Alaska Airlines has pledged $1.5 million to support job training at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Alaska's grant will help Port Jobs expand access to college courses through Airport University, effectively doubling the number of courses, college credits and students. The grant will also enable Port Jobs to add more advanced courses than currently offered.
College credit-bearing classes offered through Port Jobs’ Airport University include Keyboarding, 10-Key Mastery, Introduction to Microsoft Excel and Access, and International Trade, Transportation, Logistics, Air Cargo and Documentation.
Alaska Airlines has been involved with Port Jobs since its inception in 1993, with several key executives serving on its board of directors. Over the duration of the jobs training grant, Alaska expects to fill 2,000 family-wage jobs in the Seattle market, and will work closely with the Port of Seattle and Port Jobs to prioritize hiring graduates of the program.
"As one of the largest employers at Sea-Tac Airport, we believe it's important to invest in a strong local work force for the future of our business, our regional economy and the many families who rely on jobs at the port," said Toby Skey, managing director of Alaska Airlines’ human resources and four-year board member with Port Jobs.
"This grant marks an unprecedented corporate contribution to Port Jobs and job training at the Port of Seattle," Port Jobs Executive Director Heather Worthley said. "We're encouraged to see this kind of investment in the many families who rely on airport-related jobs and we look forward to providing even more opportunities for the communities we serve."
If you are interested in learning more about on-site educational opportunities available through Airport University, contact 206-787-7504,