Various state offices and programs to close across Alaska

    Multiple government offices and programs around the state are halting operations due to budget cuts

    A regional youth facility in Ketchikan will shut down in a month, sending youth in the juvenile justice system to Juneau, instead. The State Division of Juvenile Justice is laying off 15 employees at the Ketchikan facility.

    In Kotzebue, a job center will close after this Friday. The Department of Labor says shifting services to online delivery will save about $166,000 a year. Job Centers in Barrow and Seward were closed last year.

    The Department of Labor is also closing the Anchorage branch of its AVTEC training program. The medical assistant and certified nurse assistant programs were the only ones remaining at the Anchorage campus, after the registered nurse and licensed practical nurse programs were suspended last year due to budget cuts.

    The main AVTEC campus in Seward, which trains in welding, cooking, and heavy equipment, among other skills, will remain open.

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