CIRI creates IT career pathways

CIRI partnered with Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) and Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC) to open career pathways for CIRI shareholders and Alaska Native people interested in entering the information technology (IT) field. CIRI’s IT Director, Keith Ziolkowski, helped coordinate the effort.
“This is a great opportunity for CIRI shareholders and Alaska Native people who want to work in IT,” said Ziolkowski. “Too often, people have potential and genuine interest but not enough skills and experience to get them in the door. This program is a way to help them reach their career goals.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 1.6 million IT jobs will be added between 2006 and 2016. This translates into opportunities for anyone interested in entering the IT industry, someone looking to change his or her current employment situation, or a person starting a second career.
CITC is the first point of contact for interested participants. CITC screens applicants and provides training if they are in need of additional social or educational preparation. Participants ready for technical training will join the 10-month AVTEC Information Technology Program. Upon completion of training, participants can gain real-world work experience through an internship at CIRI’s corporate office or a CIRI subsidiary.
To learn more or apply, contact:
Angela Peacock
Youth Development Specialist
Eric Watson
Youth Programs Manager