Careers in Animal Care

What does it take to work with animals? What does a vet tech, vet assistant or a veterinarian do?

This week on Workforce Wednesday, we visited with Dr. Erin Earhart from Pet Stop right here in Anchorage. Dr. Erin gave us some food for thought for those interested in entering the veterinary field. The obvious is veterinarians play a major role in the healthcare of pets, livestock and zoo, sporting, and laboratory animals. But did you know some veterinarians use their skills to protect humans against diseases carried by animals? Some conduct clinical research on human and animal health problems. Others work in basic research to develop new ways to use their knowledge.

There is a growing need for veterinarian and support staff. If this looks like a career field of interest to you, watch KTVA’s DayBreak Wednesday morning to find out more and how you might enter the health career field, working with animals.

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Becoming a Millwright

So you want to be a Millwright? What the heck is that???!!!

Millwrights install, maintain, diagnose, and repair machines. Machines can be compressors, pumps, conveyors, gas, steam, and wind turbines. Every industry requires Millwrights, or their version of someone to maintain their machines, from mining to refineries, nuclear plants, food processing and manufacturing, to even pharmaceutical companies and automobile plants.

As a Millwright, you will use hand and power tools, hoisting and rigging equipment, and precision tools. Lasers, cutting torches, welders, and optical transits are also common.

This skill set can get you into a salary range from $70,000 to $120,000 a year.

Now taking Nominations for APICC Board of Directors

The APICC Nominations and Elections Committee is seeking nominations for the APICC Board of Directors. The nominations period is open now through 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

Who is eligible?

Individuals who are members of APICC in good standing or who are employed by member organizations in good standing, who by their past actions and accomplishments have demonstrated not only a dedication to the purposes and goals of APICC, but also the ability to carry out and achieve those purposes and goals.

How long is the term?

Three years, beginning immediately after the APICC Annual Meeting and Conference on November 18, 2016.

How do I nominate a candidate for the APICC Board?

To nominate a candidate for Director, you must also be a member in good standing. Nominations need to be made in writing and sent to the APICC Nominations & Elections Committee no later than Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

The nomination needs to be accompanied by a written statement from the nominee of their willingness to serve.

Can I nominate myself?

Yes, self-nominations are accepted.

Where can I find more information?

A general director information packet can be found online. Additional details can be found in the APICC Bylaws. If you have any questions about the process, or want to find out more about board service, please contact APICC staff at (907) 770-5250.

Please take a moment to distribute this notification within your company or organization. Click here to see a complete list of APICC Members.

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AACA Forrest Jones Memorial Scholarship

The Forrest Jones Memorial Scholarship was established in 1999 to honor Forrest Jones, a dedicated aviation maintenance professional and role model who combined innovative thinking and a common-sense approach to everyday problems.  Forrest made a significant contribution to aviation in the State of Alaska, actively supporting aircraft operations for over forty years. His maintenance philosophy of “fixing it right, by the book” was combined with a high degree of professionalism and integrity.

The Forrest Jones Memorial Scholarship seeks to perpetuate this attitude and commitment to aviation in Alaska. The scholarship is awarded in early spring at the annual Alaska Air Carriers Association Convention. The amount to be awarded each year will be determined annually by the AACA Scholarship Committee.

The following factors are considered

  1. High school grades, college/university grades, or GED scores
  2. SAT/ACT scores
  3. Demonstrated leadership, citizenship, and community service accomplishments
  4. Purpose, ambition, integrity, and personal initiative
  5. Letters of recommendation
  6. Applicant’s personal essay


Applicant must be enrolled in or applying to one of the following (in an aviation field), or a high school senior applying to:

  •   Accredited college or university
  •   Licensed flight school
  •   Certified A&P program


  •   2.0 or higher
  •   Non graded programs-Pass only
  •   Certified transcripts

Academic Load    

Full load-12 credits per semester must be carried

Good Standing

  •   Student must be in good standing with the educational institution
  •   Scholarship will not be issued if student is dismissed, terminated, or does not complete flight school
  •   Scholarship will not be issued for more than five academic years, consecutive or not

Who may apply    This scholarship program does not exclude AACA members, board members, or their family members; anyone may apply.

Deadline    Must be received or postmarked by the JANUARY 1

No incomplete applications will be accepted.

Contact information



to get the application form. 



UAS Intro to Mining opportunity!

The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is offering a scholarship opportunity for potential students to take their Introduction to Mining class, a three-credit university course.

The Introduction to Mining course covers a variety of topics in mining. It is designed specifically for students who are new to the industry, including those who may be looking to make a career change, get back to work, or who are interested in learning more about what it takes to have a rewarding career in mining. For accepted applicants, tuition will be covered for up to 20 local Juneau students, 30 distance-learning students, and 20 distance-learning students from across the state.

For more information, please call Kirk (Steven) Ziegenfuss (796-6151), or Lara Davis (

Web site:

Information packet

Host a teacher through TIE!

Teachers have significant impact on young people as they select and de-select career paths. Externship experiences allow educators to learn new skills and gain an understanding of job requirements, career opportunities, and workplace environments in Alaska industries, which in turn, is shared with students. Teacher Industry Externships is a cost effective approach to impacting a large number of students who pursue careers in Alaska’s high growth, high demand industries.

