The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning that the chapter in Alaska was the winner of its Chapter of the Year award.

Over the course of last year, the Anchorage-based Alaska Chapter distinguished itself by implementing a virtual training program throughout the state and by boosting its attendance by 260 percent, both of which helped it win the award.

The Alaska Chapter is led by president Markus Kofoid, who works for GCI Communications as an OSP design engineer. Kofoid was co-recipient of the SCTE Chapter Member of the Year Award for 2009.

SCTE honored the best of its 68 chapters and meetings groups based on 2013 performances during the 13th Annual SCTE Chapter Awards Dinner Wednesday evening in Charlotte, N.C., as part of SCTE Chapter Leadership Conference (CLC.)

SCTE also presented awards for second- through eighth-place Chapter of the Year. Those honorees were: Razorback Chapter (second); Golden Gate Chapter (third); Llano Estacado Chapter (fourth); New England Chapter (fifth); Dakota Territory Chapter (sixth); San Diego Chapter (seventh); and Mount Rainier Chapter (eighth). The Show Me Chapter nabbed the Most Improved Chapter of the Year honors last night.

The annual SCTE Chapter Awards also included the Compliance, Recruitment, Striving for Excellence, and Professional Development awards; a Most Improved Chapter in each of those categories was also named. The winning chapters were:

• Compliance Award: Alaska Chapter and Razorback Chapter (tie); Most Improved: Cascade Range Chapter

• Recruitment Award: Mount Rainier Chapter; Most Improved: Greater Chicago Chapter

• Striving for Excellence Award: Razorback Chapter; Most Improved: Dixie Chapter

• Professional Development Award: Alaska Chapter; Most Improved: Sam Houston Chapter.

SCTE also presented a Chapter Achievement Certificate to the Piedmont Chapter and the Southern California Chapter.

 The awards were earned based on a points system. The SCTE Chapter Member of the Year Award, which includes a traditional nomination process, will be announced later this year.