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PUBLISHED: 7:53 PM on Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Dolly Kvande named state's 'Outstanding Older Worker'
Experience Works, the nation's largest provider of training and employmentservices for older workers, recently recognized Dolly Kvande, 68, as the 2008 "Outstanding Older Worker for Alaska."

The Experience Works Prime Time Awards Program is held annually in Washington, D.C., to honor one outstanding older worker from each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico

Kvande resides in Juneau where she was born and raised. After 22 years in the seafood business "working with crabs and in freezing cold storages," she decided to look for a regular 9-to-5 job with benefits.

In 1982, she went back to school to complete her GED and studied business at the University of Alaska. She is currently an older worker specialist with Mature Alaskans Seeking Skills Training (MASST). She provides older jobseekers with support in areas such as job development, personal and vocational counseling, and job skill training. Before going to work for MASST,

Kvande was enrolled in the program herself in order to update her skills to prepare her to re-enter the workforce.

Prior to working for MAAST, she used her education to obtain jobs at a nonprofit, a foundation, and a corporation. She has retired twice, in 1994 and 2002, but never for long.

Cynthia Metzler, CEO of Experience Works, said, "Dolly Kvande is a wonderful example of how seniors who stay active, both mentally and physically, can continue to make valuable contributions to the workplace and to their communities."

The Experience Works Prime Time Awards Program serves to remove barriers to employment and dispel negative stereotypes about older workers. Now in its eleventh year, the Prime Time Awards is the only national program that annually honors the contributions of working seniors. The program is funded entirely by donations and sponsorships.

Experience Works is a national, nonprofit organization that provides training and employment services for mature workers. For more information on Experience Works, visit www.experienceworks.org.


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