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Challenger Learning Center of Alaska (CLCA) is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in operation since April 2000. Located in Kenai, Alaska; CLCA is the thirty-ninth of fifty-two centers in the Challenger Learning Center for Space Science Education international network, a program created in 1986 by the families of the astronauts lost in the Challenger 51-L mission.

CLCA was created to meet the educational needs of students throughout Alaska. Using simulated space and earth science missions, distance education and hands-on workshops, the CLCA inspires youth to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and to consider careers in these fields. Using space and earth sciences as a medium, participants work in an environment that spans the academic areas while learning valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is a vital and valuable educational resource for our state and is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of academic excellence.  CLCA is in a position to be the leading resource in STEM education for Alaska’s educators and home school organizations with comprehensive curriculum aligned with state standards and grade level expectations, combined with trainings, reference materials and classroom support.

Marnie Olcott, CEO
Summer Lazenby, Director of Educational Operations
Daughn Carpenter, Accountant Specialist
Spring Larrow, Marketing and Special Events Director
Luke Mese, Technology Director
Jodie Titus, Lead Flight Director
James Klep, Flight Director
Jeff Moran, Facilities Coordinator
Greg Olcott, Lead CSET Instructor / Subject Matter Expert
Alan Warwick, Training Instructor
Paul Winford, Training Instructor 
Rick VanHatten
April Erhardt
Caitlin Woolery
Larry Wheat
Kenneth Wake
Greg Kuntz
Dave Butler 
Sam Satathite 


Roberto Riechard, Vice Chair 
Art Isham, Secretary
Troy McAllister, Treasurer
C. Walter Ebell
Glynda Russell
Brian Beauvais
Jake Arness