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Office of Institutional Development and Advancement

The Office of Institutional Development and Advancement (OIDA) helps advance the mission and vision of PWSCC by identifying and developing opportunities for new programs, new partnerships, new resources, and revenue sources, and by enhancing PWSCC’s involvement with the community. The OIDA provides human resources services, and the development of student leadership initiatives.


To make a gift to PWSCC please contact Ryan Belnap at rkbelnap AT pwscc DOT edu or 1.907.834.1613.


Local organizations have partnered with PWSCC for a variety of purposes. A few examples of partnerships include:

  • Ahtna, Inc., and PWSCC partner to offer classes in house. We also partner to promote education by coordinating in middle-school programs like Kids2College and meeting with students and shareholders in the Villages.
  • Copper River Native Association and PWSCC have partnered to offer unique programs like the intensive GED preparation workshop.
  • Providence Hospital and PWSCC worked together to hire an individual who works part time as a hospital anesthesiologist, and part time as a PWSCC faculty member for the nursing program. This unique arrangement allows the hospital to expand services to the community, and PWSCC is able to strengthen our nursing program.
  • Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and PWSCC developed training programs to meet regulatory requirements and the special training needs of oil spill response and terminal operations in Port Valdez. In addition to a well-developed employee safety program, the Training Department facilitates development of new courses customized to meet Alyeska ‘s business objectives. Also, Alyeska provides financial support to the PWSCC Health and Fitness Center, and in turn their employees have free access and services at the H&FC.
  • Representatives from Conoco Phillips – Alpine, Alaska Roteq, Dresser Rand and Tern Technologies participate in a Millwright Advisory Committee. This committee of industry professionals meets monthly with PWSCC faculty and administrators to discuss the industry and program needs. This collaboration sets our Millwright Program apart with cutting edge market information and special opportunities for students.
  • A growing list of High Schools and PWSCC have made “Dual Credit” arrangements to provide courses that satisfy both high school and college credit accrual. In Cordova the program is so strong that a few remarkable students have graduated with a High school Diploma and an Associate’s Degree simultaneously.
  • Sound Wellness Alliance Network (SWAN) and PWSCC organized a “Ski for Free” program. With a goal of holistic wellness for the community the program allows residents an opportunity to rent skis, snow shoes, and other winter gear at no charge.
  • Valdez Parks and Recreation and PWSCC work together for many community and college events.
  • American Cancer Society has partnered with PWSCC to organize the Relay for Life of Valdez for several years. The relay is an opportunity to unite as a community to honor cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our cancer risk, and raise money to fight the disease.
  • The Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum is located on the PWSCC campus and operated by PWSCC staff. Students and community members enjoy one of the largest collections of Native Alaskan art and artifacts in the world. Admission is free.

Photo of  Ryan  Belnap To speak with PWSCC’s Institutional Development and Advancement Officer, Ryan Belnap:

Ryan Belnap
E-mail: rkbelnap AT pwscc DOT edu
Phone: 1.907.834.1613