As long as COVID-19 remains present in our community and state, we must remain strong and committed to making wise choices. At this time nearly all AVTEC staff and students are well due to healthy habits, and to stay that way will require continued vigilance on all our parts.
Remember when socializing or recreating with anyone who is not in your household or you small training program and social bubble, both indoors and outdoors, be thoughtful and deliberate about the choices you make and help keep AVTEC strong by following these simple guidelines:
Because the AVTEC community has taken care of each other and themselves - as of October 22 there are NO active COVID cases on campus!! Excellent work by all in following health guidelines to wear their masks, wash their hands and stay 6 feet away from each other!! Be safe this weekend...
Student Service Center Auditorium: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050544A9A92EA75-avtec1
Well, we have our first diagnosed COVID-19 case at AVTEC. Last Friday a student tested positive for COVID-19. All effected students and staff have been contacted by AVTEC staff or Public Health Nurses and are in quarantine. We have prepared for this and were ready with protocols and steps to mitigate this situation including cleaning of effected areas and care for sick individuals. Staff are to be commended for their response.
We are asking that everyone take extra precautions and maintain the six foot distance with others, practice good personal hygiene and wear a mask at all times when indoors or around others...most important, if staff or students are unwell they are NOT to come to work or class and have been directed to contact the appropriate person as outlined by AVTEC administration.
AVTEC is open for on campus training and we are in week two of the fall term with no reported COVID-19 cases. To keep all healthy and safe the students, staff and instructors are following the health mandates from the State of Alaska and with care, we are planning for an uninterrupted training year.
Part of the preparation for welcoming students back included a lock down of all the common areas and recreation activities, but because there are no active cases we will be opening the auditorium, wellness center and student services center for limited use by small groups form the same class and all adhering to the health mandates. Student can make reservations using SignUp Genius at these links:
Given that currently the Eastern Kenai Peninsula (Seward and the environs) is at a risk factor RED, the decision was made to push the date AVTEC would be welcoming students back on campus for the term based training to SEPTEMBER 8.
Some of the training programs are able to pivot to online delivery and plan to do...the students in those programs will be notified by their instructors. Students in the programs that are not able to do online delivery will be contacted by their instructors. The Alaska Maritime Training Center has been offering courses throughout the summer and will continue to do so into the fall.
Fall 2020 Training Information
The staff and instructors at AVTEC have been making plans for a safe start to training on August 17 and have established protocols for students to follow to remain as safe as possible while in training. All students have been invited to meet with the Director on a Zoom Information Session Monday August 3 to discuss these protocols and expectations for this upcoming year. If you are a student and have not heard from the school with an invitation and link to the Zoom, please contact (907) 224-3322 for that information.
Please visit the https://avtec.edu/covid19 for information about the response at AVTEC and phased opening for summer and fall 2020.
Federal CARES Act Supports AVTEC students
AVTEC received a Federal CARES Act grant in the amount of $35,719 to provide support for students to offset the cost for expenses incurred as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis. Full time students enrolled in on-campus programs who completed the 2019-2020 FAFSA by May 4, 2020 were eligible to receive the grant.
More information and details can be found at this link https://avtec.edu/caresact