Workforce Wednesday: Police and Fire at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Careers in Airport Police and Fire at Ted Stevens International Airport include rigorous training, multiple career paths and great pay. Not only that, but there are several requirements that need to be met for consideration.

Among some of those are having a relatively clean driving record, passing a drug screening, psychological evaluation and more. Applicants must also be 21 years of age or older, according to Catherine Scott, who is an officer. She added after all that, the person will move to the application process, which is “the easy part.” When landing the job, applicants starting out go through a year of training.

“Officers will go down to Sitka and go to the training with (Alaska State) Troopers down there. On the fire side we hold our training in-house,” says Lt. Danny Fetters with the department.

What makes this department different from Anchorage’s police and fire department is that it is a dual-certified department, meaning it handles both police and fire calls. In addition there are multiple different career paths that can be taken within the department, such as getting trained to join the water rescue team, explosive ordinance team, drug enforcement task force and more. Another unique element of working at the airport is that job seekers can expect to respond to aircraft emergencies as well as other calls within the airport community.

Job seekers will make $28.10 starting out. During a 14 month probation period, people can expect to make around $4,400 a month. Once that period is over, it increases to about $5,400, according to Scott. There is also a college degree incentive, which will raise the pay by a couple hundred dollars.

Prospective job seekers can apply at the State of Alaska website.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Police and fire at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport » KTVA 11

UA Board of Regents Approves Joint UAS-UAF Fisheries Degree

Students at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) in Juneau will now be able to earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences in light of action by the UA Board of Regents in June 2017.

The new degree is expected to increase the number of Southeast Alaska students who earn an undergraduate fisheries degree and are prepared to work in fisheries development, management, and research.

The new degree is a joint offering of UAS and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). It is a direct outcome of the university’s Strategic Pathways process–expanding opportunities for students through collaboration between UAS and UAF faculty.  Fisheries graduates frequently go to work with state and federal fisheries agencies like ADF&G and NOAA, and in private sector industry jobs. Others enroll in graduate programs in fisheries and ocean sciences.

UAS expects to see a steadily increasing number of fisheries students on its Auke Lake Campus as the program gets underway. The hope is that many of those will go on into UAF graduate programs.

The new degree will emphasize marine fisheries biology, assessment and management of fish and invertebrate populations, and physical, chemical, geological, and biological dynamics of marine and freshwater environments. UAS recently hired a new fisheries faculty member, Dr. Michael Navarro, who will help coordinate the program.

Following the Board of Regents action, UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield observed that “Southeast Alaska is highly dependent on the fisheries industry and this program will produce local graduates who know our fisheries and our communities. I’m grateful to Southeast fishing industry representatives and fisheries managers who expressed support for this. I’m also grateful to our faculty, to UA President Jim Johnsen, and to UAF colleagues for recognizing the importance of growing our own local fisheries graduates.”

Admission of new students into the program will begin following a review of the degree by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). That review is expected to be completed by late summer 2017.

Source: SitNews: UA Board of Regents approves joint UAS-UAF Fisheries degree

UAA Mentorship Program Connects Classroom and Careers for Student-Workers

For some college students, campus jobs are convenient jobs, and not much else.

But by adding a dose of intentional reflection and career planning, the Alaska PEAK program at University of Alaska Anchorage seeks to change that opinion for the roughly 850 students who work on campus. Whether a student is a lab tech or library assistant, PEAK aims to turn on-campus employment into a high-impact area of student success.

PEAK, which stands for Purposeful Engagement Assessing Knowledge, connects the dots between academics and employment at UAA, while making students feel a stronger connection with the university. How do experiences in the classroom and time on the job relate? And how can that help the student after graduation?

“What Alaska PEAK has done is create a common language for how supervisors talk with students about their learning experiences,” explained Whitney Brown, assessment and strategic projects director for the Office of Student Affairs. She launched PEAK in 2015, along with Ryan-Jasen Henne, director of Residence Life. Though the program is young, it’s already generating attention. The pair has presented PEAK at student affairs conferences in Anchorage, Orlando and Portland, Ore., as well as through national webinars.

Modeled after a similar program at University of Iowa, the program is deceptively simple. Supervisors talk about the PEAK process, at minimum, twice each semester with their staff. Students, at most, reflect on a list of five questions before those conversations.

The program’s simplicity — two meetings, five questions — belies the efforts and considerations behind it.

Read the full article here.

Source: UAA Mentorship Program Connects Classroom and Careers for Student-Workers – The Cordova Times

Workforce Wednesday: Heavy Diesel Technology

Heavy diesel technology is a profession that keeps boats, bulldozers, semi trucks and cranes running year-round.

Diesel mechanics begin earning $18 to $30 an hour to well over $100,000 a year, depending on experience.

Mechanics should have clean driving records, be able to pass a drug test and be willing to learn as technology continues to grow.

The University of Alaska Anchorage has a diesel power technology program that offers a one-year undergraduate certificate and a two-year associate degree. Jeff Libby, the director of the division, says it’s a field with a lot of potential for growth.

“We have jobs in the maritime industry, with the seafood processing industry, and construction, mining, trucking industry is pretty supportive of us,” he said. “And our program is NATEF accredited, the National Automotive Technology Education Foundation, the only one in Alaska that has the accreditation. It’s a big deal.”

Libby says they’ve seen a 20 percent increase in enrollment in the past two years, due to the job demand and pay.

To find out who’s hiring, watch the video above or contact the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium on its website.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Heavy Diesel Technology » KTVA 11

Bristol Bay Students Explore Marine Biology Careers at ANSEP Camp

At the end of June, Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program hosted a camp in Anchorage for students from around the state to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Tyson Olsen from Koliganek is one of three students from Bristol Bay who was selected to participate in ANSEP’s marine biology career exploration camp. He and 51 middle school students from around the state stayed five days at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus learning first-hand about marine biology research. For Olsen, the highlight was a field trip to Jakolof Bay in Homer.

“The tide was low so we saw all the stuff that was living in between the low and high tide. There were fish that were able to stay out of water for a while. Also at that bay there were people digging for clams,” says Olsen.

Another activity that Olsen enjoyed was performing a necropsy on an otter.

“The people there with the otters studied how they died,” says Olsen. “They did that with us, so they studied the outside. Then we dissected them. The liver was a little blackish inside.”

ANSEP exists to provide education opportunities and financial support for Alaska Native students in science and engineering. The aim of this camp was to give their youngest set of students a vision for careers in marine biology.

“The whole idea behind it was to just expose them to the different things that someone could do in marine biology,” says Yosty Storms, a regional director for ANSEP. “We want to serve those that have been historically underserved or underrepresented and get them involved.”

Olsen is not sure he’ll set his sights on a marine biology career just yet, but he does have an interest in STEM.

“I just try to make this as good as possible so when I choose what I want to do I’ll have a high chance of getting it. It will probably be something in science, technology, math or engineering. It’s just my best subjects,” says Olsen.

Two other students from the Bristol Bay area also attended ANSEP’s career exploration camp. Newhalen’s Aileen Lester and Gabriel Olympic from Iliamna also participated.

Source: Bristol Bay Students Explore Marine Biology Careers at ANSEP Camp – The Bristol Bay Times