At Martin Luther King Jr. Career Center in Anchorage, natural resources management instructor Mike Woods partners with state, federal and local land management agencies to enrich his science curriculum. Students participate in park maintenance and landscaping, stream studies and clean-ups and animal research projects. Mr. Woods and his class has partnered with Alaska Department of Fish and Game in the development and implementation of the program, "Salmon in the Classroom," in which local biologists teach students about fish life cycles. Pupils capture spawning salmon from local streams, remove their eggs, set up incubator tanks in grade schools; the high school students then teach elementary students about salmon life cycles through various activities before releasing the fish into the local waters. The program includes up to 25 grade schools annually. He has also formed business partnerships to co-sponsor employment training programs such as the DNR Natural Resources Summer Internship and the Alaska Railroad Tour Guide Program. Mr. Woods spends his summers working for these federal and state agencies in natural resources.
1989 Boise State University, B.A.