Message from the Dean

Denise K. Runge, Ph.D. 

Denise K. Runge, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Community & Technical College (CTC) at the University of Alaska Anchorage. We are proud to serve the Anchorage area and the state of Alaska through our mission of Building Alaska’s Workforce and Fostering Student Success. As a CTC student, you and your success are our primary focus.

Whether you are a traditional student entering a career-oriented program of study, someone returning to school for additional training to improve or enhance job skills, or a nontraditional learner who is just beginning the path of discovery for your future, we can provide you with the programs, services and support you need.

Our academic degree programs help students prepare for employment in high-demand Alaska industries such as hospitality and culinary arts, oil and gas, aviation, maritime, processing and manufacturing, transportation, computer networking technologies, safety management and construction. CTC offers noncredit courses, short-term academic certificate programs, associate degrees and technology-oriented four-year baccalaureate degrees. Our faculty combine superb teaching, extensive hands-on practice in our labs, and real-world experience so that you can truly learn from the best.

Through our Learning Commons and our academic departments offering developmental and general education coursework in Quantitative Studies (math) and Writing, as well as courses and an academic minor in Communication, we support all UAA students as they transition to the university. We are the home of Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC, whose programs prepare future leaders for our military branches.

Working with an impressive lineup of industry partners, we continually monitor and upgrade all of our programs to ensure that the education you receive meets the demands of the current workplace. Our four Student Success Coaches are here to welcome you to your program and then guide you every step of the way.

We look forward to seeing you on campus.  After all, CTC is about Your Story, and Your Career! 

Denise K. Runge, Ph.D.
Dean, UAA Community & Technical College

Dean’s Biography

Denise K. Runge, Ph.D., is a higher education leader with over two decades of experience as a teacher, division/department head and dean.  Trained in public policy with an emphasis on state economic and workforce development, Runge has published books, articles and policy reports regarding the hospitality and gambling industries, leadership development and state responses to Native American policy issues.  She has taught thousands of students, from introductory through doctoral level, and continues to teach every year as a way to remain connected to the classroom and her students. “I am constantly teaching in every aspect of my work,” she notes, “because leading and mentoring involve sharing knowledge and learning from others, which is exactly what happens in the classroom or online learning environment.”  Married, and the mother of two sons, Denise is an avid outdoorswoman and lifetime gardener whose favorite pastime is turning local food into gourmet meals.