Yuut Elitnaurviat celebrates new dormitory

by Angela Denning-Barnes on October 10, 2013

By Jeremy Osborne, Director of Programs, Yuut Elitnaurviat

From Left to Right: Yuut Elitnaurviat Executive Director Kurt Kuhne, State Representative Bob Herron, YKHC CEO and Yuut Elitnaurviat Board Chairman Gene Pelola, and Bethel Native Corporation CEO Ana Hoffman. Photo courtesy of Yuut.

From Left to Right: Yuut Elitnaurviat Executive Director Kurt Kuhne, State Representative Bob Herron, YKHC CEO and Yuut Elitnaurviat Board Chairman Gene Pelola, and BNC CEO Ana Hoffman. Photo courtesy of Yuut.

On a recent blustery morning, with three wind turbines howling in the background, the ribbon cutting ceremony for Yuut Elitnaurviat’s new Yukon Dormitory took place before a small crowd. The ceremony was intentionally brief and limited to those who had aided in getting the dormitory built. The dormitory will house up to 68 students, and brings the total beds on the Yuut Elitnaurviat campus up to 108. Following a competitive bid process, the Yukon Dormitory was constructed by Bethel Services, Inc. – a subsidiary of the Bethel Native Corporation.

Yuut Elitnaurviat Executive Director Kurt Kuhne; Yuut Elitnaurviat Board of Directors Chairman and President and CEO of YKHC Gene Peltola; State Representative Bob Herron; and Bethel Native Corporation CEO Ana Hoffman cut the ribbon and officially opened the new building. Onlookers included State Representative Tammie Wilson of Fairbanks, and State Representative Lynn Gattis of Wasilla as well as representatives of the Alaska State Troopers, Donlin Gold, Wells Fargo and of the nine other local employers who sit on the Yuut Elitnaurviat Board of Directors. After a tour of the new building and some cake, the ceremony was ended so that the dorm could be set up for Village Police Officer/Tribal Police Officer Academy #27 which started on Saturday, September 28th. Every room in the new dormitory will be in use this week, as students also arrive for a week-long GED math intensive.

The new dormitory allows Yuut Elitnaurviat to hold more trainings and conferences, and gives attendees from outside of Bethel a safe, warm place to stay while they are away from home. Yuut Elitnaurviat is a training center for the entire Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region, and the Yukon Dormitory will allow even more students access to opportunities for high-wage local jobs.

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