EXPLORE STATE GOVERNMENT
All-Alaska Academy offers Alaskan students the chance to explore and experience state government, or job shadow in a field of interest.
Sessions are a week long, based in Juneau, aligned with state standards and taught by highly effective instructors. Students are accompanied by a district teacher/chaperone, and housed at the Juneau International Hostel. After an activity-filled day, students can explore optional evening activities such as swimming, rock climbing, skating, movies or shopping.
Alaska Close Up (9th – 12th grade), Junior Alaska Close Up (7th – 8th grade), and Government Internship (11th – 12th grade Alaska Close Up alumni) : These programs provide students with hands-on experience in Alaska’s capitol to learn how the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches work together to govern our state. Students meet and work with their legislators on local community projects, study actual bills being discussed, observe legislative sessions and practice government in committee simulation and a mock legislative session. Students who have previously attended Alaska Close Up are eligible to return as Government Interns, where they job shadow in various government offices.
Career Connections (11th – 12th grade) has two levels: Career Awareness (7th -12 grade) and Job Shadowing (11th – 12th grade) . Career Connections provides students with a real-world look at a variety of job sites and offers career exploration and educational opportunities. Students have classes in career exploration, job-seeking skills and traits of good employees. They learn how to use AKCIS and ALEXsys tools to explore careers and educational opportunities and prepare job seeking documents. Career Awareness students experience workplace and educational field trips and spend more classroom time in career preparation. Job Shadow students spend the major part of three days shadowing at a place of business related to their career interest.
Students may earn one university credit and teachers can earn three professional development credits.