APICC Welcomes Commissioner Heidi Drygas, AKDOLWD, to the Annual Meeting on October 23

Commission Drygas will speak at APICC’s Annual Membership Meeting

October 23, 2015 – Dena’ina Center

APICC has enjoyed a long partnership with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and we continue to work with AKDOLWD to meet the workforce needs of industry statewide. Because of our long-standing relationship with the Department, I am extremely delighted to announce that DOL Commissioner Heidi Drygas will address our members and partners at the APICC Annual Meeting on October 23, 2015.

Commissioner Heidi Drygas

Commissioner Heidi Drygas, Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Commissioner Heidi Drygas was appointed to lead the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development by Governor Bill Walker on December 19, 2014. Prior to being named commissioner, Drygas spent nearly a decade as General Counsel to the Alaska District Council of Laborers.

Drygas is a lifelong Alaskan, who was born and raised in Fairbanks. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a Juris Doctor from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

The Commissioner’s remarks will follow a presentation by a cross industry panel, representing the Oil and Gas, Mining, Maritime, Construction, and Health Care industries. The panelists will be joined by the McDowell Group to present an update on cross-industry efforts and strategies that can help to better prepare Alaska’s future workforce.  The meeting will be held at the Dena’ina Center.  The panel discussion will begin at approximately 8:45 a.m., after opening remarks by the APICC Board of Directors, and followed by Commissioner Drygas.

The 2015 APICC Annual Meeting is just three weeks away .  If you have not yet registered, I encourage you to reserve your spot and sign up today. Ask about available meeting sponsorship opportunities by calling 907.770.5250 or click here. Join other industry partners and become an APICC member.

Board of Directors Meeting Q3 News and Updates


Last Friday, the APICC Board of Directors held their third quarter meeting.  Our directors successfully covered all business included in a packed and challenging agenda. Chair Mickey Battle kept the energy level high during the three-hour meeting, focusing everyone on sustaining the strong momentum behind a number of new and ongoing projects.


At the meeting, Directors voted on and approved the slate of candidates submitted by the Nominations and Elections Committee. Committee Chair Heather Spear (Calista Corporation) reported that three incumbent Directors – Mickey Battle, Shell; Mark Hylen, Beacon; and Jeff Laube, Kenai Peninsula College – were among the nominees, along with Patrick Rose of Northern Industrial Training. All four nominations were submitted properly by eligible members, and received prior to the deadline set in the APICC Bylaws. Congratulations to all our worthy nominees!

Mickey Battle


Mark Hylen


Jeff Laube


Patrick Rose


Members will cast their ballot to approve the slate of candidates at the Annual Membership Meeting on Friday, October 23, at the Dena’ina Center. Ballots will be handed out and collected at the meeting. Members who are unable to attend should request an official absentee ballot early.  Absentee ballots must be submitted to the Nominations Chair before the Annual Meeting is adjourned at approximately 1:30 p.m.




The North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA) announced their plans to provide PTEC Program Auditor Training soon.  The announcement was made at their Instructor Skills Conference this week in New Orleans, which was attended by APICC Director Jeff Laube.  NAPTA is encouraging industry trainers in states with NAPTA endorsed Process Technology Degree Programs, like Alaska, to sign up for the training.  There are currently not enough folks certified by NAPTA across North America to perform program audits, which are required every four years to maintain the endorsement.  APICC encourages our industry partners to consider selecting an experienced in-house trainer for the auditor training, and to participate with APICC in future audits of the Process Technology Degree Programs at UAF Community and Technical College, Kenai Peninsula College, and the KPC Anchorage Extension site. Alaska’s PTEC program audits will be performed again in 2018. The auditor training courses will be provided online through WebEx.  Available training dates will be announced soon.  Contact the APICC office for more information.


Since early spring of this year, APICC has been working with a subcommittee of the Business Education Compact (BEC), the State of Alaska Division of Business Partnerships, and the McDowell Group to develop an analysis of workforce development priorities and strategies across Alaska.  Though a small portion of a larger undertaking, the project is extensive, requiring input and data from a number of industry sector experts.  An outline of the work-to-date was provided to the APICC Board of Directors for review and comments. Panelists from the BEC subcommittee will introduce the project, their goals, the steps ahead, and how the report aligns with the other BEC projects currently in progress. A detailed reporting of the data and progress to date will be presented at the APICC Annual Meeting by representatives of the McDowell Group.


Look for the announcement – we are totally excited about our #mysteryproject!  Staff and our Board of Directors can’t wait to share the details!  Coming Soon

Join APICC for our Annual Meeting on Oct. 23 – register TODAY!


I am so excited for the 2015 APICC Annual Meeting coming on October 23. It is my honor to be hosting our members, partners, and guests at the annual meeting for the first time as Executive Director. It is my privilege to be working with APICC’s SUPERSTAR staff to make our annual event a huge success!

The energy level is high at the APICC office.  Everyone is contributing their time, creativity, and unique abilities to put together a meeting packed with information, captivating speakers, and plenty of networking opportunities (and some fun!).  The meeting will focus on collaboration across organizations, with our partners and other organizations statewide.  We will discuss ideas for the future, identifying how we can align ourselves for a greater impact on education and workforce development across Alaska.

This year we will hear from nationally known keynote speaker and President of the Strive Network, Jeff Edmondson.  The Strive Network is a national cradle-to-career initiative that brings together leaders in Pre-K-12 schools, higher education, business and industry, community organizations, government leaders, parents and other stakeholders who are committed to helping children succeed from birth through careers. (Look for signed copies of Jeff’s book, Striving Together, on tables).

We will also hear from the McDowell Group, AEDC President and CEO Bill Popp, NSTC Manager Jane Oakley, the APICC Board, and several of our partners.  One of my favorite parts of the meeting is the opportunity to talk with students. Once again, we will have students attending from King Career Center, UAA, UAF, Kenai Peninsula College, and other schools around the state.  It’s an absolute treat to have them attend, and we are grateful to our meeting sponsors that make it possible.

Please join us at the Dena’ina Center for the 2015 APICC ANNUAL MEETING & CONFERENCE.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Cari-Ann Ketterling

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Welcome to our new online space

Welcome to the new APICC website. We are so excited that you’re here!

Over the past several months, APICC staff has worked with our web design company to put together this site – and make it an informative, attractive and useful tool for our members and partners. We hope that you will find the updates and online services helpful and convenient.

Let me point out a few features:

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Spend some time looking around the site.  We designed and built it for you, and we value your feedback. We’d love to hear from you!

Very kind regards,