Support Alaska Hire
The Division promotes Alaska hire by developing workforce programs that encourage business and industry to recruit and retain workers from a pool of prepared and skilled Alaskans.
An example of a successful job training effort that supports Alaska hire is the State Employment and Training Program.
In FY 09, there were 2,202 STEP participants and over 1,900 completed training. STEP promotes local hire and may be used to mitigate the impacts of Alaska's economic fluctuations through training or retraining for new or emerging industries and technologies. Services to participants include: industry specific, customized employer-linked, or on-the-job training; and training related supportive services. STEP provides services that benefit the participants in the long term. About 90.4 percent of the 1,888 participants that exited STEP in FY05 were still Alaska residents in calendar year 2008 and 84.0 percent of the participants had Alaska wage and salary earnings in FY09 totaling $76.4 million.
Visit the STEP webpage for more information or the on-line public notice system for the latest grant opportunity.