The plan, released earlier this month, lays out a road map for ensuring Alaska has personnel capable of filling positions in marine-related positions, according to the State of Alaska Department of Labor website.
The plan noted that the workforce is getting older and more Alaskans in skilled positions are needed.
One of the plan’s goals is education, and one of the strategies to achieve that is to explore developing pertinent programs at Alaska campuses, especially at the University of Alaska, the plan states. The plan was developed with input from the University of Alaska, of which Kodiak is a part.
“We’re actually still in the planning phase,” said Kodiak College Director Alan Fugleberg. “Later in the fall, we’re going to be discussing with people within the fishing community and the maritime community the types of trainings that Kodiak needs to provide specifically for our area.”
Fugleberg added that the development plan identified specific skillsets needed for the Kodiak area.
“Our focus at Kodiak College will be vessel maintenance and repair,” Fugleberg said. “Exactly how that will work, we don’t know yet.”
For now, the plan is for Kodiak College to start out offering non-credit, short and intensive classes specifically for workforce development. They will mostly be day-long to week-long in duration at times of the year that work for the maritime industry.
“It’s about a year out before we begin offering the classes,” Fugleberg said. “There’s still a lot of planning to be done. We want to make sure we’re delivering what’s needed, and we need our industry partners input.”
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