GCI supports professional development, strengthening of rural Alaska’s workforce
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications company, has committed $10,000 to support Alaska EXCEL’s efforts to provide professional guidance and opportunities to young Alaskans and strengthen Alaska’s rural workforce.
Alaska EXCEL provides high school students and young adults with the necessary transitional skills and career exploration opportunities to be successful in an ever-changing world. The organization will use the funds to develop virtual coursework to introduce and immerse high school students in a variety of career choices that could lead to employment in Alaska’s rural communities.
“GCI is proud to support Alaska EXCEL and their work to ensure young Alaskans have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of career options,” said GCI Education Program Manager Heath Day. “Alaska EXCEL is committed to strengthening the state and providing opportunities for Alaska’s rural residents to thrive in the communities their families have called home for generations.”
Virtual courses including entrepreneurship, childcare/first aid, healthy lifestyles, senior transitions, and career building will be developed and available in seven different school districts across Alaska.
“We appreciate GCI’s generous support to expand the reach of our programs through the development of virtual coursework,” said Alaska EXCEL Executive Director Carol Wilson. “Because of the pandemic’s impacts, these types of courses are in high need throughout rural Alaska, where nearly all schools have been interrupted. With more ready availability of this virtual coursework, high school students will also be able to earn high school elective credits.”
GCI is one of Alaska’s leaders in corporate philanthropy, donating approximately $2 million each year in cash, products, and connectivity to organizations across the state. GCI is committed to giving back to the communities it serves and provides employees with 16 hours of paid leave to volunteer with local organizations. In 2020, more than 320 GCI employees volunteered over 2,900 hours with local non-profit organizations across the state.
For more information about the GCI Gives program, visit http://www.gci.com/why-gci/gcigives.
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 $3 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.