Alaska August Economic Trends

Trends_August2018August Trends includes an update on the state’s home sales and why prices have remained steady and even rising in some places despite the state’s recession that began in late 2015. Also this month is an overview of our recently released population projections for 2017 to 2045.

Read the full issue here.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

New Alaska College of Education Talk of the Town on Talk of Alaska

“It’s (the middle of) summer, but students seeking higher education are making plans for fall. The university’s new Alaska College of Education aims to train more state residents to take teaching jobs here. The idea is to keep good teachers in rural Alaska communities.”

So began a round-robin discussion on July 24, when President Jim Johnsen and College of Education Executive Dean Steve Atwater joined host Lori Townsend on Alaska Public Radio Network’s Talk of Alaska to discuss the university’s goal to recruit and educate more teachers. The discussion also included Kameron Perez-Verdia, president/CEO of Alaska Humanities Forum.

“What precipitated [the Alaska College of Education] was the regents’ recognition that this is a critically important issue and our challenges…You are looking at the single most important job in our state,” Johnsen said.

Alaska faces a range of obstacles as the university endeavors to educate more Alaska teachers. Currently 70 percent of teachers hired each year for Alaska school districts come from outside the state and turnover, especially in rural Alaska, is as high as 50 percent annually. Teachers who come to rural Alaska from outside the state are often unprepared to understand cultural differences and infrastructure challenges, and the effects of decades of trauma from forced assimilation and abuse of Alaska Native students in schools are still present. The effects of these obstacles are costly, both in the financial cost of constant teacher recruitment and the impact to students who witness teachers regularly cycling in and out of their schools.

Read the full article here.

Source: The Statewide Voice

Legislative Alert: New Perkins Law Enacted

On August 1, the President signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) into law. This officially  reauthorizes the 2006 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act

This new law becomes effective on July 1, 2019. The first year of implementation will be considered a “transition year” and states will be able to submit a transition plan to cover requirements for the July 2019-June 2020 program year. State four-year plans will likely be due in the spring of 2020 and will cover program years from July 2020-June 2024. Over the coming months the U.S. Department of Education should release guidance with more details on requirements for transition plans and full four-year plans, and states in turn will begin to provide more guidance to local recipients.

A summary and analysis of the bill, which highlights the major changes from Perkins IV to Perkins V, can be found here.

Source: ACTE Public Policy Department

DOL Announces High School Apprenticeship Toolkit

National Apprenticeship Week is a national celebration on November 12-18, 2018, that offers leaders in business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to express their support for apprenticeship.

DOL is excited to release its first High School Apprenticeship Toolkit. This webpage contains a wealth of resources for secondary and postsecondary institutions, workforce development practitioners, school counselors, teachers, parents, and more.

The toolkit includes:

  • Fact Sheet on High School Apprenticeship
  • Implementation Guide
  • Case Studies on Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship program and the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship program
  • Resources for practitioners and other stakeholders

Source: US Dept. of Labor

Alaska July Economic Trends

Our annual cost-of-living issue looks at costs around Alaska, how we compare to other places, and what’s happened with inflation in the last year. Inflation in Anchorage, the only place in Alaska it’s measured, was near a record low for a third straight year in 2017. While costs in Alaska are still high, other U.S. cities’ costs are increasing faster, meaning Alaska’s cities are no longer among the most expensive. Costs varied widely around the state, though, and many urban Alaska areas’ costs were similar to places like Portland while rural areas continued to pay a premium.

Read the full issue here.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development