Alaska SeaLife Center’s Distance Learning Program Wins National Award
August 20, 2019

Seward, Alaska (August 20, 2019) – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is pleased to announce the Education team has received the Pinnacle Award from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC). This is the ninth CILC Pinnacle Award the ASLC has received since the award was established in 2008.
“The Alaska SeaLife Center’s distance learning program has reached over 99,000 students and teachers across Alaska, the United States, and internationally since its inception in 2005,” said Tara Riemer, ASLC President and CEO. “We are especially proud to earn the Pinnacle Award because it is based on evaluations by the educators and end users who participate in the program.”       
During the award evaluation period, the ASLC Distance Learning Program worked with approximately 8,100 participants ranging in age from pre-kindergarten to senior citizen in 24 U.S. states, 6 Canadian provinces, South Korea and Australia. 
ASLC Senior Education Manager, Jeff Dillon, said he was honored but not surprised to again receive this high level recognition. “We have a great team of Informal Science Educators here. Our team works so hard to stay on top of the latest technologies, techniques, and teachable opportunities. We realize what an amazing tool Distance Learning is and have made a commitment to put our resources towards it. As always, I am so proud of our team led by Education Specialist Darin Trobaugh. Thanks to CILC for being such a great partner and also to our audiences around the world who provide us with endless inspiration to continue sharing the wonders of Alaska’s marine ecosystems.”

To qualify for the award, the provider must receive a minimum 2.85 average score out of a possible 3 on their program evaluations from educators during the school year. The evaluation assesses seven areas: two related to the effectiveness of the presenter and five related to the educational content of the program.

About CILC:The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC), established in 1994, specializes in the access to applications and the utilization of videoconferencing for live interactive content and professional development, as well as web-based collaborative learning environments for lifelong learning. CILC serves as a program to the South Central Service Cooperative, an education service agency with its headquarters in Minnesota. To learn more, visit

About the ASLC: Opened in 1998, the Alaska SeaLife Center operates as a private, non-profit research institution and public aquarium. It generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. To learn more, visit   

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