Donlin Gold Mine At a Glance

An Army Corps of Engineers environmental review of the proposed Donlin Gold mine is underway. An opportunity for public comment runs through April 30, though residents have asked for that to be extended. More information, including the entire draft environmental impact statement, a schedule of public meetings, and opportunities for comment, is at

Here are project highlights:

What: Proposed open pit gold mine

Where: 10 miles from the Kuskokwim River village of Crooked Creek, 150 miles northeast of Bethel and 280 miles west of Anchorage

Mine owner: Canadian companies Barrick Gold Corp., the world’s largest mining operator, and new player NovaGold Resources Inc.

Cost: $6.7 billion to build the mine including $1 billion natural gas pipeline

Workforce: 3,000 during construction and 800 to 1,400 during operation


Source: Donlin Gold mine at a glance | Alaska Dispatch News

Workforce Wednesday: How to Become a Heavy Equipment Operator

From loaders and dozers to excavators and graders, Patrick Rose, the outreach coordinator with Northern Industrial Training (NIT) joined Daybreak to give insight on careers as a heavy machine operator.

According to Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium (APICC), pay starts anywhere from $18 to $24 an hour. Eventually, experienced operators can earn more than $100,000 a year. To break into the field, NIT offers classes tailored to these real-life Tonka trucks.

“We actually have a program that’s six weeks long, a little bit of classroom but mostly all hands-on time,” said Rose. “So that way you get experience using all the different types of equipment … If you like working with your hands, you want to be outside, there’s nothing better than that. You get to see a job start to finish.”

Watch the video to find out which businesses are hiring right now.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: How to become a heavy equipment operator | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

Workforce Wednesday: Hands-on internships in Alaska | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

Finding great careers in Alaska, for Alaskans. This week on workforce Wednesday, we’re helping you land that all important internship.

The position is typically a win in the workforce. Businesses get eager workers while interns get hands-on experience in a chosen career field.

Cari-Ann Ketterling with Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium joined Daybreak to talk about the numerous businesses in Alaska who are currently looking for interns.

Granite Construction, Chugach Corporation, Alyeska Pipeline,” Ketterling said. “And in addition to internships we also offer externships. Internships are within your field of study. Externships are outside your field of study. So we offer those to secondary teachers to get experience in the industries in Alaska and bring that information to their students who are planning their future careers.”

Calista Corporation is also looking for interns.

Watch the video on KTVA to hear what kinds of internships are available and how you can get started.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Hands-on internships in Alaska | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

AGC of Alaska & Construction Education Foundation Scholarships

CEFScholarshipPlease carefully review all information before applying.

How do I apply for these scholarships?

Click here  and complete all sections of the online application.

Who is eligible for these scholarships?

Any Alaskan resident pursuing post-secondary education in a construction-related field at a school either in or outside of the state, with the intent to live and work in Alaska after completing their program.

How many scholarships are awarded?

7 total scholarships are awarded:
2 at $5,000
5 at $2,500

When are applications due?

Applications are due to the Anchorage AGC office by 4:00 pm on April 1st, 2016.

Source: AGC of Alaska & Construction Education Foundation Scholarships

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