Alaska’s Institute of Technology (AVTEC) is a career and technical education center that offers training programs in a variety of fields, including information technology, energy and building technology, applied technology, and maritime occupations. Of particular interest to NMS is AVTEC’s Professional Cooking and Baking program at the Alaska Culinary Academy.
The mission of the Professional Cooking and Baking program is to provide training in the job-related social and technical skills needed for building a successful career in the Alaska hospitality industry – a mission actively supported by NMS.
In 2006, NMS partnered with AVTEC to provide training for current NANA shareholder employees, which has since evolved into an opportunity for interested shareholders to proactively learn specialized skills and join the workforce with the appropriate training to contribute to and grow within the company.
The Professional Cooking and Baking internship is a 10-month program in which AVTEC students can certify as a cook/culinarian or culinary baker by documenting school and work experience. The position is typically offered once a year and is posted on Taleo, the NMS online recruiting portal. A human resource business partner, a recruiter and shareholder employment and development (SHED) professional jointly interview qualified candidates in the selection process. SHED makes the final selection for the program that typically begins in August and ends in June the following year.