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WORKFORCE Goal:

Strengthen Bristol Bay’s workforce by encouraging partnerships to provide resources needed; to further local hiring opportunities, ensuring access to health and wellness information, and for education, training, and employment opportunities.

Project: Increase healthy, educated, and employed local regional workforce through SAVEC’s mission to promote, coordinate and provide high quality training and education to residents of Southwest Alaska.

Project Description: Vocational training courses/certifications that meet trained workforce needs of business, fishery/maritime and support industry and increases Alaska resident hire in occupations with high percentages of Nonresident Workers including alternative & renewable energy, education, hospitality and tourism, maritime & seafood processing, construction, health care, information technology, natural resource development (oil, gas & mining and transportation).

Partner Organizations for Operation: State of Alaska, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, Bristol Bay Native Association, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, UAF Bristol Bay Campus, Bristol Bay Borough, Lake & Peninsula Borough, Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation, Bristol Bay Housing Authority

  • Cost Estimates:
  • Costs: $800,000.00 per year
  • Timeline: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
  • Funding Partners: Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, Bristol Bay Native Association, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, UAF Bristol Bay Campus, Bristol Bay Borough, Lake & Peninsula Borough, Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation, Bristol Bay Housing Authority, US Department of Labor, AK Department of Labor, Moore Foundation
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: Anishia Elbie
  • Title: Co-Executive Director
  • Organization: Southwest Alaska Vocational & Education Center (SAVEC)

Project: Support workforce readiness by offering a variety of vocational training courses each year to meet the needs of our regional partners.

Project Description: Offer vocational training courses to align UAF-Bristol Bay Campus education and training efforts with labor market needs. The goal is to position Bristol Bay residents for high growth, in demand occupations.

Outline of steps required for project to be completed:

  1. Collaborate with employers to identify high need occupations and the skills needed in these industries.
  2. Hire a program coordinator
  3. Inventory locally available resources to achieve objectives
  4. Recruit instructors
  5. Develop courses, submit for approval, and implement courses
  6. Recruit students into courses/programs
  • People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:
  • UAF-Bristol Bay Campus, SAVEC, BBRCTE, BBEDC, School Districts, BBNA, BBNC, BBAHC, BBHA, local tribes and cities.
  • Cost Estimates:
  • Costs: $250,000: Salary, benefits, supplies, tuition
  • Timeline: Oct 1, 2022-Sept 30, 2027
  • Funding Partners: US DOE Title III NASNTI Native American Serving Nontribal Institutions Program, BBEDC, & USDA.

Evaluation Measures:

  • Three vocational training classes per year
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: Wanda Wahl
  • Title: Interim Director
  • Organization: UAF- Bristol Bay Campus

Project: : Increase effective transitions into postsecondary education by supporting dual credit classes.

Project Description: Encourage high school graduation and postsecondary attainment by supporting dual credit courses.

  • Outline of steps required for project to be completed:
  • Collaborate with school districts to:
  1. Identify courses in demand
  2. Recruit instructors
  3. Offer courses
  4. Enroll students
  • People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:
  • Bristol Bay Campus, BBRCTE, School Districts: BBBSD, SWRSD, DCSD, LPSD
  • Cost Estimates:
  • Costs: $91,500 (Salary, Benefits, Travel, Commodities)
  • Timeline: Oct 1, 2022-Sept 30, 2027
  • Funding Partners: US Dept of Education Title III NASNTI, Individual Development Grant, School districts, BBRCTE, Trout Unlimited Guide Academy, BBNA, UTBB, BBNC.

Evaluation Measures:

  • Offer Ten dual credit classes per year
  • Three 40 Students enroll in dual credit courses
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: Wanda Wahl
  • Title: Interim Director
  • Organization: UAF-Bristol Bay Campus

Project: Bristol Bay Regional Career and Technical Education Program to build workforce skills and job and career awareness that directly relates to the Bristol Bay Region for youth.

Project Description: The Bristol Bay Regional Career and Technical Education Program is a consortium of Bristol Bay Borough School District, Lake and Peninsula School District, Southwest Region School District, and Dillingham City School District. Through the consortium, high school students at every school site in the region can apply to attend week-long residential intensive coursework at no cost. Courses and programs are created with the goal of addressing regional workforce needs and creating classes that will build interest and skills into needed professions in the region.

Outline of steps required for project to be completed:

