Alaska Helmets to Hardhats is a program by Alaska Works Partnership along with Alaska Department of Labor that connects veterans or people exiting the military to free classes and training for careers in construction.
Rene Eliste, an apprentice with Alcan Electrical and Engineering says it helped him land his career in telecommunications engineering. Helmets to Hardhats isn’t limited to just that career as prospective job seekers can become sheet metal workers, laborers, millwrights and more.
Eliste said this program was beneficial because sometimes it’s hard to transition from a military career to a civilian one. He mentioned it took him months to figure it out what he wanted to do before settling into his current career.
Martha Peck with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium added the pay isn’t bad either — depending on the career they choose. Wages can range anywhere from $16.50 an hour to $47 an hour, depending on experience.