by Evan Roberts, Shareholder Development Intern In the week leading up to Sealaska’s 2023 annual meeting of shareholders in Klawock, a group of seven
BUILDING CONNECTIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES TO DEVELOP OUR WORKFORCE
Sealaska is developing a skilled workforce for regionally relevant jobs by offering training opportunities within our corporation and subsidiaries as well as by building connections with other regional employers in the private and public sectors. We also work with local and statewide economic development organizations to identify new opportunities and trends. Our programs fall into four main categories.
Education & Access
- Student Sponsorships: Sealaska provides opportunities for students to experience education enhancement and career development outside of the classroom by providing sponsorship to attend STEM conferences across the United States. Applications to attend AISES are open now and can be found here at MySealaska.com
- Natural Resources & Mariculture Curriculum: Curriculum is currently being delivered to schools on Prince of Wales Island. The Klawock High School Science Class has deployed this curriculum under an elective connected to Marine Biology. Under this particular elective module, which will last into the spring semester, students from the class are crafting a 3-D model of an island and smaller surrounding islands.
Post-Secondary Prep & Retention
- Scholarships: Sealaska is dedicated to advancing the opportunities of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people through access to higher education and vocational training. Sealaska supported 415 full and part-time students for the 2021-2022 academic year, totaling $1 million. To date, Sealaska has awarded approximately 11,000 scholarships totaling $20 million. The program is made possible through a partnership with Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI). Applications are open each year on December 15 and are available here.
- University of Alaska Fairbanks – Sealaska Shareholder Discount: University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) eCampus and Sealaska announced a partnership to encourage Sealaska shareholders and employees to up-skill, begin or complete their college degrees – online. UAF eCampus has been a national leader in online education for over 30 years, with more than 52 state-of-the-art, fully online degree programs and certifications and over 650 online courses. Sealaska Shareholders and Descendants are eligible for in-state tuition and 10% off all eCourses. Learn more on MySealaska by clicking here.
- Internship Program: We support Native students to help them find and foster fulfilling careers. Sealaska interns work with our teams to provide new perspectives, innovation and research throughout the company. At Sealaska, interns have opportunities to explore career interests, grow professional skills, and connect with Alaska Native heritage. Each summer, internships are offered in business, land stewardship and environmental services, engineering and technology, and culture and community. Applications are accepted beginning in October for the following summer, and opportunities are open until filled or until the application close date in mid-January. For more information, please visit Sealaska.com/careers/summer-internships.
- Codefy – Software Development Internship: Codefy’s mission is to create a diverse workforce for the tech industry by empowering young adults from underserved communities because their perspectives, experiences and abilities are valuable. Participants complete a 12-week intensive training to receive programming certifications and then complete an internship with Sealaska or one of its partners. The goal is for participants to immediately go into well paying careers that can be done remotely from their home communities. Applications for Codefy are open now and available at MySealaska.com.
Career & Leadership Development
- Careers with Sealaska: At Sealaska everyone has the opportunity to lead and learn. From Software Developers to Environmental Technicians, Social Scientists to Sonic Drillers, Data Base Administrators to Corporate Communicators – Sealaska’s wide range of career positions work together to benefit people, communities and the environment. Learn more about career opportunities here.
- Vocational Training: Sealaska understands that each community has different needs when it comes to workforce development. Sealaska has hosted virtual trainings including Marine Mammal Observer Certification and Career Discovery Workshops. In rural communities, trainings from Heat Pump Installation, Forestry Technician, or CDL Certification courses have been provided based on community needs.
- Board Youth Advisor: Each year, Sealaska selects one young shareholder or descendant to serve as its board youth advisor for a two-year period, attending board meetings in various locations throughout the region and serving as an advocate for young shareholders in the boardroom. Board Youth Advisors gain valuable experience working alongside an active board and developing an understanding of how Alaska Native corporations operate. Current and past advisors have gone on to become influential leaders in their communities. Click here to learn more.
Workforce Development News
by Evan Roberts, Shareholder Development Intern In early June, Sealaska welcomed 35 students from across Alaska and the rest of the country to Juneau for
As a part of the Sealaska Shareholder Development department’s newly expanded curriculum in mariculture, Klawock students recently ventured out to Seagrove Kelp at Port St.
The Prince of Wales Surf and Turf camp doesn’t serve up steak and lobster. Instead, something much more valuable is on the menu for students
Taylor Natkong wanted to learn to code, but without having to leave her culture and homeland behind. Before participating in a new software programming opportunity
2023 Angoon High School graduate and Sealaska scholarship recipient Cheyenne Kookesh, pictured here with her dad. Sealaska is invested in education. We are proud to
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDDnDGOQgoI&t=516s&ab_channel=SealaskaKwaan Applications are now open for the 2023 summer internship program! Sealaska hosted a virtual internship information session on Nov. 28 to help prospective interns
Applications are now open for the Codefy program, a new training and internship program offered by Sealaska. Sealaska is partnering with Codefy to empower young
Visit MySealaska.com to learn more about opportunities available to shareholders and descendants.