January Alaska Economic Trends


January Trends is the annual employment forecast issue. For 2016, the forecast is that Alaska will lose 2,500 jobs, a 0.7 percent decline. The losses will be spread throughout the state with Anchorage forecast to see a job loss of 0.8 percent, Fairbanks 0.5 percent, and Southeast Alaska 1.4 percent.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

$100 Million Announced for TechHire Partnership Grants

fundingAnnounced on Nov. 17 by the Department of Labor, the TechHire Partnership Grants funding opportunity offers significant new money and approaches to education and training partnerships to train more adults for the IT industry, with an emphasis on young adults between the ages of 17 and 29 and those with barriers to employment. Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTAE) stakeholders working with these populations are encouraged to learn more. Sign up to stay current with technical assistance and announcements on this opportunity.

Applications are due March 11, 2016. 

See a fact sheet from the White House on the larger TechHire initiative.

Source: OCTAE

Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute – KMXT Interview

For the fifth year in a row, the Alaska Seafood Processor Leadership Institute convened in Kodiak to guide seafood plant employees through the business and technical sides of the seafood processing industry. Listen to the full story on KMXT.

Source: KMXT 100.1 FM – Public Radio in Kodiak, Alaska

RFP RELEASE: Perkins Postsecondary Implementation Grant

The RFP for the Perkins Postsecondary Implementation Grant has been released.  This is a competitive grant for postsecondary credit offering institutions only.

You may download the RFP directly from the EED Forms & Grants webpage at: https://education.alaska.gov/forms/CTE/05-16-031.pdf.  Submissions are due to EED via ctegrants@alaska.gov by 4pm on April 22nd.

Please note that while EED had hoped to facilitate budgets via the GMS system, it didn’t work out due to high costs.  Therefore, you will need to submit budgets via Form 05-13-052 available here: https://education.alaska.gov/forms/CTE/05-13-052.xlsx

There will be an informational session on the RFP during the EED/CTE Spring Workshop in Anchorage, February 4-5th.  If you need more information on this meeting, please contact Thomasina Anderson at thomasina.andersen@alaska.gov.  There will also be a webinar scheduled later in spring.

If you have any additional questions, you can contact:
Bjørn Wolter, Ph.D.
Career & Technical Education
Alaska Department of Education & Early Development

Alaska Sea Grant Invests Over $1 Million in Research

Alaska Sea Grant has awarded more than $1 million to six new research projects focused on critical coastal environmental and economic challenges in Alaska.

‘We selected these six because they are creative and innovative research projects that contribute to our focus areas in healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable fisheries and resilient communities and economies,’ said Ginny Eckert, Alaska Sea Grant research director.

Read the full press release here.

Source: Noodles Gateway to Facts