The Alaska Legislature established the Technical Vocational Education Program (TVEP) in 2000, designating a portion of the Unemployment Insurance receipts for career and technical education. Funds are distributed to the University of Alaska and other Regional Training Centers.
The University of Alaska has been a major recipient of TVEP funding since the program’s inception. Preparing a qualified workforce is a core part of UA’s mission. The university needs reauthorization of this important state law. TVEP provides for high-demand career and technical education training that is industry-specific.
Through TVEP the University of Alaska has:
- Trained hundreds of Alaskans for jobs in oil, gas, and mining sectors
- Tripled the number of nurses trained in Alaska
- Doubled the number of engineering graduates
- Created workforce development plans for the health, education, mining, oil & gas, and maritime industries
- Opened opportunities for apprenticeship and competency-based training to count toward
Workforce Development Priorities
- Economic and Community Development: Respond to emerging industries, identifying solutions for workforce issues and meeting the needs of employers, communities and the state.
- Career Pathways: Prepare individuals for careers and advancing over time to successively higher levels of education and employment.
- High Demand Jobs: Respond to shortages and projected demands in Alaskan industries.