Alaska Vocational Technical Center
About Alaska Vocational Technical Center
The Alaska Vocational Technical Center, or AVTEC, is located in beautiful Seward, Alaska, 120 miles south of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula. Kenai Fjords National Park is less than one mile from campus, as is the Seward Boat Harbor at Resurrection Bay. The Harbor houses many businesses offering charters and tours, including sightseeing and sport fishing.
AVTEC is a component of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, offering training in many job fields. One available training program is in the field of Web Development Technology. This 38 week program offers training designed to prepare students for jobs such as Web developer, software developer, database developer, and programmer. One key component of the training is Web design.
The course Web Design and Development Tools teaches students how to create and manage Websites using software tools and various multimedia and CSS standards. The course focuses on theory, design and Web construction. Web design is among the course requirements listed in the first 20-week semester of the program. Successful completion of this first semester earns students the AVTEC Web developer certificate. Other required courses include introduction to programming, E-Commerce design, and a communications skills course designed to improve skills and develop self-confidence in the area of workplace communications.
The second semester encompasses the remaining 18 weeks, with courses such as Web application development, enterprise technologies, and a 3-week industry externship. The program also offers a course in job search and interview skills, designed to help students establish career goals, search for job openings, complete applications and develop resumes, as well as offering interview training through videotaped practice interviews. Completion of this second semester earns students an AVTEC Application Developer Certificate. Completion of both semesters qualifies students for dual certification.
AVTEC does not offer any scholarships, but does encourage students to apply for any available to them through civic organizations, schools, and private companies. Financial Aid is available through Federal Pell Grants and Stafford Loans as well as Alaska Supplemental Education Loans. Alaska Family Education Loans are also accepted by AVTEC.
AVTEC is Alaska's oldest and largest institute for skills training. It is also fully accredited. AVTEC's mission is to provide "accessible technical and related training to a statewide multi-cultural population for employment in the dynamic Alaskan community." The school has admirable objectives including that graduates will be employed or pursuing further education within one year after graduation. AVTEC offers on-campus housing, including family housing, with many student services including on-campus learning resources and recreational activities.