In the last days of June, nearly twenty young men and women traveled to the Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC) in Seward to embark on a week-long hospitality and restaurant training program. For eight hours a day, participants dove headfirst into the finer points of hospitality operations. Students examined front-of-the-house procedures, exploring customer service, seating strategies, serving considerations, and working in tandem with the kitchen. They also analyzed back-of-the-house operations - starting with the supply chain and methodically moving through the systems that put food on plates. A genuinely successful week ended with job offers and changed lives.

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Hospitality Career Boot Camp June 15-24, 2022
Participants will prepare for work in a variety of jobs in Alaska’s hospitality and tourism industry and receive job placement assistance. 
We are seeking interested young adults between 18 to 24 years old who are:

  • Interested in working in the hospitality industries
  • Have a GED or high school diploma
  • Able to live and learn at AVTEC campus June 15-24, 2022

This WIOA funded training includes:

Want to Jumpstart your Career in IT?

AVTEC is offering an IT Bootcamp to prepare students for the CompTIA A+ Certification Exam.

Course completers can engage with an Apprenticeship Employer Partner or pursue a job with their new skill set.

For more information, click here

AVTEC will be offering a series of short courses focused on Vessel Maintenance and Repair starting Spring of 2022. 

This training suite of short, intensive courses will support the shore based vessel repair, maintenance, and construction industry. This program will help you build the basic skills needed to succeed and grow in this industry, as well as maintain and repair your own vessel.  

AVTEC will be offering a series of short courses focused on Building Maintenance and Construction starting in Spring of 2022. 

This training suite of short, intensive courses will support the facilities maintenance and construction industries. Students can pick and choose short courses in construction related topics to supplement their foundational knowledge. By completing this specialized training, students will acquire the basic skills needed to succeed and grow in this industry.  

For more information and an online application Click Here or Call Admissions at (907) 224-3322.

For Immediate Release
December 17, 2021
Contact: Colin Stewart Apprenticeship Coordinator (907) 224-6144

“The Alaska Vocational Technical Center Launches IT Apprenticeships”

Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC) has launched the first apprenticeship for Technology and Network Support Specialist in Alaska and is recruiting to fill its’ first student cohort to start in the spring of 2022. Through a partnership with the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Apprenticeships for Tech Initiative, AVTEC will serve as a multi-employer sponsor serving employers and apprentices under a United States Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship.


The 7th annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) will take place November 15 - 21, 2021. NAW is a nationwide celebration where industry, labor, equity, workforce, education, and government leaders host events to showcase the successes and value of Registered Apprenticeship for re-building our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, and supporting underserved communities. NAW is an opportunity to highlight how Registered Apprenticeship, a proven and industry-driven training model, provides a critical talent pipeline that can help to address some of our nation’s pressing workforce challenges such as responding to critical supply chain demands and supporting a clean energy workforce, modernizing our cybersecurity response, addressing public health issues, and rebuilding our country’s infrastructure.

Workforce Development Professionals Month was created in 2005 by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) to raise awareness about the importance of the industry to a growing national economy. The U.S. Senate recently passed a resolution naming September 2021 Workforce Development Month. Read the full resolution here.

AVTEC has played a vital role in the workforce development landscape in Alaska for over 50 years. Started in 1969 as the Alaska Skills Center, this unique workforce training school was responding to the discovery of oil in Alaska and started training Alaskans for work on the slope. Over the years AVTEC training programming has adapted to meet the workforce needs, working closely with employers, AVTEC trains Alaskans with the knowledge, skills and abilities to be top employees.

Throughout the pandemic, AVTEC has been the recipient of CARES funds from the Federal distribution process. The funds were used to assist with the economic hardship the pandemic placed on students and the institution. Information about the amounts and how the funds were uses can be found on this website above.

Let's celebrate! In spite of the challenges of this past year, students at AVTEC were tenacious and finished their training on the path to employment and are completing their year with our annual graduation celebrations! Because of COVID, we are doing them in person (by invitation only) and virtually at the links listed below.

The date of graduation for all programs will be Tuesday, May 18, 2021 and they will be staggered start times according to the following schedule: