Student Services

Two AVTEC Students SmilingAVTEC strives to provide a convenient and comfortable living and learning environment for students. Members of AVTEC staff are available to help students make a smooth transition to a school setting and to assist them in reaching their career goals. AVTEC is a non-smoking facility.

The following information identifies the facilities and services available on-campus and in the community for AVTEC students.


Dormitories are available on-campus, located next to the cafeteria and the recreation center. Students who elect to live in the dormitory will have a room reserved for the entire length of the training program. Short-term dorm accommodations may be arranged with prior approval. Occasionally short-term students are boarded at a local hotel when dormitory space is unavailable.

Most are single rooms. Dorm rooms have a single bed, desk, and wardrobe or closet for each resident. There are no coed rooms in the dormitories.

Students are responsible for providing their own bedding and towels. Laundry facilities are provided for students living in the dormitories. High volume stereo speakers are prohibited. No pets or weapons are allowed in the dormitories. Cooking, hot plates, and microwave ovens are not permitted inside dormitory rooms. Shared microwave ovens are provided for resident use in common areas of both dormitories.

Applicants for dormitory housing must complete a Dormitory Residence Application and Contract (Adobe PDF document). Minimum age to reside in AVTEC housing is 18. An application is also available from the Admissions Office at 1-800-478-5389. Before signing the Dormitory Residence Application and Contract, please read the Housing section of the Student Handbook (Adobe PDF document) located on the admissions page of the AVTEC website.

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Family Housing

AVTEC has 17 apartments available for students with families. Students are responsible to provide their own bedding, towels, utensils, dishes and personal items.

The following restrictions for family housing applicants apply: students must be enrolled in classes which are at least six weeks long, have children who will be living with them while they are in training, and the children must be under eighteen years of age. Applicants for family housing must complete a Family Housing Residence Application (Adobe PDF document). An application is also available from the Admissions Office at 1-800-478-5389. Before signing the Family Housing Residence Application, please read the Housing section of the Student Handbook (Adobe PDF document).

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Security Policy

AVTEC makes every attempt to provide safe and secure living conditions for students. Students are encouraged to make proper, responsible use of all security provisions, such as room keys. AVTEC is not responsible for lost or stolen personal belongings. Storage of personal belongings during vacations and school closures is at the student’s own risk. Firearms or weapons are not allowed in any AVTEC facility.

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All students, both full-time and part-time, may eat in the cafeteria. If you live in the dormitory all meals are included. If you do not live in the dormitory, meals can be purchased for a fee at the Business Office, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Meal tickets are not refundable.

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Items to Bring

Here are some helpful items to bring with you to training:

  • Personal items such as laundry and bar soap, shampoo, and toothpaste
  • Bedding, towels, extra blankets, and pillows
  • Alarm clock
  • Rain gear and waterproof boots
  • A second pair of shoes if you wear boots. Black-soled shop boots are not allowed in the dorms, Student Service Center, or cafeteria.
  • Copy of your most recent federal income tax return, for financial aid.
  • Sport shoes, workout clothing, outdoor sports gear and clothing
  • Coffee cup
  • Medical information such as proof of eligibility for Medicaid, Indian Health Services, and/or private insurance benefits
  • Social Security Card (needed to complete job applications or apply for campus jobs).

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What Happens When I First Arrive to AVTEC?

On enrollment day at 8:30 a.m., you will report to the Student Service Center at 519 Fourth Avenue (unless otherwise advised). If you are enrolled in a long-term program, you will spend your first two days in orientation. Orientation includes:

  • Meeting with Admissions, Student Records, Student Accounts, and Student Financial Aid
  • Receiving information on school procedures and services
  • Obtaining your program schedule
  • Meeting with a school counselor

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Dorm rooms are equipped with with a cable and a telephone connection available through local utilities. Messages may be left for students Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 224.3322. Messages may be left for dormitory residents 24 hours a day at 224.6100.

