February is CTE MONTH®

CTEMonthCTE Month® is a public awareness campaign the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) holds each February to celebrate Career and Technical Education and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. CTE Month 2016, with its theme of “Opportunities for Career Success”, gives you the chance to tell stories of leadership and excellence from your local CTE programs and raise awareness of the crucial role that CTE plays in readying our students for careers and our nation for economic success. Check the link below for more information on how you can get involved.


Workforce Wednesday: Careers in Health Care

According to the Alaska Department of Labor, the number of Alaskans older than 65 years old will increase by 79 percent by the year 2022. This means from nurses and doctors to EMTs and physical therapists, the need for workers in Alaska’s healthcare industry is only expected to grow.

One option to kickstart your career is one of Alaska’s Area Health Education Centers. They’re based in Anchorage, with regional centers throughout the state.

Gloria Burnett, the director of Alaska’s Area Health Education Centers, joined Daybreak Wednesday to share how statewide programs can help people get into the industry.

“We’re a pipeline program and we’re a statewide program, so even in rural communities we provide opportunities through outreach presentations — job shadows, intensive summer camps, really just hands on experiences to engage people of all ages in health care careers,” Burnett said. “The really neat thing about our program is you can take part in these experiences in your community, in your rural community.”

Interested? Contact Martha Peck, the outreach and education coordinator with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium, at 907-770-5250.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Careers in health care | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

New Skills For Youth: Investing $75M Today to Build Tomorrow’s Economy

Young people need pathways to high-quality training and skills to compete for jobs

We believe every young person deserves a pathway to economic success. That’s why we’re announcing a new $75 million investment to expand high-quality career-focused education programs that lead to well-paying jobs and long-term careers. Failing to prepare young people with the right skills and education for these jobs is not just a missed opportunity for them—it’s a missed opportunity for businesses to hire the talent they need to grow and compete.

With the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium we are launching a multi-million dollar competition for states to expand and improve career-focused education that prepares students for high-skill and high-wage jobs.

Learn more details on this initiative, and click here (Opens Overlay) to learn more from the Council of Chief State School Offers about what you need to do to apply.

“Economic opportunity is increasingly out of reach for millions of young people. Without the right skills or education, they find themselves stuck in low-skill, low-wage jobs or unemployed. We are in investing in high-quality career-focused education programs so that more young people have a shot at real economic opportunity.”

Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Source: New Skills For Youth: Investing $75M Today to Build Tomorrow’s Economy | JPMorgan Chase & Co.

MAPTS Underground Mine Camp Graduation


Mining and Petroleum Training Service (MAPTS) will be graduating a new cohort of underground miners on Monday, February 15th, 2016 at the MAPTS Delta Mine Training Center in Delta Junction, Alaska.

The training facility consists of:
– A 36-person camp with dorms, a kitchen and dining hall, and laundry facility
– Surface shop and storage area
– Dry (change-out facility)
– Surface driving track training grounds
– Underground mine training facility that includes a shop and offices
– Underground and surface mine equipment
– ThoroughTec Cybermine Simulators
– On site Limited Communications systems

Interested in touring the facility and watching live demonstrations? Plan to attend the upcoming graduation. For more information, call (907) 262-2788.