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Ahtna Kanas Winter 2020

2019 Ahtna Special Forces: Jason Ashenfelter

Jason G. Ashenfelter Jr.

Jason Ashenfelter Jr. has joined the Ahtna Special Forces as an Accounting Intern working out of Ahtna’s Anchorage office. His parents are Jason and Amber Ashenfelter and his grandparents are Ken and Leona Johns. He grew up in Copper Center, Alaska and is currently living in Anchorage. He is a member of the Taltsiine clan.

What made you want to intern with Ahtna and what excites you about the internship?

I Interned to learn and experience first steps of an accountant. What excites me most is taking the next steps in my career.

What knowledge or skills do you hope to gain through the internship?

I hope to learn all that I can to become a valuable asset.

How do you see the internship preparing you for your future career goals?

I see the experience, skills, and the flexibility adding greatly towards my future.

What role has Ahtna played in your educational and career pursuits?

Ahtna has provided on the job training, flexibility and financial help with school.

Who has been an inspiration to you and why?

My family helps me experience what I want in life.

What are your goals after graduation?

I would like a job, but I want to start a business.

What advice do you have for Ahtna youth?

Hard work, research, and improving your method are the greatest way to improving what you want in life.

What have been defining moments in your educational path?

The most defining moment in my education path has been graduating from the Alaska Military Youth Academy.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Playing guitar and watching Netflix.