MAPTSMining and Petroleum Training Service (University of Alaska)
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Despite the fiscal hurdles, Bieber is bent on expanding MAPTS offerings: focusing on more hard skills, pumping up its mining program, and redesigning the roustabout program.
Most of the people who participate in MAPTS oil and gas training courses are Alaskan, according to the program's executive director.
The MAPTS mining program is camp-based, two weeks on and two weeks off, and students practice operating heavy equipment and all the other skills they need to thrive on the job.
To do that, Bieber says, MAPTS works closely with employers to make sure students have a preliminary offer of employment prior to training.
During Steffy's 33-year tenure, MAPTS has provided training to more than 100,000 students.
MAPTS was the result and Steffy was named its first--and still only--director.