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Contact: Jeremy Woodrow, 907-465-8994,

Alaska Construction & Maritime Career Days provide Hands-on Career and Technical Education Experiences for Alaska Students

(JUNEAU, Alaska) – This Columbus Day the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF), Vigor Alaska, Southern Southeast Alaska Technical Education Center, and Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District will join forces for the first time to provide career and technical education opportunities for students at the Alaska Construction Career Days & Maritime Trades at the Alaska Ship & Drydock.

This event is the first to emphasize the maritime trades that will be held at a shipyard in the nation. The event will provide an opportunity for high school students to explore and interact with industry experts to help aid the students in mapping out career paths within the construction industry.

Over 200 students from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District and inner island schools within Southeast Alaska are expected to attend. The Oct. 14 sessions will last from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Students will be able to explore interactive exhibits, trade industry displays and heavy equipment demonstrations. Some of the planned activities include hands-on participation with welding, electrical wiring, spike driving and drilling.

“Our department is committed to recruiting, retaining and growing a professional workforce and Construction Career Days provides an excellent venue where Alaska’s future contractors and engineers can learn about the different career opportunities that are available in today’s construction industry,” said ADOT&PF Commissioner Pat Kemp.

Sponsors include Alaska employers, training trusts and career and technical educators. Additional career day information is available online at

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 776 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

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