The Municipality of Anchorage is hosting a free “job shop” aimed at supporting residents looking for employment. The program started in Mountain View and has expanded to the Z.J. Loussac Public Library. The job shops are part of Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s goal to create employment opportunities and be innovative in Alaska’s uncertain economic times.
“If you look at the bones of the Alaska economy, we are strong, still a resource development state, there is still plenty of opportunity,” Berkowitz said Wednesday.
There are hundreds of jobs that the Municipality offers, from information technology to law enforcement, maintenance and more. One city department that’s “in full growth mode,” according to the mayor, is the police department. Berkowitz has pushed for the department’s growth, which he now says has nearly 420 officers. An academy is set to start this summer.
The University of Alaska Anchorage Community & Technical College (CTC) offers career and technical education programs that are closely aligned with Alaska’s core industries. CTC faculty work with industry professionals to develop relevant, hands-on training for students. Our graduates earn good wages in high-demand fields that allow them to support themselves, their families and contribute to the state’s economy.
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The college delivers innovative instructional services that support student success. Through continuing education, CTC engages the community and provides opportunities for personal enrichment and professional growth.
On this Workforce Wednesday, Daybreak looked at careers in information technology, better known as IT.
Cari-Ann Carty with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium and retired APD Detective Glen Klinkhart discussed how widespread the career is how much it pays.
“IT is everywhere,” Klinkhart said, “I mean, from a mom and pop shop that uses the Square and QuickBooks to do all of their accounting to large corporations that are running everything. It is a growth industry.”