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Rural and Native Student Services

Current and former students, like Athabascan artist, Joel Isaak, (pictured left), maintain a close connection to their culture while they pursue their education.
Current and former students, like Athabascan artist, Joel Isaak, (pictured left), maintain a close connection to their culture while they pursue their education. Students from rural Alaska are finding their place at Kenai Peninsula College.

Yaghanen nagh nduniuyu!

(Welcome to the good land in Dena’ina language)

“Nts’e doxt’ae? Yaghali ehlan du?” This is a traditional greeting in KPC Rural and Native Student Services Coordinator Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart's Athabascan language of Ahtna and Dena’ina. It translates to the greeting, "How are all you doing?"

Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart suusat dilaen, Taltsiine Kooyooe Tiicutta ełaen, Ahtna Koht’aene Nay’dini’aa Na’ Paiute Pyramid Lake kayax tsinyaaden. Speaking in Ahtna Athabscan; my name is Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart I am from the Athabascan Ahtna Chickaloon Village Water clan and Paiute Pyramid Lake Fish-Eaters Tribes.

I am the Rural and Native Student Services Coordinator (RNSSC) for KPC. I work with Alaska Native, American Indian and rural students to assist with all processes of admissions for students. I serve as an advocate and transition liaison for students to build relationships with the students, tribes and corporations. Kenai Peninsula College is UAA on the Yaghanen (Kenai Peninsula, the good land in Dena’ina)! Check our partnership with UAA Native Student Services (NSS) .

Remember Tribes and Corporations are different and you can apply to both for education scholarships.

Here is a list of corporations. Look under Alaska Native Education within the each corporation to see if your family is listed.
Ahtna Incorporated, Aleut Corporation, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, Bering Straits Native Corporation, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Calista Corporation, Chugach Alaska Corporation, Cook Inlet Region Incorporated, Doyon, Limited, Koniag, Incorporated, NANA Regional Corporation, Sealaska Corporation, and The 13th Regional Corporation.

Local Tribes

Click here to view the Native Corporation Contact list

Fall 2015 Hours 

Monday: 4-5 p.m. (in office)
5:30-7:15 p.m. (AKNS A101C class online)
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (in office)
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (in office)
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (main office)
5:30-7:15 p.m. (AKNS A101C class online)
FRIDAY: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (main office)

Contact Info


Sondra L Shaginoff-Stuart
Rural and Native Student Services Coordinator
Sondra L Shaginoff-Stuart
slshaginoffstuart@alaska.edu
9072620213
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