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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 forty-five 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
Arin Copenhaver, Curriculum Director
Daughn Carpenter, Accountant Specialist
Spring Larrow, Marketing and Events Director
Brad Lancaster, Facilities Coordinator
Greg Olcott, Lead CSET Instructor / Subject Matter Expert


Art Isham, Chair
Glynda Russell, Vice Chair
Melissa Galloway, Treasurer
Jake Arness, Secretary
C. Walter Ebell
Brian Beauvais
Toby Long
John Torgerson
Larry Porter