Friday, July 28, 2006

Native Americans in Alaska Learning Trades

At the Alaska Works Partnership construction academy, 19 to 23 year old Alaska Native Americans are learning a trade. The Kenai Peninsula academy teaches carpentry skills, using hand and power tools, safety issues, and how to read building plans. "Before this, I couldn't do fractions, I couldn't read a tape measure," said William Davis III, 21, who helped build a log cabin at the Ninilchik Tribal Council youth camp. Randy Alvarez, a journeyman carpenter, said that contractors "would love to hire local kids, but they don't have the training. This program put some of their own people to work in the villages," he said.

See Native American Art at Free Spirit Gallery

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