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Guest Wireless Internet Access

AVTEC provides wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) to all of its attending students and guests free of charge.  To obtain this service, you must submit a request to AVTEC's Information Technology Department by completing the request form below. The form requires that you submit your computers' wireless MAC address.  To find the wireless MAC address for your computer, please read the instructions on how to do so for Windows XP, Windows Vista or Macintosh OSX below. Fill out the request form and submit to Kathy Vitaris in AVTEC's IT department via fax at 224.4401 or e-mail kathy.vitaris@avtec.edu prior to arrival.  If you need further assistance, call 907-224.6181.

How to obtain a wireless MAC address from a:

Guest Wireless Access Request Form

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Student Mail

AVTEC has no capacity to receive nor deliver personal mail for enrolled students residing either on-campus or off-campus. Students should NOT arrange to have personal mail sent to them via AVTEC. Personal student mail received at the AVTEC Business Office will be returned to sender.

Seward does not have a home delivery mail service. All mail is picked up at the Seward Post Office. Students desiring to receive personal mail while attending training in Seward must go to the Seward Post Office located at Fifth & Madison, one block from the Student Service Center to make arrangements to receive mail. Post Office business hours are Mon-Fri 9:00am-4:30pm and Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm.

Dormitory residents desiring routine mail delivery are required to rent a mail box. There is a box rental fee and a refundable key deposit to acquire a box. Students can share a box if desired. If students will only require an occasional or one-time mail delivery, they can have mail sent to them via General Delivery, Seward, AK 99664.

AVTEC Family Apartment student residents and off-campus students may receive a free post office box if their housing location is within the Seward City limits. Apartment resident students must obtain a letter from the Residence Life office with your AVTEC apartment address prior to going to the Post Office to get a box. Off-campus students can take a copy of their rental agreement or a utility bill with their address to the Post Office to qualify for a free mail box. Students will still be required to pay the refundable key deposit.

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Child Care

Child care is limited in the community. For a complete list of licensed child care facilities and providers or for day care assistance information, contact the Seward Community Services at 224.5257. A partial list is available from the Admissions Office.

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Seward Schools (High, Middle, & Elementary Schools)

Information regarding the Seward High, Middle, or Elementary Schools, visit:

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Library Services

Jack Werner Memorial Library

Students have access to a wide range of technical information and resource materials at AVTEC’s library. Over 5,000 titles in the library’s collection are devoted to training related materials to support students in their vocational studies. To go directly to the AVTEC Library Web site, click here.

Students can find recreational reading with novels and magazines, as well as keep current on news from home with the collection of newspapers from all over the state.

Multimedia Computer Lab

Students can stay in touch with family and friends as well as initiate the search for a job and  learn basic computer skills in the library’s multimedia computer lab. Access to the Internet and up-to-date word processing, database, and spreadsheet software offer students unlimited resources. Students can learn to type, write a resume, or design a house with the wide range  of topics available on CD. Assistance is available to learn basic computer skills, access to the Internet, and set up e-mail accounts.

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AVTEC’s Student Service Center offers several recreational options for students. In the full size gymnasium, students enjoy rock wall climbing, basketball, volleyball, and roller skating. Students also have access to the racquetball court, weight room, ceramic craft room, and snack bar. The game room is equipped with pool and ping pong tables, and video games. Movies and special sporting events air regularly on a large screen in the auditorium.

Barbecues, pool tournaments, and field trips to local points of interest are organized for students several times throughout the year. Transportation to the high school swimming pool is also available regularly.

The scenic Seward area offers students a variety of outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, cross country skiing, mountain climbing, fishing, kayaking and boating. Churches, stores, hairdressers, hotels, restaurants, library, and video rental are available in the community. Qutekcak, the local Native tribe, welcomes participation of AVTEC students in many of its activities.

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Health and Wellness

AVTEC staff encourage healthy life-styles both in and out of the work place. Health information and wellness programs are available to all students.

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Student Accident Insurance

Students in long-term courses are covered by accident insurance. Student insurance covers only those accidents occurring on-campus and in off-campus school sanctioned activities and training. Liability cannot exceed $2,500. If an accident occurs, an AVTEC staff member must be notified immediately. Students who are covered by insurance should bring the appropriate information with them.

