Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2003

Processing worker benefits available

Laid-off workers from Cook Inlet Processing of Kodiak are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced last week. Approximately 204 workers who had been laid off from Cook Inlet Processing can now apply for TAA retraining and job search and relocation assistance.

All workers who are laid off from Cook Inlet Processing beginning Nov. 14, 2001, through March 3, 2005, are eligible to apply for TAA benefits. Trade benefits include reemployment and retraining opportunities, job search and career counseling job placement and relocation allowances.

Workers who were employed by Cook Inlet for at least 26 weeks in the 52-week period prior to their separation date and who are eligible for unemployment insurance alsowill be entitled to weekly trade readjustment allowances, which are income supports, and a health insurance tax credit.

The Department of Labor TAA office has contacted Cook Inlet Processing officials to identify impacted workers and will be moving quickly to notify laid-off individuals of their eligibility to apply for benefits.

Self-employed fishers who sold their fish to Cook Inlet Processing also may be eligible for benefits, but will need to file a petition in order to seek certification. The department's TAA office is available to help any fishers with tips and short-form instructions for petition filing. Petitions can printed from the TAA Web site at www.jobs.state.ak.us/taa, by clicking on the yellow fishing boat.

Travel industry offers scholarships

To promote the Alaska tourism industry's goal of resident hire and profide tourism businesses with a professional, qualified work force, the Alaska Travel Industry Association is offering $26,000 in scholarships for Alaskans pursuing tourism-related education.

ATIA sponsors the scholarship program as a means of encouraging Alaskans to choose career tracks in the state's travel industry. Travel-related fields of study include business management, marketing, finance, food service and maritime studies.

ATIA believes the scholarship program is an investment in the future of the visitor industry in Alaska.

Alaskans who are enrolled or are intending to enroll in an education program with the intent to pursue a career in Alaska tourism are encouraged to apply, as are workers returning to complete a program or pursue additional education. Applications must be submited by April 15.

This year's scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000. Among the 13 awards are a $2,500 rural resident scholarship and a $2,500 continuing education scholarship. The ATIA Scholardhip Program is privately funded through donations from ATIA member companies, individuals and schools.

Applications are available through ATIA's Web site at www.alaskatia.org under "What's New." For more information, contact Cindy Norquest at (907) 561-5727.



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