UA-Yukon College Mine Training MOA
Established to promote mutual cooperation in industrial and mine training
The governments of Yukon and Alaska, along with Yukon College and the University of Alaska Southeast, signed a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) October 11 in Juneau to promote mutual cooperation in industrial and mine training.
“There is mutual benefit for Yukon and Alaska to share mining-related educational programming and information,” Yukon Education Minister Scott Kent said. “This Memorandum of Agreement provides an opportunity for further cooperation in the pursuit of our similar needs and interests.”
Hard rock mines – both surface and underground – in addition to placer mines, operate in Yukon and Alaska. The need for common training and expertise is just one aspect of the expanding relationship between Yukon and Alaska.
“Alaska and Yukon have some very similar workforce needs. With this agreement, we can work together to coordinate and develop world-class training to fill these needs,” Alaska Labor Commissioner Dianne Blumer said. “Both the University of Alaska and Yukon College have specialized mine training programs that can benefit from coordination.”