May 13, 2021
The contribution will directly benefit underserved and low-income students
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications company, recently made a $10,000 contribution to Iḷisaġvik College and its Pre-College Summer Camp program. The donation ensures students have access to a learning environment that perpetuates and strengthens Iñupiat culture, language and traditions.
“We’re proud to support Alaska students’ journeys as they work toward their educational and professional goals,” said Vice President of GCI Government, Healthcare & Education Annette Jones. “In partnership with Iḷisaġvik College, GCI is working hard to support efforts to provide students on Alaska’s North Slope with valuable educational opportunities and help close the digital divide both through virtual and COVID-safe, in-person learning.”
This summer, high schoolers will be able to attend the Allied Health High School and Iñupiaq Language Camp virtually. Students can also take part in Drivers Education, Construction Camp and Hunting and Wilderness Safety, Stories and Success in person through Iḷisaġvik College.
“Iḷisaġvik College was founded to create opportunities for continued education, right here on Alaska’s North Slope,” said Iḷisaġvik College President Justina Wilhelm. “GCI’s donation will have a direct impact to our students seeking hands-on and real-life experience in their chosen field of study, while gaining important experience both culturally and in their future professions. Quyanaq, GCI!”
GCI has a long history of supporting education in Alaska. Over the past 20 years, GCI has awarded over $6 million in scholarships to hundreds of Alaska students attending accredited colleges and vocational/trade schools across the nation. In 2021, GCI has committed to award $100,000 in scholarships to Alaska students, through the GCI Scholarship Program and Alaska Pacific University’s GCI Donovan Walsh Scholarship.
Headquartered in Alaska, GCI provides data, mobile, video, voice and managed services to consumer, business, government, and carrier customers throughout Alaska, serving more than 200 communities. The company has invested more than $3 billion in its Alaska network and facilities over the past 40 years and recently launched true standards-based 5G NR service in Anchorage, now the nation’s northernmost 5G service area. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com. GCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Broadband Corporation (Nasdaq: LBRDA, LBRDK, LBRDP). Learn more about Liberty Broadband at http://www.libertybroadband.com.
About Iḷisaġvik College
Iḷisaġvik College is Alaska’s only tribal college and is located in the northernmost village in the United States, Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow). Iḷisaġvik College provides quality post-secondary academic, vocational and technical education in a learning environment that perpetuates and strengthens Iñupiat culture, language, values and traditions. It is dedicated to serving its students and developing a well-educated and trained workforce who meet the human resource needs of North Slope employers and the state of Alaska.
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