Looking for Vocational,
Industrial, and Career Resources for your School in Rural Alaska?
-Links to Sites-
A Work in
Progress: gathered by John Stilger
Finding business and companies that supply
goods, materials, services to Rural Alaska Schools can be a time consuming,
frustrating, and a very expensive experience for Rural Vocational Education
programs. The purpose of this page is to provide some proven, cost effective
contacts I have used during the last 15 years in my Shop and Counseling
Living in a remote site poses its challenges,
especially when you need something for your program. It takes thinking ahead to
anticipate everything you may need to run your shop in Rural Alaska.
Where to start
Below is a list of links that I have collected
and used over the years. Many are big company links that will lead you to an
Alaska link or a catalog source for pricing and part numbers. Some wi ll get
you addresses and contact numbers to call and talk to someone about ordering.
Ive also included some Career links that are
great sources for furthering educational opportunities for your students. They
are also great contacts when going on career trips to the Big City to line up
companies and places to visit with students. The Local Village Corporation is
also a great source along with the Regional Corporation in your area. Many have
their main or corporate offices located in Anchorage or Fairbanks.
Industrial Hardware, Lumber, and Supply
Alaska Industrial Hardware
Tools, equipment, and supplies
Denali Industrial Supply-
Specializing in fasteners and industrial supplies
Ace Ok Lumber Supply- Lumber
and builder supplies located in Fairbanks
Spenard Builder Supply Inc.
Alaska builder supply source with many locations throughout Alaska
W.W. Grainger Inc. Industrial
supplies and equipment. Warehouse distribution center located in Anchorage.
Superior Hardwoods Great
source for hardwood, hard to find wood, and custom millwork
Tool King Power hand tools
Amazon.com Just about
everything but I use it for tools, pricing, books, and supplies.
Northern Tool and Equipment
Source for tools, equipment, welding, and engines. Great for trailer builder
parts and accessories
Brodhead Garrett Industrial
school supply. Now part of the School Specialty Family
Paxton Patterson - Offers a
comprehensive line of learning systems, tools, equipment, and supplies for
Satco Supply Tools for
schools and industry
supplies and projects
Woodworkers Supply Inc. - The
expert's source for woodworking tools and hardware. Now part of the School
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware
Woodworking tools, supplies, hardware, plans, and finishing
Midwest Technology Products and Service
School industrial, vocational, and technology supplies
Pac-Rim Building Supply
Seattle area building supply. Their focus is offshore shipments with no
domestic market to distract their resources. A great place to order barge
shipments in the Spring for arrival in the Fall. You can save a bundle.
Great communication and easy to work with.
Tandy Leather Factory Leather
craft tools, equipment, and supplies
Pitsco Educational kits,
supplies, and materials for lots of fun hands-on projects
Woodworking Shop Quality
tools and supplies for the woodworker. Retail outlet for Klingspor
Klingspor Abrasives and
sandpaper of all types. Wholesale and business accounts with good prices
School Specialty - Basic school
supplies to curriculum-based solutions. Great price and support
Hoffer Glass Glass and
plastics. Sled runner sheets can be ordered here. Located in Fairbanks
Sled Dog Central - Online
Sled-Dog Information and Supply links
Conney Safety - One of the
largest National distributors of products and equipment designed to help keep
people safe in the workplace
Alaska Safety Anchorage
source for specialty safety products.
Metalworking and Welding
Air Liquide Welding gases and weld supplies. In Fairbanks on Van Horn
Airgas Another source for
gases and weld supplies. Several locations in Alaska.
The Welding Depot Premier
online store for Welding Supplies. A wide range of high quality Mig Welders,
Arc Welders & Welding Supplies with dependable service, easy online ordering
at extremely affordable prices.
Welding Supply Another online
weld supply company.
Manhattan Supply Company - One
of the nation's leading distributors of metalworking & MRO industrial supplies
Automotive, Snow Machine, and ATV
NAPA Automotive parts online
with links to Alaska locations.
Dennis Kirk Online parts and
supplies for snow machines, ATVs, motorcycles, and more.
Transportation and Shipping
Air Transport and Cargo
Frontier Alaska Local
passenger and freight hauler for much of Alaska. Most freight will end up
coming in on Frontier.
Alaska Airlines Air cargo and
Gold Streak service to all major hubs.
Everts Air Cargo Oversize and
heavy freight that comes in by air. No scheduled service to Villages
Northern Air Cargo Same as
Lynden Same as Everts
Alaska Vocational Training and Courses
Alaska Union and Local Apprenticeships and Training
Anchorage Labors Local 341 -
The Alaska Laborers Training School accepts applications year round to apply
for the apprenticeship program.
Plumbers and Pipefitters: Anchorage
Training for Welding, Plumbing, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning,
Pipefitting, and Heating.
Plumbers and Pipefitters: Fairbanks
same as Anchorage
International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers (IBEW) - Opportunities statewide for journeyman linemen for
both construction and utilities.
Carpenters Local 1241 -
Represents Union Carpenters, Millwrights, Lathers, Metal Stud Framers,
Sheetrockers, Acoustical Ceilings workers, Welders, and Insulators working in
Alaska south of the 63rd parallel.
Sheetmetal Workers Union -
Training workers to fabricate, install and service heating, venting and air
conditioning systems, blowpipe and industrial systems; metal roofing, coping
Alaska Millwrights and Machine Erectors
- Millwrights are part mechanic, part machinist, part welder, and part
carpenter that can do just about anything.
Alaska AFL/CIO - Represents and
provides services for dozens of local unions and trade councils throughout the
state of Alaska.
Alaska Works Partnership - AWP
delivers services in partnership with Alaskas Building Trades unions, the
Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development, the U.S. Department of
Labor, and the Denali Training Fund.
Regional and Local Corporations
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC)
- ASRC represents eight villages on the north slope of Alaska; Point Hope,
Point Lay, Wainwright, Atqasuk, Barrow, Nuiqsut, Kaktovik and Anaktuvuk Pass.
Wainwright corporation made up of several diversified companies in
construction management, logistics, base operations, facility maintenance,
environmental management, technical security, and information technology.
Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation -
The village corporation of Barrow, Alaska.
Alaska Native Corporations
Links to all Alaska Native Corporations.
Boroughs and School Districts
The North Slope Borough
Information and links
The North Slope Borough School District
New website still being updated.
Alaska Local and Borough Government
Links to all in Alaska
Alaska Public School Districts
Links to all in Alaska
Alaska School Districts - Alaska Teacher
Placement Teacher District and job placement.