MAPTS staff Recognized with President’s UA Spotlight Award

Mike Azzara, René Azzara, Daren Case, Elizabeth Hardie and Jim Smith of the Mining and Petroleum Training Service, or MAPTS, were recognized with the President’s Spotlight Award during the Statewide Town Hall meeting on Feb. 23. The team was recognized for its work in developing a state-of-the-art mining training program in partnership with industry and the Yukon College.

The UA Spotlight Award recognizes UA System employees and teams who perform a singular accomplishment above and beyond the norm. The Award is a way to timely demonstrate appreciation for one-time exceptional employee accomplishments.

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Source: Transitions & Recognition | Voice

Workforce Wednesday: Food service and hospitality careers in Alaska | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

A career in the food service and hospitality industry is perfect for those with a friendly personality that also enjoys serving others.  Last year, the sector provided more than 17,000 jobs in Anchorage alone. State-wide, that number was nearly 35,0000.

The Alaska Travel Industry Association predicts tourism will grow up to 3% this year. That means job growth, especially in this particular industry.

Wednesday, Jana Lage with the Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium and Executive Chef, Tim Farley, joined Daybreak to talk about  growth in the industry and how to get your foot in the door.

“I was determined,” Farley said. “Food is art and it’s about paying attention to the details of the plates of food that go out and that’s how flavors are composed.”

Salary ranges from $10 to $12 per hour, entry level and up to $90,000 per year for general managers.

Companies hiring right now include:

For more information visit the APICC website or contact its Outreach Coordinator, Martha Peck.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Food service and hospitality careers in Alaska | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

Helping students bridge to engineering careers

A UAA civil engineering professor has, over the years, quietly been growing connections between his senior capstone students and professionals in Alaska’s engineering community, providing a bridge from academia to careers.

In just a few months, it will be time for civil engineering students in a UAA professor’s senior capstone class to move that knowledge out of the classroom and into a new career.

Fortunately, Dr. Osama Abaza’s Seawolf Engineering initiative has given these students a head start. They work as if they were consultant design teams on real-world projects for clients like DOT, community councils, the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility and Alaska State Parks.

Now, they’re designing a Kasilof boat launch facility, trail connector in the Bicentennial Park area, beach tower slope protection at Point Woronzof and a reliable water source for the Alaska Pacific University Nordic ski summer-training facility on Eagle Glacier.

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Source: Helping students bridge to engineering careers – Green & Gold News

Program bridges gap between village and college

Imagine boarding a plane in your home village, landing in Fairbanks or Anchorage, navigating your way by taxi or public bus to a giant university populated by people you don’t know, figuring out how to enroll in and pick courses, and finally, ending up in a classroom of hundreds of other students.

Many rural Alaskans have gone through this tricky transition from vibridgellage to college and while it’s certainly doable, it’s not always easy.

“Socially, a lot of the students from very small villages aren’t used to being in a class at the university that has 200 students in it—that’s more than they have in their entire village, so that’s overwhelming,” said Denise Wartes, director of the Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI).

Since 1983, the institute has provided a bridge for students making that transition through an intensive six-week summer program in which they attend college classes and earn transferable credits at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Source: Program bridges gap between village, college – The Bristol Bay Times

Workforce Wednesday: Iron work careers | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

From helping create bridges and buildings to highways and homes, it’s one of the construction industry’s most demanding careers: iron workers.

In Anchorage, you can see their most recent work in the University of Alaska Anchorage Engineering Center’s arched bridge and the Alaska Airlines Center. Apprenticeships are the best way to get started, plus apprentices get paid to learn. The apprenticeships pay from $21 to $32 an hour, not including benefits like annuity, retirement and healthcare, which could mean pay upward of $65 an hour.

Anthony Ladd, a business agent and training coordinator with Iron Workers Local No. 751, joined Daybreak to talk about the industry. He strives to do his job not just right, but safely as well, he said.

“It’s very fast paced, it’s very exciting, it’s very dangerous and it never ends. It’s almost too good to be true once you’re out there,” Ladd said.

Iron Workers Local No. 751 is accepting applications for Alaska residents only. The deadline is March 31.

For more information, click here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Iron work careers | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11