Iḷisaġvik College Community & Workforce Development Program

Workforce Development

Meeting the Training Needs of Employers and Individuals

The mission of Iḷisaġvik’s Department of Workforce Development (WFD) is directly related to the Iḷisaġvik College mission of providing well-educated individuals to meet the human resource needs of North Slope Employers. The goal is to empower North Slope communities and individuals by providing them with the quality training they need to realize economic self-sufficiency and employment security. WFD works directly with employers to assist them in meeting present and future workforce needs. Trainings are delivered onsite in Barrow and in all North Slope villages.

Many WFD courses are designed to help employers meet regulatory and industry standards. Please check the course listings for the full descriptions of these courses. Additional courses are available upon request.

In addition, WFD also develops custom trainings on-demand for North Slope employers to meet specific workforce needs. Trainers for WFD programs come from local, state and national sources.

Some of the employer-demanded classes offered in the past include:

  • Asbestos Abatement 40-hour and 8-hour Refresher
  • Trainer Development
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention
  • Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention
  • Business Planning for Media Professionals
  • Video Production
  • Conflict Management
  • Food Worker Certification
  • Supervisor Training
  • Adobe Desktop Publishing Integrated software
  • Marine Mammal Observer’s Stewardship Training
  • E-Commerce Marketing
  • CAD Training

WFD has an open-door policy for developing courses to meet the needs of local businesses and organizations. Services range from providing facilities and logistical support to planning, coordinating, crediting and delivering the instruction for entire programs. Delivery options include traditional classroom settings; workplace skills development provided on-site; on-line courses; assistance with mentorships, and on-the-job training. Credits or CEU’s are based on industry and employer standards and are recorded on the college transcript.

For more information please contact  WFD at 907-852-6308
Toll Free at 800.478.7337 ext. 1868. or workforce@ilisagvik.edu


Alexander Dattilo

Training Manager
AA in Liberal Arts, Ilisagvik College

I’ve lived in Barrow AK since 2007. Before I worked at Iḷisaġvik I worked for the North Slope Borough under training and development. I grew up all over the country and lived in Central America for four years when I was a child. I am currently working towards my bachelors in Social Sciences.

Ph. 907.852.6308 alexander.dattilo@ilisagvik.edu


Scott Barr

Industrial Safety Training Facilitator

Scott has worked and resided in Barrow for nineteen years. During his ten years as North Slope Borough Sanitation Manager he accomplished a remarkable safety record. Landfill related work is listed as the fifth most dangerous job in the United States. In a landfill inspection report of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation it was stated that Scott had built the best safety/training program in Alaska that the regulator had ever seen. He is a Certified Faculty Member of the Solid Waste Association of of Northern America and also serves as a National Safety Ambassador. He has many year sof experience in the Health Safety  and Environmental field and is certified as an OSHA Outreach Instructor through the University of Washington. He is a certified  First Aid/CPR Instructor through the American Health and Safety Institute. Scott has more than a decade of experience as an instructor.

Ph. 907.852.1845  scott.barr@ilisagvik.edu