Workforce Wednesday: Looking at the Future of Alaska’s Job Market

Have you always known what you wanted to do with your career, or do you want to switch it up but don’t know where to start? Are you worried about job stability in the state?

Neal Fried, economist for the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and Cari-Ann Carty with the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium (APICC), noted there are a few careers that will grow with you and the economy.

The big industries are mining and healthcare, but there are also jobs in the maritime sector, the two said. An able-bodied seaman can make up to $65,000 a year after six months on the job, Carty noted. She said the Alaska Vocational Training Center, or AVTEC, in Seward offers a course to prepare for that career’s exam.

Fried said it’s important that Alaskans not get discouraged about the state economy in the news.

“It’s a rich job market. There’s always opportunities,” he said, adding there are many resources available to job seekers.

State of Alaska websites for job seekers

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Watch the Workforce Wednesday video here. Learn more by visiting the APICC website.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Looking at the future of Alaska’s job market | KTVA 11 News | The Voice of Alaska

22 Alaskan High School Graduates Earn College Credits in ANSEP Summer Bridge Program

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA– This summer, 22 recent high school graduates from across Alaska had the opportunity to gain professional experience and earn college credit through Summer Bridge, a component of the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP). Working paid internships this summer before becoming full-time students at University of Alaska campuses this fall, Summer Bridge participants got hands-on experience working in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) career fields, in addition to completing a college math course.

Summer Bridge, like all ANSEP components, strives to promote STEM while encouraging historically underrepresented students to pursue careers in science and engineering at an early age. The component was adopted in 1998 as a way to mitigate problems indigenous students face due to poor math preparation as well as issues related to lack of career awareness and difficulty transitioning to the university from rural communities.

“As a former ANSEP student, graduate and the first engineer from my village, I can relate to these students on a personal level,” said ANSEP Regional Director Michael Ulroan. “It was a huge culture shock coming to the University of Alaska Anchorage from a small village in rural Alaska. ANSEP helps students navigate that transition so they can be successful.”

Read the full article here.

Source: 22 Alaskan High School Graduates Earn College Credits in ANSEP Summer Bridge Program | Alaska Native News

Students Explore Science, Math on Summer break – Education Week

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — Homer High School senior Eryn Gillam and Nikolaevsk School sophomore Chelsea Johnson chose to spend five weeks of their summer learning.

The girls were in their second week of the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program’s Acceleration Academy at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where they participate in hands-on activities and take classes for dual high school and college credit along with 60 other students from across Alaska, reported the Homer News (

“We have students here from all over the state, building friendships, their own cohort of friends to work together as they move towards their academic and professional goals,” said ANSEP Acceleration Academy regional director Michael Ulroan. “It’s a great way to get students involved and excited about STEM career interests. We’re excited about this summer, especially working with a lot of students. These students are the future leaders of our state.”

The program has about an equal amount of male and female attendance, Ulroan said. This allows students to explore areas of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields without limitations that might be put on them by peers or adults in their community.

Read the full article here.

Source: Students explore science, math on summer break – Education Week

Workforce Wednesday: Opportunities in Carpentry

On Wednesday, Cari-Ann Carty, with the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium (APICC), visited Daybreak to discuss careers in carpentry. Joining her was apprentice carpenter Jenne Baker.

Carpentry in Alaska is a staple field of construction, and the opportunities are endless. The state also has the highest wages in the country, about $10 more than the national average.

“Keep an open mind,” Jenne Baker said when asked about advice.”Don’t let someone tell you you can’t do it and just go for it. Also, keep up with your math, it’s important. We use it every day.”

Here’s some statistics from APICC regarding carpentry:

Current Projects:

  • Alaska Regional Hospital
  • Muldoon Overpass
  • Anchorage International Airport
  • Starbucks on Debarr
  • UAA Parking Garage
  • Turnagain Elementary School

Average Wage

  • Entry level: $22 an hour
  • Overall average: $33 an hour
  • Experienced carpenters: $46 an hour
  • Union benefits $24 an hour

For more information watch the video here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Opportunities in Carpentry | KTVA 11 News | The Voice of Alaska