Kinross Manh Choh recently teamed up with the University of Alaska’s Tok campus to provide two in-depth skill-building workshops for members of the Tetlin community.
Participants had the opportunity to register for the ‘EMS Emergency Trauma and First Responder Training’ and ‘Professional Skills for the Job Hunt’ workshops.
The EMS workshop trained participants on emergency care and the skills needed to provide first aid to patients. As a result of their training, there will now be 11 people in the Village of Tetlin who are certified in emergency response, instead of the previous one – a significant milestone that will help improve response times in the event of an emergency.
“Having residents trained to respond to a medical emergency as an Emergency Trauma Technician in rural Alaska is a game-changer for the community,” said Tiffany Silas, Community Relations Coordinator, Manh Choh. “Growing up in Tetlin, whenever we were out hunting and fishing, we would realize that we were a great distance away from any medical help if something were to happen. These new skills will help our community feel safe and know they are no longer alone.”
The professional skills workshop assisted participants in selecting meaningful employment opportunities that align with their skillset and interests, as well as ways to build their employment profile.
In total, nine residents participated in the professional skills workshop and 11 residents in the EMS training workshop from the Village.