Recognizes Outstanding Businesses, Programs and Individuals
When someone joins a Rotary club, one of the first things he or she learns is “The Object of Rotary” – encouraging and fostering service, especially in personal, business and community life. Each year the Rotary Club of Juneau recognizes others in the community who exemplify this basic tenet with its annual Vocational Service Awards, based on nominations by members of the Club. This year’s awards were presented at the weekly meeting on Tuesday, October 29th at the Baranof Hotel in Juneau.
The UAS Center for Mine Training received the Public Sector award. It offers comprehensive programs through a partnership that includes UAS, the University of Alaska Mining and Petroleum Training Service (MAPTS), and the University of Alaska Corporate Programs. In 2012, more than 700 participants received training and certifications as required by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. This award specifically focused on the success of the Introduction to Mining Occupations and Operations program, a course offered to high school students, which was created with a gift from Hecla-Greens Creek Mine to develop a local workforce. The Center partners with the HECLA-Greens Creek to attract local high school seniors to mining occupations, although last spring, during its second year, the course was offered in the Center’s Juneau classroom, as well as by distance delivery on the Alaska Learning Network to 69 students throughout the state. Of 18 students who completed the course the first year, 15 are now either working at a mine or in college preparing for mining careers. Of the 68 who completed the program during the second year, many are either working or enrolled in degree or other vocational programs. During the award presentation it was also noted that in the past three years, 36 of Juneau’s students have found employment at either Greens Creek or Kensington. This success is connected to a goal-centered partnership between industry and education.
UAS Center for Mine Training, from left: Provost Rick Caulfield, student Thelea Savlick, and Rotary Club of Juneau President, Brenda Hewitt.