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Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

The purpose of FERPA and this statement is to set out requirements for the protection of privacy of students who have attended AVTEC, access to educational records directly related to them AND to protect the information contained within those files from unauthorized persons.

FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day AVTEC receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Student Records Clerk written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Student Records Clerk will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Students should write to the Student Records Clerk responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. The Student Records Clerk will forward a copy of the student’s statement to the party that submitted the information, and a copy to the Instructional Administrator. If AVTEC decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the Student Records Clerk, at the advisement of the Instructional Administrator and/or party that submitted the information, will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent (see Directory of Disclosable Information below). One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is defined as a person employed by AVTEC in an administrative, supervisory, academic, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit and health staff); a person or company with whom AVTEC has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Advisory Boards; or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, AVTEC discloses education records without consent by the student to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by AVTEC to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4605

Disclosure of AVTEC records means information contained in an education record of a student which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy. It includes and is limited to:

  • student's name, current mailing address and telephone number,
  • training program(s) attended,
  • dates of attendance,
  • certificates received

The above information may be given to anyone who inquires WITHOUT the consent of the student unless the institution has written notice, from the student, to withhold said information.

Students may withhold Directory Information by completing the “Request for Nondisclosure of Directory Information” to the Student Records Clerk. You may obtain this form from the Student Records Clerk. Requests to withhold Directory Information are in effect until rescinded in writing by the student.

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Freedom from Harassment Policy

Harassing behavior or harassment because of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, handicap, height, weight, age, or veteran status of students by other students is unlawful under both Alaska and Federal law. It is also contrary to AVTEC's commitment to provide a stable learning environment. AVTEC does not tolerate any harassment of students. It is the practice of AVTEC that all contact between students, teachers, and other employees of AVTEC be in keeping with respect for the individual, be of a nature which does not make a person feel uncomfortable, and be conducive to creating a stable learning environment. This includes speech, clothing, or carrying personal items in public that contain obscene, profane, or offensive language, gestures, pictures, or symbols.

Reports of harassment will be investigated. Anyone found to be in violation will be subject to disciplinary action. For more information, contact the AVTEC Equal Rights Compliance Officer.

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Alcohol and Drug Policy

The abuse of alcohol and drugs impairs the ability of students to learn and to work. Individuals who abuse or are under the influence of alcohol or drugs are not allowed to participate in training or in AVTEC sponsored activities.

It is imperative that persons with alcohol or drug problems obtain professional counseling before coming to AVTEC. Various support services are available at AVTEC and in the Seward community to assist a student who is actively working to overcome a substance abuse problem.

In compliance with the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, AVTEC requires that its campus be free of alcohol and drugs. Persons found in possession of alcohol or intoxicated on campus will be evicted from campus housing and/or terminated from school.

AVTEC reserves the right to test students while on campus if suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances. Typically, the suspicion is based on the direct observations of an instructor or staff member when the student exhibits physical signs of being under the influence and/or demonstrates a pattern of erratic or unsafe behavior. In such a case, the student is required to submit to a breathalyzer or saliva-based drug test upon request of a staff member.

A positive test result or refusal to submit to the appropriate test will result in disciplinary action which may include probation, eviction from campus housing, or dismissal from training.

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Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited in all AVTEC facilities.

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Van service is provided for students attending classes in the department of Applied Technology and at the Port Avenue Facility.

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Travel to Seward

Seward is located 120 miles south of Anchorage via the Seward Highway. Bus and train schedules are limited so make your travel arrangements early.

Seward Bus Line
For reservations call 563-0800 in Anchorage. In Seward call 224-3608.
Seward Bus Line offers limited service in the winter.

Homer Stage Line
For reservations call 868-3914 in Anchorage. In Seward call 362-3644.
Connects Anchorage, Homer and Seward.

Alaska Railroad
Connects Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Seward. Limited schedule. In Anchorage,
call 265-2494.

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