June 12, 2012
Workforce Development: Narrowing the "High Demand" Jobs Gap in Alaska
More than $500,000 from the 2013 State Legislative Budget will be dedicated to preparing students for high demand jobs in five key industry sectors in Alaska: health, oil-gas & mining, engineering, education and fishing/seafood processing/maritime.
What are UA Stakeholders saying about narrowing the “high demand” job gap?
“I represent the fisheries industries in Prince William Sound. Two professions that are on high demand (and have been for some time) are marine refrigeration and marine hydraulics.”
“We have a demand in the health field for bio medical instrumentation. Getting bio medical techs is like pulling hens’ teeth.”
“The mine training program has been a valuable asset for UAS. The industry right now is poised to ramp up mining in South East Alaska.”
“We’ve had a lot of problems in our school district recruiting Alaskan teachers. We are recruiting from outside and that should not be the standard. There should be greater emphasis on incentivizing Alaskan education students to not only teach in Alaska, but also teach in the communities that they originate from.”
“There is a huge need for elder care (health care for senior citizens) in villages. Native corps and tribal governments need to work with U of A to build on this.”
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