In a teacher externship, teachers typically spend two weeks or longer working in an industry to learn more about a specific workplace, including academic and other requirements. Teachers receive a small stipend, travel and per diem expenses to the worksite in addition to college credits. This model includes teachers representing both academic and vocational disciplines in order to better prepare youth for the rigors of the workplace. Employers continue to cite the lack of basic skills as a major barrier to success for new entrants in the workplace. Teacher externs can make curricula more relevant for students so they can relate their learning to work experiences and careers.

Please consider hosting a teacher for an extership experience. For more information and to host a teacher, contact APICC’s Outreach and Membership Coordinator, Martha Peck, at or 770-5250.

APICC Annual Meeting draws high energy crowd, engages industry & students

APICC Update

It was my pleasure to address APICC members, our education and training partners, students and community members at the APICC Annual Meeting on Friday. What a great opportunity for us to share our accomplishments, and say thank you to everyone that made our successes possible! (Click here if you’d like to see a full copy of the opening remarks). The day was filled with informative presentations addressing topics like cross-industry workforce development strategies, connections with economic development, health and safety training, and career opportunities for Alaskans through training.  Department of Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas talked about current workforce issues and even fielded a few questions from students in the audience.  A lot of great connections were made during the high energy day. Thank you to all our attendees, presenters, and volunteers. It was a great event!

Keynote Jeff Edmondson hits the mark

Alaska has a unique opportunity to be the first state to attempt statewide collective impact

Strive Network’s Jeff Edmondson really connected with the APICC audience during his keynote presentation. Jeff has worked with a number of collective impact efforts across the country, helping organizations within those communities organize to make a difference in the lives of children, from cradle to career. Jeff told attendees at the APICC meeting that Alaska could be the first State to attempt statewide collective impact effort.  The effort would need to look at ways to overcome Alaska’s unique physical landscape and population disbursement.  However, positive steps are already being made toward building the foundations for success. To view Jeff’s slides from the APICC Annual Meeting, please click here.

APICC Partners are Making A Difference

Denali Media Group and KTVA Channel 11

Rick Boots, Sales Director for Denali Media Group, shared his background working in industry on the North Slope. Now that he’s in media, Rick is helping to draw attention to workforce needs and opportunities for Alaskans through Workforce Wednesday.  This new segment on KTVA Channel 11’s Daybreak is a way to share information with parents and students about industry, where to get training, and scholarships available. Look for the segment every Wednesday morning on Daybreak.  Daybreak airs between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. each day.

Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education

Kristin Vandagriff gave a moving presentation on meaningful employment for Alaskans with disabilities and outlined the ways the Governor’s Council can assist businesses that would like to tap into this often overlooked labor pool.  Kristin’s passion for her work was apparent throughout the day, as she spent breaks networking and handing out materials at their exhibit booth. We appreciate Kristin’s efforts to connect industry with Alaskans with disabilities, and provide meaningful, sustaining employment. More information about the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education how to hire people with disabilities can be found on their website.


Rural Alaska Honor’s Institute (RAHI)

Denise Wartes, program manager of the Rural Alaska Honor’s Institute (RAHI), expanded on the accomplishments of this long-standing program affiliated with the University of Alaska – Fairbanks. RAHI provides an opportunity for rural and Alaska Native high school junior and senior students to immerse themselves in a college experience for six weeks.  The students earn 8-10 college credits in rigorous courses and develop skills necessary to succeed in college. For more about RAHI or to find out how to support their programs, please visit the RAHI website.


EXCEL Alaska 

Carol Wilson shared the resounding success of the first year of operation of EXCEL Alaska (Excellence Communication Employability skills, Leadership). EXCEL Alaska provides transitional skills and career exploration opportunities to high school students and young adults residing in rural Alaska.  7th – 12th graders receive vocational and life-skill training for all students, regardless of grade point average.  For more about EXCEL Alaska or to find out how to support their programs, please visit the EXCEL website.


Soldier for Life

Pat Sheppard’s passion for the official Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program was evident in her presentation. SFL-TAP at JBER provides world-class transition assistance to soldiers, family members, veterans, retirees, and DA civilians to create a plan for their career and/or educational transition from military to civilian life. For more about SFL-TAP, please visit their webpage.

Workforce Wednesdays on KTVA Channel 11 starts October 21

APICC on KTVA Channel 11 for Workforce Wednesdays – starts tomorrow!

APICC is excited to be working with our members, Denali Media Group and KTVA Channel 11, to bring you Workforce Wednesdays.

Workforce Wednesdays begins this week on KTVA Channel 11 morning news show Daybreak. Join us on Wednesday mornings as we look at new opportunities in the Alaskan industrial sector and showcase some of our talented workforce. We are excited to share APICC’s programs and our partners’ stories with the public.

Workforce Wednesday will inspire kids, connect with prospective students, and support employers and educators in entertaining and interesting ways.  Tune in starting Wednesday, October 21, to Daybreak on KTVA Channel 11 beginning at 6:00 a.m.

Find out more about the show and sponsorship advertising opportunities at the APICC Annual Meeting this Friday, October 23.  Register here.

Workforce Wednesdays on KTVA Channel 11