Workforce Wednesday: Alaska Military Youth Academy

The Alaska Military Youth Academy is helping at‑risk kids get the skills they need to succeed and become job-ready.

The academy is a restart program for at‑risk youth: students who have either dropped out of high school or are in jeopardy of not graduating. Cadets live on their campus for 22 weeks, where they can earn their GED. AMYA is an accredited high school that can also teach them important job skills.

The pre‑apprenticeship program is a grant-funded four-week part of the AMYA program that trains youth, in partnership with unions, in four common construction trades. They also can train in the culinary arts and health‑related services. Before they begin formal training, students receive safety and OSHA certifications, along with scaffold building certification required in most trades.

Employability skills are embedded in everything AMYA teaches, so employers know that graduates are equipped with all of the skills necessary to be successful on the job.

Applicants must be between 16 and 18 years old and need a high-school education. To apply, visit AMYA online.

Watch the Workforce Wednesday segment here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Alaska Military Youth Academy » KTVA 11

New Nurse Balanced School with Pregnancy and a Newborn

Two days after finding out she was pregnant, newlywed Deanna Pavil got another big surprise — an acceptance letter to the nursing program hosted at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel.

At first, the thought of juggling pregnancy and a newborn baby with a challenging academic program seemed overwhelming. That’s when Pavil called her dad. Charles and Sharon Rodgers had always encouraged their daughter to follow her dreams.

“My dad gave me the push that I needed,” said Pavil, who grew up in Bethel. “He knew this was something I wanted to do, so he wouldn’t let me get off the phone until I said, ‘OK, I can do this.’ I couldn’t have gotten through the nursing program without the help and support of my mom and dad.”

Pavil’s family traveled to Anchorage when she was a high school junior when her grandmother needed open-heart surgery. The hospital staff’s caring actions inspired Pavil to dream of a career in health care. After graduating from Bethel Regional High School, she worked for four years in medical records at Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital. It wasn’t until Pavil started taking classes to become a certified nurse aide that she discovered her calling to be a nurse.

“I enjoyed working in medical records, but knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” said Pavil, who graduated with an associate of applied science degree in nursing in December 2016. “I wanted to do more to help people and make a difference in their lives. The same week I quit my job, I got a phone call about the CNA class.”

Bethel’s certified nursing assistant program is made possible by a community partnership between UAF’s Kuskokwim Campus, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. and Yuut Elitnaurviat, a regional vocational training center. Since 2013, the organizations have worked together to train local residents to fill needed certified nurse aide positions at the YKHC Elder Home. For many students like Pavil, Bethel’s CNA program is a stepping stone to earning an associate of applied science degree in nursing. It’s also a way for them to pursue a degree in health care without having to move away from home.

Read the full article here.

Source: New nurse balanced school with pregnancy and a newborn – UAF News and Information

Hoping to Boost Number of Alaska Native Nurses, UAA Takes High School Students to Camp

Fifteen high school upperclassmen and recent graduates from around Alaska recently participated in Anchorage Nurse Camp at University of Alaska Anchorage.

The program is hosted by RRANN, Recruitment & Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing, a part of UAA’s school of nursing. Students are learning some hands-on skills, such as giving injections, dressing wounds, checking vital signs and doing other simulated treatment on dummies.

Annette Rearden, RRANN coordinator and a nursing professor, said the goal of the camp is to introduce students to the profession and encourage them to consider nursing as a career. Statewide, the program hopes to increase the number of Alaska Native nurses. Now, many places in both rural and urban Alaska rely on traveling nurses, who often work on a 13-week rotation.

“We are in a shortage, and we need culturally competent nurses to provide good care,” Rearden said.

Source: Hoping to boost number of Alaska Native nurses, UAA takes high school students to camp – Alaska Dispatch News

AHEC Hosting Health Care Pre-Appreticeship

Health Care Pre-Apprenticeship
From July 10-14th 9am to 4pm
Location: Spenard Rec Center, Anchorage

Come learn about career opportunities in allied health in this one-week pre-apprenticeship career academy. Participants will be offered an introduction to a variety of health-related professions including: Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, Diagnostics, Therapies and many others. Participants will speak with professionals, work on professionalism skills and take part in hands on training. Training will include Blood Borne Pathogens Certification and CPR/First Aid Certification. Contact: (907) 212-6578 or for more information.

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Workforce Wednesday: Healthcare Apprenticeships

Four new health care apprenticeships are now available through the Alaska Primary Care Association.

They include:

  • Certified Community Health Worker – 1-year program or 6 months with experience
  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist – 1-year program or 6 months with experience
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant- 2-year program or 1 year with experience
  • Certified Medical Admin Assistant- 1-year program or 6 months with experience

Classes are conducted online, so, you can “earn while you learn” in your respective community.

Cherise Fowler with the Alaska Primary Care Association said the health care field is projected to grow this year.

“We work with a huge array of community health centers throughout rural Alaska. We noted they don’t always have access to education and post-secondary education for their fields, so we wanted to deliver related technical instruction through the internet to them throughout Alaska,” said Fowler.

Pay during the apprenticeship varies by employer, but is typically a percentage of what a non-apprenticed employee would make. According to the Alaska Primary Care Association, this is how much you can expect to earn, on average, in each profession:

  • Community Health Worker: $24 hourly
  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist: $21 hourly
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant: $19 hourly
  • Certified Medical Admin Assistant or front desk: $18 hourly

To find out if you’re eligible for one of those four apprenticeship programs, click here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Healthcare apprenticeships » KTVA 11