As a result of the award, Sealaska can focus a portion of its internship program for college students participating in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees. “It’s been a goal to advocate careers within our businesses related to STEM,” said Anthony Mallott, Sealaska president and CEO. “Companies like Sealaska Environmental Services and Managed Business Solutions rely heavily on these skill sets for the important work we do in water and energy services and data analytics. Our scholarship program and intern program have been long-term examples of our commitment to capacity building for our shareholders. We have actively been expanding our workforce development strategies and by working with partners like Alyeska, we will be able to increase career opportunities for our shareholders.”
This funding demonstrates how combining resources with partner organizations offers greater benefit to our people. The grant will be utilized to provide two STEM internships this summer. Tammy Aanwoogeex' Keith and Mitchell Haldane have been selected from the 2016 Sealaska intern cohort as recipients for the funding.
Keith attends the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in construction management. She will intern with Sealaska Constructors, LLC for the 2016 summer intern program. She is Tlingit, Raven, Frog from Sitka, Alaska.
Haldane will be graduating June 2016 from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science with a specialization in environmental biology. In the fall he will begin the Cultural and Environmental Resource Management master’s program at Central Washington University. He will intern with Haa Aaní Natural Resources as a field intern. He is Tlingit, Eagle, Wooshkeetaan Clan and Tsimshian.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to partner with Sealaska through Alyeska’s Alaska Native Scholarship Program," said Matt Carle, Alyeska’s Alaska Native Program director. "The scholarship funding is an important part of Alyeska’s commitment to creating long-term employment and development opportunities for Alaska Natives pursuing career paths working in the oil industry.”