Opportunity Knocks at the Kodiak Docks

Kodiak College
Fishing is big business in Alaska, but in Kodiak it’s colossal. The small city is the second-most prolific port in the nation (513.9 million pounds of fish landed in 2015) and the third-most profitable ($137.5 million net worth that year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

“Alaska produces about 60 percent of the nation’s seafood harvest every year,” explained Alan Fugleberg, director of Kodiak College, a community campus of University of Alaska Anchorage. “It’s a big deal [for the state], and it’s really big for Kodiak.”

Spurred by those numbers, as well as a statewide maritime workforce plan, Kodiak College launched a Maritime Workforce Development program in 2014. Fugleberg and L.A. Holmes, the program coordinator, consulted with members of the local fishing industry to see how their school could better serve its community and support those stats.

Through these surveys, it became clear the Kodiak community wanted to keep skills sharp and train new crews, but residents weren’t necessarily interested in a maritime degree program. So Kodiak College responded with an assortment of accessible, convenient and focused workshops.

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Source: Opportunity knocks at the Kodiak docks – Green & Gold News

Workforce Wednesday: Careers in Water and Wastewater Treatment

Alaskans looking for a job with transferable skills to Lower 48 can look no further than a career in water and wastewater treatment. The Alaska Job Corps offers free training that often takes around two years.

According to Greg Howard, the program is self-directed, so, it might take students less than that. Typically, he added, there’s a year of instruction in the classroom and then hands-on training. Howard said students will go out into the community and get tangible experience, all working towards a level-one license. Students can typically expect to make around $18- to $25 with entry level positions.

There are some requirements, however. Students are required to complete a drug screening test when they arrive at Alaska Job Corps and may be required to take a subsequent test. Howard mentioned a high school diploma is not required and there is a wait list.

To get on that wait list or learn more visit the Alaska Job Corps website. Additionally, you can visit the website for the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium.

Watch the full Workforce Wednesday video segment here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Careers in Water and Wastewater Treatment – KTVA 11

Hoping to Boost Number of Alaska Native Nurses, UAA Takes High School Students to Camp

Fifteen high school upperclassmen and recent graduates from around Alaska recently participated in Anchorage Nurse Camp at University of Alaska Anchorage.

The program is hosted by RRANN, Recruitment & Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing, a part of UAA’s school of nursing. Students are learning some hands-on skills, such as giving injections, dressing wounds, checking vital signs and doing other simulated treatment on dummies.

Annette Rearden, RRANN coordinator and a nursing professor, said the goal of the camp is to introduce students to the profession and encourage them to consider nursing as a career. Statewide, the program hopes to increase the number of Alaska Native nurses. Now, many places in both rural and urban Alaska rely on traveling nurses, who often work on a 13-week rotation.

“We are in a shortage, and we need culturally competent nurses to provide good care,” Rearden said.

Source: Hoping to boost number of Alaska Native nurses, UAA takes high school students to camp – Alaska Dispatch News

Economic Benefits of Alaska’s Mining Industry

MiningMining is a growing force in Alaska’s economy providing jobs for thousands of Alaskans and millions of dollars in personal income throughout Alaska. Alaska’s mining industry includes exploration, mine development, and mineral production. Alaska’s mines produce coal, gold, lead, silver, zinc, as well as construction materials, such as sand, gravel, and rock.

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Workforce Wednesday: Helmets to Hardhats

Alaska Helmets to Hardhats is a program by Alaska Works Partnership along with Alaska Department of Labor that connects veterans or people exiting the military to free classes and training for careers in construction.

Rene Eliste, an apprentice with Alcan Electrical and Engineering says it helped him land his career in telecommunications engineering. Helmets to Hardhats isn’t limited to just that career as prospective job seekers can become sheet metal workers, laborers, millwrights and more.

Eliste said this program was beneficial because sometimes it’s hard to transition from a military career to a civilian one. He mentioned it took him months to figure it out what he wanted to do before settling into his current career.

Martha Peck with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium added the pay isn’t bad either — depending on the career they choose. Wages can range anywhere from $16.50 an hour to $47 an hour, depending on experience.

For more information, visit APICC’s website. To become a member of Helmets to Hardhats and a list of requirements, visit AlaskaWorks.org.

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Source: Workforce Wednesday: Helmets to Hardhats » KTVA 11