The Nenana Native Association (NNA) in partnership with Nenana City School District (NCSD) received a Federal grant to prepare Alaska Native (AN) students for careers in high-demand Career and Technical Education (CTE) fields. The program is designed to enhance educational services, build students’ academic skills, and improve their overall scholastic performance. Services include Native Language instruction, strengthening students’ Alaska Native cultural connections, and promoting their pro-social skills and development.

NNA tribal elders will lead cultural activities, determined during the initial planning year, that engage parents and other stakeholders to ensure the project addresses students’ needs, and allows parents and students to choose educational services and providers. The overall thrust of the program is to embed Alaska Native cultural traditions and histories into school-based programs, develop deeper home-school connections, enhance the relevance of students’ learning, and  improve their academic outcomes.

The purpose of this survey is to gather input from students, local families, and community members about services they would like to see offered through NCSD’s instructional and after-school programs during the 2021-2022 academic year. We appreciate your honest and thoughtful answers, as a basis for changing / improving program services and building better school and community partnerships. There are no right or wrong answers. All responses are anonymous and confidential. Thank you!!!

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* 1. Are you a member of a Federally recognized tribe?

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* 2. Parents: Do you have a student(s) enrolled in Nenana City Public Schools?

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* 3. Do you/your family reside in Nenana?

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* 4. Students: Do you currently reside at the Nenana Student Living Center?

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* 5. When do you plan to attend Nenana City Public School?

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* 6. Would you be willing to take a class / training (e.g., vocational education intensives and / or driver’s education) if it was offered on a Saturday?

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* 7. Would you be willing to attend summer classes and if so, in which classes would you like to enroll?

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* 8. Please rank on a scale from 1-5, cultural education services you would like offered to students who attend NCSD. 

(Scale: 1 = Highest Priority Preference and 5 = Least Priority Preference)

  Highest Priority High Priority Priority Low Priority Lowest Priority
Alaska Native (Benti Kanaga) Language Class
Alaska Native Cooking
Alaska Native Cultural Arts
Alaska Native Cultural Traditional and Values
Birch Bark Basket Making
Beadwork
Canoe Making
Casket Building
Diamond Willow Carving
Dog Mushing
Drum Making
Fish Skin Tanning
Fish Wheel Making
Ice Fishing
Jelly/Jam Making
Leatherwork and Tanning
Moose Hunting
Navigating Rivers
Setting Traps/Trapping
Singing / Dancing
Skin Sewing
Sled Building
Snowshoe Making
Storytelling
Traditional Alaska Native Plants

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* 9. Please list additional priority preferences that are not identified above:

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* 10. Do you know people in the community who would be interested in teaching Traditional Cultural Values / activities classes? If so, please identify:

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* 11. Please rank on a scale from 1-5, Career and Technical Education (CTE) or non-traditional services you would like offered to students who attend NCSD. (Scale: 1 = Highest Priority Preference and 5 = Least Priority Preference)

  Highest Priority High Priority Priority Low Priority Lowest Priority
Academic Tutoring
Accounting
Anthropology
Audio and Visual Media
Automotive Technology / Small Engine Mechanics
Aviation
Business Computer Applications
Computer Science and Engineering
Construction Trades
CPR / EMT / ETT / First Aid Class
Criminal Justice
Culinary Arts
Drawing / Painting
Driver’s Education
Drone Technology
Early Childhood Education
Economics
Electrician Class
Foreign Language
General Psychology
Health Care / Medicine
Internships / Job Shadowing
Sculpture
Veterinary Education
Website Design and Management
Work Study
Welding

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* 12. Academic Tutoring: List Subjects:

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* 13. Foreign Languages: List Languages

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* 14. Internships / Job Shadowing: List Interests:

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* 15. Work Study: List Interests:

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* 16. Please list additional priority preferences that are not identified above:

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* 17. Do you know people within the community who would be interested in teaching the CTE / Non-Traditional classes? If so, please identify:

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* 18. Please identify the biggest challenges students face during their senior year of high school.

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* 19. Please identify the biggest challenges our youth face following high school graduation.

Thank you for completing the survey!  Your responses will contribute to designing the NNA NCSD Athabascan Native Connections Program.
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