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  • Workforce Wednesday

    Workforce Wednesday: Millwrights

    by Daybreak Staff on Jan 18, 13:18

    Millwrights are precision industrial mechanics that work on compressors, turbines and other heavy equipment. This field includes high paying jobs servicing equipment that keeps Alaska’s major industries, like fishing and mining, afloat. Interested? The only place in Alaska to get trained is the Prince William Sound College in Valdez. The nationally accredited program is comprised […]

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    Workforce Wednesday: Air Traffic Controllers

    by Daybreak Staff on Jan 11, 13:31

    A career as an air traffic controller comes with high stakes and potentially high wages. According to the Alaska Department of Labor it is one of the top jobs in the state, and is projected to grow. “The FAA is trying, nationwide, to hire between 1,300 and 1,700 controllers a year,” said Duane McQuillin, a […]

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    Workforce Wednesday: Opportunities within the Municipality of Anchorage

    by Daybreak Staff on Jan 04, 11:58

    The Municipality of Anchorage is hosting a free “job shop” aimed at supporting residents looking for employment. The program started in Mountain View and has expanded to the Z.J. Loussac Public Library. The job shops are parts of Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s goal to create employment opportunities and be innovative in Alaska’s uncertain economic times. […]

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    Workforce Wednesday: Becoming a pyrotechnician

    by Daybreak Staff on Dec 28, 13:22

    Becoming a pyrotechnician involves math and physics, according to Ashleigh Russell with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium. It’s not just lighting fuses. “You need to know where to put your fireworks, primary fireworks as well as fallout zone where it’s safe for the crowd,” said Russell. Another aspect of the job includes many long days, according […]

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    Workforce Wednesday: 2 ways to make it easier to land the job

    by Daybreak Staff on Dec 21, 8:04

    Getting an interview for a new job can be stressful — what to put on the resume, how to tailor that cover letter, etc. Luckily, there are some things that a job seeker can do to make the process easier. Martha Peck with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium (APICC) said before someone starts applying somewhere, they should do […]

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    Workforce Wednesday: Fire Island Bakery and the keys to community business

    by Daybreak Staff on Dec 14, 12:16

    Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop does more than just worry about the bottom line. The family-owned artisan bakery organizes outreach programs with communities in Anchorage. According to Rachel Pennington, a co-owner and head baker, they give sugar cookies to hospitals or sports teams to get them into the holiday spirit. It’s just one of the ways they […]

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    Workforce Wednesday: Careers in mining

    by Daybreak Staff on Dec 07, 13:29

    One of the consistently highest paying careers in Alaska is the mining industry. Currently, there are six active mines producing gold, silver, zinc, lead and coal. According to the Alaska Department of Labor, an average salary is in the six figure range. Meg Day, a resource manager for Donlin Gold, said there’s currently 8,700 direct […]

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    Workforce Wednesday: Cargo careers at FedEx

    by Daybreak Staff on Nov 30, 13:33

    Careers in corralling cargo is what FedEx is all about — especially at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, which was the fourth-largest airport in terms of cargo in 2015, according to the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. The freight and transportation industry is essential in Alaska because of how many goods come through either the port or […]

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    Workforce Wednesday: Employers, businesses thankful for workers, customers

    by Daybreak Staff on Nov 23, 12:30

    In honor of Thanksgiving this week, Workforce Wednesday showcased employers and let them spread their messages of gratitude. Cari-Ann Carty with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium (APICC) was thankful for working with a fantastic and supportive team. From big to small, business owners expressed their thanks. “I am personally am extra thankful for our staff,” said Rachel […]

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    Workforce Wednesday: Apprenticeships in Alaska

    by Daybreak Staff on Nov 16, 11:42

    Did you know there are over 300 apprenticeship programs right here in Alaska? If you’re looking to earn while you learn, an apprenticeship could be right up your alley. You’ll need to know exactly which career or industry you want to work in. There are careers in mining, gas, oil, healthcare and more. “You just don’t just […]

