Teens Get a Look into the Tourism Industry at the King Career Center
The center has been teaching tourism classes to high school juniors and seniors for decades to help them find jobs
ANCHORAGE - For many teens an interest in the tourism industry begins in a King Career Center classroom.
Kelly Bender, owner of Lazy Otter Charters based in Whittier, is one of many former teens who found her calling at the center.
The center has been teaching tourism classes to high school juniors and seniors for decades to help them find jobs.
“I always knew I had a secure job in the summer,” she said.
“There’s such a need, such a demand for good strong employees, for customer service,” said Jolene McJunkin, instructor for the tourism class.
McJunkin says the class teaches valuable skills that help them succeed in the industry.
Visit Alaska estimates that 40,000 jobs are created across Alaska in the tourism industry, which includes 20,000 in the Southcentral area alone.
“People don't understand that it can become a career, it is a great career, whether in accounting, designing, mechanic,” said Bender.
She says she's a prime example of where tourism can take you.