Friday, February 13, 2009

Opportunities abound

Here a just a few opportunities out there for free training and artistic grants around Alaska

Alaska Works Partnership’s Helmets to Hardhats program offers veterans and active duty personnel thinking about leaving the military the opportunity to use their hard-earned military experience to transition into a career in the building trades.

Alaska Works Partnership’s Construction Academies offer basic construction training for adults,
18 and older. Many classes are taught at night and on weekends, allowing people to keep their
day jobs while training for better-paying careers in construction.

Courses may include basic carpentry, plumbing, electricity, drywall finishing, stick welding,
blueprint reading and construction trades’ math. Health and safety and other certification
courses are offered to those completing one or more core classes. Core classes are 50 hours of
training, except Welding (28 hours) and Math (10-20 hours).

Are you an Artist, Writer, Sculpture or otherwise artistically inclined?
Since its founding and first grant of $125 in 1955, the Rasmuson Foundation has supported Alaskan non-profit organizations in the pursuit of their goals, with particular emphasis on organizations that demonstrate strong leadership, clarity of purpose, and cautious use of resources. The vision and values established by Elmer Rasmuson continue to guide the Foundation today. The Foundation awards approximately $20 million annually to help improve the quality of life in Alaska.