$1.25 Million Available for
Youth Employment and Training Programs
June 29, 2006
Ketchikan, Alaska (SitNews) - The Alaska Department of Labor
& Workforce Development's Division of Business Partnerships
is soliciting proposals to provide employment and training programs
for eligible youth ages 14-21 under Title IB of the Workforce
"We want to fund programs
that will help prepare Alaska's youth for good jobs, particularly
those in the high-growth oil, gas and mining industries,"
said Commissioner Greg O'Claray. "We want them to be aware
of their options and give them every opportunity for careers
in Alaska's top fields."
Nonprofit and for-profit organizations,
businesses or government agencies are encouraged to apply by
July 14, 2006, for the approximately $1.25 million available
statewide. Grants will fund projects for a one-year period, with
the potential for renewal based on funding availability, performance
and policy. This youth grant will help implement several strategies
in support of Governor Frank Murkowski's "Jobs are Alaska's
Specific goals include:
- Develop access to oil, gas
and mineral resources to produce jobs and put Alaskans to work
by providing opportunities for high school students to increase
their awareness and appreciation of pathways to high growth jobs
and other careers.
- Develop a demand-driven workforce
system that supports the maintenance of the infrastructure needed
for healthy and productive communities. The projection of shortages
of workers in the healthcare industry is well documented. Education,
information technology, transportation and seafood processing
are prioritized by the State. Youth pursuing career options in
any of these fields are required to meet mathematics, reading
and writing competences.
- Engage youth in career pipelines
that reduce the out-migration of talent from Alaska and to promote
good jobs for Alaska's people. The youth program is committed
to developing opportunities through paid and unpaid internships,
project-based learning opportunities, pre-apprenticeships and
apprenticeship programs to engage youth early in career pipelines
that meet Alaska's workforce needs. School to business partnerships
will be prioritized.
- Provide innovative recruitment
strategies to the neediest youth populations.
- Engage multiple partners and
a sustainable youth workforce development system.
Approximately $1.25 million
is available to fund approximately fifteen projects statewide.
Projects will have the duration of one year with the potential
renewal of three additional years depending on funding, policy
Proposals are due no later
than 5 p.m. (Alaska Standard Time) on July 14, 2006.
For information on how to apply
and Request for Proposals contact:
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development
1016 W 6th Avenue, Suite 205
Anchorage, Alaska 99516
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