Alaska ACTE Honors Excellence in Career and Technical Education

AlaskaACTEThe Alaska Association for Career and Technical Education celebrated 13 outstanding Alaskan educators, workforce development champions, and business and community leaders with awards at their October 2018 state conference in Anchorage.

  1. Outstanding CTE Teacher of the Year: Chris Taylor, Mat-Su Career Tech High School, Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District
  1. Outstanding NEW CTE Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Alaska Business Education Compact: Vanessa Forbes, King Tech High School, Anchorage School District
  1. Business/Information Technology Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Alaska Business Week: Ken Werner, Alaska Vocational Technical Education Center
  1. Industrial/Technology Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Construction Industry Progress Fund: Peter Daley, Hutchison High School, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District
  1. Health Sciences Teacher of the Year: Kelly Woolcott, Mat-Su Career Tech High School, Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District
  1. Hospitality/Tourism Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Alaska CHARR: Melinda Dooley, Service High School, Anchorage School District
  1. STEM Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Alaska Resource Education: John Notestine, Wasilla High School, Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District
  1. CTE Administrator of the Year: Jon Clouse, Southwest Region School District
  1. Promising Practices Award, sponsored by Andrews Auctions, Appraisals and Professional Services: Christel Mozaelevskiy, Redington High School, Educators Rising Program, Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District
  1. Leadership Award, sponsored by LeCompte Consulting: Marcia Olson, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development
  1. Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium: Fred Villa, Workforce Development, University of Alaska
  1. Community Contribution Award: John Plutt, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 375, Fairbanks
  1. Community Contribution Award: Gloria Burnett, Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce/Alaska Health Education Consortium

Source: Alaska Association for Career and Technical Education

UAA’s Culinary Arts Kitchen Gets New State-of-the-Art Updates

UAA’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Administration Division’s kitchen recently underwent a major renovation, but that’s not all that’s new within the culinary school. With an in-state, online offering of the hospitality administration degree, as well as exciting new partnerships, faculty are excited to usher in a new era of culinary arts at the university.

Read the full article here.

Source: UAA’s Culinary Arts kitchen gets new state-of-the-art updates – Green & Gold News

Workforce Wednesday: Culinary Arts

On this week’s Workforce Wednesday, we take a look at the field of Culinary arts and how you can get the training you need to start your career.

To be successful in the culinary industry, you need to have a strong work ethic, willingness to learn and punctuality. You will of course also need training, which you can get from the Alaska Job Corps center in Palmer, as well as AVTEC, UAA Community & Technical College (AAS Culinary Arts, BS Hospitality & Restaurant Management) and UAF Community & Technical College (AAS Culinary Arts).

Places looking to hire locally are numerous, but here are a few in Alaska:

  • NANA Services, Anchorage, Kotzebue
  • NANA Regional Corp, Anchorage
  • Bon Appetit Management, Fairbanks
  • Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services, Fairbanks
  • Aramark, JBER
  • Sullivan’s Steak House, Anchorage
  • Providence Health and Services, Anchorage
  • Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp, Bethel
  • Bartlett Regional Hospital, Juneau
  • Poached, Healy
  • Arctic Catering, Bethel, Nuiqsut, Anchor Point
  • Stonebridge Companies, Anchorage
  • Sodexo, Kotzebue
  • Locally Grown Proerties LLC, Anchorage
  • FRHI Hotels and Resorts, Lake Louise
  • The Lakefront, Anchorage

Pay can vary in the culinary industry. Those going into it should expect to make around $20,00 to $80,000 depending on experience.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Culinary Arts

Workforce Wednesday: Tourism in Bristol Bay

On this Workforce Wednesday we are taking a look at careers in tourism, specifically in Bristol Bay.

Alaska saw a record number of visitors this past year, and that number is expected to grow, especially in Bristol Bay, which is known for its world-class fishing and luxury lodges. There’s never been a  better time to try to jump into the tourist industry.

Most of the work is seasonal but covers a wide range of positions and opportunities: from pilots and tour guides, to maintenance and customer service– there are positions for a wide range of professional skills.

On average, an employee working in Bristol Bay tourism can expect to make around $10 an hour, with a lot of overtime included. With lodging covered, you won’t have to worry about losing income to rent.

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Watch the Workforce Wednesday segment here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Tourism in Bristol Bay

Workforce Wednesday: Services at Remote Camps

On this Workforce Wednesday, we are looking at Remote Camps, where people work in Alaska.

These facilities tend to be far away from the general public, and what we’re looking at are the human services such as cooking, cleaning, and catering required to keep remote work camps in Alaska running.

We were joined by Kathy Benedetti, vice president of Human Services at Arctic Catering. She stated that a benefit of working in one of these camps is the amount of time off you could get, with most employees working two weeks on and two weeks off.

As far as who is hiring, Kathy stated that her company, Arctic Catering, is currently hiring. There are also numerous groups and camps looking for service employees regularly.

A high school diploma or GED is required for a position such as this. The pay is all above minimum wage, with hours typically being seven days a week and 12 hours a day.

If you need help getting started in a career or any industry we’ve featured on Workforce Wednesday, you can contact Martha Peck at Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium.

Watch the Workforce Wednesday segment here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Services at remote camps – KTVA 11 – The Voice of Alaska

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