Workforce Development

GCI, Alaska Army National Guard, U.S. Army join forces through PaYS Program

New strategic partnership aims to help soldiers plan for brighter futures

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — As part of the U.S. Army Partnership for Your Success Program, the Alaska Army National Guard, U.S. Army and GCI, one of Alaska’s largest employers, recently entered into a partnership agreement. The partnership provides a connection between GCI and service members who are completing their time in the Army and are looking for employment.

The PaYS Program is a strategic partnership between the Army and a cross-section of private sector, academic institutions, and state and municipal governmental agencies. The U.S. Army PaYS Program promises former service members five job interviews and the opportunity to find employment when they complete their time in the Army.

“Although you may think of our retail store operations and our cable techs coming to your homes, we have so many other roles that fit veterans’ skills as well: human resources, information technology, project management, accounting, cyber security, logistics, and maintenance, just to mention a few,” said Joe Wahl, Chief Human Resources Officer at GCI. “In fact, we have more than 600 different job titles at GCI. We need all of these roles to take care of our customers, and these are skills that many of our veterans have and are already trained, and we can use almost immediately in our workforce.”

The PaYS Program is intended to assist service members in preparing for a career after their time in the Army by connecting them with employers that value and understand the talents, discipline and work ethic that military service members can offer an organization. The ultimate goal is to encourage business owners to see the Army as a plentiful and reliable recruiting source.

“This partnership is something we have been working toward and it is really an honor to partner with GCI,” said Army National Guard Captain Jessica Fernandez. “We are thankful to partners like GCI for creating a pathway for talented and qualified candidates to establish a start in their careers after their service. This partnership is a win-win situation.”

Nearly 3,300 people apply for about 310 jobs at GCI every year, and the company strives for the highest skilled, best workforce to support the Alaska communities it serves. Currently, more than 210 of GCI’s 1,800 employees are veterans, and leaders hope this partnership will bring in many more.

“This is a big deal for GCI,” Wahl said. “It allows us to tap into the world’s best-trained and committed employee base. It gives us the opportunity to give back to those who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom. They deserve our thanks for their service and we're grateful for the opportunity to support them through the PaYS Program.”

Learn more about working for GCI and career opportunities at https://www.gci.com/about/careers.

About GCI

Headquartered in Alaska, GCI provides data, mobile, video, voice and managed services to consumer, business, government, and carrier customers throughout Alaska, serving more than 200 communities. The company has invested more than $4 billion in its Alaska network and facilities over the past 40 years and recently launched true standards-based 5G NR service in Anchorage, now the nation’s northernmost 5G service area. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com. GCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Broadband Corporation (Nasdaq: LBRDA, LBRDK, LBRDP). Learn more about Liberty Broadband at http://www.libertybroadband.com.