Alaska January Economic Trends

In January Trends: All Alaska industries expected to add jobs or hold steady, worker shortages are ongoing, and federal infrastructure money will start flowing in 2023. Read more about Alaska’s economic outlook in this issue of Trends.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

UAA receives $1.5M to increase social worker workforce

UAA’s School of Social Work was awarded a $1.5 million grant to significantly increase enrollment capacity, establish a pathway to licensure for graduates, add faculty and staffing, and offer continuing education to maintain clinical licenses. The grant was coordinated by Recover Alaska and includes direct funding from Recover Alaska and public and private partners, including Rasmuson Foundation, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, Providence Alaska, Southcentral Foundation, the Anchorage Assembly, Alaska Department of Health and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. 

Source: Green & Gold News

UAA to expand capacity of bachelor’s degree in nursing

UAA School of Nursing students Karen Anne Lee and Kathryn Hoke learn patient assessment, taking vital signs and giving medication in the nursing skills lab in UAA’s Health Sciences Building. (Photo by James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage)

In response to industry needs and workforce shortages, UAA will expand its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. This will allow the university to accept 40% more students who are interested in pursuing a four-year degree in nursing.

Read the full article here.

Source: UAA to expand capacity of bachelor’s degree in nursing – UAA Green & Gold News

College of Health receives grant to bolster behavioral health education across Alaska

AA’s Health Science Building and Parrish Bridge seen from Providence Drive (Photo by James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage)

UAA’s College of Health has received a four-year, $1.92 million grant to provide an innovative training program for future behavioral health professionals in Alaska and to facilitate the growth of the state’s behavioral health workforce.

Source: UAA Seawolf Weekly

Reports show value of UA workforce development programs

Quantifying the impact of postsecondary education on the workforce across Alaska industries has long-been a challenge for the state and university. In an effort to address this, the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development partnered with the University of Alaska (UA) to create workforce reports that demonstrate UA graduate outcomes in 10 key industries: administration and finance, aviation, construction, fisheries and marine science, health, information technology, mining, oil and gas, and teacher education. Each report highlights the largest and fastest-growing occupations within each industry that require postsecondary education, average wages earned over time, the percentage of graduates employed across Alaska’s six economic regions, what industries they work in, and how they contribute to the Alaska hire rate. More than 17,700 UA graduates over a ten year period were included in the report data, and 96.3 percent are working in Alaska today averaging $69K annually. The reports can be found at https://www.alaska.edu/research/wd/reports.php.

Read the full article here.

Source: Reports show value of UA workforce development programs | Juneau Empire