Students Soar in CITC Education Program

Your educational investment connects CITC students with confidence, heritage and academic success

Bartlett students Trent Murtha, Jaime Galvan and Joey Ipock have excelled as students in CITC’s “school-within-a-school” model within the Anchorage School District. Kudos to the 2011 Bartlett CITC senior class for achieving 100% graduation!

When Joey Ipock first arrived at Bartlett High School as a freshman, he was self-described as a shy, awkward kid intimidated by the big school setting.

After connecting with Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s Partners for Success program, Joey, 17, quickly discovered he had strong math skills and began to emerge as a tenacious student.
He attributes his success to CITC’s smaller class sizes and individual attention. “Everyone’s like friends,” Joey said. “We’re family.”

Now in his senior year, Joey is president of the robotics club. Having won the state robotics competition under Joey’s leadership, team Bartlett is preparing to return to the national competition for a second consecutive year.

Joey, whose mother is Tlingit, is set to graduate this spring. He plans to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks and eventually study engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before becoming an entrepreneur.

Operating as a “school-within-a-school,” CITC’s Partners for Success program helps more than 750 Alaska Native and American Indian students within the Anchorage School District reconnect with their heritage and achieve academic success each year.

CITC’s ability to offer individual learning plans that address students’ unique needs helps them find and fulfill their potential.

When Jaime Galvan, 17, first entered the Partners program her freshman year, she was referred to as a “tough” kid headed down the wrong path.

Reluctant to join CITC classes initially, Jaime, an Inupiaq Eskimo, eventually found the structure and additional support needed to excel.

“CITC really encouraged me to stay in school, to attend class and get good grades,” she said. “I feel like I’m headed in the right direction now … CITC has really helped me a lot.”

Now a junior, Jaime is active in sports like flag football and volleyball. She is taking the ACT in April and has begun to craft her collegiate plans. Jaime is also striving for an award from the Alaska Performance Scholarship program.

Jaime will be the first in her family to graduate high school or attend college. Her younger brother has also enrolled in CITC classes and is beginning to find his educational stride.

Bartlett junior Trent Murtha entered CITC classes with failing grades, but he has since evolved into a successful student. Trent plays sports and will be the first from his family to graduate high school.

Trent Murtha, 16, transferred to Bartlett from Service High School. Detached from his educational experience, Trent came into the CITC program with “straight Fs.”

The Partners program helped Trent find his work ethic and become a successful student.

“CITC classes are a lot more flexible. They push you more,” he said. “I feel like you get more of an education.”

Trent, an Athabascan whose family is from Montana Creek, will also be the first in his family to graduate high school.

Trent plays football and track, and is interested in the NYO Games. His post-graduation plans include playing football at a Division 1 school and studying zoology.

The success of these students highlights your remarkable contributions to CITC’s educational programs.

Your partnership produces measurable results in every aspect of our students’ lives. We thank you for your support—it’s an investment in our future!