I am strong!
I can persevere!
I won't give up!
I am capable of great things!
I can soar!

who we are

Alaska EXCEL is a key component in supplementing CTE curriculum in rural Alaska school districts. Provided with our unique educational opportunities, students are able to experience career exploration starting in the 7th grade and can continue until the summer following high school graduation. Focusing on careers relevant to their regions, participants may explore jobs in health care, construction, heavy equipment operating, aviation, culinary arts, maritime, and more! Foundational sessions hone in on life skills, such as leadership and healthy living, all the while working on employability skills. Some of the other sessions, such as College Prep and Credit Recovery help students prepare for life and goals beyond high school.

We prepare adolescents for success through...
Student in Foundational Session
foundational sessions
  • Grades 7 through 12
  • Life & employability skills
  • Urban awareness
Student pilot in an airplane
specialty sessions
  • Career exploration
  • Post-secondary preparation
  • Job-relevant certifications
Student working on a computer
college & careers
  • Test preparation
  • Scholarships
  • Financial aid
  • Cover letter & resume building

mark your calendar

Join us for these great events!
  • Math Science Expedition
    Provided by Alaska Department of Fish & Game Math Science Expedition Aniak, AK
    4 aug

    Paid Internship with AK Department of Fish & Game to learn about river ecology. Begins and ends in Aniak. The Math/Science Expedition (MSE) is an intense, 10-day float trip on the Salmon and Aniak Rivers. 7th-12th grade students and recent graduates are immersed in relevant, experiential, math, and science learning opportunities while developing valuable leadership, employability, and character skills.

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  • Great Alaska Duck Race
    4th Annual Great Alaska Duck Race Ship Creek
    Anchorage, AK
    10 sep

    The Great Alaska Duck Race is Alaska's premiere statewide fundraising event for education, and local community organizations.

    more info
  • EXCEL Launch
    EXCEL Launch Anchorage, AK
    8 sep

    Open to 9-12 grade students. Class runs for 8 days.

    more info
  • Camp
    Camp Anchorage, AK
    26 sep

    Open to vetted 9-12 grade students. Class runs for 12 days.

    more info
  • EXCEL 10/11
    EXCEL 10/11 Anchorage, AK
    17 oct

    Open to 10-11 grade students. Class runs for 10 days.

    more info
  • EXCEL 12
    EXCEL 12 Anchorage, AK
    31 oct

    Open to 12 grade students. Class runs for 11 days.

    more info
  • EXCEL 10/11
    EXCEL 10/11 Anchorage, AK
    14 nov

    Open to 10-11 grade students. Class runs for 10 days.

    more info
  • Credit Recovery & Post-Secondary Prep
    EXCEL Credit Reovery & Post-Secondary Prep Anchorage, AK
    29 nov

    Open to vetted 9-12 grade students. Class runs for 12 days.

    more info
Check out our full list of events. session calendar

student success stories

Through the years that we've been helping Alaskan youth develop the skills that they need to succeed in life, we've helped scores of young adults create some pretty awesome success stories.

check them out

what people are saying

  • Doyon is a proud supporter of Alaska EXCEL- their rural programming and focus on our youth will grow immeasurable benefits, not just for our shareholder students, but also for our communities and State.

    Tanya Kaquatosh
    Senior VP of Administration
    Doyon, Limited
  • The activities were fun and helped me love myself.

    Alaska EXCEL Student
  • The Alaska EXCEL program works great for our youth in the village. Alaska EXCEL gives them a better start into adulthood. I am very happy that my son is able to be a part of this program!

    John Chi
    Parent of Alaska EXCEL Student
    Mountain Village
  • I'm so grateful we have this program for our kids here in Nenana, it's about time.

    Nenana HS parent
  • I learned how to incorporate a daily workout into my schedule—it was the most valuable health skill I learned during this session.

    Alaska EXCEL Student
  • Alaska Excel is an amazing way for students to connect with each other, learn about leadership and employability skills. Their partnerships, caring methods and ability to connect with students is nothing short of miraculous.

    T. Calkin
    Transition Coordinator
    Nenana School
  • Alaska Excel is one of the best resources available to rural Alaskan youth. From caring and well-rounded staff to engaging and practical classes, the program is truly a service to our youth as well as the future of Alaska.

    Tia Shoemaker
    Rural Alaskan Educator
  • Alaska EXCEL is an awesome program that youth can join to experience what opportunities are out there. With EXCEL students learn what hard work & dedication brings. All they need is the willingness to get the job done themselves, andEXCEL will be alongside them helping them thru their journey.

    Paul Littlefish
    Parent of Alaska EXCEL Student