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Become an Alaskan Adventure Filmmaker

Posted on: January 25th, 2014 by Don No Comments

ODS 293 Adventure Filmmaking Field Seminar (3 credits): This course is an exceptional chance for independent and emerging filmmakers to turn project ideas into reality, under the guidance of 4-time Emmy winning director, Michael Brown, and ODS Lead Professor, Dr Palmer. Days are packed with hands-on practice, lively discussion, and brainstorming. The course will take place at Thompson Pass, Alaska, during Tailgate Alaska, and editing will be done at the PWSCC Valdez campus. Transportation to and from Thompson Pass may be available. It will be best if students can arrange their own transportation on a daily basis. The $550 fee covers instructor costs, insurance, and materials. Previous experience with filmmaking and digital editing is recommended, but not required.

Students must be familiar with their camera of choice, and a limited number of additional cameras may be available to check out.

Web Dates: 2/15, 3/15, 4/15 4:30-8:00 p.m.
Field Dates: Mar 28-Apr 6, 3:00-6:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. to Midnight
Fee: $550.

Recommended Gear:

  • Outdoor Clothing and personal gear for the environment
  • DSLR Camera and lenses
  • Microphone
  • Stabilizer(s)
  • Extra batteries
  • Tripod
  • Any other kit
  • GoPro or other POV secondary camera system with boom and accessories
  • Pro Class 10 UHS-I Memory Cards 64GB+ (make sure you know if your camera requires SD or microSD)
  • Laptop and external storage
  • Digital editing software

Students may also register for ODS 266 (also at Tailgate Alaska) without conflict.

ODS 167 Introduction to the Study of Adventure Filmmaking (3 credits): Taught by ODS Lead Professor, Dr. Palmer, this course provides a great opportunity to break into to the field adventure film field. This course will introduce students to various forms and elements of successful adventure and documentary films, with a special emphasis in identifying and appreciating humanistic and artistic qualities. Students will survey the history of outdoor adventure filmmaking and, after learning introductory skills and perspectives in film study and critical evaluation, explore general techniques, stylistic approaches, best practices, and the function and role of this specialized film genre.

This class starts in February, and will be conducted entirely on BlackBoard ($0 fee). Spots are limited and filling up quickly so sign up at, or call our Valdez Campus main line at 907-834-1600 today!

Vegas in Valdez Archery Tournament

Posted on: January 24th, 2014 by Don No Comments

The PWSCC Valdez Archery Club will be hosting its 4th Annual Vegas in Valdez Archery Festival & Tournament, February 13-16 at the Valdez Civic Center. The Vegas in Valdez Shoot is already one of the largest indoor archery tournaments in Alaska, attracting novice to professional level archers from around the state. Inspired by the famous World Archery Festival in Las Vegas, this is the perfect opportunity for Alaskan archers to experience the traditional 3-spot, 20-yard “Vegas Round.” Last year’s event was recognized in the US and International Archer Magazine, published and distributed worldwide. This year, the full four-day event will include a two-day competition, archery clinic, archery trade show, and several fun shoots. Attendance in 2014 is expected to reach 100 competing archers.

Register for the Tournament on or before February 7 to receive a free Valdez Community Coupon Book and exclusive Early Registration drawing entry. To register, download and view Release & Liability Waiver forms, and view the 2014 event schedule, click here! All forms can be emailed to, or fax to 907-834-1627. The PWSCC Cashier will contact you via phone for payment, so be sure to include a good daytime phone number.

View the poster below!

Healthier You Program Late Registration Ongoing

Posted on: January 21st, 2014 by Don No Comments

The Healthier You program kicked off on January 26, and had more people sign up for it on the first day than signed up the entire previous year. This free program runs for 12 weeks, January through April, and provides participants with weekly activities, weight loss tracking, and smoke free days tracking. Healthier You is open to participants age 5 years and older. Families are encouraged to participate together and form a healthy lifestyle together. Participants can form teams which create workout groups that often outlast the length of the program.

Each week HY offers a special sponsored activity for the community free of charge. These activities range from sample workouts to health and wellness educational opportunities. Participants can also take advantage of free biometric screening, offered at the beginning and end of the program, as well as special one-time HY events such as clothing swaps, health coach workshops, and a 5K race.

It’s not too late to sign up. Late Registration runs through January 31 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Valdez Civic Center. The following week, people will still be able to sign up at PWSCC’s Health & Fitness Center until February 8. Once people have signed up, they then create an on-line account at to track their progress.

Healthier You is about making lifestyle changes towards a healthier you and a healthier community.  Healthier You participants earn points for their weight loss, physical activities and smoke free days. Recognition is given to the top point earners, as well all participants that meet certain point thresh holds are entered into Grand Prize, Second Chance, and Over 25 Under 100 Prize drawings. Returning participants that meet maintained weight loss criteria are entered into the K-TWO (Keeping the Weight Off) Prize drawing.

This program is made available for a generous grant from the Sound Wellness Alliance Network (SWAN), a community-inspired endeavor and is focused on creating health and wellness for all residents. Funding for SWAN initiatives is made possible by a grant from Providence Health & Services Alaska. Providence is serious about developing sustainable health and wellness programs in the communities it serves.

This Valdez Parks and Recreation program is co-sponsored by PWSCC, which provides support through the Health & Fitness Center, including staff time, providing a weigh-in center, and classes. The Health & Fitness Center also offers free personal training services through Healthier You. Call Sarah Histand at 834-1686 for more information on Healthier You.

Free Energy-Efficient Homes Workshops This Weekend

Posted on: January 20th, 2014 by Dennis Murphy No Comments

In collaboration with the Alaska Craftsman Home Program, the PWSCC Workforce Development and Training Department is offering free workshops to promote energy-efficient homes.  Classes will be held the weekend of January 25 & 26.  Different topics will be held in two-hour increments. The  organizers need at least 11 people registered.  After the initial 11 students are registered, walk-ins will be accepted.

(907) 258-2247
Registration is Mandatory


Saturday, December 14
First Steps: Building Science Basics
Learn the benefits including increased comfort, health, durability and how to lower utility bills by exploring the dynamics of heat, air and moisture.

Insulating for Safety and Comfort
Stop losing your precious purchased heat with an outdated and uncomfortable home! This class helps you to decode insulation options to make your home cozy for the whole family.

Finding and Fixing Air Leaks
Do you have expensive heating bills? House a bit drafty? Learn how to diagnose and fix the leaks in your home to prevent your hard earned money from disappearing like smoke in the wind.

Heating and Hot Water Choices
Attend this class for an overview of high efficient boilers, furnaces, water heaters and more. We will help you decode the technical info so you can make the best choice for your home and for your budget.


Sunday, December 15
Preventing Ice Dams
Protect your roof against damage by ensuring your attic has proper air sealing, insulation and ventilation. Properly prepare to prevent and protect!

Crawl Spaces
Benefits of insulating and ventilating your crawl space? Prevent mold, condensation, and more. Review ways for improving the crawl space area and keep your home and family healthy and happy.

Evaluating Doors and Windows
It’s an expensive decision to replace your windows and doors. Be prepared with a logical framework to evaluate your home and get money saving tips, tricks and terms to utilize when shopping around.

Healthy Indoor Air Through Ventilation
Is the air outside your home healthier than the air inside? Control indoor air quality by bringing fresh air into your home. Get the steps here to create a healthy home by utilizing a ventilation plan.