U.S. Department of Energy awards ANSEP for excellence in STEM education and workforce development


ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – At a forum marking the first anniversary of its Minorities in Energy Initiative (MIE), the U.S. Department of Energy named the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) the most exceptional program in STEM Education and Workforce Development. The award highlights ANSEP’s key role in establishing and implementing a framework for advancing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for K-12 students in Alaska.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s MIE seeks to address the needs of underrepresented communities in the energy sector while inspiring young Americans to pursue careers in energy as well as STEM fields. The MIE has three focus areas: STEM education and workforce development, energy economic development and climate change.

ANSEP was named the top organization in the STEM Education and Workforce Development focus area. The main objectives of this area are to: 

  • Establish and implement a framework for achieving enduring growth of minority participation in the energy sector through enhanced public awareness of energy-related careers and the promotion of both STEM education and workforce development.

  • Implement sustainable initiatives that support STEM preparation and energy literacy of K-12 students.

“ANSEP prides itself in providing guidance and creating opportunities for Alaska students early in their educational careers,” said Founder and Vice Provost of Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program Dr. Herb Ilisaurri Schroeder. “We’re honored to accept this award, as it reaffirms our mission as an organization to effect a systemic change in the hiring patterns of Indigenous Americans in the STEM career fields.”

ANSEP students at every level are successful at rates far exceeding national averages. More than 70 percent of all ANSEP students who begin a bachelor’s program in STEM fields earn a degree. To learn more about the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program, visit www.ansep.net.

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