Techs from 26 Y-K Delta communities attend GCI’s largest-ever rural workforce development event
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Nearly 35 GCI technicians and representatives from 26 Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities are gathered in Bethel for safety and technical training. The weeklong session, hosted at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center and local United Utilities, Inc. facilities, is GCI’s largest-ever training series held in rural Alaska.
The training opportunity, which is open to Y-K Delta based GCI employees, will further develop their technical skills in an ever-evolving telecom industry. The training for technicians in rural Alaska covers HVAC and DC power systems, copper wire telecommunications network infrastructure, ladder handling, hypothermia prevention, hearing conservation, antenna structure lighting, and tablet and software training.
“We’re developing subject matter experts and equipping them with the skills to maintain communications infrastructure in the Y-K Delta,” said GCI Technology Solutions Workforce Management Specialist Caroline Renner. “There’s a clear and urgent need for technicians with this skillset, especially in rural Alaska, and this is an incredibly important step to bring this training to the region they call home and not just in urban areas.”
“Working with local GCI leaders, we were able to develop a training program that’s beneficial to both GCI and communities throughout the region,” said Senior Director of GCI Facilities and Rural Network Operations JD Schultz. “GCI has more than 200 technicians and site agents who live in nearly every community GCI serves. Through this workforce development program, we’re able to provide more rural Alaska residents with well-paying jobs and meet GCI’s rural workforce needs.”
GCI plans to expand the Y-K Delta’s training program model to other rural Alaska regions.
A luncheon will be held June 9 at 12:30 p.m. at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center to recognize the technicians and their critical role in keeping the Y-K Delta connected. Media members interested in attending the event can contact Josh Edge at email@example.com for more information.
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.