Department Awards over 1 Million in Training Grants
Over one million dollars
in state grants have been awarded to 18 job training providers for the
State Training and Employment Program (STEP), announced the Alaska
Department of Labor and Workforce Development today.
The statewide recipients will conduct job training for nearly 850
individual Alaskans in a variety of specific and general trades, such as
bulk fuel tank welders, commercial truck drivers, early childhood
development trainees, electrical apprentices, certified nurses' aides
and home care providers. Though the amounts and number of people served
could change pending final agreement on award terms and conditions, the
Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium - $86,792 to respond to
an identified industry shortage by training 50 individuals to work as
oil field roughnecks.
Alaska Teamster Employer Service Training Trust - $98,490 to train
47 individuals from throughout the state as professional truck drivers.
Arctic Whitney, Inc. of Nome – $82,231 to train or recertify eight
welders in manufacturing bulk fuel tanks for installation in rural
Bristol Bay Native Association - $53,340 to train 24 personal care
attendants to provide service to elderly, disabled and medically frail
individuals in Bristol Bay communities as part of BBNA’s Homecare
Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska - $72,259 to
provide training for 40 Head Start employees in Southeast to obtain
certification as child development associates.
Center for Employment Education - $102,150 to train 12 individuals
in commercial truck and bus driving, heavy equipment operation, and
hazardous materials handling.
Fairbanks Area Painters & Allied Trades JATC - $71,519 to train 10
individuals in the painting and specialty coating trades, as well as
hazardous material abatement and other needed skills.
Frontier Vocational-Technical Center, Inc. of Soldotna - $88,900 to
train 18 individuals in certificated information technology skills.
Pioneers' Home - $47,721 to train 12 certified nurse’s aides in
community-based and institution-based health care skills.
The following grants are renewals for previously funded training
Alaska Joint Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Trust - $130,180
for new and continued training for 110 individuals for electrical
apprenticeships and commercial drivers licenses.
Alaska Laborers Union - $99,971 for training or recertifying 140
apprentices or workers in the construction trade.
Alaska Operating Engineers - $129,914 to provide heavy equipment
operator training for 142 apprentices and members.
Cornerstone Home Health Care of Juneau – $98,557 to train 64
individuals in a variety of health care skills and certifications.
Inland Boatmen’s Union of the Pacific - $85,873 to provide training
for 45 members to become certified in shipboard emergency and safety
skills, required for employment with the Alaska Marine Highway System.
Piledrivers and Divers Local - $105,795 for new and continued
welding instruction for 17 individuals; five apprentices will receive
first year training, six will receive second year training, and six will
receive their third year of training and certifications.
RADACT - $65,114 to train 20 substance abuse counselors.
CAP - $80,241 to train 42 individuals in early childhood
program was established in 1989 to help prevent future claims against
unemployment (UI) benefits, to foster new jobs in Alaska, and increase
training opportunities for workers affected by changes in the economy or
technology. One-tenth of one percent of each worker's wages subject to
regular UI contributions is put into a special state training account
that is then appropriated by the legislature to fund STEP.