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Chukchi Campus

In 1971 the University of Alaska established a “rural education center” in Kotzebue. By 1978, the University of Alaska, Board of Regents had established Chukchi Community College, which operated until 1987, when the newly named Chukchi Campus became a branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).

Based in the community of Kotzebue, Chukchi Campus serves eleven communities amid more than 36,000 square miles of spectacular mountain and tundra wilderness known as the Northwest Arctic Borough. No modern road system connects the villages to each other or to the outside world. The Northwest Arctic Borough population is 7,300, of which over 82% are Iņupiaq. The pursuit of a traditional way of life and subsisting off of the land are the driving forces behind most of the residents. At the same time, western higher education and the UAF are becoming increasingly crucial to the region’s future. Residents recognize the need of an appropriate balance between the increasing presence of western institutions and preserving Iņupiat traditions.

UAF Chukchi Campus Advisory Council

The UAF Chukchi Advisory Council has thirteen (13) members. It is composed of leaders or representatives from the following:

  • Maniilaq Association
  • City of Kotzebue
  • NANA Corporation
  • Northwest Arctic Borough
  • Northwest Arctic Borough School District
  • Northwest Iņupiat Housing Authority
  • Kikiktagruk Iņupiat Corporation
  • Native Village of Kotzebue
  • Alaska Technical Center
  • National Park Service
  • Regional Village Representative
  • UAF Adult Student Representative
  • UAF High School Student Representative

UAF Chukchi students have three options to choose from for taking classes:

CC Student Selma Foster

Face-to-Face Campus Courses

Some courses are held on-site at the Chukchi Campus. these courses are designed for students who are able to attend classes at the campus location in Kotzebue, Alaska.

CC Students Kookie Ito, John Schaeffer Jr., and Robyn Westlake

Distance Education Courses

Distance education courses are conducted through audio-conference. Additionally, some courses utilize the Internet, E-mail, Blackboard and/or Elluminate Live.

CC Student Joy Helfrich

Independent Learning Courses

The Center for Distance Education offers courses that are correspondence courses and are either paper-based or web-based and can be taken either on a semester or year-long session.


UAF Chukchi Campus is a charter member of the Northwest Arctic Workforce Development and Education Consortium.

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