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Productive Partnerships With Public Entities and Private Industries

Picture: In partnership with Alaska industries UA can produce trained employees for where and when the Alaska workforce needs them

Here’s a quick snapshot of some achievements accomplished thus far

  • The university, along with partners in the fisheries, seafood and maritime industries along with numerous state agencies, completed the first-ever Alaska Maritime Workforce Plan this spring, which outlines the jobs most in need for Alaska’s waters and coastal communities. Click here to read the Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan
  • UAA is partnering with Willamette University College of Law to offer an accelerated “3+3” program for Alaska students interested in pursuing a law school education.
  • UAF is partnering with Colorado State University on a “2+2” program in veterinary medicine, for Alaska students interested in pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine.

We can't do it alone

UA's track record in educating and training baccalaureate-level graduates in high-demand areas such as education, nursing and engineering is a good one. But more opportunities in specific workforce niches must be explored. Associate degrees are often required because employers today want critical thinkers as well as technical experts who can manage their logistics and operate their technology. 

To ensure UA graduates are preferred in the hiring process for Alaska jobs, UA must work closely with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, local industry and local communities. They will help us identify how many, where and what those future jobs will look like, so UA can plan, design and resource  the customized workforce education and training programs Alaska needs the most.

Issue and Effect Statements

The Issue statements below address compelling concerns raised by Alaskans through more than 80 listening sessions conducted by the University of Alaska. The Effect statements associated with each Issue statement express what UA intends to achieve as a high-performing education institution.

ISSUE ADeclining oil production suggests a significant degree of uncertainty in state funding for higher education for the next few years. At the same time, the state is facing additional needs for workforce education, employee training, community outreach and research. UA must work more pro-actively with its partners to identify the contributions that both UA and its partners must commit to meet those needs.

Effect: UA meets needs of the public sector and private industry for skilled employees and for research solutions via partnerships that are strategic, mutually beneficial and address the needs of the state.

ISSUE B: Partners have specific needs that may not be addressed through conventional approaches. For example, employers may need non-credit training, training at the work site or a few days of intensive training rather than semester-based courses.

Effect: UA is flexible, innovative and responsive in working with partners.

ISSUE C:  Alaska Native corporations, tribal governments and other Alaska Native entities are a unique and powerful force in Alaska’s economy. They hire UA graduates and some provide considerable financial aid to students. However, meaningful partnerships between UA and these entities are few and limited.

Effect: UA is fully engaged with Alaska Native corporations, tribal governments, non-profit organizations and other private and public entities to meet the education and research needs of Alaska Native peoples, promote Alaska Native student success and support Alaska Native economic and cultural development.

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