Did you know the University of Alaska Southeast has a Center for Mine Training that partners with local mines to provide students experience in the field as they complete their program?
For the last nine years, the UAS Center for Mine Training has partnered with Hecla Greens Creek and Coeur Alaska to provide entry level training in Diesel Mechanics. This unique collaboration provides UAS students hands-on experience in mining while also giving students a head start in finding jobs in the industry after graduation. The pathway has graduated more than 50 students since the partnership began.
At UAS, students interested in the mining industry can receive tuition assistance and earn an associate degree or certification in Diesel Mechanics thanks to a scholarship to promote its Pathway to Mining Careers partnership. This scholarship opportunity encourages students to enter the mining field after graduation. High school students are encouraged to enroll in UAS' Introduction to Mining Occupations and Operations course, offered each spring online statewide and in-person in Juneau.
Casey Bain works at the Center for Mine Training coordinating programs and recruiting new students.
“My mission is to get out there and get high school seniors and others interested and involved in mining,” Bain said. “To know these jobs are here, and to know what kind of training opportunities they need to become a successful employee in the industry.”