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


Visit www.alaskaaircarriers.org

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 (lara.davis@uas.alaska.edu)

Web site: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/career_ed/mining/index.html

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 martha@apicc.org 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

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