Alaska’s Emerging Sector Series: Aviation & Aerospace

Both the aviation and aerospace industries have strong roots in Alaska. With a major air cargo hub, rocket launch sites, abundant airfields and airspace, and a robust aviation culture, Alaska has competitive advantages that create opportunities for both aviation and aerospace to become even more significant drivers of Alaska’s economy.

“Alaska has more airspace without entry or clearance requirements than any other state,” said Britteny Cioni-Haywood, director of the Division of Economic Development. “We also have more pilots and registered aircraft per capita than any other state and over 750 airports. Combined with our strong history of innovation related to air transportation, Alaska provides an attractive environment for entrepreneurs to test new aviation technologies.”

The report, available on the Division of Economic Development website, explores the market and economic trends associated with the aviation and aerospace sectors in Alaska, highlights individual entrepreneurs and businesses, and identifies potential strategies to support growth in the sector.

Read the full article here.

Source: Alaska’s Emerging Sector: Aviation and Aerospace – Alaska Business Monthly and Alaska Division of Economic Development

ANSEP Leads Summertime Career Development for Middle School Students

Each summer the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program hosts four STEM Career Explorations sessions that expose students to a particular facet of science, technology, engineering or math. Throughout the five-day component, students live on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus and participate in hands-on, team-based learning activities.

This year’s sessions highlight health, coding, marine science, and fisheries and wildlife biology through career exploration activities, experiments, projects and field experiences.

This component is an opportunity for students who previously attended ANSEP’s Middle School Academy to gain first-hand insight into the daily life of a STEM professional.

Source: ANSEP leads summertime career development for middle school students – The Alaska 100

FAA and UAF Spark Interest in Drones at Camp

Matthew Westhoff, a pilot with UAF’s ACUASI, teaches students about drones at a camp in June. Photo by Patty Eagan.

Twenty-one middle school students built, learned how to operate and took home their own small unmanned aircraft at a camp taught by pilots and engineers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute the week of June 11-15.

The camp, funded by the Federal Aviation Administration, uses unmanned aircraft to encourage kids to pursue science, technology, engineering and math-related education and careers.

Pilots and engineers from UAF’s Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration instructed the students through a combination of engineering, flying and interacting with simulators. The students spent the week building their own unmanned aircraft, piece by piece, and flying them. They listened to presentations from industry guest speakers and learned about topics like no-fly zones and the importance of registration.

The goal was for kids to leave with technical skills and a well-rounded knowledge of not only the UAS industry but also FAA safety rules and other requirements.

Read the full article here.

Source: Alaska Native News

Want to learn how to be a nurse? There’s a summer camp for that.

School is out for the summer, but camp is in! Teens from across the state recently gathered on UAA’s campus for Recruiting and Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing’s (RRANN) Camp, an intensive three-day experience introducing them to the world of health care and nursing.

Source: Want to learn how to be a nurse? There’s a summer camp for that. – Green & Gold News

Alaska Identifies Difficult to Fill Health Occupations

AK Health Care Profile

This report details the health care occupations Alaska employers reported were most difficult to fill. It also introduces new data on occupational retention and provides occupational and demographic data on the existing health care workforce to help identify why some occupations are especially difficult for employers to fill. That information is intended to inform decisions about education, training, and other workforce development efforts.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Research and Analysis Section. in partnership with UAA College of Health, UAA Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce, and Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.