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

Alaska October Economic Trends

TrendsOCT2018Every two years the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development projects jobs by industry and occupation for a 10-year period, and the October Trends provides their newest set for 2016-2026. They project overall job growth at just over 5 percent, with the highest growth in health care.

Read the full issue here.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Alaska $3.35M to Prepare Alaskans for Work in High-Growth Industries

JUNEAU, Alaska — The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $3.35 million dollars to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development in Trade and Economic Transition Dislocated Worker Grants. This two-year funding will expand the capacity of dislocated worker training and employment programs that prepare Alaskans for occupations in the state’s fastest growing sectors: health care, construction, and maritime industries.

“It is critical that we invest in Alaskans who seek training to be first in line for these high-paying jobs on major projects, such as the Alaska LNG Gasline,” said Alaska Governor Bill Walker. “This funding will assist as we grow our own skilled workforce to fill essential occupations; from welders and pipefitters, operating engineers, to truck drivers, laborers, electricians and mechanics.”

Dislocated Worker Grants support state, tribal, and non-profit entities that implement innovative skills training and career services for people seeking reemployment as the economy and corresponding workforce needs change. Alaska’s aging workforce will increase demand for qualified workers across all sectors, in addition to the growing number of jobs in health care, construction, and maritime industries. This funding will boost existing training and support services provided by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Job Center Network.

“This funding supports our steadfast commitment to Alaska Hire and a robust, skilled workforce,” said Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas. “It is critical that Alaskans who need to transition careers are ready to go to work in these high demand occupations, and the Department is eager to assist in that process.”

Grant funds will be available through the job centers for dislocated workers and will come in diverse forms, including:

  • Enhanced career services, support services and work-based learning opportunities
  • Training programs that lead to industry recognized credentials and employment
  • Quality pre-apprenticeship opportunities in health care and construction industry occupations
  • Support for those newly entering Registered Apprenticeships
  • Direct employment referral

For more information: Shawna Harper, Assistant Director of Workforce Development, Division of Employment and Training Services: 907-465-1882, Shawna.Harper@alaska.gov.

Source: State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Alaska September Economic Trends

SeptTrendsSeptember Trends features results of our 2018 Rental Market Survey, a profile of Alaska’s auto industry, and a look at how the decennial census affects funding allocations and other important decisions. We also look at why total wages are up from this time last year, even though the state continued to lose jobs over the same period.

Also in this issue: The auto industry and how it has been less vulnerable during the recession.

Read the full issue here.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Alaska August Economic Trends

Trends_August2018August Trends includes an update on the state’s home sales and why prices have remained steady and even rising in some places despite the state’s recession that began in late 2015. Also this month is an overview of our recently released population projections for 2017 to 2045.

Read the full issue here.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development