Workforce Programs

Fred Villa

Associate Vice President
P: 907.450.8008
Physical: 2025 Yukon Drive, Suite 202
Mailing: PO Box 755010
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5010

Fred has served as the Associate Vice President for Workforce Programs in Academic Affairs since 2006. In that capacity he also is a Governor appointed member of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board, Associate member of the National Association of State Directors of Advance Career and Technical Education, on the Board of Directors for the Alaska Process Industries Careers Consortium, Co-chair of the University of Alaska Fisheries, Seafood and Maritime Initiative, and a core member of the Alaska Career and Technical Education Plan and workforce development plans for Alaska industries in health, maritime, mining and oil & gas.

Fred has lived in Alaska’s Interior since 1982 working for the Alaska Teamster’s 959, Ahtna Native Corporation, Fairbanks North Star Borough, MAPCO, Williams and Flint Hills Resources, and the Diocese of Fairbanks before coming to the University.

Fred has been married to Connie for 29 years. They have 8 children and four grandchildren, are active in church, youth sports and 4-H, and live on a hobby farm.



Teri Cothren

Project Manager
P: 907.786.1171
Bragaw Office Building
Suite 209D
Anchorage, AK 99508

Teri joined the University of Alaska (UA) Workforce Programs in 2013 and manages various projects, including the UA Technical Vocational Education Program. She supports and participates on several working groups, including the UA Workforce Development Committee, UA Fishing Seafood Maritime Initiative, UA Transition Coalition, and Alaska Career and Technical Education (CTE) Plan Committee. Teri also serves as the postsecondary representative on the Alaska Association CTE Board. In 2016, Teri received the UA Statewide President's Spotlight Award for her significant contributions in CTE and workforce development.

Teri has spent the majority of her adult life in Anchorage where she began her professional career in workforce development for the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Community and Technical College. She is an alumna of UAA and UAA Athletics Women's Basketball. In 2012, Teri co-sponsored and continues to develop the Seawolf Athlete Alumni Chapter to encourage student-athlete alumni to give back.

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