Career Connections

The Career Connections programs for 2020 have been canceled

The Career Connections programs for 2020 have been canceled.

During these unprecedented times, the health and safety of your students and staff is our priority. While we will miss having you visit Alaska’s capital city this year to learn about post-secondary opportunities, we encourage you to join us next year to learn about the many career pathways Alaska has to offer.

We are putting together career planning resources to share with  schools; if any school would like more information about these resources please email [email protected]org.

Best wishes and stay healthy! 

Career Connection Resources for Schools to Use

Career Connections staff want to make sure that schools have what they need to help students during this unprecedented time. Below are links to Career Planning Resources including both online resources and printable packets for schools to hand out to students. 

Students grades 9-12 will:

  • Visit exciting job sites in diverse career fields
  • Use AKCIS to explore future careers
  • Develop a realistic, workable plan to obtain a job they are passionate about
  • Develop employability skills

Students grades 11-12 who have completed Career Exploration in the past and are at least 16 can return to Career Connection: Job Shadow for real-world, hands-on experience working with a mentor in a career of their choice.

MARCH 29-APRIL 3 / APRIL 19-24, 2020

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For Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know about Career Connections – Check out our 2020 Session Info Packet!


This is a week-long, hands-on career exploration program held in Juneau, Alaska, open to all 9-12th graders. As part of the program, students tour the University of Alaska Southeast campus and the UAS Technical Center. They may visit a variety of exciting job sites in diverse fields, exploring career paths in health care, technology, hospitality, fishing, mining, construction and manufacturing, public service, media, arts, and small business administration. In addition to job site field trips there are classroom activities where students practice employability skills, create a resume, practice mock interviews, and create a personalized plan to achieve the job of their dreams.


For students who have previously attended Career Connections and are at least 16 years of age, we offer a more in-depth opportunity to explore a future career in our Job Shadow Program. Students let us know what career they are interested in exploring and we set them up in a job shadowing opportunity where they can work one-on-one with a mentor in that job field as the person goes through 3-4 typical work days. Students get hands-on, real-world career experience.

Career Connections curriculum is aligned with Alaska Content Standards, and the skills and information you learn will be of value as you enter the world of work. Students should be comfortable working in the adult workplace.

Health and Behavioral Health tracks

Health Career Connections (open to 9-12th graders)
January 20-24, 2020
Cost: FREE 

HEALTH Career Connections, a week-long residential program, introduces high school students to careers in the health care field. The program consists of classroom instruction, site visits to a variety of health care facilities, presentations from health care professionals and CPR training.  This program is hosted by SERRC – Alaska’s Educational Resource Center and the Southeast Alaska AHEC.
The program will cover all instruction, accommodations, housing, transportation in Juneau, all meals, site visits, presentations by health care professionals. School districts will receive a travel stipend to cover some or all of the costs associated with traveling to and from Juneau. Find out more here.

Behavioral Health Career Connections (student 16 and older)
February 3-7, 2020
Cost: FREE except for travel to and from Juneau

Behavioral Health Career Connections, a week-long residential program, introduces students 16 and older to careers in the behavioral health fields. The program consists of classroom instruction, site visits to health care facilities, presentations from behavioral health professionals and Mental Health First Aid training. 

2020 Behavioral Health Career Connections is FREE to school district teams. The program covers the cost of instruction, transportation in Juneau, housing in Juneau, all facility tours, presentations, Mental Health First Aid training and all meals. School districts and/or participants are responsible for the cost of travel to and from Juneau. Students must be 16 or older to participate in this program.

Find out more here.