Workforce Development Plans
ϲʻ plays a critical role in the development and implementation of workforce development initiatives resulting in comprehensive plans and strategies to address the need for a highly-qualified labor force for key Alaska industries. 
Career & technical Education
ϲʻ is the most comprehensive provider of career and technical education (CTE) training in Alaska. With more than 200 programs in workforce development, students have opportunities to earn certificates and degrees in two years or less.
Funding opportunities can provide resources to further workforce development in Alaska. The Technical Vocational Education Program provides grants to career and technical education entities for industry-specific, on-the-job and classroom training.
Dual Enrollment

ϲʻ provides various dual enrollment options to expand access to postsecondary for K-12 students, from classroom or online courses to middle college to college-level courses being delivered through agreements with school districts.

ϲʻ Workforce Reports Feature Graduate & Employment Outcomes

  • The University of Alaska offers more than 200 programs in workforce development from non-credit industry certifications to advanced degrees.

  • ϲʻ and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development collaborated to produce workforce reports on key Alaska industries.
  • The workforce reports illustrate ϲʻ graduate outcomes and employment success.

  • Data demonstrates that higher education increases income, reduces unemployment, increases Alaska hire rates and increases job retention.

  • Reports can be used to assess ϲʻ programs and graduate outcomes, guide program development and investment and aid students in program selection.


 Career Coach

Career Coach is a free tool for current and prospective students to match interests to a career, learn about in-demand careers, browse programs tied to jobs and find current job postings in Alaska.  Download: Flyer 1  or Flyer 2

ϲʻ Workforce Development News

ϲʻ Workforce Development has a blog.  to learn about funding opportunities, see what is new in workforce development around the state and receive information on federal initiatives. To receive regular updates, provide your email address on the left column of the blog.

  • April 09, 2024

    Above from left to right: First-grade teacher Amelia Tulim is starting her career in the same school she attended as a child in Chevak (Photo by LA Johnson, NPR); Once a month, teacher mentor Ed Sotelo takes three planes to get to Tulim’s classroom in Chevak (Photo by LA Johnson, NPR); Snowmobiles glide across the …

  • April 08, 2024

    A drink on an Alaska cruise, photo by Flickr user Paul O’Russa under Creative Commons license. Gunner Shultz, economist with the Alaska Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development, explains what 2023 drops to inflation rates means to Alaska. Although rates decreased, this does not mean prices decreased —prices went up less than they did the …