Workforce Wednesday: Careers in Information Technology

On this Workforce Wednesday, Daybreak looked at careers in information technology, better known as IT.

Cari-Ann Carty with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium and retired APD Detective Glen Klinkhart discussed how widespread the career is how much it pays.

“IT is everywhere,” Klinkhart said, “I mean, from a mom and pop shop that uses the Square and QuickBooks to do all of their accounting to large corporations that are running everything. It is a growth industry.”

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Source: Workforce Wednesday: Careers in information technology | KTVA 11 News | The Voice of Alaska

Icicle Continues to Invest at Wood River in Dillingham


A larger pump barge, new RSW holding tanks, more processing lines, and other improvements have doubled Icicle’s salmon processing capacity at the Wood River plant in Dillingham.

The fish processing plant at the lower end of the Wood River in Dillingham has a long history; so long that it strains city records and elder knowledge to recall the early years.

Going back to 1977, it was run by the New England Fish Company, then by variations of the Cherrier family and Earl King during the 1980’s, 90’s, and until Snopac bought the plant in 2008. Icicle Seafoods took ownership of Snopac’s assets in 2013, and the Wood River plant changed hands again.

Listen to the full interview or read the audio transcript here.

Source: Icicle continues to invest at Wood River | KDLG

Alaska Editorial: Bill Assists Aviation

We’ll be up in the air for another year.

An aviation bill headed to President Barack Obama will favorably affect Alaska, its pilots and passengers.

Of particular interest to Alaskans, the FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016 provides for the Essential Air Service program. This program ensures commercial air service into small communities.

The bill also reserves about half of the air traffic controller spaces at FAA training academies for qualified veterans and graduates of the collegiate training initiative. The University of Alaska is one of 36 CTI schools nationwide.

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Source: Alaska Editorial: Bill assists aviation | Juneau Empire – Alaska’s Capital City Online Newspaper

Alaska’s facing the ‘graying of the fleet,’ but some determined young fishermen are bucking the trend – Alaska Dispatch News

images.washingtonpost.comKen Jones’ boat, the Serenity. ( James Burton )

Red salmon are beginning to hit Bristol Bay and across the state, thousands of fishermen are mending nets, hiring crew and preparing to harvest the bounty from Alaska waters and the seas beyond. Today, the average age of a commercial fishery permit holder in Alaska is 50 — up from 40 in 1980. At that time, Alaskans under the age of 40 held nearly 40 percent of the fishing permits. As of a couple of years ago, young Alaska fishermen owned less than 20 percent.

This “graying of the fleet” means that fewer young Alaskans are becoming fishermen. For young people already fishing, advancing in the industry can be hard, especially with the costs of permits, quota and vessels rising.

The numbers are particularly startling in Alaska’s coastal villages. Over the past four decades in rural communities around Kodiak, for example, there’s been an 84 percent drop in the number of salmon seine permits owned by local fishermen under the age of 40.

Read the full article here.

Source: Alaska’s facing the ‘graying of the fleet,’ but some determined young fishermen are bucking the trend – Alaska Dispatch News