Governor Walker Signs Administrative Order on Apprenticeship Utilization

November 9, 2015 ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker signed Administrative Order 278 last week, expanding state apprenticeship utilization standards.  AO 278 requires at least 15% of project hours on state projects be completed by Registered Apprentices, and sets a 15% target for future oil and mineral development on state lands.  Apprenticeship utilization will expand the supply of highly trained Alaskans and help ensure the state’s workforce can tackle large, complex projects like the gasline. Read the full press release here.

Alaska Economic Trends – November

Nov2015TrendsNovember Trends looks at jobs in Alaska’s fishing industry. Seafood harvesting employment grew in 2014 because of stellar groundfish harvests, which more than offset minor job losses in salmon fishing. The issue also profiles a Southwestern community that relies heavily on the fishing industry – King Salmon. At the gateway to Katmai and a few miles upriver from Bristol Bay, King Salmon has a commercial-size airport and is a strategic location for tourism, transportation, and support for Bristol Bay’s enormous sockeye harvests.

UAA School of Allied Health Partners with Southcentral Foundation

The UAA School of Allied Health is pleased to announce a partnership with the Southcentral Foundation’s (SCF) Nuka System of Care to implement a three-year HRSA Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) grant. The GWEP supports the development of a health care workforce that improves health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics with primary care, maximizing patient and family engagement, and transforming the healthcare system. Called the AK GILD (Alaska Geriatrics Interdisciplinary Leadership Development), this program has two tracks: faculty and leadership. Read more here.

Workforce Wednesday: Welding careers in Alaska | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

Cari-Ann Ketteling with the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium (APICC), and Riley Peck, who currently works in the welding industry, joined Daybreak to talk about career opportunities.

“Welders can make more than $100,000 per year, and companies like Tesoro and Vigor Alaska are currently hiring.”

Video Source: Workforce Wednesday: Welding careers in Alaska | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

Department of Education Launches the Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP) Experiment to Provide Low-Income Students with Access to New Models of Education and Training

In mid-October, the Obama Administration announced a new pilot program to accelerate and evaluate innovation through partnerships between colleges and universities and non-traditional providers of education in order to equip more Americans with the skills, knowledge, and training they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.


To be considered for participation in the EQUIP initiative, postsecondary institutions must submit a letter of interest to the Department of Education, following the procedures outlined in the Federal Register notice. To receive priority consideration, letters of interest must be received no later than December 14, 2015 per the DoE guidelines. Read here to learn more.