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    Workforce Wednesday: Getting veterans ‘job ready’

    by Daybreak Staff on Nov 09, 9:15

    Veterans searching for a career in the civilian world can run into difficulties transitioning. A job fair scheduled to take place at the University Center Mall is intended to get veterans “job ready.” According to event organizer and Army veteran Delma Chapa, job ready means getting out of the military world and into the civilian […]

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    Workforce Wednesday: Considering a career in public safety

    by Daybreak Staff on Nov 02, 13:08

    Careers in public safety consist on much more than a badge and gun, as Daybreak learned Wednesday. Jobs include criminal justice technicians, police dispatchers, officers with the Department of Corrections and crime scene investigators, just to name a few. If you’re looking at a career in public safety, you’ll need to be flexible, open-minded and take […]

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    Workforce Wednesday: Project Manager

    by Daybreak Staff on Oct 26, 14:23

    Looking to put your organizational and communication skills to work? Then a career in project management might be in your wheelhouse. Josiane Ballin, the president of the Project Management Institute of Alaska, and Martha Peck with the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium stopped by Daybreak to discuss the industry’s pay and how to get started. […]

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    Workforce Wednesday: Becoming an ultrasound technician

    by Daybreak Staff on Oct 19, 11:55

    Looking for a career in the health industry? Do you love working with technology? If you answered yes, then becoming an ultrasound technician might be your match. The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) ultrasound program takes about two years to complete. According to the Ryan Parnell, Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Director at UAA, the pay is “excellent.” […]

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    Workforce Wednesday: Beer brewing and the process industry

    by Daybreak Staff on Oct 13, 10:30

    In Alaska, there are 28 active breweries with eight more in the planning stages. But whether companies are turning crude oil to fuel or grain into beer, both are part of the process industry. Lee Ellis, the head brewer of Midnight Sun Brewing Company, says there’s a lot of science that goes into brewing and […]

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    Workforce Wednesday: Boosting employability skills

    by Daybreak Staff on Oct 05, 12:50

    The coffee industry in Alaska is big business. One company in particular is helping to bring top quality, first time job seekers into the workforce. Kaladi Brothers Coffee has more than 10 locations and a lot of employees who are learning skills to boost their paycheck in the long run. Wednesday, Michele Parkhurst, chief operations officer […]

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    Workforce Wednesday: Business helps people find jobs in Alaska

    by Daybreak Staff on Sep 28, 12:10

    It’s the business of finding a job — local employment matchmakers do background checks and fit the skills of people looking for work to those in-demand jobs. Joy Bunde with Personnel Plus says her company connects people with prospective employers. They place people in all types positions including chefs, executives, even floral designers. There are […]

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    Workforce Wednesday: All about drones

    by Daybreak Staff on Sep 22, 10:48

    When it comes to drones, and the broad range of business uses — and career opportunities — might be surprising. Ryan Marlow, the co-founder of Alaska Aerial Media, showed off one of his survey drones that allows him to finish survey work in just a few hours. Without it, the work would take a crew […]

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    Workforce Wednesday: Youth careers

    by Daybreak Staff on Sep 14, 13:12

    My House in Wasilla has been helping give a “hand up” to homeless and troubled youth for almost three years. On Workforce Wednesday, the organization’s executive director, Michelle Overstreet shared a success story with Brandi Kinney. Kinney was a teen mother and homeless youth, now she’s Overstreet’s administrative assistant. The two shared the couch with […]

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    Workforce Wednesday: Success stories

    by Daybreak Staff on Sep 07, 13:34

    If you’ve watched Daybreak regularly, you’ve seen our Workforce Wednesday segment, looking to get Alaskans a great paying career right here in Alaska. Martha Peck with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium stopped by Daybreak to share some success stories. One story came from a man in Ketchikan, who saw the segment and his daughter, who […]