member of the Sámi Education Institute in northern Finland. Her expertise includes traditional handicrafts from the Sámi region of northern Europe.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2017 16:57
 
LEARNING TO SEE PDF Print E-mail
with Karen Trop

Mon / Apr 3 / 7-10pm / REGISTER BY: Mar 31
Sat / Apr 8 / 2-4pm
Five hours in 2 sessions / non-credit workshop / Cost: $25
Plus entry fee to the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum on April 8

What do you think you see? In this 2-session workshop, we’ll explore how perception shapes our world, and how we can get better at it. This workshop is for anyone who likes art but just can’t seem to figure out how to talk about it. It’s also for people whose jobs require visual powers, and for hunters keen to improve their attention (similar training has been offered to medical students and to some police departments). We’ll learn the categories commonly used to organize visual observation, then apply it practically through in-class exercises and in a field trip to the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum for Slow Art Day, a worldwide celebratory art appreciation event in early April.

Karen Trop has a bachelor’s degree in art history and is currently a KNOM volunteer in Nome.

 
SUBARCTIC GARDENING PDF Print E-mail

with Cheryl Thompson

- Mon / 6-8:30pm / Apr 3-Apr 24 / REGISTER BY: Mar 27
- Mon & Thur / 6-8:30pm / May 1-Sept 11
- Class days June-September may vary for plant care
1 credit / SCIA F150
Cost: $142—or $105 if you pay in advance!* (plus $50 materials fee paid to instructor)
*NSEDC/NWC spring 2017 price rollback! Regular price $206.

Study soils, plant propagation, disease and insect control, variety selection, fertilization, greenhouse and raised bed construction and care, and gardening techniques in this course. Emphasis is on sheltered gardening techniques suitable for Nome. This class is designed to meet a wide range of interests and experience with the majority of the time devoted to hands-on learning. Students will be able to enjoy their own Nome-grown, fresh produce throughout the summer. The class will take place at the Nome-Beltz greenhouses.

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, 01 February 2017 11:24
 
INTRODUCTION TO PERSONAL COMPUTERS PDF Print E-mail

with Miranda Musich

Tue & Thu / 6-8pm / Apr 4-27 / REGISTER BY: Mar 28
Eight 2-hour sessions / CIOS F100 / 1 credit
Cost: $142—or $105 if you pay in advance!* (plus book)
*NSEDC/NWC spring 2017 price rollback! Regular price $206.

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. She has been an academic advisor at NWC and UAA and is completing a master’s degree in organizational leadership.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 11:24
 
SEWING BASICS FOR THE HOME PDF Print E-mail

with Rhonda Schneider

Tue & Thu / 6-8pm / Apr 6-27 / REGISTER BY: Mar 30
Seven 2-hour sessions / 1 credit / APAR F150P
Cost: $142—or $105 if you pay in advance!* (plus supplies)
*NSEDC/NWC spring 2017 price rollback! Regular price $206.

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. After completing a few simple projects (pillow cover, table runner, mitten leash), students will select from an elective list of projects (kuspuk apron, grocery bag holder, zippered pouch or tote) to finish out the course.

NOTE: Contact NWC prior to the start of the class for a materials list.

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, 01 February 2017 11:25
 
IMPROV COMEDY WORKSHOP PDF Print E-mail

with Lauren Frost

Mon & Wed / 6-8pm / Apr 10-26 / REGISTER BY: Apr 6
Six 2-hour sessions / non-credit workshop / Cost: $45

Are you the next Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, or Amy Poehler? All of them got their start in improv comedy, and now, you can too! Learn the basics of improv, like character creation and miming, and advance to performing your own fully improvised scenes. Not only will this workshop teach you to make up comedy on the spot, but improv can also help you get better at public speaking and collaborating with others. The workshop will culminate in a short showcase, put on with help from the Nome Arts Council.

Lauren Frost has been improvising for seven years and has studied at The Second City and ComedySportz. She is in Nome as a KNOM volunteer.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:53
 
SALMON LEATHER HAND-STITCHED WALLET PDF Print E-mail

with Jackie Hrabok-Leppäjärvi

Tues Apr 11, 18, 21 + Fri Apr 25 / 6-10pm / REGISTER BY: Apr 4
Four 4-hour sessions / 1 credit / APAR F150P
Cost: $142—or $105 if you pay in advance!* (plus $15 materials fee & supplies)
*NSEDC/NWC spring 2017 price rollback! Regular price $206.

Design two patterns for a leather wallet and coin purse that you will hand stitch. Learn how to ply thread and sew a decorative stitch. Each student will be given one willow bark tanned fish skin (salmon leather), zipper, magnetic snap, synthetic sinew, and glover’s needle (covered by $15 materials fee). Bring your own additional deer, cattle, pig, or goat leather to complete and customize your projects.

Jackie Hrabok-Leppäjärvi is an assistant professor with UAF’s High Latitude Range Management Program and a faculty member of the Sámi Education Institute in northern Finland. Her expertise includes traditional handicrafts from the Sámi region of northern Europe.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:54
 
BIRDING FIELD TRIPS PDF Print E-mail

with Peter Rob

Sa / 7:00am to 7:00pm / May 27
Sa / 7:00am to 7:00pm / Jun 3
Sa / 7:00am to 7:00pm / Jun 10
Field trips / no credit / NONC F001 / REGISTER BY: May 22
Cost: $45 per trip

Nome is a popular spring destination for bird enthusiasts from around the world. Join us to travel the roads of Nome to view the spring bird migration and learn about species that nest on the Seward Peninsula. Each field trip takes participants along a different route (Council, Kougarok, Teller roads) depending on road conditions and migration progress. These are day-long trips with no facilities 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, 01 February 2017 11:26
 

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