A $300,000 grant from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development to the Mining and Petroleum Training Service will provide mining training for local residents at the MAPTS training center near Delta Junction. Read more here.
Category: Workforce Development
University of Alaska Offers More than 40 Construction Programs
Did you know the University of Alaska system offers more than 40 programs directly related to the construction industry in 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.
There’s always been a need to train new generations of people to work in construction. But the number of job openings in Alaska jumped by 40 percent from 2019 to 2022, and spending from the Infrastructure Act will make filling high-wage jobs even more challenging. Nearly $3 billion is expected to come to Alaska in the next few years from the Infrastructure Act. Another set of projects that will require more technicians and construction workers are the proposals to significantly expand and enhance broadband access across Alaska.
Since 2011, 3,626 people have graduated from programs relevant to the state’s construction industry and are working either directly in construction or are employed in closely-related industries such as transportation, mining, and oil and gas. Significant numbers also work in state and local government.
Learn more about the programs, partnerships and opportunities available across the University of Alaska system in our latest “Did You Know” video feature.
Did You Know highlights the UA system’s many successful programs through storytelling and data. Our goal is to educate readers about the universities’ roles in improving lives and shaping the state’s economy. These stories are shared on social media and posted on the website.
Women in Construction Week
Women in Construction Week (WIC Week) is next week, March 5-11th!
WIC Week celebrates and promotes the role of women in the construction industry. The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Alaska Chapter has partnered with some great local organizations to host events in both Anchorage and Fairbanks. View the full list of events here.
March 10th, from 12-4pm, Alaska Safety Alliance (ASA) is hosting an Open House for women interested in joining the construction, oil & gas, maritime, and mining workforce, and women currently working in those industries who want to transition to a new position or pursue continuing education. Explore the many pathways to get the education and training you need, right here in Alaska! Occupation opportunities ranges from the trades (laborers, electricians, carpenters, plumbers, pipeline operations, etc) to Project Management, Health & Safety, Human Resources, Business Management, Engineering and many more! Guest speakers will be featured between 1-3pm to share opportunities and tips for gaining education and employment. RSVP here.
Source: Alaska Safety Alliance
Lunch & Learn, March 8
The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) will host a lunch and learn on the UAF Troth Yeddha’ campus.
Butrovich Room 205 is located at 2025 Yukon Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775.
Alaska Economic Trends (Feb 2023)
The Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development recently published the February 2023 economic report.
The feature article follows Alaska’s high school graduating class of 2005 and answers the questions, “What happens to the thousands of Alaska high school students after they graduate, and how have they impacted the state’s economy?”
The edition also provides and analysis of Alaska’s self-employed and workforce economic trends. Read the full edition here.
Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development, Research & Analysis