Governor Walker Holds Bill Signing and Cabinet Meeting in Bethel

BETHEL — Governor Bill Walker signed legislation to help build a Stronger Alaska, and convened his cabinet in Bethel to discuss rural access and support issues. Governor Walker, Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott, and the Cabinet also hosted a community reception for Bethel residents.

“I’m very pleased Lt. Governor Mallott, our commissioners, and I had the chance to engage with students in Bethel today and hear residents’ concerns,” Governor Walker said. “Convening the Cabinet in Bethel has been a goal of mine, and I thank the community for the warm reception. Hearing from Alaskans across the state keeps us all engaged and grounded, and equips us to continue pulling together for our state.”

House Bill 141, sponsored by Representative Zach Fansler (D-Bethel), authorizes the Alaska Workforce Investment Board to continue making allocations to the Alaska Technical and Vocational Education Program (TVEP) through June 30, 2020. In 2016, ten institutions serving over 10,000 Alaskans received TVEP funding. TVEP programs enhance the accessibility and quality of job training available to Alaskans statewide, and align the training with regional workforce demands.

Read the full article here.

Source: Governor Walker Holds Bill Signing and Cabinet Meeting in Bethel – Office of the Governor

Workforce Wednesday: Heavy Diesel Technology

Heavy diesel technology is a profession that keeps boats, bulldozers, semi trucks and cranes running year-round.

Diesel mechanics begin earning $18 to $30 an hour to well over $100,000 a year, depending on experience.

Mechanics should have clean driving records, be able to pass a drug test and be willing to learn as technology continues to grow.

The University of Alaska Anchorage has a diesel power technology program that offers a one-year undergraduate certificate and a two-year associate degree. Jeff Libby, the director of the division, says it’s a field with a lot of potential for growth.

“We have jobs in the maritime industry, with the seafood processing industry, and construction, mining, trucking industry is pretty supportive of us,” he said. “And our program is NATEF accredited, the National Automotive Technology Education Foundation, the only one in Alaska that has the accreditation. It’s a big deal.”

Libby says they’ve seen a 20 percent increase in enrollment in the past two years, due to the job demand and pay.

To find out who’s hiring, watch the video above or contact the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium on its website.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Heavy Diesel Technology » KTVA 11

New Apprenticeship programs Aim to Train Alaska Workers Amid a Tough Job Market

The state is expected to see another year of job losses. But some fields are embarking on new training programs.

The Alaska Air Carriers Association is developing new apprenticeships for future pilots and mechanics. The Alaska Primary Care Association wants to train people to be health workers, medical billers or medical assistants. Alaska Native corporation Calista Corp. just announced a new maritime apprenticeship program.

The hope is that they’ll be able to help steer some Alaskans into areas where they might be able to find careers, despite the state’s economic downturn.

Read the full article here.

Source: New apprenticeship programs aim to train Alaska workers amid a tough job market – Alaska Dispatch News

Governor Walker Proclaims CTE Month in Alaska!

febctemonthAs the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) celebrates the annual national CTE month, Governor Walker proclaims CTE month in Alaska!

Learn more about CTE Month nationally at ACTE.

Read the full proclamation here.

Download a PDF copy of the proclamation here or by clicking the image to the right.

Who are Alaska’s CTE students and how are they doing? Download the 2015-2016 statewide averages produced by the CTE Department at the State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.alaskactestudents

Alaska Maritime Apprenticeship Program – Provided by Calista Corp.


Calista Corporation has created a multi-employer, three-tiered apprenticeship program with different pathways for apprentices to grow: Deck side, Engine Room and Galley/Kitchen. Each tier allows the apprentice to grow into the next tier as they gain certifications and sea time.

Apprentices have two apprenticeship tracks to choose from, Traditional or Subsistence. To meet the subsistence needs of the Alaskan lifestyle, apprentices may have the option of taking time off to provide and prepare for their families. This option will need to be agreed upon by both the employer and apprentice prior to starting the apprenticeship.

The mission is to increase Alaskan hire in the maritime industry while meeting the subsistence needs of the Alaskan lifestyle.

Find out more information, how to apply and who Calista Corp. is partnering with at: http://akmaritimeapp.com/.

Source: Alaska Maritime Apprenticeship Program – Provided by Calista Corp.