The Northern Susitna Institute was surprised to receive a Grant from BP in the amount of 50,000 dollars. The Institute’s Executive Director Joe Page says they had no idea the grant was coming their way.
The Institute will use the grant to fund its principle programs, the Talkeetna Build-A-Plane, Alaska Folk School, and Classroom with a View. Page says the Career Exploration and Applied Learning, or CEAL Academy internship program will be getting a substantial boost this summer, and now teens who undertake internships can receive high-school credits.
NSI is still currently engaged in a capital campaign to raise funds for a permanent home. They had hoped to buy the former Talkeetna Christian Center, located at mile 14 of the spur road. There is no word on whether they will be able to raise the required 350-thousand dollars to purchase the property, but the Institute is committed to providing programming, regardless of where they eventually call home.