Workforce Programs

Training Tomorrow's Workforce Today


Preparing a qualified workforce is one of the most important missions of the university. The University of Alaska (UA) is committed to preparing today’s students to be the next generation of accountability, recognizing that tomorrow’s careers will require advanced skills, greater knowledge and more flexibility than ever before. In alignment with Shaping Alaska’s Future, the UA Statewide Office of Workforce Programs’ role is to help facilitate developing industry-driven training and degree programs focused on providing skilled Alaskan workers for Alaskan jobs. This is accomplished through the following workforce development priorities in collaboration across the university system.

  • Economic and Community Development: Provide leadership and support for Alaska’s economic and community development by responding to emerging industries, identifying solutions for workforce issues and meeting the needs of employers, communities, and the State.
  • Career Pathways : Provide a series of connected education and training programs and support services to prepare individuals for a career and to advance over time to successively higher levels of education and employment.
  • High Demand Jobs: Develop and support programs that respond to employment shortages and projected occupational demand.

News Releases


First Engineer From Chevak

More industry news on maritime, mining, oil and gas, health and education can be found under the specific Workforce Development Plans.


“UA offers programs from developmental preparatory classes, continuing education, career and technical training, professional development training and degree programs from associate’s to post-doctoral. From drillers to doctors, certified nurses to certified engineers and culinary arts to climate change, all these programs are relevant to the UA workforce development effort.” ~ Fred Villa, Associate Vice President of UA Workforce Programs

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