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The University of Alaska Fairbanks will lead a new project to enhance mining workforce training throughout the state.
The project, funded by an $8.1 million federal Department of Labor grant, will include partners at the University of Alaska Southeast, the University of Alaska Anchorage Prince William Sound Community College and the UA Mining and Petroleum Training Service. “The pay in the mining industry averages $100,000 per year. Yet, many jobs, such as mill operators, underground miners and mine mechanics, are difficult to fill because of lack of training opportunities in the state,” said Rajive Ganguli, a UAF mining engineering professor and the principal investigator on the grant. At UAS, the project will help upgrade facilities in the mine mechanic program there, as well as increase staffing in the mine training and power technology program.

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