Central Council hires new training, resource center manager

Posted: Sunday, January 10, 2010

JUNEAU - The Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska recently announced that Laird Jones has accepted the position of manager of the Vocational Training & Resource Center, a state of Alaska authorized postsecondary institution owned by Central Council that provides training and career advancement opportunities through high quality computer and vocational education.

Jones received his master's degree in business administration from the University of Washington and his Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is the son of Mary Jones and the late Willard Jones, of Ketchikan. He and his wife, Francine Eddy Jones, Tribal Family & Youth Services director at Central Council, are the parents of Justin Jones, a senior at Whitworth University.

"I look forward to building on the excellent training and vocational opportunities at the VTRC," Jones said. "Two areas I will focus on are distance learning and exploring the option of opening a tribal college."

Jones has served as the tribe's business development specialist since October 2007. Prior to this he worked for the state of Alaska for 20 years, including serving as the director for both the fisheries and game boards from 1989 to 1999.

"I am pleased to welcome Laird Jones as the Manager of the VTRC," said Corrine Garza, chief operating officer. "His education and experience will help him meet the vision of operating the VTRC as a regional training facility."

Jones will begin his new position on Jan. 18. His office is located at 3239 Hospital Drive.

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