Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Draft Plan Available for Public Comment

WIOAThe Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the federal program that funds state and local workforce initiatives and provides a variety of job training services for adults and youth. In Alaska, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) is the state agency designated to receive WIOA funds and implement its provisions. WIOA requires states to submit a four-year workforce plan to the USDOL. The writing of a new strategic workforce development plan is a major opportunity for Alaska. WIOA emphasizes sector partnerships, career pathways, cross-program data and measurement, and job-driven investments. This state plan describes the workforce development system that Alaskans want, and explains how DOLWD will use WIOA and other state and federal programs to achieve that vision. The state plan must be submitted to the US Department of Labor by April 1, 2016.

DOLWD invites public comment on the draft four-year WIOA plan for Alaska. Comments will be accepted through February 23, 2016.

* You may download the plan from the department’s WIOA webpage at

* Submit comments here


Source: State of Alaska Online Public Notices

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.

Workforce Wednesday: Regional training centers | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

This Workforce Wednesday, Daybreak looked at training centers across the state that’s making first class work experiences more accessible to Alaskans, even in the most remote locations.

Alaska has a handful of regional training centers around the state. They’re public nonprofit centers created to give people training in areas such as operating heavy equipment, occupational safety and health care. For example, you can be trained to use heavy duty safety gear that’s needed for those who work on an oil rig or in a marine environment.

Cari-Ann Ketterling with Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium said getting this special training can open doors to a great career.

“You would be amazed at some of the facilities that they have,” Ketterling said. “But AVTEC in Seward has a state of the art, world class training facility where you can learn to drive a super tanker to any port in the world, and then there’s also some occupational health and safety training, most centers offer some health care occupational training. Ilisagvik College in Barrow creates training programs very specific to industry needs and timely to their projects.”

Where’s the closest training center to you? Watch the video to learn more.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Regional training centers | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11