AEDC launches targeted job skills boot camps in high unemployment neighborhoods
First workshop is at the Mountain View Library
Mountain View Library Community Room.
Anchorage Economic Development Corp. will be offering job skills boot camps throughout the spring and summer in communities around the city with high rates of unemployment. AEDC’s Live. Work. Play. Workforce Development Area of Focus is teaming up with local professionals and business leaders on March 8 for the first of a series of free workshops.
The first workshop is at the Mountain View Library, in a neighborhood where one in four residents is unemployed, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. This classifies Mountain View as an economically distressed neighborhood, one that has a poverty rate of at least 20 percent and an unemployment rate that is at least 1.5 times the national rate, defined by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Live. Work. Play. Director Moira Sullivan said these boot camps are something local employers will benefit from.
“We consistently hear from employers that they struggle to fill even entry-level positions because they cannot find candidates that possess the soft skills needed for the job,” Sullivan said. “What we’re doing this time is taking these workshops and targeting them directly to the communities that need them most so we can help job seekers develop the skills that employers are looking for.”
Nikki Graham, employee relations manager at Cook Inlet Tribal Council, echoes the sentiment about the importance of workforce development and soft skills training.
“Workforce development is at the core of Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s mission, especially during trying economic times. Investing in job development and growth, not only for CITC participants but for the entire community, is paramount for the success of our people. AEDC’s Job Skills Boot Camp will provide the soft-skills training necessary for potential job seekers to succeed in today’s market,” Graham stated.
Each workshop, which will be hosted in neighborhood centers around town, will cover eight topics, from how to dress appropriately for an interview to customer service skills. Companies participating in the first boot camp include GCI, Providence Hospital, Anchorage Police Department, CIRI, Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility and Cook Inlet Tribal Council.
Learn more about AEDC’s Live.Work.Play Initiative at http://aedcweb.com/live-work-
AEDC is a private, nonprofit membership organization developed in 1987 to encourage growth and to diversify the Anchorage economy. The organization has more than 250 investors, which represent all industries in Anchorage and Alaska. The vision of AEDC is for Anchorage to become the No. 1 city in America to live, work and play by 2025. For more information, visit www.AEDCweb.com.