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.

To learn read more about the economic benefits of Alaska’s mining industry, click here.

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.

Watch the full Workforce Wednesday video segment here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Helmets to Hardhats » KTVA 11

Alaska June Economic Trends

June2017TrendsThe Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently partnered with the Department of Corrections to study how employment and wages affect the likelihood of returning to prison after serving time for a felony, and the analysis in this issue is the first of its kind in Alaska. Also in June’s issue is a look at how Alaska measures up nationwide according to federal poverty thresholds, and an analysis of how Alaska’s changing age structure is likely to affect the size and makeup of our future population.

Read the June Alaska Economic Trends

Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

AHEC Hosting Health Care Pre-Appreticeship

Health Care Pre-Apprenticeship
From July 10-14th 9am to 4pm
Location: Spenard Rec Center, Anchorage

Come learn about career opportunities in allied health in this one-week pre-apprenticeship career academy. Participants will be offered an introduction to a variety of health-related professions including: Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, Diagnostics, Therapies and many others. Participants will speak with professionals, work on professionalism skills and take part in hands on training. Training will include Blood Borne Pathogens Certification and CPR/First Aid Certification. Contact: (907) 212-6578 or Teresan@alaskapca.org for more information.

HealthcarePreApprenticeshipRegister here! Learn more about South Central Area Health Education Center at: http://www.scahecak.org/.