Alaska March Economic Trends

March2017TrendsMarch Trends is an in-depth look at the gender wage gap Alaska, including by region, industry, occupation, age, and educational level. Including part-time workers, women make an average of 68 percent of what men make in Alaska. Also this month is an analysis of educational attainment levels in Alaska since the territorial days and how the state compares to the nation. Overall, educational levels in both Alaska and the U.S. have been rising for the past 75 years, but the patterns have differed by region and demographic group.

Click here to read March Trends.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Alaska’s Education Challenge – Office of the Governor

JUNEAU – Alaskans are encouraged to express their priorities for public education reform in a new online survey at

The survey is the first step in the State Board of Education’s participatory process to meet Governor Bill Walker’s Alaska Education Challenge: to establish an efficient, sustainable, and comprehensive system that will provide an excellent education for every student every day.

On Jan. 18, 2017, in his State of the State address, Governor Walker said, “We must do a better job of preparing our youth for the challenges of the future. To meet this challenge, we need to rethink our entire system of public education. Alaskans must be at the heart of this effort.”

The ultimate goal is to graduate students ready for career training and college, whether in the workforce, the military, apprenticeships, technical education courses, or associate degree and bachelor’s degree programs.

“Alaska faces obstacles to student achievement unlike those that exist in any other state in the nation. Alaska’s Education Challenge is to address our student achievement gaps and increase our graduation rate by making sure every student across our state has an equal opportunity to learn and succeed,” said Dr. Michael Johnson, Alaska Commissioner of Education. “Our students, their families, and teachers deserve a focused effort to support the public education system through reform. Though many students in our state are getting a very good education, a large and tragic achievement gap exists.”

The State Board of Education will lead a process of listening, gathering input, and reporting information that will shape recommendations to improve Alaska’s public schools. The board will present its final report to the Governor and Legislature by Dec. 29, 2017.

Commissioner Johnson will establish five committees to gather input from a broad range of Alaskans regarding: 1) student learning, 2) educator excellence, 3) modernization and finance, 4) tribal and community ownership, and 5) safety and well-being.

Students, parents, educators, business leaders, tribal representatives, community leaders, and legislators will be invited to serve on the committees, co-chaired by members of the State Board of Education.

The public will be able to follow the process and participate through the Alaska Education Challenge website: All meetings will be open to the public, and meeting documents will be made available online.

“There have been well-meaning efforts in the past to improve our schools,” said James Fields, chair of the State Board of Education. “What will distinguish the Alaska Education Challenge is its comprehensive analysis, well-publicized opportunities for public participation, and strong support from the Governor.”

Source: Alaska’s Education Challenge – Office of the Governor

UAA Alaska Native Studies & Elementary Education Student Appreciates and Shares His Culture

Byron Nicholai’s videos of his Yup’ik singing, dancing and drumming have cultivated and inspired a devoted following on Facebook. Now, he’s a UAA elementary education student and has performed for the President of the United States.

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Source: UAA Green & Gold News

Join Alaska ACTE for a Special Event

The Alaska Association for Career Technical Education is excited to announce a SPECIAL EVENT for the 2016 Professional Development Conference.

View the conference agenda

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Register for the event

Workforce Wednesday: ASD and APD’s Joint Hiring Initiative

Looking for a new career? Is someone you know job searching as well? The Anchorage Police Department (APD) and Anchorage School District (ASD) are teaming up to fill the gaps in their workforce.

But why both those organizations? Cari-Ann Carty with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium, along with Lt. Jason Schmidt with APD and Susan Schmidt with ASD joined Daybreak on the couch to discuss employment opportunities.

It turns out that the Schmidts were talking over dinner and realized the two organizations have a lot of spouses that work at both. By teaming up, they could potentially hire families, and get more people into the city.

So far the idea has taken off where both APD and ASD recruit for both places at job fairs.

“This is a great initiative taking a holistic approach to the family,” Carty said.

To watch the segment, click here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: ASD and APD’s joint hiring initiative | KTVA 11 News | The Voice of Alaska