Alaska Governor Bill Walker Proclaims February as CTE Month

Career and Technical Education Month

WHEREAS, Career and Technical Education (CTE) offers students the opportunity to gain the academic, technical, and employability skills necessary for true career readiness; and

WHEREAS, leaders from business and industry, both in Alaskan and across the nation, report increasing challenges related to the skills gap and connecting qualified professionals with available careers in critical and growing CTE-related fields including healthcare, energy, natural resource development, and information technology; and

WHEREAS, Career and Technical Education prepares students for these and other fulfilling careers by offering integrated programs of study that link secondary and postsecondary education and lead to the attainment of industry-recognized credentials; and

WHEREAS, the Alaska Departments of Education & Early Development and Labor and Workforce Development and the University of Alaska system are jointly implementing the statewide CTE plan to ensure a comprehensive, integrated career and technical education system for Alaska; and

WHEREAS, ensuring that Alaskan employers have access to a qualified workforce is a crucial step in ensuring productivity among the business and industry communities as well as continued Alaskan economic growth and global competitiveness.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Walker, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim February 2016 as:

Career and Technical Education Month

in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to become familiar with the services and benefits offered by the career and technical education programs in this community and to support and participate in these programs to enhance their individual skills and productivity.

Click here for a PDF copy of the proclamation.

Source: Alaska Governor Bill Walker

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Draft Plan Available for Public Comment

WIOAThe Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the federal program that funds state and local workforce initiatives and provides a variety of job training services for adults and youth. In Alaska, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) is the state agency designated to receive WIOA funds and implement its provisions. WIOA requires states to submit a four-year workforce plan to the USDOL. The writing of a new strategic workforce development plan is a major opportunity for Alaska. WIOA emphasizes sector partnerships, career pathways, cross-program data and measurement, and job-driven investments. This state plan describes the workforce development system that Alaskans want, and explains how DOLWD will use WIOA and other state and federal programs to achieve that vision. The state plan must be submitted to the US Department of Labor by April 1, 2016.

DOLWD invites public comment on the draft four-year WIOA plan for Alaska. Comments will be accepted through February 23, 2016.

* You may download the plan from the department’s WIOA webpage at

* Submit comments here


Source: State of Alaska Online Public Notices

CTE Policy Watch

With the presidential and congressional election in full swing, 2016 will be dominated by campaign politics. Despite the election-year partisanship, there are some outstanding education policy issues that may make an appearance in the year ahead.

Read the full article and the connection to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) here.

Source: CTE Policy Watch Blog – A Blog for CTE Advocates

How WIOA Performance Data Works

Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC) released a new infographic to show how federal, state, and local governments collect and share data under the four titles of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and how various stakeholders use these data.


Read more about WDQC’s new infographic and download it on the WDQC blog.

Source: National Skills Coalition

Governor Walker Signs Administrative Order on Apprenticeship Utilization

November 9, 2015 ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker signed Administrative Order 278 last week, expanding state apprenticeship utilization standards.  AO 278 requires at least 15% of project hours on state projects be completed by Registered Apprentices, and sets a 15% target for future oil and mineral development on state lands.  Apprenticeship utilization will expand the supply of highly trained Alaskans and help ensure the state’s workforce can tackle large, complex projects like the gasline. Read the full press release here.