take advantage of career retraining
November 02, 2004
"NEG training is clearly working. We join Alaska's fishing industry in applauding and thanking the senators for their support and assistance," said Labor Commissioner Greg O'Claray.
"Equally important," O'Claray added, "is a statistic that points to the long-term credibility of the NEG program: So far, three-quarters of NEG participants who have left the program some 75 percent have already found new employment."
In a news release the Alaska Department of Labor noted that U.S. Senators Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski spearheaded the efforts to secure the competitive NEG grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The NEG retraining program is administered through the department's Alaska Job Center Network,
The initial grant was approved in December 2003. The funding offers hope for fishing crews and families distressed as prices paid for wild Alaska salmon plunged, driven down by market overstocks and slashed prices for industrial salmon produced at foreign fish farms.
To date, slightly less than $2 million of the $8 million has been committed and expended. The program is scheduled to continue through Fiscal Year 2005.
The program provides assistance for commercial salmon fishermen, and crew members, tendermen, cannery workers and family members in some cases.
Assistance includes new career training, job-search assistance and funding for relocations assistance to a permanent job. Funding is also available to help defray transportation and child-care expenses.
Employment Security Division Director Thomas Nelson said the original NEG grant was intended to serve nearly 470 eligible Alaskans. However, the program had enrolled and was assisting 602 participants as of October 26.
Geographically, 153 NEG participants are from Southeast Alaska with 77 from Anchorage-Mat-Su, 15 from Fairbanks and Interior Alaska, 267 from the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak and 90 from Western Alaska.
NEG participants attend approved training programs through an Individual Training Account. Eligible ITA institutions include:
Actual selected occupational choices by the NEG trainees include:
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