Drumbeats Consortium

We Will Live Well


Drum Beats: We Will Live Well funds a consortium of programs from five rural, Alaska Native-serving extended campuses of the College of Rural and Community Development (CRCD) and the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The project grew out of a prior USDA grant that supported regional assessments and mini-grants to secondary schools.

The following Drumbeats goals have been geared to help Alaska Native and rural students earn degrees in the USDA disciplines of plant sciences, animal sciences, and environmental studies:

Goal 1: To strengthen CRCD ANSI capacity to assess and respond to community identified needs as they relate to the subsistence sciences.

Goal 2: To strengthen career pathways into the subsistence sciences for Alaska Native and rural students.

The Drumbeats Consortium is comprised of certificate programs that have been developed with the generous support of USDA:

  • High Latitude Range Management (HLRM) out of the Northwest Campus in Nome,
  • Environmental Studies (ENVI) out of the Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham, and
  • Ethnobotany (EBOT) out of the Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Award No. 2011-38426-30621.


HLRM was approved with final Board of Regent (BOR) and Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) approval in 2007. ENVI and EBOT received BOR and NWCCU approval in September 2009.

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