New grant helps students learn how to monetize online interests

Bryan Uher explains that the five year grant from the U.S. Department of Education will support a new UAF program to teach students how to navigate the markets of YouTube, video game streaming and social media. (Carly Sjordal, KTVF)
By  | 

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) A new $1 million federal grant will help University of Alaska Fairbanks students learn how to turn their online interests into a business.

The five year grant from the U.S. Department of Education will support a new UAF program to teach students how to navigate the markets of YouTube, video game streaming and social media.

The new 16 credit occupational endorsement in content creation has been submitted for academic review, and is expected to be available in Fall 2020 if approved.

Bryan Uher, the Director of the Interior Alaska Campus says that these programs are a great opportunity to expand traditional online classes into more interactive online lessons for the students.

"[We're] taking the classroom out of the traditional kind of online space we usually teach them in, getting involved in the YouTube spaces and the Twitch spaces and Facebook, and really broadening the horizons of a lot of students to really see what’s out there. Because there’s so many different platforms out there, people can really make a good living from it if they become successful at it,” said Uher.

The program will be offered by UAF's Interior Alaska Campus in collaboration the Chukchi Campus, College of Liberal Arts, School of Management, and Community and Technical College.

Copyright 2019 KTVF. All rights reserved.