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Some people know exactly what they want to do after graduating from high school.
Stevie Malaski was not one of those people.
Malaski completed just one semester of college after she graduated from high school in 2009. After that, she moved from job to job for a long time. Anxiety kept her from performing well at work and made it hard for her to stay in a job for more than a few months. It wasn’t until she landed a job working at a boarding kennel for dogs and cats that she finally found some stability, confidence — and joy in her work.
“I flourished in the right work environment,” Malaski said. She knew she wanted to keep working with animals.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), a leading not-for-profit for educators, announced the STEM Parent Program letting families launch a career exploration experience to help their students prepare for jobs in the fast-growing “New Collar” skilled workforce in fields like manufacturing, technology, cyber and beyond. Parents who subscribe will give their students access to STEM LifeJourney mentors through a year-long mobile app experience.
ACTE and LifeJourney, a career exploration and simulation company, are partnering on this new innovative experience to educate parents about new and emerging careers in today’s economy. STEM Parent is an interactive web and mobile application that enables students to explore and test-drive some of the most in-demand STEM and New Collar technology jobs from leading organizations and government agencies such as Lockheed Martin, Tesla, Cisco, and BAE Systems.
On July 1, University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Dan White and Community and Technical College Dean Michele Stalder welcomed U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan to CTC’s downtown center at 604 Barnette St. for a tour. They were also greeted by students and local job creators.
Along the tour, Acosta spoke one-on-one with students, job creators, and CTC faculty and staff. He specifically recognized the variety of over 40, career-focused programs at CTC, which are essential to workforce development in Alaska.
Throughout the course of our daily lives we depend on the skills and services of others. From bookkeepers, nursing aides, and security personnel to welders, small engine repair, and heavy equipment mechanics, Alaska thrives when there is a dedicated workforce that serves our communities.
You may be surprised to learn that these jobs require some form of post-secondary training, which can be earned through the University of Alaska (UA), now at a reduced tuition rate.
UA is cutting tuition on select occupational programs and career and technical education (CTE) courses by 25 percent. The discount applies to 50 programs and more than 300 courses at all three universities including community campuses. Eligible programs range from pharmacy technology to welding and mine mechanics; many courses can be taken online to accommodate employed Alaskans looking to refresh skills or embark on a new career.
The university is the No. 1 provider of workforce development programs in the state, and training a skilled workforce to meet the state’s needs is one of UA’s top goals. While UA’s tuition is low compared to peer universities in the western United States, its tuition for CTE programs has been considered to be high compared to community college systems Outside.