The Employment Services Division of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development is currently soliciting nominations from businesses and individuals. Applicants must be 65 years of age or older, a resident of Alaska, currently employed, and working at least 20 hours each week for pay. The honoree must be willing and able to travel to Washington, D.C., the week of September 26th, for the Prime Time Award events. The visit will include meetings with congressional representatives and the awards banquet and ceremony. Applicants who are part of a subsidized employment program funded by the local, state or national government are not eligible for this award.
Official nomination forms may be obtained from and mailed to Prime Time Awards, c/o Jeff Kemp, P.O. Box 25509 Juneau, Alaska 99802 or call, (907) 465-4872 or by fax at 907-465-5945. A nomination form can be accessed online at www.experienceworks.org. The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2005.
A search for America's Oldest Worker for 2005 is also under way. Last year, Ella Clarke Nuite, 100, owner and operator of a spring water distribution company from Hephzibah, Ga., was the first female to be honored as the America's Oldest Worker.
Alaska's 2004 outstanding older worker was Noreene James, 76, a certified nursing assistant at Valley Hospital in Wasilla. Previous winners include Beulah May Poindexter, 80, greenhouse owner from Anchor Point, Jim Tyner, 74, an office manager from Douglas, and Lillian Ference, 80, bookstore owner from Ketchikan.
Experience Works is a national, nonprofit organization that provides training and employment services for mature workers.