5th Jul 2011

6/5/11: Workforce Development Director/Apprenticeship Training Manager


Ben Eveland recently joined Copper River Seafoods, Inc. as the new Apprenticeship Coordinator/Workforce Development Training Manager.  In his role, Ben is responsible for coordinating the full-scope of apprenticeship programs in keeping with the goals and mission of Copper River Seafoods, Inc (CRS).   The apprenticeship model is being adopted in every aspect of the company’s operation, from clerical to operations, from quality control to logistics, from diesel mechanic to call center and fulfillment services.   The training coordinator will serve as a liaison between the State of Alaska, the US Department of Labor and the journeyman instructors of Copper River Seafoods to develop a sustainable and compliant DOL certified apprenticeship program.
Ben has a long history throughout Alaska bridging job-ready training with employer workforce needs.   He will be working at all levels/locations of CRS to determine training needs in keeping with our mission to improve our skills, knowledge and abilities to be the best at producing and distributing Alaska seafood.  He will be integrating the apprenticeship model in keeping with the State and US Department of Labor.

Ben's most recent role was Principal of the MatSu Career Technical High School (engineering/culinary arts/it/medical, etc.)  Prior experience includes 30 years in Alaska, as a professional in vocational training, teaching and administration.  Ben has a Masters Degree in Vocational Education and an undergraduate degree in Industrial Education.  He has taught CAD, as well as Carpentry and Woodworking.  He is a pilot, a fishing guide, former football coach and has a permanent residence in Kasilof, Alaska.      Ben is married with two sons - both of whom worked in the seafood sector in Kenai and one of which now works for a global food manufacturing company.
We look forward to great mutual rewards for Ben and Copper River Seafoods.