JUNEAU, AK (March 9, 2022) – Over the past year, the Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit & Haida) has re-imagined its Vocational Training and Resource Center (VTRC) as a community learning center for Southeast Alaska.
The VTRC’s courses were paused in 2019 to allow Tlingit & Haida’s Cultural Heritage & Education division to develop a strong plan that would support the VTRC becoming a regional asset for the community.
The VTRC first opened in 2001 as a State of Alaska post-secondary authorized institution to provide high quality, post-secondary academic and vocational education. For nearly 20 years, staff provided training and career advancement opportunities through vocational classes for career certification, computer classes and workshops.
Through a rebranding process, the VTRC has transformed into Generations Southeast, a comprehensive center for all people that is rooted in our traditional tribal values.
“Generations Southeast was born from the vision we’ve always had for the VTRC,” said President Richard Chalyee Éesh Peterson. “We’re excited to see this new focus and effort roll out to provide greater opportunities for our people to reach their educational and career goals. Whether you're looking for vocational training or cultural classes to learn our languages and arts, the Tribe is committed to truly meeting our citizens where they’re at.”