AVTEC students are in training for about 35 hours each week. This means that even after homework and studying there is always time to relax and have fun with classmates or on your own. AVTEC's goal is to provide a variety of resources, activities, and supplies to entertain and satisfy all of our students during their free time.
AVTEC’s Student Service Center offers many active recreational opportunities for students. In the full-size gymnasium, there are four indoor climbing wall pitches along with equipment for basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, dodge ball, pickle ball and even roller skating. A racquetball court, multi-purpose room with mats for for yoga, dance & stretching, and wellness center with weight and cardio equipment are available to help students stay active and in shape. A ceramics / arts & crafts studio, snack bar, auditorium, media center and student lounge are also available. Movies, sports, and Pay-Per-View sporting events can be watched on the 10 ft screen in the auditorium. Many of the activities inside the Student Service Center are available to Dormitory residents 24 hours a day and off campus students until 10 PM.
Inside the Willard Dunham Residence Hall, there are six student lounges with a variety of resources ranging from a video game lounge, conference room, and multiple cable televisions to computers for the internet. The gaming lounge has billiards tables, table tennis (ping pong), and foosball.
Barbecues, campfires, and field trips to local and regional points of interest are organized for students and there are weekly pool, poker, or sports tournaments on campus. Free transportation to hiking trails and the public swimming pool at Seward High School is available and students can participate in open swim on Mondays free of charge!
AVTEC's full time Recreation Specialist offers different programs and activities each school term, depending on the whims and requests of the current student body. Since students are only here for a maximum of one year, it's not uncommon for the activities offered to change all of the time! Poker tournaments, flag football, board game nights, minute-to-win-it games, campfires with s'mores, Magic: The Gathering, D&D, and Nerf wars are always popular events in the evenings and on weekends. Each year, AVTEC relies on students to suggest activities of interest. It is always a better student recreation program when students help to create it!
The Seward area offers students a variety of year-round outdoor recreation activities, such as hiking, cross country skiing, snowboarding, fishing, biking, and kayaking. The AVTEC Recreation program maintains a free lending library of equipment for all sorts of outdoor recreation so students do not have to buy gear to try out new activities. Students can check out camping gear, snowshoes, snowboards, fishing gear, and bicycles, as well as indoor equipment like guitars, board games and supplies for knitting, crocheting and beading..
Churches, stores, hairdressers, hotels, restaurants, the public library, and part time work opportunities are available in the Seward community. The Qutekcak Native tribe welcomes the participation of AVTEC students of all cultural backgrounds in many of its activities that include Native Youth Olympics and traditional crafts classes..
Health and Wellness
AVTEC encourages healthy lifestyles outside training. The Student Dining Service cafeteria offers a full salad bar for lunch and dinner and healthy meal options are always available. Each spring, AVTEC hosts the Seward Community Health Fair, where students can learn about healthy living and even obtain blood tests and health screenings at greatly reduced cost. AVTEC Residence Life staff will help students access local medical facilities and healthcare resources upon request.