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Workforce Wednesday: Careers in behavioral health for rural Alaskans

By Daybreak Staff 3:27 PM April 5, 2017

The Rural Human Services program connects rural Alaskans to careers in healthcare and behavioral health. It’s a 32-credit program that is a part of the the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Rural Academic Pipeline. The program is offered in Anchorage, Bethel and the Kuskokwim campuses.

Annie Hopper, the program’s manager, said one aspect that’s unique to the program is it blends traditional Alaska Native values with Western education. As such, elders are a vital part of the program.

Martha Peck with the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium said there isn’t a shortage of jobs with approximately 171 clinics in rural Alaska. Those jobs include village-based counselors and prevention workers. Job seekers can expect a pay range from $15-$30 an hour, depending on education and experience. Hopper added that employees are needed throughout the state.

For more information on the Rural Human Services program and how to get started, head to its website. To learn about Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium, visit their website.

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