ANNOUNCES SECOND ROUND OF DENALI TRAINING FUNDS
Total Amount of Funds Awarded to Date Equals $750,000
Denali Training Fund recently awarded $265,000 to help rural residents
get the skills they need for jobs in their villages, according to the
Department of Labor and Workforce Development, which administers the
grants. Nearly 100 Alaskans will be trained to do a variety of jobs
including bulk fuel tank operation, heavy equipment operation, building
diagnostic technician, hazardous waste and asbestos abatement, construction
technology and building maintenance and repair.
The eight grants were awarded to:
The Alaska Energy Authority, $20,000, to train 8 students on bulk
fuel operator training at the Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC).
Additional funding requests will be based on slots needed for specific
Alaska Operating Engineers/Employer Training Trust, $100,000,
to train 15 participants from rural communities on the basics of heavy
Buckland/Deering/Selawick, $20,000, for ENTECH to train 6 local
residents in building diagnostics. The training will allow workers to
analyze building plans of proposed new construction for projected energy
usage and to compare bids, and project operating and maintenance costs.
Igiugig Village Council, $25,000, to train 12 local residents
in heavy equipment operation and Bush CDL. AVTEC will provide the training
which will consist of 4 intensive weeks combining instruction with actual
Knik Tribal Council, $20,000 pending Department of Defense contract,
to train 14 local residents in hazardous waste, asbestos abatement,
and CPR/first aid.
City of Sand Point, $10,000, to train 3 local residents in heavy
equipment operation. This training will result in jobs as the city has
many projects scheduled for this summer, as well into 2003.
Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska,
$45,000, to train 10 local residents from the communities of Wrangell
and Yakutat in construction targeting construction worker/laborer and
White Mountain/St. Michaels, $25,000, for the Alaska Works Partnership
to train 30 local residents in building, maintenance and repair step-up
program for building and installing Bering Straits Housing Authority
The awards were made from 20 applications submitted by communities and
agencies. Those not funded, mainly because of insufficient information,
will receive technical assistance from staff clarifying on the training
objectives and other training possibilities or recommendations on how
to improve their applications for future funding cycles. The successful
applications have an average cost of less than $3,000 per participant.
Total funds awarded through the Denali Training Fund with this round
equals $750,000, leaving the fund with a balance of $75,000. The remaining
money will be used in a new ongoing program to train a specified number
of people in skills for which there is continuing demand—fuel tank operation,
commercial driver licenses, and heavy equipment operation.
The Alaska Native Coalition on Employment and Training will be responsible
for recruiting rural residents for the open slots.