The Northern Journeys Will Help UAA, ASD Teachers Infuse Culture Into Anchorage Classrooms

Children and teachers both will benefit from ‘The Northern Journeys’ project—a University of Alaska Anchorage College of Education collaboration with the Anchorage Museum, Alaska Native Heritage Center and other partners—which will help teachers integrate the arts into their classrooms and teach in a culturally responsive way.

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Source: ‘The Northern Journeys’ will help UAA, ASD teachers infuse culture into Anchorage classrooms – Green & Gold News

Workforce Wednesday: Careers in Mining

One of the consistently highest paying careers in Alaska is the mining industry. Currently, there are six active mines producing gold, silver, zinc, lead and coal. According to the Alaska Department of Labor, an average salary is in the six figure range. Meg Day, a resource manager for Donlin Gold, said there’s currently 8,700 direct and indirect jobs in the industry.

“Mining has a wide range of long-term, year-round employment opportunities,” Day explained. She added that mines are located in the interior or southeast parts of Alaska. There are more than 100 different job titles that are lumped in to four “clusters,” Day said.

One of those clusters would be heavy equipment operators, surface and underground maintenance technicians, mechanics and electricians. Another is what’s called process technology, including mill operators, mining and metallurgical engineers as well as lab technicians.

But what is it like in a modern day mine? According to Josh Murrell, who works with Pogo Mine, long days starting at 4 a.m. with breakfast. Then they “digger out,” where miners put on their work clothes. After that they get their task for the day, a brief safety meeting, a heads up on what’s going on in the industry, then they head out to the workplace underground. Once there, Murrell said there’s a thorough workplace and equipment inspection.

“And then we start our daily task, which could be hauling ore, breaking more rock,” he added.

Then there’s the work schedules. According to Day, miners work long hours with a lot of consecutive days in a row. To off-set that, miners get long breaks, or rotations.

Anyone interested in looking for a career in mining should know five of the six mining operations in the state all have openings. For more information, visit the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium website.

Update: Red Dog Mining is also hiring, but was left off the chart during broadcast.

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Source: Workforce Wednesday: Careers in mining | KTVA 11

ACTE Sector Sheet: Health Care

Sector Sheets describe Career and Technical Education’s (CTE) role in growing the qualified workforce for vital industry sectors. Share these advocacy tools with industry, education leaders, policymakers and the public to illustrate how CTE supports specific industries and prepares students for career success.To obtain this sector sheet in health or sector sheets for other industries, click here.

Source: Association for Career and Technical Education


Workforce Wednesday: Cargo Careers at FedEx

Careers in corralling cargo is what FedEx is all about — especially at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, which was the fourth-largest airport in terms of cargo in 2015, according to the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation.

The freight and transportation industry is essential in Alaska because of how many goods come through either the port or cargo planes. According to Cassie Ostrander with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium, the industry currently has an estimated 21,000 jobs in this sector. That number is expected to grow by 10 percent by 2024, she said.

FedEx employs more than route workers and cargo handlers. The company’s Anchorage operations administrator, Erin Smulick, said the jobs they hire for are diverse.

“We also have ramp agents that compute the weight and balance for flights. We have couriers, mechanics that do aircraft mechanics and also mechanics that do all the other equipment we have,” she said.

According to the Alaska Department of Labor, entry-level positions in the transportation and warehousing sector range from $10 to $15 an hour, later ranging to nearly $40 an hour.

FedEx prioritizes hiring and promotion from within the organization. It also offers benefits, including tuition reimbursement, 401(k), paid time off and holiday pay.

FedEx is hiring now. Applications can be found on its website.

Editor’s Note: In the video above, several locations are listed with employment opportunities with Fedex facilities. Kenai was unintentionally excluded from that list.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated 21,000 jobs would be added to the freight and transportation industry. This has been amended.

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Source: Workforce Wednesday: Cargo careers at FedEx | KTVA 11

Alaska December 2016 Economic Trends – Air Traffic Controllers

december2016trendsDecember Trends examines air traffic controllers in detail. This occupation, which requires extensive training, has only modest education requirements. It’s also one of Alaska’s highest paying occupations, expected to grow about 7 percent in the next decade. This issue also profiles employment in Alaska’s hospitals and how that industry developed in the state. Finally, an analysis of the make-up of state government shows where these workers are and which departments they work for.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development