John Hakala is the Alaska State Director for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. His office is responsible for the oversight, maintenance, and expansion of the apprenticeship system in Alaska. Since his appointment in 1999, John has been responsible for developing strategies and partnerships that connect industry, labor, and education to the public workforce system.
John enjoys working directly with business from multiple industries to develop high quality apprenticeship programs. He has a strong interest in competency-based approaches, integrating apprenticeship with the workforce investment system, and developing apprenticeship programs in partnership with the local Job Centers.
Liaison activities include coordinating services with other federal and state agencies, employment and training programs, intermediaries, and community organizations. Technical guidance activities improve program quality and performance and increases opportunities for under-represented populations to access apprenticeships.
John is a lifelong Alaskan who completed a labor-management sponsored apprenticeship after high school and later earned a bachelor degree in organizational management. He worked over 20 years in the electrical construction industry before becoming a federal employee.