FY17 Perkins Competitive Grants Awarded

Department of Education and Early Development – Career and Technical Education awarded four competitive grants in FY17.  A brief description of each effort and program contact follows.  If you are interested in participating, have questions, or would like more information, please contact the program directly.

Alaska Healthcare Education Consortium
The Alaska AHEC Program will be utilizing the 2017 Postsecondary Perkins grant funds to focus on the Human Services cluster of healthcare through the Behavioral Health Career Pathways Initiative. The AHEC program will be offering introductory career exploration camps for youth via a regional rotation throughout Alaska. The camp piloted in 2015 in Barrow and was expanded in 2016 to include Fairbanks and Anchorage. In summer 2016, the camp will rotate to Nome, Bethel and Ketchikan. The camp, which aims to increase student interest and enrollment in training programs and employment in behavioral healthcare, provides dual credit opportunities, Mental Health First Aid certification and hands on experiential learning in the field of behavioral health. Recruitment for 2017 camps will be slated to start in January 2017. Interested parties can contact Gloria Burnett gburnett3@alaska.edu 907-786-6705 with questions or opportunities for partnership.

The main objective of the AVTEC’s Secondary Training Academy (ASTA) is to provide secondary students and their CTE instructors the ability to earn, or make significant progress towards earning, a credential currently valued and validated by an Alaskan Industry.  AVTEC will initially target the Maritime priority workforce area during the first year of the project.  AVTEC, and their industry partners, will work directly with participating secondary institutions to update and/or create AVTEC articulation agreements/district career pathways that provide a direct and accelerated pathway into living wage careers with current and anticipated vacancies.  AVTEC will fully develop the Alaska Maritime Transportation (AMT) CTE Program of Study (CTEP) during this project.  Students whom successfully complete the AMT-CTEP will come out as a fully credentialed mariner whom meets the qualifications of entry level employment in the Alaska Maritime Transportation Industry.  Please contact Deb Burdick-Hinton, debra.burdick@avtec.edu, 907-224-6140 for more information about this project and please contact Teri Laird teri.laird@avtec.edu, AVTEC Maritime Department Admissions Coordinator, for specific information about AVTEC’s Maritime Training courses.  Detailed information about all of AVTEC’s training programs that lead to a “Career in Less Than A Year” can be found at www.avtec.edu

Prince William Sound College
Prince William Sound College (PWSC) will work in partnership with school districts and industry partners to address a need for students prepared to enter postsecondary Allied Health Career pathways.  This will be accomplished via a sustainable distance delivery model that can be adapted to high schools’ unique calendars and courses.  PWSC’s program will offer 200 class seats totaling 710 credit hours for secondary students in the Copper Basin, Cordova and Valdez areas over the three year period of the grant and develop a model to continue offering the classes after the grant ends.  Classes will include Medical Terminology, Introduction to Composition, [Human] Lifespan Development, First Aid-CPR Professionals, Emergency Trauma Technician, Emergency Med Tech I, and Certified Nurse Aide.  Student scholarships will be based on a first come first served basis with priority for NTO (males).  Please contact Woody Woodgate at (907) 834-1671 or wawoodgate@alaska.edu for more information.

Hiland Mountain Correctional Center
Hiland Mountain Correctional Center has greatly expanded on vocational programs with the help of the Carl Perkins Nontraditional Occupational (NTO) Training and Employment Grant. The award will be utilized to provide technical educational programs to incarcerated women who will be transitioning into NTO fields. With the help of the grants and partnerships, HMCC is able to offer accredited pre-apprenticeships with the Heavy Equipment Operators Union and with the Iron Workers Union, as well as full apprenticeships in Culinary Arts and Building Maintenance Repairer through the Alaska Vocational and Technical Education Center and the US Department of Labor. In addition, the grant pays for certificate training programs in Carpentry, Electrical and Plumbing through Iḷisaġvik College, as well as several other certifications in Hazwoper, MSHA, OSHA, Biohazard, Flagger, Rigging and Scaffolding. The training provided through the grant has provided training that could lead to direct employment to 65 women so far this fiscal year.  For more information, please contact Michael Clark at michael.clark@alaska.gov.

For additional information about the Perkins competitive grant process, contact:
Bjørn Wolter, Ph.D.
Career & Technical Education
Alaska Department of Education & Early Development

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

Job Seek

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 (http://bit.ly/2anRjwD).

“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