Alaska November Economic Trends

TrendsNov2017Each November we estimate employment in Alaska seafood harvesting, which was down 5 percent last year, mainly due to losses in salmon fisheries.

Also in the November issue, we check up on Alaska’s breweries, which we reported in 2013 were growing rapidly and which have continued to grow despite the state recession. Alaska now has 35 breweries, even in communities as small as Skagway and Gakona, and more Alaskans are buying Alaska craft beer, even as overall beer consumption has decreased.

Also this month, Alaska’s workplace fatalities have continued a long decline that began in 1992, when we started the series. At that time, Alaska had the highest rate of workplace deaths in the nation, and as of 2015, fatalities have dropped almost down to the national level.

Read the November Alaska Economic Trends.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Workforce Wednesday: Career Coach

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This week on Workforce Wednesday, we take a look at the site Career Coach, which is a one-stop-shop to looking at careers, finding the training you need and applying for work.

Fred Villa, associate vice president of Workforce Programd at the University of Alaska, joined Daybreak Wednesday.

“Career Coach is a site people can go to,” said Villa. “A site where job seekers, potential students can look for jobs, look for how to get training for jobs, and current job postings are available through the website.”

Not only can you find what jobs are available through Career Coach, but you can also see the salary, as well as required training or education necessary to apply.

For more information on what Career Coach can do for you, click here to visit the website.

Watch the Workforce Wednesday segment here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Career Coach

UAF Strong in Developing Alaska’s Teachers

Community Perspective

I am writing to share good news about the School of Education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. We are educating many future teachers and counselors, as well as providing current teachers with opportunities for further education. Our graduates are successful, filling many of the teaching and school counselor positions in the Interior, as well as in other areas of Alaska. Last spring, 119 UAF degrees and certificates were awarded to students from the School of Education, and next May, another 117 awards are expected. In the future we intend that the number will be even greater.

The future of UAF’s teacher and counselor preparation programs is bright.

Read the full community perspective by Dean Steve Atwater here.

Source: UAF strong in developing Alaska’s teachers – Daily News-Miner

Alaska College Revives Certified Nursing Assistant Program

(AP) — An Alaska college again is offering a certified nursing assistant program after struggling to meet the state’s Board of Nurses requirements for instructors.

The six-credit course was brought back to Kenai Peninsula College for the fall semester and was filled to capacity at 10 students.

The spring course already has four students going through the preregistration work for the class, said Audrey Standerfer, the college’s certified nursing assistant program adjunct instructor and Kenai River Campus Student Clinic coordinator.

Read the full article here.

Source: Alaska college revives certified nursing assistant program | Alaska News |

New Joint UAS-UAF Fisheries Degree Available for Undergraduates

Casey McConnell gets up close and personal with a chum salmon that returned to Salmon Creek at the DIPAC hatchery in Juneau. Photo by Peter Westley.

Juneau – The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) has approved the UAS-UAF Joint Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences with a concentration in Fisheries Science. The new degree is aimed at increasing the number of students who earn an undergraduate fisheries degree in Alaska, and are prepared to work in fisheries industry, management and research positions. The new joint degree program is a direct outcome of the University of Alaska’s Strategic Pathways process–expanding opportunities for students through collaboration between the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) faculty.

Students will be able to complete the 4-year degree at the Auke Lake campus in Juneau, taking required courses locally at UAS and UAF-Lena campus, and remotely through UAF-Fairbanks campus. Fisheries graduates frequently go to work with tribal, state and federal fisheries agencies like the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and NOAA, and in private sector industry jobs. Others enroll in graduate programs in fisheries and ocean sciences. UAS and UAF expect an increase in the number of students that enroll in the fisheries and ocean sciences degrees now that the joint program has been approved. Admission of new students into the program will begin in the spring 2018 semester.

For more information about the UAS-UAF Joint Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences with a concentration in Fisheries Science, please contact the chair of the Natural Science Department, Dr. Sherry Tamone at

Source: New Joint UAS-UAF Fisheries Degree Available for Undergraduates | Alaska Native News