PUBLISHED: 4:18 PM on Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Alaska energy careers now online
A new online resource is now available for employment and training information on high growth, high demand industries, thanks to a High Growth Job Training grant from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. was created by a small non-profit organization called Sitka Works, as a part of their Sitka Energy Project.

AlaskaEnergyCareers features young people who have graduated from high school in Sitka, including the young lady in the accompanying photograph. Tawna Beer graduated from Sitka High School in 1998. She is a corrosion engineer with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. Her story, detailed on the site, is just one of many examples of how Alaska's youth and adults can find meaningful and sustaining careers right here in the state.

The career areas highlighted on the site include construction, mining, oil and gas, and transportation. It also includes information about alternative forms of energy, such as hydropower, so important to Southeast Alaska, and increasingly important nationwide with today's interest in sustainable energy sources. Clear links guide the viewer to employment opportunities in each of the career clusters, as well as training opportunities, primarily in Alaskan education and training institutes. Key to the mission of the site is promoting the understanding that many high-paying jobs in Alaska can be achieved with training that lasts only weeks or months, rather than years.

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  Tawna Beer, integrity management corrosion engineer at Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.
BP, a company that is committed to Alaska's next generation of workers, has provided support for the Alaska Energy Careers site. BP's contribution was part of an industry match required for the implementation of Sitka Works' Sitka Energy Project grant. The project was funded by a grant awarded under the President's High Growth Job Training Initiative, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration and the State of Alaska, Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

For more information about Sitka Works or the Sitka Energy Project, they can be found online at or Director, Sheila Finkenbinder, can be reached at 907-966-3066.

The address for the Alaska Energy Careers Web site is