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The best way to promote local hire is through local education. Alaska is home to universities, community colleges, and technical and vocational schools that provide Alaskans the education and skills they need to succeed in any of Alaska’s industries. Alaska Business covers budgetary issues, educational opportunities, new degrees, and hands-on training programs among other educational topics.

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Strategic Pathways

In 2016 the University of Alaska (UA) launched Strategic Pathways, a plan to “maximize value to Alaska through excellent, accessible, and cost-effective higher education.” An early draft was published in February 2016, and three years later UA has made significant strides in pursuing its goals.

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A School of Education in Need of Re-Accreditation

From the moment I learned that the programs for initial licensure within the University of Alaska Anchorage’s School of Education did not meet accreditation requirements, I have been focused on what we need to do to improve and reapply for full accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. UAA can reapply for accreditation in January 2020, and we believe that we will be ready.

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University of Alaska Responds to Proposed Budget Cuts

Calling Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s $134 million reduction to the University of Alaska’s FY20 operating budget extreme, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen said that he would have no choice but to propose to the Board of Regents deep cuts for every UA campus including community campuses, major reductions to faculty and staff, and reduction and elimination of educational programs and services across the state.

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Health Wanted

Healthcare employment has recently seen consistent increases—not many sectors in Alaska are seeing that trend. What isn’t common knowledge, however, is the process involved in filling the positions that fuel the growing demand for jobs.

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ASRC Acquires K2 Industrial Services

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation recently acquired K2 Industrial Services through its wholly-owned subsidiary ASRC Industrial Services. K2 is headquartered in Houston and is the parent company of KM Plant Services, KM Industrial Services, and Mansfield Industrial.

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2018 Engineer of the Year Christine Ness

February 2019

Nominated by the Alaska Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction, 2018 Engineer of the Year Christine Ness is a fire protection engineer and project manager at PDC Engineers, an Alaska-based firm with five offices and more than one hundred employees. Ness always knew she wanted to be an engineer and, after moving here in 2013, found in Alaska the happy combination of her many loves: a brilliant husband, ample opportunities for solitary fishing excursions, and the ability to pursue her passion to make the world a little more fire resistant.