Mid-Level Processing Industry Courses Offered

Applications are being accepted now for an intensive
leadership course beginning in Kodiak in November for mid-level management
employees in the seafood processing industry.
The Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute offers 80
hours of professional development for production managers, quality control
supervisors, seafood engineers, human resource, corporate and administrative
personnel who have been identified by their employer as having leadership
The course, offered through Alaska Sea Grant, is also open
to direct marketers and small seafood processors and others involved in the
seafood industry.
Chris Sannito, a seafood technology specialist with Sea
Grant at Kodiak, said enrollment for the course, which includes sessions in
Kodiak, Anchorage and Boston, is filling up quickly.
The first session, from Nov. 9-13 at Kodiak, will include
hands-on technical training in seafood processing and visits with local
processors. Topics to be included are the science of seafood, shelf life,
quality and safety of Alaska’s fishery products, product development, lean
manufacturing, new technologies and seafood marketing.
Participants will get hands-on experience in the pilot plant
at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, and hear local seafood plant managers
talk about their perspectives on the seafood industry and management.
The second session, Feb. 29-March 4 in Anchorage, will focus
on leadership training, project management, human resources, regulatory
environment and developing effective management styles. Speakers will include
those experienced in the industry, government regulators and management
An optional third section, March 6-8, will be a trip to the
Seafood Expo North America in Boston, where participants will interact with vendors,
seafood buyers and sellers and visit a local seafood processor. The last
section is not required to receive an ASPLI certificate.
Sea Grant is also gearing up for the sixth Alaska Young
Fishermen’s Summit, Jan. 27-29 in Juneau, an event designed to provide
information to fishermen 40 and under and those in the business for less than
five years.
The summit focuses on leadership and networking skills.

Further information, including registration for these and
other Alaska Sea Grant events, may be done online at www.seagrant.uaf.edu