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No.: 14-2555
Contact: Jeremy Woodrow, 907-465-8805, 

Alaska Construction & Maritime Career Days Visits Ketchikan

(JUNEAU, Alaska) – Monday, Oct. 13 the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Vigor Alaska, University of Alaska Southeast Marine Tech Center, Ketchikan Indian Community Southern Southeast Alaska Technical Education Center, and Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District will join forces in Ketchikan to provide career and technical education opportunities for students at the Alaska Construction Career Days & Maritime Trades.

Hosted by Vigor Alaska, this event provides an opportunity for high school students to explore and interact with industry experts as they learn about career paths within the construction industry.

Approximately 200 students from Prince of Wales Island, Metlakatla and Ketchikan are expected to attend. The sessions will last from 8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will include interactive exhibits that offer trade industry displays, heavy equipment demonstrations and activities such as hands-on participation with welding, electrical wiring, spike driving and drilling. Participants will receive complimentary paper bag lunches, color coordinated hard hats, bags, safety glasses and more.

The Alaska Marine Highway System will host students aboard the MV Columbia where the students will participate in a scavenger hunt and tours of the engine room. Informational booths by the Coast Guard, Graham Neal, Kassan Tribal and the mining industry will be hosted in the ship’s dining room.

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

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 10 ferries serving 33 communities along 3,500 marine miles, over 5,600 miles of highway and 839 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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