  1. Build coursework and programs to interest and build certifications and skills in regionally applicable workforce and career skills.
  2. Courses/Programs to include: Commercial fishing support services, allied health, cosmetology, wildland firefighting, facilities maintenance, construction, welding and aluminum fabrication, sustainable energy, education, driver’s education, CDL, culinary arts, maritime industries, tourism, and aviation.
  3. Work with each school district to build a schedule that works for students to miss four separate weeks to be able to allow for twenty different courses per year.
  4. Work with regional organizations to continuously refocus coursework to address current workforce needs and match coursework to provide the most up to date training and certifications.
  5. Connect high school career counselors with post graduate educational partners (University, AVTEC, Etc.) to help bridge the gap for students interested in furthering their education or moving into apprenticeship programs.
  6. Build new/updated dorm facility in Naknek and in Dillingham that will house 16-24 students on each side of the bay
  7. Develop senior year to career program allowing interested and motivated high school seniors the opportunity to complete vocational training during the last half of their senior year if they have completed core coursework requirements by Christmas (example-student attends maritime training at AVTEC and completes high school with a captain’s license, coast guard certifications,  and a high school diploma)
  • People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps: 
  • Bristol Bay Regional Career and Technical Education Staff, Bristol Bay Campus, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, Alaska Sea Grant, University of Alaska, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Bristol Bay Native Association, AVTEC, UAA CTC, Prince William Sound College, Katmai National Park, Job Corps, Bristol Bay Job Corps, Bear Trail Lodge, Renewable Energy of Alaska
  • Cost Estimates:
  • Costs:
  • Timeline: Current courses timeline-4 weeks of intensive coursework during the school year-September, November, March, and May; 10-day summer intensive coursework
  • New dorm facility timeline: Attain funding in 2022, break ground in 2023, finished and operational 2023/2024
  • Funding Partners: BBEDC, Regional School Districts/Boroughs, Federal Perkins Grants, BBNC, BBNC Subsidiaries, AVTEC, University of Alaska (multiple campuses), US Department of Education, Denali Commission, Honda, USDA, Alaska Health Education Consortium, Alaska Airlines, Lake and Peninsula Borough

Evaluation Measures:

  • Number of college credits and certifications earned through BBRCTE coursework
  • Student Surveys at the end of each session
  • Department of Labor tracking of student graduates
  • Voluntary post graduate surveys to determine numbers of students either going to work through the trainings that they received or continuing into further study or apprenticeship
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: Zach Stenson
  • Title: Director
  • Organization: Bristol Bay Regional Career and Technical Education

Project: Increase BBNC shareholder employment and education opportunities

Project Description: Provide opportunities for shareholders to obtain, retain, develop and advance in jobs with and beyond BBNC and its subsidiaries.

Outline of steps required for project to be completed:

  1. Shareholder hire preference & Shareholder Talent Bank
  2. Recruitment & Job Placement Services
  3. Internship Placements
  4. Development of existing shareholder employees
  5. Develop training programs that align with jobs with BBNC, in-region opportunities and beyond
  6. Offer leadership development training programs
  7. Work readiness and career preparedness
  8. Youth development opportunities (work experience, river academy, ANSEP middle school academy, CTE programs)
  9. Internship and On the Job Training positions
  • People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:
  • BBEDC, BBNA, School Districts across Bristol Bay, SAVEC, UAF-Bristol Bay Campus

Evaluation Measures:

  • Number of newly hired shareholders, descendants and spouses of shareholders
  • Number of trained shareholders, descendants and spouses
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: Carol Wren
  • Title: VP, Shareholder Development
  • Organization: BBNC

Project: Assure Bristol Bay’s access to relevant news, public safety information, vocational education, and entertainment.

Project Description: KDLG seeks to grow its capacity to produce news stories, provide live coverage of community events (i.e. high school basketball games), announce community bulletins, and provide public safety information.

Funding Partners: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, regional small grants, underwriting, KDLG membership, , National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, BBNC Shareholder Opportunities.

  • Key Project Contacts:
    Name: Sam Gardner, KDLG General Manager
    Name: Izzy Ross, KDLG News Director
  • Organization: KDLG: Public Radio for Alaska’s Bristol Bay

WORKFORCE Project: Bristol Bay Drug & Opioid Task Force Bristol Bay.

Communities coming together to end drug and opioid abuse.

  • Project Description:
  • To use comprehensive approach empowering individuals, families, and our communities to live a drug free, healthy lifestyle.

Outline of steps required for project to be completed:

  1. Community Engagement.
  2. Prevention.
  3. Intervention.
  4. Treatment.
  5. Relapse Prevention.
  6. Provide Resources.
  • People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:
  • Bristol Bay Native Association, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, Bristol Bay Area Housing Authority, Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Tribes across Bristol Bay, service providers, public health, State of Alaska, Law Enforcement organizations, Treatment Program, Behavioral Health Providers
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: Tom Tilden & Carol Wren
  • Title: Chair & Co-Chair
  • Organization: Bristol Bay Drug & Opioid Task Force

Project: Build capacity and adaptation planning for the Chignik Intertribal Coalition (CIC).

Project Description: Capacity building and operations budgeting through training. Chignik Intertribal Coalition is a new organization comprised of the federally recognized tribes located in the Chignik Region (Chignik Bay, Chignik Lake, Chignik Lagoon, Perryville and Ivanof bay). These tribes depend on the sustainability and viability of the Chignik Management Area subsistence and commercial fisheries.

  • People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:
  • Members of CIC, supporting Tribal Communities, and promoting Coastal Community Resilience, Foraker Group.
  • Cost Estimates:
  • Costs: $150,000.00
  • Timeline: 2-3 years
  • Funding Partners: Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Alaska Community Foundation, Alaska Sea Grant, BIA Tribal Resiliency Program, Administration for Native Americans, Rasmussen Foundation, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Native American Agriculture Fund,

Evaluation Measures:

  • Six people will be able to receive training in various capacities for CIC.
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: George Anderson
  • Title: President
  • Organization: Chignik Intertribal Coalition

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