Meet the Fleet: Auto Tech Program Receives 2016 Z07 Corvette

It’s brash. It’s bold. It growls and grumbles like a caged beast in the corner, strapped tight to the floor of the Auto Diesel Technology building.

Equal parts beauty and beast, the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is the latest addition to UAA’s fleet of GM-donated classroom cars. “GM has been awful darn good to us for a while now,” said Darrin Marshall, associate professor of GM automotive courses. “This is just the pinnacle.”

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Source: Meet the fleet: Auto tech program receives 2016 Z07 Corvette – Green & Gold News

Workforce Wednesday: Maritime Industry Apprenticeships

The Calista Corporation has partnered with AVTEC in Seward for an entry-level apprenticeship program aimed at high school students and graduates.

Cari-Ann Carty with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium says students will learn nautical and shoreside skills, how to navigate in the waters of Alaska, as well as get certifications and on-the-job training. Students will also have access to a state of the art simulator to hone their navigation skills.

Brenda Pacarro, with the Calista Corporation, said the organization recognized the need for Alaskans to receive training in order to be more employable. Pacarro wants the maritime industry to know it has trained and motivated candidates ready to enter the workforce.

There are scholarships available and Carty said there are a few requirements. For example, candidates need to be drug and alcohol free.

Those interested in scholarships or funding can get in touch with the Calista Corporation. Students or graduates interested in the apprenticeship program can visit the website, to apply or learn more.

To watch the full Workforce Wednesday video segment, click here.

Correction: In the video, Carty said the pay for deckhands was $250 an hour.  The pay averages about $250 per day.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Maritime industry apprenticeships | KTVA 11

Nonprofit Spotlight: Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program | Excellence in Philanthropy

For many Native American students, college seems as far off as the moon. But as Buzz Aldrin said in an appearance at the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program, “Once you set your mind to get something done, seemingly anything is possible.”

ANSEP has been boosting students to university and beyond since 1995, with a plan that begins in middle school and extends into career placement after graduation. This series of intensive academic supports centered at the University of Alaska Anchorage inspires students to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

As of 2016, roughly 2,000 students have taken part in the program, which has over 100 partners in the form of philanthropic organizations, corporations, educational institutions, and government agencies. It helps Natives prepare for careers within the oil and gas industry, biology, conservation, and other technical fields. The Urban Institute has categorized ANSEP as one of the most successful STEM programs in the country, propelling 85 percent of graduates to STEM careers.

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Source: Nonprofit Spotlight: Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program | Excellence in Philanthropy | The Philanthropy Roundtable

Alaska April Economic Trends

AprTrends2017April Trends features a comprehensive analysis of the nation’s 259 state-level recessions since 1961, and what Alaska might learn from their losses and recoveries as we navigate our largest economic downturn since the mid-1980s. Also this month is an update on the students who graduated from Alaska high schools in 2005 – the educational and career paths they took and where we found them in 2015. Finally, we examine what sizes and ages of businesses have been creating and losing jobs, and provide an update on what happened to claims for unemployment insurance benefits in 2016.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.


Workforce Wednesday: Careers in the Maritime Industry

Careers in Alaska’s maritime industry are high paying, and have a huge impact on the economy. Jobs can be varied from seafood harvesting, offshore oil and gas to arctic research.

Cari-Ann Carty with Alaska Process Industry Consortium (APICC) called the career “high-dollar, blue-collar” work, as a starting wage is around $60,000 a year. She added it’s a lifestyle, because most people work about six months out of the year, and the benefits are great, as well.

Terry Federer, an instructor with the Alaska Vocational Training Center (AVTEC) in Seward, mentioned the maritime training department is the biggest one within the center. There are multiple career paths available, such as working up to being captain, or becoming a marine engineer. Federer said the ice navigation course it developed is the only United States Coast Guard approved course in the world.

For more information on how to get a career started, head to or APICC’s website. Additional maritime training and employment opportunities can be found at here.

To watch the Workforce Wednesday video segment, click here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Careers in the maritime industry | KTVA 11