Internship Opportunity at University of Alaska on the RV Sikuliaq

SikuliaqThe MATE Center and the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) are pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for the 2016 MATE/UNOLS six-month internship through January 6, 2016.

Please share this with undergraduate students or recent graduates from an undergraduate program who you think would be interested and qualified.  Applicants must be ready to enter the job market in the field of marine technology with academic studies complete or near complete.  This is an incredible opportunity to work onboard a research vessel and be exposed to a wide range of technology and equipment. Flyers are available by contacting Nandita Sarkar, MATE Internship Coordinator, at

Location: R/V Kilo Moana at University of Hawaii and R/V Sikuliaq at University of Alaska

Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute Update

The Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute (ASPLI) session 1 was held in November at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center. Twenty two participants are attending the institute, from Alaska General Seafoods, APICDA, Coastal Cold Storage, Icicle Seafoods, Norton Sound Seafood Products, Peter Pan Seafoods, Silver Bay Seafoods, Trident Seafoods, Unisea, two direct marketers supported by the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation and a CES faculty member. They traveled from Ketchikan, Kodiak, Dutch Harbor, Naknek, Pilot Point, Larsen Bay, Homer, Nome, Unalakleet, Dillingham, Fairbanks, Anchorage and Seattle for the institute. The group includes individuals with titles of production manager, assistant plant manager, HR director, QC manager, field office coordinator, assistant fleet manager, production supervisor, first machinist, retort operator and plant owner.

The first intensive 5-day session included information on the business of seafood processing; seafood safety and quality as part of corporate identity; upcoming changes in requirements for seafood processors; innovations in seafood packaging and mecAPLIhanization and the DEC regulatory process. Lean manufacturing was the subject of a daylong session and another day was devoted to project management training. The group heard from long time plant manager Jim Majors and toured the Trident plant and Pickled Willys smoking operation in Kodiak. A local seafood chef prepared lunch each day and the group processed salmon jerky in the seafood processing pilot plant as a team building activity.

Over the winter, each participant will work with a mentor to complete a project of value to his or her company. In early March, the group comes back together in Anchorage for another 5 days of training with a focus on leadership, human resources, marketing and understanding and participating in the seafood regulatory process. Following the Anchorage class, a number of ASPLI participants will travel together to the International Seafood Expo in Boston.

ASPLI is an intensive professional development program offered by the Alaska Sea Grant Program targeting rising leaders in Alaska’s seafood industry. Funding for ASPLI is from participant fees, University of Alaska TVEP funds and Alaska Sea Grant. Coordinators are Marine Advisory faculty members -Dr. Quentin Fong (, Chris Sannito and Paula Cullenberg.

Workforce Wednesday: Training options for Anchorage teens | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

From construction and welding to culinary arts and veterinary science, the King Career Center is helping students open doors to their future.

Wednesday, Cari-Ann Ketterling with Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium and Lou Pondolfino, the principal at King Career Center, joined Daybreak to talk about programs open to local teens with an interest in a certain career.

Pondolfino said The school serves over 1,500 primarily junior and senior students each year.

“All our programs are advised by industry members and they meet and they look over our curriculum and our equipment and they give us advice and we follow their advice on how we do things,” he said. “And we’re open to high school students throughout Anchorage.  ”

King Career Center offers on-the-job training programs through employer such as:

  • Alaska Native Medical Center
  • GCI
  • Cabella’s
  • Home Depot

Contact the King Career Center to learn more.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Training options for Anchorage teens | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

Workforce Wednesday: Construction careers for women | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

Women make up just under nine percent of people working in construction across the nation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Jana Lage with the Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium and Tamie Tayor, owner of Taylored Business Solutions, joined Daybreak Wednesday to talk about the construction industry and how there are more options out there, specifically for women.

Taylor began working construction 25 years ago, and said back then, it was tough to work in a male-dominated field. Now that family dynamics have changed, more woman are entering the construction field.

“Opportunities are endless in construction, because you have the office, you have the field and then you have the ownership as well,” Taylor said.

To find out who’s hiring in construction and how you can get started on a construction career of your own, visit the websites below.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Construction careers for women | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

UAA’s Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College Hires Maritime Technology Program Coordinator


UAA’s Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College is proud to announce that Marshall Bullock has been hired to serve as Kachemak Bay Campus’s new Maritime Technology Program Coordinator. Continue reading UAA’s Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College Hires Maritime Technology Program Coordinator