The Alaska Technical Center lets students learn a trade while earning college credit

Many students spend time thinking about whether they should choose vocational training or college. This does not have to be an either/or choice. Students attending the Alaska Technical Center (ATC) in Kotzebue, Alaska, can gain industry-recognized job certifications and earn college credits. The new Process Technology Career pathway allows students to earn an associate's degree by attending a University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF)-approved program at ATC.

ATC’s 2016 spring semester ended on May 11. During the school year, 687 trainees in programs including construction trades technology, certified nurse’s assistant, culinary arts, and process technology, successfully completed the requirements for graduation with industry recognized certifications and some earning college credit.

Today’s economy demands a better educated workforce and employment in this new economy requires more knowledge and skills than in the past. Research from the Center for Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University predicts that nearly two-thirds of jobs created in the United States will require some form of postsecondary education by 2018 (Carnevale, Smith, & Strohl, 2010). ATC offers those who have not yet received a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate in the NANA region the opportunity to do so through Adult Basic Education and GED preparation courses.

ATC recently completed a $14 million renovation and addition to their facilities with new shops, classrooms, and the latest teaching and industrial technology. The curriculum has grown and they have increased their faculty. They also have a dorm facility.

If you have any questions about ATC, call (907) 442-1500 or contact Recruiter Scott Martin directly at (907) 442-1502. Classes for the 2016 Fall semester begin on Monday, September 7. ■