Hands on practice in an excavator
Anchorage, Alaska, July1, 2013 – The Construction Education Foundation and the Associated General Contractors of Alaska recently teamed up with the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center and the Alaska Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Program to provide rural Alaskans an opportunity to consider a career in the operation of heavy equipment or as a heavy or light duty mechanic. Alaska Works Partnership, a training provider with expertise in rural outreach and recruitment assisted in the recruitment and selection of applicants. The training was funded by the Denali Commission Training Fund and the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Alaska Workforce Investment Board (AWIB) Program.
Ten (10) rural students were selected to attend the class in heavy and light duty mechanics and ten (10) rural students were selected to attend the heavy equipment operator class. These students, representing the NANA and Doyon Regions of the state, attended the intensive two-week training sessions held in May and June at the Pipeline Training Center’s new 52 acre field training site located in Fairbanks.
“These rural students were top notch. They were here every day on time and ready to work”. They will make great employees for contractors working in rural Alaska”, said Ken Peltier, Administrator of the Alaska Operating Engineers Employers Training Trust.
Sam Robert Brice, whose company, Brice Inc. has a large airport project in Kotzebue this summer, said, “I am impressed with these Alaskans and after seeing them train, I will definitely offer many of them job opportunities with my company”.
What made the training so unique was that the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center asked respected native elder, John Goodwin to be part of the instruction team and was successful in getting Doyon elder Wally Carlo and D’enakkanaaga elder Manny Carlo to visit and talk with students from the Doyon Region.
The next scheduled classes will be held in the fall and will include Alaskans from the both the northern region of the state and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region. For additional Information Contact: Kathleen Castle, Construction Education Foundation at (907) 222-0999
Introduced by Congress in 1998, the Denali Commission is an independent federal agency designed to provide critical utilities, infrastructure, and economic support throughout Alaska. With the creation of the Denali Commission, Congress acknowledged the need for increased inter-agency cooperation and focus on Alaska's remote communities.
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