When it comes to emerging energy technologies, many remote Alaska communities are on the cutting edge. That was the message from Cordova this spring, where U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski held a field hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which she chairs.
The focus of the hearing was microgrids: self-contained electrical grids, which can operate unconnected to any larger transmission system. They’re a necessity for just about every Alaska community off the road system. Most of the grids are powered by diesel, but more and more communities are trying to cut costs by adding renewables like wind or expanding hydropower.
In the process, the state has become a testing ground for technologies that are increasingly interesting to the rest of the world.
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Source: Cordova Hosts U.S. Senate Field Hearing on Microgrids | Alaska Public Media
As the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) celebrates the annual national CTE month, Governor Walker proclaims CTE month in Alaska!
Learn more about CTE Month nationally at ACTE.
Read the full proclamation here.
Download a PDF copy of the proclamation here or by clicking the image to the right.
Who are Alaska’s CTE students and how are they doing? Download the 2015-2016 statewide averages produced by the CTE Department at the State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.
Partnership Opportunity for $100M – America’s Promise Job Driven Grants Deadline August 28, 2016
The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the availability of approximately $100 million in America’s Promise Job-Driven Grants (https://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/FOA-ETA-16-12.pdf) to develop and grow regional partnerships between workforce agencies, education and training providers and employers in a variety of industries such as information technology, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial services and educational services.
Approximately 20 to 40 grants of $1 million to $6 million will be awarded throughout the country. For each sector and service area, partnerships must include the public workforce system, an economic development agency, at least one education and training provider and at least five employers or a regional industry association. The four-year grants will support tuition-free education and training that prepares participants for jobs in industries that currently utilize the H-1B temporary visa program to meet industry workforce needs. Applications are due August 25th.
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) have teamed up to help support colleges that are interested in partnering. They are offering support to member colleges and their respective partner applicants in the key areas of the following:
- Developing new or expanding and strengthening existing regional workforce partnerships to implement sector strategies and industry partnerships;
- Scaling and sustaining employer engagement;
- Using evidence-based design;
- Identifying, leveraging and aligning additional resources; and
- Organizing or customizing sector-based career pathways using national models.
We’ll be up in the air for another year.
An aviation bill headed to President Barack Obama will favorably affect Alaska, its pilots and passengers.
Of particular interest to Alaskans, the FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016 provides for the Essential Air Service program. This program ensures commercial air service into small communities.
The bill also reserves about half of the air traffic controller spaces at FAA training academies for qualified veterans and graduates of the collegiate training initiative. The University of Alaska is one of 36 CTI schools nationwide.
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Source: Alaska Editorial: Bill assists aviation | Juneau Empire – Alaska’s Capital City Online Newspaper
April 13, 2016, marked the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, a law that took U.S. fisheries management in federal waters from being virtually nonexistent to becoming a global model of sustainability.
Nowhere is this truer than in Alaska, where our fisheries have an international reputation as being among the most sustainable and valuable fisheries on the planet, largely thanks to the collaborative and inclusive management process set up under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. One of the MSA’s authors, our very own Sen. Ted Stevens, had an extraordinary vision for our nation’s fisheries, especially for those in his home state of Alaska. Many elements of the state of Alaska’s fishery management are woven into the fabric of the MSA.
Read the full article here.
Source: For Alaska fisheries, reason to celebrate 40 years of Magnuson-Stevens Act | Alaska Dispatch News