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Alaska Employment and Training Grant Information

Thank you for your interest in Alaska’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development grant programs!

The department works with business and industry to build a trained and prepared workforce, supporting Alaska hire, and promoting economic development through sustainable, leveraged investments in job creation, job training, and career awareness and preparedness

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Anchorage, Alaska
Alaska Adult Education (AAE)

The Alaska Adult Education (AAE) Grant is a multi-year grant that is awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants must be eligible providers who can demonstrate effectiveness in serving adult learners and meet the requirements within the Request for Grant Application.

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD), Division of Employment and Training Services (DETS) awards regional adult education programs across the state. Two additional grants are awarded statewide; one for Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) and one for AAE services to be offered within the Department of Corrections’ (DOC) institutional centers.

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For more information on AAE Grants contact ak.adult.ed@alaska.gov

Alaska Construction Academy (ACA)

The Alaska Construction Academy (AKCA) was created in 2006 in conjunction with industry professionals, local school districts, adult education providers, Alaska Native associations, and the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Through partnership efforts, Alaskan high school students and adults are trained and placed into high-demand construction and trade apprenticeship programs, as defined by the Alaska Workforce Investment Board.

The Alaska Construction Academies work with members of the Home Building Associations, apprenticeship programs, and local school districts to ensure participants receive the standard skills necessary for entry into construction occupations. By providing School-to-Apprenticeship training programs for high school students and evening classes to adults, AKCA can offer knowledgeable, motivated, entry-level employees to fill high-demand construction industry jobs.

The Alaska Construction Academies are located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, the Kenai Peninsula, Mat-Su Borough, and Ketchikan, with regional academies in Bethel, Kodiak, and Nome.

The goals of the academies:

  • Promote understanding among Alaskans about career opportunities in construction-related occupations
  • Develop a strong, flexible workforce able to continue with registered apprenticeship and/or post-secondary education training in the construction industry
  • Enable employers to hire workers that received quality training which increases productivity and safety of the workforce

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For more information on ACA Grants contact awib.grants@alaska.gov

American Apprenticeship Initiative

Apprenticeship grants are discretionary grants and must align with the specific goals of the relevant grant. These grants will only be awarded after a collaborative process with Apprenticeship staff. Please contact us at awib.grants@alaska.gov if you are interested in discussing a potential grant. Employers who would like to become sponsors of Registered Apprenticeship should call the Statewide Apprenticeship Coordinator at 907-269-3729.

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For more information on Apprenticeship Grants contact awib.grants@alaska.gov

Apprenticeship State Expansion

Apprenticeship grants are discretionary grants and must align with the specific goals of the relevant grant. These grants will only be awarded after a collaborative process with Apprenticeship staff. Please contact us at awib.grants@alaska.gov if you are interested in discussing a potential grant. Employers who would like to become sponsors of Registered Apprenticeship should call the Statewide Apprenticeship Coordinator at 907-269-3729.

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For more information on Apprenticeship Grants contact awib.grants@alaska.gov

Mature Alaskans Seeking Skills Training (MASST)

Mature Alaskans Seeking Skills Training (MASST) is a community service training program for older Americans. Authorized by the Older Americans Act Title V, the program provides training for low-income, unemployed people aged 55 and older.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Must be a 501 (c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization as designated by the IRS.
  • Must be in good standing with the rules and regulations of the State of Alaska.
  • Must have a broad base of community host sites and meet a compelling need in the community.

The MASST grant is based on the Department’s annual requirements, subject to the availability of funds and contingent upon the subrecipient meeting or exceeding the minimum negotiated performance measures. Organizations with training projects that will upgrade the skills of the local workforce with certifications and competencies in demand by employers are encouraged to apply. Training participants must meet the eligibility requirements of the program. $11,000 is the average cost per training position but may vary based on need, training plan, and availability of host sites. This is based on 20 hours a week at $10.34 per hour.

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For more information on the SCSEP Grant contact rita.gray@alaska.gov

State Training and Employment Program (STEP)

The State Training and Employment Program is administered by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Employment and Training Services, and funded by a set-aside from the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. The purpose of STEP is to enhance the quality and make Alaska job training and employment assistance easily available to employers, employees, and future workers.

STEP fosters economic growth by preparing Alaskans with competitive, employable skills. The program benefits existing companies and attracts new businesses to Alaska by preparing a local workforce skilled in traditional, new, or emerging fields.

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For more information on the STEP Grant contact awib.grants@alaska.gov

Technical and Vocational Education Program (TVEP)

In 2000, legislation was enacted establishing the Alaska Technical Vocational Education Program. Recipients of TVEP non-competitive grant funds are part of a statewide vocational training system, working together with industry and state agencies to provide a comprehensive and unified response to Alaska's training needs.

TVEP funds must be used for technical and vocational training programs that align with workforce regional demands and the Alaska Workforce Investment Board’s industry priorities. The AWIB’s policy on vocational and technical education entitled "Alaska's Future Workforce Strategic Policies and Investment Blueprint” describes Alaska’s framework and guiding principles for the development of technical and vocational education within Alaska’s workforce development system.

TVEP Grant Recipients Include:

  • Alaska Technical Center
  • Amundsen Educational Center
  • Ilisagvik College
  • Northwestern Alaska Career & Technical Education Center
  • Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc.
  • Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center
  • Yuut Elitnaurviat, Inc. People’s Learning Center

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For more information on the TVEP Grant contact awib.grants@alaska.gov

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Statewide Activities

Statewide Activities are non-competitive federal grant projects that support the implementation of career pathways, bridge programs, sector initiatives, and other innovative workforce development approaches. Projects are awarded to enhance access to employment, education, training, and support services for individuals facing barriers to employment.

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For more information on the WIOA Statewide Activities Grant contact awib.grants@alaska.gov

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title 1B Youth program is a federal grant program administered by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Workforce Investment Board. WIOA youth projects must be able to serve in-school or out-of-school youth ages 14-24 with activities that support: high school completion, preparation for postsecondary education, occupational skills training that leads industry recognized credentials, work experience and training activities that prepare youth for unsubsidized employment, and provision of supportive services.

Eligible applicants include non-profit or for-profit organizations, school districts, educators, industry trainers, employers, community services agencies, Alaska Native organizations, and other organizations with the capacity to provide desired services. Applicants must be qualified to accept and administer federal funding.

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For more information on the WIOA Youth Grant contact awib.grants@alaska.gov