Letter tot he editor

The KPBSD Career Tech Ed department would like to give a big thanks to the following companies for supporting Alaska Construction Career Day, where students learned about exciting construction careers.

AK Operating Engineers/Employers Training Trust; Blaque Ice Productions; AVTEC; DOL/WD Peninsula Job Center; CH2MHill; Piledrivers & Divers Local 2520; AATCA; Southern AK Carpenters Training Center; United Rentals; Plumbers and Steamfitters UA Local 367; AK Teamsters Employer Service Training Trust; DOT&PF Civil Rights Office; DOT&PF Heavy Equipment – Soldotna; IBEW; Painters & Allied Trades IUPAT Local 1959; KCC – Anchorage School District; AKA Hauling; Specialty Excavating; Iron Workers Local 751; Kenai Peninsula College; FHWA/DOLWD.

And a special thanks to Alaska National Guard and Sgt. Baker for the barbecue and the volunteers who helped cook and serve the lunch, and to all the chaperones and counselors who helped make this event a huge success.

Dan Bohrnsen, Sara Moore,
Loretta Spalding and Debbie Pearson,

KPBSD/WDC Staff

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