May 7, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines is pledging a
grant to support job training at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This local investment will be made over the next four years in collaboration with the Port of
with an initial contribution to Port Jobs, a nonprofit committed to preparing workers for the Port of
In the first year,
grant will help Port Jobs expand access to college courses through Airport University, effectively doubling the number of courses, college credits and students. The grant will also enable Port Jobs to add more advanced courses than currently offered.
Alaska Airlines has been involved with Port Jobs since its inception in 1993, with several key executives serving on its board of directors.
"As one of the largest employers at Sea-Tac Airport, we believe it's important to invest in a strong local work force for the future of our business, our regional economy and the many families who rely on jobs at the port," said
, managing director of human resources and four-year board member with Port Jobs.
The Port of
supports more than 200,000 jobs and generates
in payroll. Alaska Airlines employs more than 7,000 workers at the company and partner vendors in the
area—more than any other air carrier. Over the duration of the jobs training grant,
expects to fill 2,000 family-wage jobs in the
market, and will work closely with the Port of
and Port Jobs to prioritize hiring graduates of the program.
"This grant marks an unprecedented corporate contribution to Port Jobs and job training at the Port of
," Port Jobs Executive Director
said. "We're encouraged to see this kind of investment in the many families who rely on airport-related jobs and we look forward to providing even more opportunities for the communities we serve."
Port Jobs has served more than 78,400 community residents and helped more than 12,300 people find jobs since its creation in 1993. It is funded by the Port of
, city of
, the state of
, United Ways of
counties, and many local and national foundations.
"The Port of
welcomes Alaska Airlines' landmark investment in the workers of Sea-Tac Airport. The Port looks forward to collaborating with
, and other businesses and organizations, to create a model training and education program that enables a brighter future for airport workers and their families," Port Commission Co-President
said. "The Port of
is in the process of creating a comprehensive workforce development plan that will also benefit from
investment. The plan is intended to increase on-site training, professional career counseling and navigation in addition to providing additional scholarship grants."
About Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with its partner regional airlines, serves nearly 100 cities through an expansive network in
, the Lower 48,
. For reservations, visit
. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines Newsroom at
About Port Jobs
Port Jobs supports a vibrant and equitable Port-related economy. The nonprofit connects
residents to jobs and training opportunities in the airport, trade, logistics, construction and maritime sectors. Since its creation in 1993, Port Jobs' programs have served more than 78,400 community residents, helping more than 12,300 people find jobs. For more information visit the Port Jobs website at
SOURCE Alaska Airlines