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About SJK

Sheldon Jackson College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located on Baranof Island in Sitka, Alaska. The college is operated by an independent board of trustees and remains in historical covenant to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Sheldon Jackson College is committed to serving the needs of the Alaska Native community.

The campus community serves approximately 250 full and part time students. The 8:1 student-faculty ratio enables the students and distinguished faculty to meet in a small, personal, interactive learning environment.

Sheldon Jackson College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and is authorized to offer courses in Alaska by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. The Teacher Education programs are certified by the National Association for State Directors of Teacher Education Colleges (NASDTEC). Academic programs include Elementary and Secondary Education, Environmental Science, Business Administration, Human Services, Outdoor Leadership, Liberal Arts, and Individualized Studies. The campus is nestled between rugged mountain peaks and the Pacific Ocean, offering students an opportune environment in which to live and learn.

About Sitka

The City of Sitka is a close-knit community of approximately 8,500 people. There are two colleges, four grocery stores, and more than fifteen restaurants. Sitka is located on an island, and can only be reached by airplane or boat. Alaska Airlines flies in on a daily basis, and the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System arrives several times per week.

Sitka is located in the southeastern panhandle of Alaska, and enjoys a moderate climate year round. Temperatures average in the high 50s or low 60s in summer and do not usually drop below the 30s in winter. Though Sitka is in a temperate rainforest, downpours are rare. Instead, there is a fairly constant light drizzle and low lying misty clouds, contributing to the mystical beauty of the area.

The city is surrounded by the Tongass National Forest, which is the nation's largest national forest. The surrounding mountains rise above 3,000 feet, offering an astounding view of the Pacific Ocean and Mt. Edgecumbe, a dormant volcano to the West.

Today's cultural influence can be seen in the town's architecture, natural surroundings and abundant cultural celebrations. Each year, Sitka - and the SJC campus - is home to several cultural events:

Sitka Summer Music Festival - Classical chamber music festival that takes place every summer at the Harrigan Centennial Hall in downtown Sitka.
The Annual Writer's Symposium which explores the relationships between writing and questions of social and ethical importance.
Regular performances by The New Archangel Dancers representing the cultures of Russia and the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Dancers representing the Tlingit tradition of storytelling through traditional dance.
Cultural diversity also is reflected in many activities at SJC, as culturally diverse students interact daily in intimate classroom settings. Additionally, the SJC curriculum emphasizes cross-cultural awareness through courses and programs:

Alaska Native Studies - this department provides courses related to Alaska Native culture as well as counseling and academic support services for Alaska Native students.
Multicultural courses such as cross-cultural communication, ethics and diversity in human services and serving Alaska's villages, provide additional study options.
A campus Cultural Club introduces students to the customs and traditions of various cultures.
There are plenty of things to do in Sitka, ranging from hiking, kayaking, and fishing, to Contra dancing, volunteering, and playing in the community band.

For more information about Sitka and things to do in Sitka, please visit the following links, which will take you out of the Sheldon Jackson College web site: - wide variety of information about Sitka including travel information, photos, weather, and local links.
Sitka Convention and Visitor's Bureau - Our historic and scenic community is situated on Baranof Island, nestled between forested mountains and the great Pacific Ocean, on the outer waters of Alaska's Inside Passage. Sitka offers a combination of Native culture, Russian history, and Alaskan wilderness which will provide a diverse and unequaled experience. The Untraveled Road - offers a virtual walking tour of Sitka. - Sitka Summer Music Festival - Classical music festival that takes place every summer at the Harrigan Centennial Hall in downtown Sitka.