The Calista Corporation has partnered with AVTEC in Seward for an entry-level apprenticeship program aimed at high school students and graduates.
Cari-Ann Carty with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium says students will learn nautical and shoreside skills, how to navigate in the waters of Alaska as well as get certifications and on-the-job training. Students will also have access to a state of the art simulator to hone their navigation skills.
Brenda Pacarro, with the Calista Corporation said the organization recognized the need for Alaskans to receive training in order to be more employable. Pacarro wants the maritime industry to know it has trained and motivated candidates ready to enter the workforce.
There are scholarships available and Carty said there are a few requirements. For example candidates need to be drug and alcohol free.
Those interested in scholarships or funding can get in touch with the Calista Corporation. Students or graduates interested in the apprenticeship program can visit the website, akmaritimeapp.com to apply or learn more.
Correction: In the video above, Carty said the pay for deckhands was $250 an hour. The pay averages about $250 per day.