Workforce Wednesday: Apprenticeships in Alaska

Did you know there are over 300 apprenticeship programs right here in Alaska? If you’re looking to earn while you learn, an apprenticeship could be right up your alley.

You’ll need to know exactly which career or industry you want to work in. There are careers in mining, gas, oil, healthcare and more.

“You just don’t just show up on the doorstep of apprenticeship unprepared,” said Gerry Andrews, who works with the Department of Labor.

It’s a good idea to start preparing as soon you can. The starting pay isn’t bad, either — around $15 and hour in most industries.

If you’re interested, you can head over the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium website, or to the Department of Labor website.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Apprenticeships in Alaska – KTVA 11

Alaska Wins One Million Dollar Grant to Expand Registered Apprenticeships in Health Care and Aviation

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a competitive grant of $1,019,985 to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development to train Alaskans for careers in the health care and aviation industries. The training will utilize Registered Apprenticeships, which are employer driven workforce development programs that combine structured on the job training with technical classroom instruction.

Registered Apprenticeships supported by the grant include Community Health Worker, Medical Administrative Assistant, Clinical Medical Assistant, Medical Biller/Coder, Commercial Pilot, Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic, and Aircraft Dispatcher. The apprenticeships will be accessible statewide, with strong participation from air carriers and primary care clinics serving rural villages and hub communities, in addition to Alaska’s urban centers.

“Registered Apprenticeship programs directly contribute to higher rates of Alaska Hire and lower rates of unemployment by increasing the supply of trained workers,” said Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas. “Thank you to the Alaska Primary Care Association and Alaska Air Carriers Association members who are stepping up to expand training and job opportunities for Alaskans.”

The grant represents the most recent milestone in a comprehensive state effort to expand apprenticeships and increase Alaska Hire. Already, the state has re-established Alaska Hire requirements, expanded apprenticeship utilization targets for state-funded projects, and obtained federal funding to help health care providers form a multi-employer sponsor of health care apprenticeships. The $1 million ApprenticeshipUSA grant will build on that progress, as the Alaska Primary Care Association’s apprenticeships will be housed in the multi-employer Alaska Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development Press Release – October 24, 2016

UAA Occupational Therapy: ‘I want to be part of that’

Occupational therapy helps the injured or the ill move back toward leading independent lives. A collaboration between UAA and Creighton University helps aspiring therapists earn their degrees and launch careers here in Alaska.

To find out more, read the full article here.

Source: UAA occupational therapy: ‘I want to be part of that’ – Green & Gold News

2016 Behavioral Health Workforce Summit – Anchorage, AK

The University of Alaska in partnership with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority hosted a Behavioral Health Workforce Summit on October 25, 2016. Behavioral health providers, experts, and key decision makers came together to share information about the major influences impacting the behavioral health field and provided input that will help inform the University of Alaska’s response to the growing need for qualified behavioral health workers and professionals into the future. A summary and additional information can be found here.

Workforce Wednesday: Becoming an Ultrasound Technologist


Looking for a career in the health industry? Do you love working with technology? If you answered yes, then becoming an ultrasound technologist might be your match.

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) ultrasound program takes about two years to complete. According to the Ryan Parnell, Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Director at UAA, the pay is “excellent.”

Students who graduate could be making around $60,000 a year to start.

To learn watch the Workforce Wednesday segment and learn more, click here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Becoming an ultrasound technologist – KTVA 11