George believes that education is the key to success. Anchorage must become a life long learning city that fosters cradle to career and beyond advancement. We can rebuild Anchorage’s education system to serve our needs today while driving us forward as the northern hub of innovation through the strategic alignment of education and community resources.
I- Prioritize Early Childhood Investments
- Jumpstart early childhood education and “promise” programs, including pre-k networks, leverage a 420 sales tax plan.
- Strengthen the Healthy Babies Bright Future program, which reduces dangerous neurotoxins that cause harm brain development in small children.
- Increase opportunities for childcare/ learning support to empower parents to return to work.
- Develop a long term funding plan using a portion of the proceeds from the sale of ML&P and innovative tools like social impact bonding.
II- Focus on Student Success
- The City LAB (Local Apprenticeship Business) Initiative will raise graduation rates and prepare the workforce we need by turning business across Anchorage into extended hands-on learning classrooms that support career and technical education, workforce readiness, and adult back to work programs.
- Expand student workforce programs like the Youth Employment in Parks and Mayors AmeriCorps Program to provide youth with valuable experience and meaningful employment.
- Develop a neighborhood-based youth volunteer service corps to inspire stewardship and peer to peer support. (Youth Rangers)
- Address systemic inequity that undermines individual opportunity and our overall economic growth.
- Support the redevelopment of the community schools model to expand learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom.
III – University Integration
- Increase UAA’s presence/ visibility downtown – the quality of life/civic pride – Anchor tenant relationship – create much tighter connections by leveraging events.
- The knowledge economy is driven by the interplay between universities, private sector firms, entrepreneurs, and independent inventors – seeking to create more virtuous cycles of innovation leading to business launches and workforce development opportunities.
- Public Policy – Research & Development – seek to connect better the work of UAA with private, public, and non-profit sector entities – investing or identifying external funding to advance strategic connections. Explore co-curricular opportunities where students or faculty can take on public policy or innovative idea generation efforts—white paper production.
- Integrate the City LAB – Integrate UAA students in “capstone or passion projects” to support the local government or non-profit needs with business analyses. Find ways to involve cross-disciplinary teams in civic hacking efforts to try and bring tech or other solutions to civic challenges.
- Shared Services of business operations – seeking an improved economy of scale, increase effectiveness and efficiency in operations. Seeking to share benefits, reduce or avoid costs, improve service delivery or maintain services.
IV- Helping People Get Back to Work
- Create a local credentialing mechanism with UAA and labor unions to eliminate talent/brain waste of displaced and foreign-born workers.
- Support the expansion of the Job Shops initiative through the public libraries and faith-based organizations.
- City LAB integration for adults focused on workforce development or entrepreneurship training.