NANA Development Corporation Helps Shareholders Stay Future Focused

NANA Works to Connect Shareholders to Opportunities, Educate Community

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Apr. 5, 2009 – NANA Development Corporation (NANA), an Alaska Native Corporation, is kicking off two (2) training programs and two (2) key events to connect NANA shareholders with outstanding training, education and employment opportunities during the month of April for NANA Shareholder Development Month.

“Since our creation in 1974, our whole mission has been focused on creating economic opportunities for our people,” says Helvi Sandvik, NANA Development Corporation president. “By generating revenue through our companies and our investments, we can fund our Shareholder Development department and other programs that help NANA shareholders get the training and education they need to succeed in life.”

NANA’s young, energetic Shareholder Development department, headed by manager Kristina Patrick, is constantly searching for new ways to connect NANA shareholders to a world of employment and education options.

“I received education and career assistance through NANA and I’m a testament to the success of what we do here every day,” says Patrick. “We have so many things happening this month, we decided to use the upcoming program launches and events to create a month-long intensive outreach and education effort.”

During the month of April, NANA Major Drilling, LLC, will participate as a registered sponsor of the first US Department of Labor Core Driller Apprenticeship Program in Alaska.  Training will take place at the Alaska Technical Center in Kotzebue and will result in real world employment opportunities for NANA Shareholders and other Alaskans in Alaska’s resource development industry. The ground breaking project is the first of its kind in the country.

This month, NANA Worley Parsons is teaming up with Shungnak School as part of the NANA Shareholder Development’s Businesses Working in School Environments (B-WISE) program. The long-term partnership program brings business and education together to help students gain a better understanding of what it takes to compete in modern day business and to identify what skills they’ll need for the future.

NANA’s Shareholder Development department is also hosting two (2) NANA Career Fairs for shareholders in April, with one in Kotzebue and one in Anchorage.  

During the shareholder career fair, the NANA family of companies, local organizations, and post-secondary institutions will conduct on-site interviews, workshops and networking opportunities to help shareholders become familiar with employment, education and training options through NANA. The Kotzebue NANA Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kotzebue High School and the Anchorage fair will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at NANA Development Corporation, 1001 E. Benson Boulevard.

About NANA Development Corporation

NANA is one of 13 regional corporations formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANSCA). NANA’s six business lines encompass a wide cross-section of industries including engineering and construction; resource development; information technology and telecommunications; facilities management & logistics; and real estate and hotel development.  

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