KOTZEBUE JOB CENTER BACK IN BUSINESS
The "Open for Business"
sign is officially back on the door of the Kotzebue Job Center, the
Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced today.
The department hired Sandra Russell, a lifelong resident of Kotzebue, to
assist those seeking job training and funding assistance under the
Workforce Investment Act and State Training and Employment Program or
STEP. Russell will also assist employers and job seekers.
"The reopening of the Kotzebue Job Center represents our strong
commitment to maintain effective services in the Northwest corner of
Alaska," Labor Commissioner Ed Flanagan said. "Sandra is highly skilled
at providing employment, job training, and worker-readiness services to
residents of Kotzebue and the Northwest Arctic Borough." In the past,
the services have been provided in Kotzebue by staff from Nome and
Fairbanks Job Centers on an itinerant or long distance basis, Flanagan
As a representative of the department's Employment Security Division,
Russell works with other agencies in the region that promote employment,
economic development, training, and job readiness. She is a ready source
of career, labor market, and labor-related information.
Russell comes to the post with an extensive background in human and
social services work experience in Kotzebue. She is a lifelong Kotzebue
resident and has worked with the Chukchi College as a registrar, with
the City of Kotzebue, the Kotzebue Trial Courts and, most recently, with
the Division of Public Assistance.