Programs & OpportunitiesEducation & Training Resources in Alaska and Beyond
There are so many education and training resources available that at times it can feel overwhelming.
We have done our research and compiled a list of excellent resources that you can sort through based on where you are at currently, or where you are looking to be with your education and/or training in the future.
Please utilize the options in the dropdown menu to easily find resources best suited for your interests.
AATCA – Alaska Apprenticeship Training Coordinators Association
The Alaska Apprenticeship Training Coordinators Association (AATCA) is composed of the Joint Administered Training Committee’s (JATC’s) of more than 16 different union construction crafts. The JATC’s engage in providing quality training for the majority of construction apprentices in Alaska.
ABC of Alaska
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Alaska offers Apprenticeship Programs in: Carpentry, Electrical, HVAC, Insulating, Laborer, Pipe-Fitting, Plumbing, Sheet Metal and Sprinkler Fitting.
ACA – Alaska Construction Academies
The list of organizations represents the AWIB's designated awarded statewide network of ACA program service providers.
ACAC – Alaska College & Career Advising Consortium
ACAC, a program sponsored by ACPE, provides training and resources to education partners across the state who are committed to developing a postsecondary education culture and helping Alaska's students access and benefit from postsecondary education and career training.
ACPE – Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
ACPE promotes access to and success in education and career training beyond high school. ACPE offers free resources, student financial aid (Alaska Performance Scholarship, Alaska Education Grant, and various education loans), financial aid literacy, postsecondary planning guidance, K-8 classroom curriculum, and FAFSA completion assistance.
ACPE Consumer Protection & Institutional Authorization
The purpose of Institutional Authorization (IA) is “to provide for the protection, education, and welfare of the citizens of the state, its postsecondary educational institutions, and its students”.
ACPE Success Center
The ACPE Success Center offers education, career training, and financial aid guidance through Zoom, email, telephone, and in-person appointments.
ACPE’s Master the FAFSA Training
ACPE’s Master the FAFSA Training empowers education stakeholders and provides them with the knowledge and deeper understanding of the FAFSA process (for dependent and independent students) so that they have more confidence assisting their students and families independently with successful FAFSA completion.
ACT Workforce Solutions
Our mission is to help create thriving workforce ecosystems that foster economic growth. From ACT WorkKeys to WorkKeys Curriculum and the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), ACT offers leading workforce development solutions for businesses and communities.
AEDC – Anchorage Economic Development Corporation
The mission of AEDC is to grow a prosperous, sustainable and diverse economy. It exists to encourage economic growth and diversity in Anchorage, to promote a favorable business climate, and to raise Anchorage residents’ standard of living.
AEG – Alaska Education Grant
The Alaska legislature created the Alaska Education Grant (AEG) program to provide need-based financial assistance to eligible Alaska students attending qualifying postsecondary educational institutions in Alaska.
AGC – Associated General Contractors of Alaska
As the state’s leading construction trade association, AGC provides its members with products and services designed to improve and grow their business and enhance the professionalism of Alaska’s construction industry.
AKCIS – Alaska Career Information System
AKCIS is a free resource available to Alaska residents. It is made possible through a partnership between the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) and the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development (Alaska DOLWD).
AKCIS Junior: 5th-8th Grade
AKCIS Jr. is a free, interactive, web-based education and career planning tool which helps students in grades 5-8 identify their interests, explore career pathways, and begin to make their own Personal Learning and Career Plans.
Alaska Association for Career & Technical Education (Alaska ACTE) is a professional organization that provides leadership in advocacy, professional development and works to build an effective CTE network across Alaska.
Alaska Advantage Program
The Alaska Advantage program encourages high school students to take high-quality online courses, offered by University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Alaska Southeast.
The Alaska Area Health Education Centers (Alaska AHEC) program consists of academic and community-based partnerships focused on primary care workforce engagement, training and recruiting, and retaining activities to improve the distribution, diversity, supply, and quality of healthcare personnel.
Alaska AHEC: Health Careers Exploration
Each of the Alaska AHEC centers have staff dedicated to recruiting Alaskans into health careers and supporting students of all ages and paths on their educational journey. They are involved in exposing Alaskans to the wide range of health careers through a multitude of activities.
Alaska AHEC: PATH Camps and Academies
Preparing Alaskans for Training in Health (PATH) is a collection of camps and academies designed to encourage students to consider healthcare professions. Camps are aimed at students ages 15-19, while academies are for adults and youth who are not currently enrolled in school.
Alaska DEED: Career & Technical Education (CTE)
Career & Technical Education (CTE) - Learning that works for Alaska! CTE uses hands-on learning to teach skills that help Alaskan communities thrive.
Alaska DEED – Department of Education & Early Development
The Mission of Alaska DEED: An Excellent Education for Every Student Every Day.
Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
The Alaska Office of Veterans Affairs serves as the primary advocate for Alaska's veterans and strives to help our veterans and their families improve their lives. From helping veterans to file claims for education, medical or other benefits to assisting them in obtaining earned military awards, the Office of Veterans Affairs is here to serve you.
