UA construction programs meet students where they are

The construction industry is important to communities all over the state. People can find a job, remain in their hometown, and enjoy the economic security that comes with a sustainable career, and UA is a pipeline for anyone interested in helping build Alaska.

From carpentry to surveying, heavy duty equipment to welding, and civil engineering to project and construction management, these programs range from short-term certificates to four-year degrees and beyond, and all are designed with industry input to provide the skills needed for employment or career advancement.

Watch the video to learn about about career pathways to construction management. To learn more about UA’s construction programs, explore the links below and see what each university has to offer:

University of Alaska Anchorage

University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Alaska Southeast

Source: UA System Office of Public Affairs, Empower Alaska Campaign.

New seafood career videos available

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Maritime Works, a network of Alaska maritime industry partners, produced video vignettes for those interested in pursuing a technical, vocational, or seafood career in the state. These three-minute videos highlight seafood processing career opportunities as a plant electrician, plant manager, quality assurance technician, and refrigeration technician. The videos provide personal insights into career opportunities within Alaska’s largest manufacturing sector, while increasing awareness of seafood industry jobs.

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Source: Alaska Sea Grant. Full article by Caleb Taylor, ASG seafood workforce coordinator.

Kinross establishes new scholarship at record-breaking Blue & Gold event

Above: UAF Chancellor Dan White stands with Anna Atchison, Terence Watungwa and Brenna Schaake from Kinross Alaska at the Blue & Gold Celebration on Thursday, May 11, 2023. UAF photo by Eric Engman.

Donors at last week’s University of Alaska Fairbanks Blue & Gold Celebration contributed more than $435,000 in support of student scholarships.
The total includes a $350,000 gift from Kinross Alaska to establish the Kinross Alaska Future Leaders Endowed Scholarship. The endowment will provide up to four years of financial support for vocational and baccalaureate students who are historically underrepresented in the resource development industry.
It’s the first scholarship of its kind at UAF.

Read the full article here.

Source: UAF news and information. Article by Marimian Grimes, UAF senior public information officer.

Alaska Economic Trends (May 2023)

Above: Ketchikan in 2009, by Flickr user Laura Sharkey. License.

Rob Kreiger, economist for the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, examines the state’s housing affordability in the feature article Housing Market Shifts in 2022. While mortgage rates have risen and now show signs of stability, price drops appear unlikely to occur — the good news — the market may continue leveling throughout 2023. Kreiger provides a detailed analysis of the numbers and factors contributing to the housing market trends.

The May edition also outlines 2022 personal income growth and an analysis of Alaska’s economy.

Read the full edition here.

Trends is a nonpartisan, data-driven magazine that covers a variety of economic topics in Alaska.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development, Research & Analysis

Recordings and recap of the 2nd Alaska Mariculture Conference

Dave Bailey, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, presents to conference attendees. Photo by Arron Jones/Alaska Sea Grant.

The second annual Mariculture Conference of Alaska was held in Juneau, Alaska, on February 15–17, 2022. The conference was an opportunity for farmers, researchers, and professionals in mariculture-related industries and agencies to present and discuss a range of issues related to recent mariculture innovations, science, and activities in Alaska. This conference highlighted accomplishments and opportunities for industry growth, education, and research. Video recordings of most presentations are available on-demand at the Alaska Sea Grant YouTube channel—2023 Mariculture Conference of Alaska.

“Overall, this was one of the best conferences I’ve been to in a long time. It was clearly carefully planned. I look forward to attending next year. Kudos to the planning team!”

Conference Attendee

Read the full conference summary here.

Source: Alaska Sea Grant