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Local Community Colleges in Alaska

Colleges North America

Offers a list of all two-year community colleges and technical schools within Alaska, including brief introduction and official website address.

  • Intended to pursue an associate degree in the state of Alaska? Here is a full list of both public and private community colleges within Alaska.

Sitka, Alaska

Sitka, (‘by the sea’), city in the state of Alaska in the United States. Located on Baranof Island in the Alexander Archipelago, approx. 150 km southwest of the capital Juneau. Sitka has about 9,000 residents (2013), has an excellent harbor, and from 1940 is an important fleet base. Otherwise, the economy is based on fishing and fish processing and some timber industry. The city has a great church – St. Michael’s Cathedral, built in 1848 as a Russian Orthodox Cathedral.

Sitka is with its approx. 12,460 km 2 The largest city in the United States, and about the size of Washington state on the west coast of the United States.

The area was populated by Indians more than 10,000 years ago. The city of Old Sitka, or Fort St. Michael, was established in 1799 by the Russian governor of Alaska, Alexander Baranov. The city was destroyed by Tlingit Indians in 1802, when most of its residents were killed or taken as slaves. Governor Baranov had to pay 10,000 rubles in ransom for those who survived. In 1804 the city was re-established as Novo Arkhangelsk, ‘New Arkhangelsk’. The formal transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States took place here in 1867. Sitka was Alaska’s capital until 1906.

Nome, Alaska

According to, Nome is a city in the state of Alaska in the United States. The city is located on the south side of the Seward Peninsula at Norton Sound, and has 3,841 residents (U.S. Census, 2017), substantially Inuit. The census circle Nome, that is, the city and its environs, has 9,921 residents (U.S. Census, 2017).

Nome is a center for small-scale flights in northern Alaska, and has two airports. The port is primarily used by cargo ships, but there is an increase in cruise traffic in the summer. Nome does not have road connections with any other major cities in Alaska.


Nome was founded during the gold rush in 1898, by the so-called “Three Lucky Swedes”, Erik Lindblom, John Brynteson and Jafet Lindberg. The latter was a Norwegian and born in Kvænangen. The three found gold in Anvil Creek, and by 1900 Nome had more than 12,000 residents, and by 1909 there were probably over 20,000 residents. Legendary revolver Wyatt Earp of Tombstone, Arizona owned a saloon in Nome during the gold rush. The harsh weather conditions led to the police forcing those who did not have adequate housing for the winter. When the gold rush was over around 1912, Nome became an outpost with close to 2,000 residents.

Nome is also known for the “Great Race of Mercy” in 1925 when it broke out of diphtheria, and dog drivers saved the city by carrying serum over 1,000 km from Nenana. The Norwegians Gunnar Kaasen and Leonhard Seppala – a friend of Jafet Lindberg from Norway – made a heroic effort. Kaasen brought the serum in the final stage to Nome, including the famous sled dog Balto, which is a statue of Central Park in New York, while Seppala and his guide dog Togo drove the hardest and longest stage (almost 150 km) in storm and closer to 40 degrees Celsius. From 1973, the big dog race Iditarod is in goal in Nome.

Roald Amundsen came to Nome in August 1906 after traveling with Gjøa through the Northwest Passage.

Ilisagvik Community College

Read a general overview of this branch of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, which is located in Barrow.

Kenai Peninsula College

Division of the University of Alaska, Anchorage, features news and events, an academic calendar and student services.

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Ketchikan Campus

One of three campuses making up the University of Alaska Southeast, it offers course schedules, tuition info and a faculty directory.

Kodiak College

Part of the University of Alaska, Anchorage, it offers an academic calendar, Internet classes, a campus directory and tuition information.

Kuskokwim Campus

Part of the University of Alaska system, the campus provides Web course info, a computing services overview and a continuing-education schedule.

Sitka Campus

Check out part of the University of Alaska Southeast, featuring a list of career and degree programs, admissions info and a photo gallery.