Carol Wren is the Director of Employment & Training Services at Cook Inlet Tribal Council in Anchorage, Alaska. She is Alaska Native of Inupiaq heritage, who grew up and went to school in Dillingham (pop. approx. 2,400), in the Bristol Bay area of southwestern Alaska. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master's Degree in Vocational Education from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is married to Eric Wren and has two children, Jade (6) and Kenny (3).
Carol is a recognized leader in the development and implementation of innovative and effective training and employment programs for Alaska Native adults and youth. Over the past decade, she has been instrumental in establishing Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) as the primary workforce development, employment, and training center for Native people in Anchorage — Alaska's largest Native community.
Ms. Wren has dedicated her professional life to improving the lives of whole families by helping to establish financial independence through stable employment, job training, education, and coaching that increase opportunities for parents and their children. She has been instrumental in developing an integrated approach to services and training by providing a single locus of opportunity for job-seeking youth and adults.
Under Ms. Wren's leadership, CITC's Employment and Training Division has greatly expanded its collaboration with regional businesses — including Native corporations — to connect jobseekers with long term, sustainable careers in growth industries such as construction, green technologies, education, healthcare, tourism, retail, transportation, Information Technology, and resource development.
Understanding that youth are the key to our collective future, Carol has developed and expanded a variety of career/job readiness programs for young people by establishing partnerships with regional agencies and employers to provide career guidance, work experience, leadership and life skills, GED/high school completion coaching, and scholarship opportunities for vocational training and higher education.
Carol devotes personal time to youth mentoring through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, she serves on the Advisory Board of the Alaska Institute of Technology, she is on the Public Transportation Advisory Board with the Municipality of Anchorage, and she serves as the Secretary for the Alaska Native Coalition on Employment & Training.