Learning Resources


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The Learning Resources Department (LRD) provides all AVTEC students the opportunity to improve their mathematics, English, and reading skills in the context of their vocational training and the library and media services to support their studies. Academic skills are taught as they are applied in the world of work. LRD instructors teach fundamental academic skills and the necessary on-the-job mathematics. Instructors also support students with their training by offering individualized tutoring and study skills instruction. Resources are also available for prospective students looking to improve their basic academic skills before attending training at AVTEC.

Resources for Success:
Student Learning Center
Jack Werner Memorial Library
Multimedia Computer Lab
Testing and Assessment Services
Applied Mathematics
Classes for Adult Basic Education

Resources for Success
Student Learning Center
LRD's Student Learning Center provides academic support services to AVTEC students on scheduled evenings at the Student Service Center. An instructor provides assistance with homework and tutoring in mathematics. The student tutoring program offers students the opportunity to receive individualized peer tutoring.

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.
Students can also 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, initiate the search for a job, learn basic computer skills, or just surf the web 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. Assistance is available to learn basic computer skills.

Testing and Assessment Services
Interested in earning an Alaska Career Readiness Certificate? The Learning Resources Department can administer the WorkKeys tests needed for the ACRC.
LRD staff is also available to proctor the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) which is an admission requirement for most AVTEC programs. Contact Admissions for more information about TABE requirements or to schedule a test.
Pre-training Available
Need to improve your reading or math skills to meet AVTEC’s entry requirements? Online programs in reading and math are available. Contact Admissions or the Learning Resources Department, 907-224-6114, for more information or to register.

Foundations Program
The purpose of the Foundations Program is to support new students that may need assistance with basic academic skills. All students in participating training programs are retested on the TABE during their first week of training. Students that do not meet the required scores must attend the evening Foundations class. The Foundations class meets four nights per week for 1 hour, for the first four weeks of training. The class includes individualized instruction based on need; study skills; as well as time to complete training area homework in a supervised, structured environment. 

Applied Mathematics
LRD instructors teach the applied mathematics classes that are part of the required curriculum for Business and Office Technology, Professional Cooking and Baking, Diesel/Heavy Equipment Technologies, Structural Welding, Plumbing & Heating, and Construction Technology.

Classes for Adult Basic Education
The Seward Community Learning Center (SCLC) is open to the local community four mornings per week in the library at the Student Service Center. An instructor provides individual instruction to those who need improvement in academic areas. Contact the Seward Community Learning Center at (907) 224-6114.

Community Classes Include:
GED Preparation
Reading Improvement
Mathematics Improvement
Writing Skills
English as a Second Language

The mission of the Learning Resources Department is to teach applied vocational academic skills, provide academic support, library and media services, and deliver adult basic education services.

Department Members: 
Trish Hart
(907) 224-6141
  • Instructor
  • B.T. Adult Computer Education & Training, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • A.A.S. Computer Application, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Microsoft Office Specialist Master Instructor
  • Microsoft Office Specialist Master
  • Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) Authorized Program Instructor
  • Synchronous Learning Expert (SLE)
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