Workforce Advisory Group Forming

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You may have heard on KMXT about the new wind-generator classes being held by the college. That is just one of any number of specific work related programs the college hopes to bring to Kodiak.

Kodiak College Director Barb Bolson says a new group-called the Kodiak Workforce Advisory Council-is forming to decide what jobs and job skills are needed in Kodiak. And to help local students of all ages get training to fill the voids.

((Work Council 1 :24 "That could be…down the road."))

Bolson says the federal and state governments have all kinds of different grant monies available for such training programs and the college will serve as a conduit to funnel the funds into new local job skills programs.

Borough Mayor Jerome Selby told the borough assembly recently that the program would help match student interest with potential career fields needed locally:

((Work Councils 2 :41 "And the idea is….the oversight group."))

Selby also says the work council will draw from a number of specialties and will ensure state help to establish the number of skilled workers needed in each field:

((Work Council 3 :57 "Everybody here…career decision."))

Selby said the assembly needs to first approve an ordinance that establishes a workforce advisory council in order to officially set the whole thing into motion.

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