From left to right: Former Rep. Don Young’s daughter Joni Nelson, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Chugach Chairman Sheri Buretta, Chugach President Josie Hickel. Photo courtesy of Chugach Alaska Corp.

Chugach Training & Education Solutions (CTES), a subsidiary of Chugach Alaska Corp., hosted the recent rededication of the Alaska Job Corps Center, to be the Don Young Alaska Job Corps Center, in honor of the late Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska.

During his five decades in Congress, the success of the Job Corps Center in Alaska was one of Young’s many accomplishments. 

Young worked tirelessly to obtain the necessary funds to build and operate the center, which opened its doors in 1994. In December of 2022, to honor the contributions he made to its creation and success, Congress approved renaming the center the Don Young Alaska Job Corps Center.

AKJCC Center Director Malyn Smith with Rep. Mary Peltola. Photo courtesy of Chugach Alaska Corp.

Chugach Alaska Corp. has operated and maintained the job corps center since its doors opened three decades ago. The center has played a large role in solving the workforce shortage in Alaska.
“It has been Chugach’s honor to partner with the Department of Labor to fulfill Congressman Young’s commitment to Alaska’s youth,” said Sheri Buretta, chairman of the board of Chugach Alaska Corp.  “One of Chugach’s core behaviors is empowering people, and we are proud of the students supported by the AKJCC’s mission.”