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Ahtna Kanas Winter 2017

AHTNA SON’ UNIVERSITY Bringing Shareholders Professional Learning & Growth Opportunities

It was a busy year for our Ahtna staff who are developing Ahtna Son’ (Star) University programs. As we continue to create partnerships and develop curricula for Ahtna’s corporate university, we will communicate these offerings to shareholders.

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In 2017, several pilot programs were launched to assist shareholders in cultivating their business skills and professional expertise. In October, Ahtna’s four-part Professional Development Series began. These in-person workshops, developed via partnership with the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development, are designed to develop basic skills useful to business professionals. We are happy that all four workshops were well attended. Feedback gathered from shareholders will inform the structure and content of future offerings. Our 2017 workshops included:

 • Understanding Finance: Financial Statements and Terminology
 • Understanding Finance: Managing Budgets and Financial Wellbeing
 • Conflict Management
 • Stress Management

We look forward to enhancing these workshops, and expanding the series to include more topics.

Online courses were also made available in 2017, and shareholders can continue to enroll. The project management fundamentals training, The Junior Project Manager, is an introductory course providing a high-level overview on the discipline of project management. This story-based learning experience allows participants to follow a new project manager as he tackles his first project. This course is offered online and can be completed at the participant’s pace.

Additionally, Microsoft Office Suite trainings are also available online. These vary from beginner to intermediate to advanced coursework in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint, and more. The Microsoft trainings are beneficial opportunities for shareholders of every skill level – for new users, for those looking to enhance their current knowledge, and for experienced users needing a quick refresher.

Ahtna’s Learning Management System is a new tool, also made available to shareholders. Participants in Ahtna Son’ University courses will receive access to their own learning dashboard, where they can print transcripts, view offerings, and register for courses.

In 2018, Ahtna Son’ University will bring more to Ahtna shareholders. The Project Management series will expand to equip shareholders with the practical knowledge and skill development essential to managing projects of all sizes. We will continue to incorporate additional coursework into this series, providing a path to meet the educational requirements of the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certifications, credentials with the Project Management Institute (PMI).

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Opportunities with Ahtna Son’ University are free to shareholders. For more information and to sign-up for classes, contact Tracy Parent, Shareholder Development Coordinator at or call 907-868-8221.

Stay connected! The Kanas is one venue we use to communicate about shareholder learning opportunities. You can also connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.