Doug Walrath is the Director of the Northwestern Alaska Career and Technical Center in Nome, Alaska, also known as NACTEC. As the Director of NACTEC, Doug works in partnership with the Bering Strait School District, Nome Public Schools, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED), and Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Doug would describe that his work at NACTEC is through the lens of workforce development. His role includes keeping his eye on the greater vision for the organization as it’s tied to priority industries that are in Alaska as well as the needs of his students. Doug recognizes the power of cross-district collaboration and credits that collaboration to many successes at NACTEC. Recently he’s seen great success in the cross-development of an aviation pathway, which is the top of its kind in the country, and an engineering education program designed for pre-K students.