Alaska Workforce Investment Board Seeks Outstanding Partners in Workforce Development

ANCHORAGE, AK— The Alaska Workforce Investment Board (AWIB) is now accepting nominations for the David G. Stone Award, which recognizes outstanding partners in workforce development. Employers, K-12 Career and Technical Education instructors and administrators, and Postsecondary Career and Technical Education instructors and administrators are eligible for this award in honor of Mr. Stone, a distinguished public servant dedicated to workforce development and Alaska hire.

The Board will grant awards in three categories:

  1. K-12 Career and Technical Education Instructor/Administrator of the Year Award
    Individuals employed as classroom/laboratory instructors or administrators in a K-12 vocational technical career education program are eligible recipients for this award.
  2. Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Instructor/Administrator of the Year Award
    Individuals employed as classroom/laboratory instructors or administrators including training coordinators and training directors in a postsecondary training, career and technical education program or apprenticeship are eligible for this award.
  3. Employer of the Year Award
    Nominees must be an employer providing jobs to Alaskans. The employer must demonstrate support for the public workforce system.

Mr. Stone served as the Department of Labor and Workforce Development deputy commissioner, as vice-chair of the AWIB for many years, and deputy mayor to the Juneau Assembly. He was a hard-working leader who helped establish mine training programs throughout Alaska, and served in various capacities for the Southeast Conference, Alaska Municipal League, and Alaska Miners Association.

Nominations are open until midnight, January 4, 2019. For eligibility information and nomination forms, visit the AWIB website: http://labor.alaska.gov/awib.

For additional information about the awards or the nomination process, please contact Louise Dean, AWIB Executive Director, at 907-269-7487 or Louise.Dean@alaska.gov.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Perkins V Implementation | ACTE

Questions about the new Perkins law? View ACTE’s recorded webinar on the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act , including changes from prior legislation, definitions of key terms, accountability indicators, state and local planning, and more.

Source: Perkins V Implementation | ACTE

Thinking Outside the Classroom: University Students Discover New Opportunities Through Career and Technical Education

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.

That led her to the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Mat-Su College, where this summer she completed her occupational endorsement in veterinary assisting.

Read the full article here.

Source: Thinking outside the classroom: University students discover new opportunities through career and technical education – ADN

“STEM Parent Program” Enables Families to Prepare Students for Jobs in the “New Collar” Economy

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.

Learn more about ACTE’s STEM Parent Program by clicking here.

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.

Source: “STEM Parent Program” Enables Families to Prepare Students for Jobs in the “New Collar” Economy | ACTE

U.S. Secretary of Labor Visits UAF CTC over the Summer

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan pose for a photo with UAF Community and Technical College students, staff, faculty and community partners in front of CTC’s downtown center. UAF photo by JR Ancheta.

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.

Read the full article here.

Source: U.S. Secretary of Labor Visits CTC over the Summer – UAF News and Information