Established by industry to serve all Alaskans.
In 1999, it had become clear that not enough Alaskans were being adequately prepared for a growing number of technical jobs being created in industry. Employers like BP Amoco and Williams Petroleum, realized the importance of taking an active role in ensuring a ready, well-trained Alaska workforce to fill the hundreds of predicted new operations jobs.
In September of 1999, in partnership with educators, trainers, community members and government agencies, these industry employers established APICC to create, connect, and enhance the quality of training and education programs available in Alaska.
Alaska industry provided the resources to establish APICC as the vehicle for industry collaboration in preparing Alaska’s future workforce. Working together through APICC, our partners are able to:
- define workforce needs from an employer perspective
- create statewide skill standards for jobs
- develop standardized curricula to meet industry needs and
- promote industry careers to Alaskans.
Today, we still hold to the beliefs of our industry founders: education and training programs must be responsive to industry requirements; and industry must fully participate in the process. APICC was established to provide this important service to industry in planning for future projects and predicted job growth. But individual Alaskans are the real beneficiaries of what we do. The quality training programs founded by APICC, and our awareness and outreach efforts have led hundreds of Alaskans toward high-paying industry jobs – benefitting Alaskan families and Alaska’s economy.
What industry and APICC accomplish together matters to Alaskans like Kyle.