Invitation to seafood processors

2017–2018 Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute

Do you have an employee who, with key training, could help lead your business into the future? The Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute (ASPLI) offers an intensive 80 hours of professional development for employees with the potential to move up in your company. The institute is designed for mid-level managers in a seafood plant—production managers, QC supervisors, seafood engineers, human resource, corporate or administrative personnel—who are identified by their employer as having leadership potential. Others who might want to participate include direct marketers or small seafood processors or those closely involved in the seafood industry. ASPLI provides the technical training, leadership and management skills needed in the seafood industry. More than 70 seafood processing leaders from 21 companies in Alaska have participated to date in ASPLI. Detailed descriptions of past institutes can be found in the archives.

The program

Kodiak session

Session 1 of ASPLI is November 13–17, 2017, at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center (a University of Alaska Fairbanks facility), where participants will learn from seafood faculty and local experts. Topics include

Participants receive hands-on experience in the KSMSC pilot plant, and local plant managers will offer perspectives on the seafood industry and management.

Project work

After the Kodiak session, ASPLI participants will return to their jobs and work with an in-house mentor to identify and complete a project that has an impact on plant operations.

Anchorage session

ASPLI Session 2 will convene in Anchorage (March 5–9, 2018) for leadership training, human resources, regulatory environment, and developing effective management styles. Experienced seafood leaders, government regulators, and management consultants will lead the classes.

Seafood Expo North America

Participants will then have the option to attend a guided tour of the Seafood Expo North America and East Coast processing facilities, March 11–13, 2018, in Boston. This is the largest U.S. marketing venue for seafood, providing an understanding of Alaska’s role in the global market. Participants will be required to interact with vendors, seafood buyers, and sellers, and will visit local seafood facilities. The Boston trip is not required to receive an ASPLI certificate; however, travel for this trip is included in the overall cost of the institute.

Program cost

The cost of this program is $2,500 per person if the participant travels to Boston or $1,800 per person without the Boston trip. All travel to Sessions 1 and 2 in Kodiak and Anchorage, including lodging and meals (other than lunch, which is provided), is the responsibility of the participant or sponsor. If the participant is attending the Boston trip, airfare from Anchorage, lodging and per diem are included in the course fee.

University of Alaska Fairbanks vocational training funds and Alaska Sea Grant funds offset the cost of ASPLI, estimated to be a $5,000-per-person training program.

How to participate

If you have an employee who would benefit from ASPLI and you wish to be a sponsor, here are the steps to take: The prospective ASPLI participant should submit an online application or fill out and send in a paper application [PDF; 115 KB]. Applications, both online or via paper copy, are accepted at any time with a deadline of September 30, 2017. Payment will be due by October 15, 2017.


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