National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), November 15 - 21, is a nationwide celebration where industry, labor, equity, workforce, education, and government leaders host events to showcase the successes and value of Registered Apprenticeship for rebuilding our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, and supporting underserved communities. NAW is an opportunity to highlight how Registered Apprenticeship, a proven and industry-driven training model, provides a critical talent pipeline that can help to address some of our nation’s pressing workforce challenges such as responding to critical supply chain demands and supporting a clean energy workforce, modernizing our cybersecurity response, addressing public health issues, and rebuilding our country’s infrastructure.
According to the Alaska Workforce Investment Board, in June 2021, Alaska was awarded a federal grant by the U.S. Department of Labor of $3.9 million to support the creation of new apprenticeship programs. READ PRESS RELEASE
MODERATOR: Ryann Swalling, Architect, KPB Architects
- Anne Velardi, Statewide Apprenticeship Coordinator, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development
- Cari-Ann Carty, Executive Director, Alaska Safety Alliance
- Joanna Jardin, Women in the Trades Program, Alaska Works Partnership
- Kyle Kaiser, VIPER Transitions
- Louise L Crago, Health Professionals Program Manager, Alaska Primary Care Association
- Suzanne McCarthy, Director, Alaska Laborers Training School
, a member presentation from Rumble Boxing Anchorage.
joined the team at Alaska Safety Alliance in April 2010 and became the executive director in March 2015. She is an advocate for postsecondary education and training, focused on strategic workforce development efforts in Alaska. Cari-Ann is the President of the Board for the Association of Reciprocal Safety Councils, and previously served as President of the Alaska Postsecondary Access and Completion Network. She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Alaska Pacific University, and a certificate of nonprofit management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Cari-Ann is a life-long Alaskan, born in Adak, and previous resident of Palmer, Wasilla, and King Cove. She now resides in Anchorage with her husband, Eric.
Louise L Crago
, BGS, CMA (AAMA), CPhT, HIT moved to Alaska in March 2017. She's been a Certified Medical Assistant for more than 19 years, a Certified Pharmacy Technician for more than 30 years, and is a former member of the US Army. She has taught at various colleges to both traditional and non-traditional students. She is an artist and loves all that Alaska has to offer and calls it home. Her passion is to help those that seem to be forgotten, the under-served and underrepresented. She wants to spread her passion for the medical community to the next generations so they can learn to take care of those in their communities.
Joanna Jardin, Women in the Trades Case Manager
I am excited to have started with AWP in 2019! In 2011 I made the decision to make a career change. I applied for and got into the Women In the Trades training and I fell in love! I then went on to apply for the Piledrivers and Divers Union, Local 2520, and got accepted in 2013. I got my journeyman’s card in 2015. I’ve worked all over Alaska and for several different contractors. Whenever I got asked how I got interested or started in construction I would always talk about Alaska Works. I love helping people find their niche in the workforce and I love seeing that spark and seeing it “click” when they figure out construction is what they want to do. I’m overjoyed to be a part of the team and have come full circle! When I’m not in the office, you can catch me at the movies, traveling, road-tripping, hiking, and spending time with my family and friends.
has served as the director of the Alaska Laborers Training School and Apprenticeship Program since 2013. She is driven by helping others through empowerment and education and finds this job a perfect fit. Suzanne has an MS in Natural Resources Management and a BS in Geology. She has worked in post-secondary education for nearly 30 years, including many years with the University of Alaska.
Suzanne spent more than twenty years in the Copper River region, which gives her a unique perspective on the importance of transferable post-secondary credentials. Apprenticeship is a career pathway that provides opportunities for rural Alaskans, as well as those from urban regions, to enter the high-demand, high-wage construction industry. Additionally, it helps to provide a formal way to develop our statewide workforce and help all Alaskans gain the necessary skills to fill in high demand need for skilled labor in construction.
The Alaska Laborers Training School has two state-of-the-art campuses, both new facilities were built in 2015 and are located in Chugiak and Fairbanks. The Chugiak School includes a dormitory that can house 26 students and includes a commercial kitchen to provide meals for students. The Alaska Laborers Training School is the proud sponsor of a federally registered Construction Craft Laborers apprenticeship program, which has been running since 1994. There are approximately 100 apprentices across the state, including Southeast Alaska. This is a proven pathway for those with little to no experience in construction to develop a solid career with full benefits, a living wage and endless possibilities for growth and upward mobility within the industry. All this without educational debt!
Suzanne enjoys seeing the benefits of working for an organization that allows Alaskans to grow and succeed through hard work and determination. It is incredibly rewarding to help individuals succeed, help contractors by developing the skills of novice construction workers to place them on jobs and also helping the State of Alaska fill the high demands for a skilled workforce to build and maintain the infrastructure of Alaska.
The Anchorage Chamber is committed to creating and providing an environment where our members feel comfortable, but also have the freedom to do business. We will continue to follow the latest guidance from the CDC and the Anchorage Health Department. We encourage everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear facial coverings when not actively eating or drinking. Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided at all in-person events, and we ask that you keep your distance from others. Please stay home if you feel sick or have been exposed. Lastly, we encourage everyone to consider getting vaccinated. Visit anchoragecovidvaccine.org
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