At some point in their schooling, many students wonder if their education will be used in a career or workplace setting. From solving long math problems to understanding the basics of science and physics, it can be hard to imagine opportunities outside of the classroom. To help students in the Yukon Kuskokwim region develop their career and educational interests, Donlin Gold has partnered with the Voyage to Excellence (VTE) Program to provide workforce experiences for juniors and seniors in high school.
This winter, Donlin Gold hosted three students through the VTE Program. Maria Fisher of Chauthbaluk and April Atseriak of Tuluksak were able to job shadow in Donlin Gold’s Accounting Department. Storm Phillips of Aniak spent the day shadowing Donlin Gold’s General Manager and Camp Operations Manager.
The main goal of the VTE Program is to provide students with opportunities to apply what they have learned in school to real life situations. During the program, they gain skills and training in various areas including life skills, personal development, social development, service training, urban familiarization, leadership and career development. Donlin Gold is committed to providing youth in the region with opportunities to advance and grow by partnering with the VTE Program.