NSEDC - Education, Employment and Training Program

Education, Employment & Training
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Education, Employment and Training Program
Since 1992, NSEDC has provided support to residents in its member communities through education, employment and training opportunities. This investment in human capital is for the benefit of the region's economy and fulfills the mission of NSEDC.

NSEDC offers scholarships to students enrolled full-time at an accredited college, university or vocational school. These scholarships provide supplemental funds for higher education or vocational training in the amount of $2,000 per semester or training session.

The NSEDC Board of Directors feels that there is no better way to stimulate economic development in the Norton Sound region than to invest in the education of our residents. This investment helps enable residents to obtain the education required to qualify for jobs available in the region that would otherwise be filled by outside expertise. From 1992 to 2010, the NSEDC Scholarship Committee, on behalf of the NSEDC Board of Directors, has awarded over $3,000,000 in scholarships.

NSEDC Scholarship Guidelines (Effective as of 1/01/14)
NSEDC Scholarship Application
fish for span appResidency Verification Form
NSEDC Continuing Scholarship Application

fish for span appCACHE (Combined Application for College & Higher Education)
fish for span appCACHE Continuing

The NSEDC EET Program also provides employment opportunities to residents of the region including jobs under NSEDC, Norton Sound Seafood Products, Aleutian No. 1, and CDQ partners, Glacier Fish Company (GFC). Glacier Fish Company employs successful trainees, who are certified from AVTEC in Seward. NSEDC provides internship opportunities under NSEDC, GFC, Kawerak, Inc., and the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. In addition, NSEDC promotes employment opportunities in the Bering Sea fisheries. For interested seafood processors, who prefer to work on land, jobs are available on land with Westward Seafoods and Icicle Seafoods.

NSEDC works with GFC, who harvests our pollock in the Bering Sea with the F/T Pacific Glacier and the F/T Alaska Ocean. Our CDQ crab is harvested by the F/V Aleutian No. 1.

NSEDC Employment Application

Realizing that commercial fishing in Alaska is one of the most dangerous occupations, NSEDC invests heavily in the safety of our seafood processors. Since 1992, NSEDC has sponsored the Fisheries Safety Orientation Class at the Alaska Vocational Technical Education Center (AVTEC) in Seward, where eight days of safety training is taught.

All expenses for transportation, food, lodging, and training tuition are paid by NSEDC. In compliance with the U.S. Coast Guard Zero Tolerance law, all trainees must submit to a drug screen urinalysis with negative results and abstain from alcohol. The certified seafood processors of this program are eligible for hire by Glacier Fish Company of Seattle and other trawler companies and seafood employers on sea and/or on land. During the training, Glacier Fish Company Human Resources Personnel from Seattle interview trainees for possible employment. Each trainee must have two pieces of identification to work on the high seas, a picture identification (i.e. Alaska Driver's License, Alaska State identification) and a birth certificate or Social Security card.

Other training opportunities NSEDC has sponsored in our member communities include Global Positioning System (GPS) training, Marine Crew Safety training, AMSEA Drill Instructor training, sled building classes, and Inupiaq language classes, beading, skin sewing, CPR and First Aid, QuickBooks training, crab pot building, drivers license and CDL training, traditional bowl and spoon making, and HAZWOPER training.

These training opportunities are available upon request from the communities. A minimum of 10 interested residents is required before the training can be approved. Please read the Community Based Training Guidelines for information on how to request such training classes.

Depending on their positions, Norton Sound Seafood Product personnel have received training in OSHA Safety Regulations, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, Refrigeration, Quality Control, and OUPV.

NSEDC Fisheries Safety Orientation Training Class Application
Required Competencies

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For more information contact:

Jerry Ivanoff
Education, Employment & Training Director

Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation
420 L Street, Suite 310, Anchorage, AK 99501, Phone 1-907-274-2248, Fax 1-907-274-2249
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