The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Mineral Industry Research Laboratory (MIRL) in consortium with University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College (UAF-CTC), University of Alaska Anchorage's Prince William Sound Community College (UAA-PWSCC), University of Alaska's Mining and Petroleum Training Service (UA-MAPTS), and University of Alaska Southeast's Center for Mine Training (UAS-CMT) have received a grant titled Preparing the Unemployed for the Mining Sector. The grant, led by Dr. Rajive Ganguli, is through the United States Department of Labor (US DOL) TAACCCT Program.
The project will focus on developing a new Mill Operator OE, a dynamic mill simulator, expanding the Center for Mine Training in Juneau, and supporting the Underground Mine Skills Training through UA-MAPTS.
TAACCCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training) is a federal program funded through the Department of Labor's Education and Training Administration. It provides funds to expand and improve education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, are suited for TAA-eligible workers, and prepare for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations.
See the press release from the US DOL.