Chilkat Valley News - Serving Haines and Klukwan, Alaska since 1966


By CVN Staff 

Community Education director hired


October 14, 2010

Nate Benton is the new Community Education director at Haines School.

He works from 5 to 10 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays at the school, organizing and overseeing programs for adults.

Woodworking class with Ed Hays is under way. Spaces are available in a four-week digital photography class led by Haines wildlife photographer Ron Horn that will begin Nov. 2. The class is limited to 15 students and cameras are available to loan.

Spaces also are still available in the Well and Fit Community Challenge, a program offered on Thursdays through Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. Tennis is offered at the elementary gym Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Benton said he’s putting feelers out for other programs that can be offered, such as introductory computer classes for Excel and Microsoft Word and gym games like ultimate Frisbee. Open gym offerings include volleyball Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 and basketball the same hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Open gym is $1 for students, $2 for adults, and punch passes are available.

Benton also can proctor exams of online college classes, and administers GED and TABE testing. Video-conferencing is available through the program.

Benton is a former Forest Service ranger who most recently worked as University of Alaska-Southeast coordinator and special education aide in Metlakatla. He said he would be coordinating calendars and programs with the public library to avoid overlap.

The community education bazaar will be held the first week in December. For more information, contact Benton at 766-6727.