An important step forward for UA in implementing the new Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan
UAS Provost Rick Caulfield recently joined Ketchikan Campus Director Dr. Priscilla Schulte on a visit to the Vigor Industrial shipyard in Seattle. They were accompanied by South Seattle Community College Workforce Dean Wendy Price and others from Seattle area community colleges. The purpose of the visit was to explore how UAS can expand education and training in Ketchikan that will meet Vigor’s need to grow a skilled workforce at Ketchikan’s Alaska Ship and Dry dock facility.
Vigor is already working with Portland Community College and with Seattle area colleges in developing and implementing a common curriculum for multi-skilled shipyard workers aligned with national standards. Ketchikan Campus faculty member Larry O’Loane also visited the Vigor facility recently, focusing on continued development of the UAS workforce credential for Maritime and Multi-skilled Workers. The program is an important step forward for UA in implementing the new Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan, recently developed through university and industry engagement.