Workforce Wednesday: Apprenticeships in Alaska

Did you know there are over 300 apprenticeship programs right here in Alaska? If you’re looking to earn while you learn, an apprenticeship could be right up your alley.

You’ll need to know exactly which career or industry you want to work in. There are careers in mining, gas, oil, healthcare and more.

“You just don’t just show up on the doorstep of apprenticeship unprepared,” said Gerry Andrews, who works with the Department of Labor.

It’s a good idea to start preparing as soon you can. The starting pay isn’t bad, either — around $15 and hour in most industries.

If you’re interested, you can head over the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium website, or to the Department of Labor website.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Apprenticeships in Alaska – KTVA 11

Alaska Wins One Million Dollar Grant to Expand Registered Apprenticeships in Health Care and Aviation

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a competitive grant of $1,019,985 to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development to train Alaskans for careers in the health care and aviation industries. The training will utilize Registered Apprenticeships, which are employer driven workforce development programs that combine structured on the job training with technical classroom instruction.

Registered Apprenticeships supported by the grant include Community Health Worker, Medical Administrative Assistant, Clinical Medical Assistant, Medical Biller/Coder, Commercial Pilot, Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic, and Aircraft Dispatcher. The apprenticeships will be accessible statewide, with strong participation from air carriers and primary care clinics serving rural villages and hub communities, in addition to Alaska’s urban centers.

“Registered Apprenticeship programs directly contribute to higher rates of Alaska Hire and lower rates of unemployment by increasing the supply of trained workers,” said Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas. “Thank you to the Alaska Primary Care Association and Alaska Air Carriers Association members who are stepping up to expand training and job opportunities for Alaskans.”

The grant represents the most recent milestone in a comprehensive state effort to expand apprenticeships and increase Alaska Hire. Already, the state has re-established Alaska Hire requirements, expanded apprenticeship utilization targets for state-funded projects, and obtained federal funding to help health care providers form a multi-employer sponsor of health care apprenticeships. The $1 million ApprenticeshipUSA grant will build on that progress, as the Alaska Primary Care Association’s apprenticeships will be housed in the multi-employer Alaska Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development Press Release – October 24, 2016

Workforce Wednesday: Project Manager

Looking to put your organizational and communication skills to work? Then a career in project management might be in your wheelhouse.

Josiane Ballin, the president of the Project Management Institute of Alaska, and Martha Peck with the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium stopped by Daybreak to discuss the industry’s pay and how to get started.

In fact, Ballin said, you could start as early as high school and finish up at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

According to Ballin, starting pay is around $69,000 a year, and you could eventually make upwards of $100,000.

Watch the video segment here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Project Manager – KTVA 11

UAA Occupational Therapy: ‘I want to be part of that’

Occupational therapy helps the injured or the ill move back toward leading independent lives. A collaboration between UAA and Creighton University helps aspiring therapists earn their degrees and launch careers here in Alaska.

To find out more, read the full article here.

Source: UAA occupational therapy: ‘I want to be part of that’ – Green & Gold News

UAA’s Automotive and Diesel Technology Programs Featured on KTVA

UAA’s Automotive Technology and Diesel Power Technology programs, part of the Community and Technical College’s Transportation & Power Division, were recently featured on KTVA CBS 11 News.

KTVA 11 spoke with students and faculty in the Diesel Power Technology program, highlighting how UAA works with industry partners to provide hands-on learning experiences for students, while also keeping costs down. Visit for the full story.

Source: UAA’s Automotive and Diesel Technology programs featured on KTVA – Green & Gold News