While the process technician program has long been the crown jewel of APICC, the consortium has broadened their focus to include four different areas of development: defining workforce needs from an employer's perspective, creating statewide skill standards, developing standardized curricula, and promoting industry careers to Alaskans.
For example, APICC is taking steps to support the maritime sector, which currently employs more than 70,000 people across 500 firms statewide.
This is something APICC is hoping to change through the Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan and partnerships with Maritime Works, University of Alaska, and Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, amongst others.
While APICC has secured backing at both the state and corporate level, Carty believes that there is still a sticking point preventing potential employees from pursuing industry work.
One of APICC's community partners is the newly-established nonprofit EXCEL Alaska.
APICC and EXCEL are only two of the many industry workforce development programs in the state.
APICC is a consortium of industries formed to help coordinate training in the process technologies.
The foundation of many of the industry efforts was in the formation in 1998 of APICC, an initiative led by the petroleum industry and later joined by others like refining companies, Agrium Corporation with its large fertilizer plant near Kenai, mine operators, and utilities.
APICC was formed to provide a mechanism for companies operating processing facilities to work together with training providers like the University of Alaska to establish courses and certification standards for operators.
Only the industries involved could provide this information, and APICC became the forum where agreements could be reached not only on what skills were needed but also skill descriptions and how many workers might be needed.
Some of this involved sensitive information--a company's estimate of future plans and human resource needs is usually confidential--but a method was worked out through APICC to compile data in aggregate while maintaining confidentiality for individual companies.