Alaska DOLWD: Apprenticeships
Earn While You Learn! Registered Apprenticeships are helping more than 225,000 employers across the country reduce employee-training costs, increase employee knowledge and loyalty, and keep pace with advancing technology.
Alaska DOLWD: Employment and Training Services
The Division of Employment and Training Services (DETS) works with business and industry to build a trained and prepared workforce by providing labor exchange, employment and training services, and unemployment insurance to Alaskans and Alaska businesses, thereby advancing opportunities for employment and economic stability for communities in Alaska.
Alaska DOLWD: Research and Analysis
Labor trends as identified by the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development.
Alaska DOLWD: Vocational Rehabilitation
Each year, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) helps hundreds of Alaskans with disabilities prepare for, get and keep good jobs. If you want to work or keep working and have a physical, intellectual or mental condition that makes this hard, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation (VR) services.
Alaska DOT&PF – Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (Alaska DOT&PF) has instituted the On-the-Job Training (OJT) program as a condition of continued funding for federal aid highway construction projects. Historically, it has been recognized that a need exists to train women and minority employees in the construction trades.
Alaska EXCEL is a key component in supplementing CTE curriculum in rural Alaska school districts. Provided with our unique educational opportunities, students are able to experience career exploration starting in the 7th grade and can continue until the summer following high school graduation.
Alaska FAFSA Completion Initiative
ACPE, US Department of Education Federal Student Aid (FSA), and professionals from postsecondary institutions and Alaska Native organizations across Alaska have teamed up to deliver one centralized location for you to access the information and resources necessary to complete the FAFSA.
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation’s mission is to provide Alaskans access to safe, quality, affordable housing.
Alaska Job Corps Center
At Job Corps, we will help you unlock your full potential. Not only do we offer hands-on career training, but we also offer classes in academics, like reading and math. At Job Corps, we will make sure you have the tools and resources you need in order to earn from what you learn.
Alaska Laborers Training School
The Alaska Laborers Training School offers excellent training in various construction fields. It also offers a career track opportunity to those without any professional construction experience through its Apprenticeship Program. Applications are accepted year round, with a set deadline before periodically scheduled interviews.
Alaska Middle College School
Alaska Middle College School is a dual enrollment program that offers opportunities for college-ready students to enroll in university courses in a collegiate setting while ensuring the completion of a high school diploma.
Alaska Military Youth Academy
The Alaska Military Youth Academy (AMYA) is Alaska’s Premier Youth Leadership Academy developing the leaders of tomorrow. AMYA partners with youth ages 16-18 to develop self-confidence, discipline, leadership skills, and life coping skills to assist youth with their academic and future success.
Alaska Native Hire
Whether you're looking for that dream job, or seeking skilled workers, let Alaska Native Hire help make the perfect pairing.
Alaska Resource Education
Ignite. Inspire. Educate. Alaska Resource Education puts the power of Alaska’s resources into the hands of Alaska students.
Alaska Safety Alliance: Explore Careers
The Alaska Safety Alliance (ASA) works with employers to help Alaskans find the training they need to be great employees in Alaska’s process industries, from oil and gas to maritime to construction.
Alaska SBDC – Small Business Development Center
Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides free, confidential technical business assistance and low-cost business training. Alaska SBDC has helped Alaska businesses begin, prosper, and grow for over 20 years; it is partly funded through a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration.
Alaska Works Partnership, Inc.
Alaska Works Partnership is a non-profit that connects Alaskans with job opportunities in construction. We provide free education, training, and a path to a rewarding career with good pay, benefits, and a lifetime of skills.
Alaska WWAMI School of Medical Education
The WWAMI School of Medical Education is a collaboration among 6 universities in five northwestern states (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) and the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Alaska529 is an education savings plan designed to make it easy for parents and loved ones to save for education.
AMEC – Alaska Maritime Education Consortium
The mission of the AMEC is to “collaborate to prepare Alaskans for afloat and ashore careers that will support and strengthen the maritime workforce” by combining efforts to provide maritime training and education across the state.
ANCAP – Alaska Native Community Advancement in Psychology
In brief, ANCAP seeks to address behavioral and mental health issues and promote wellness among Alaska Native communities.
ANSEP – Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program
ANSEP’s objective is to effect systemic change in the hiring patterns of Alaska Natives in science and engineering by placing our students on a career path to leadership.
APCA – Alaska Primary Care Association
Alaska Primary Care Association (APCA) is not a medical facility, rather it’s an organization with the mission to create Advance Alaska’s Wellness through the support of vibrant and effective Community Health Centers. APCA works with Alaska’s Health Centers and many partners to promote, expand, and optimize access to primary care for Alaskans.
Apprenticeship.gov is the one-stop source to connect career seekers, employers, and education partners with apprenticeship resources. Discover apprenticeships across industries, how programs are started by employers, and how to become an apprentice.
APS – Alaska Performance Scholarship
Administered by ACPE, the Alaska Performance Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for Alaska high school graduates. This three-tiered scholarship is based on GPA, test scores, and completing a rigorous high school curriculum.
AVTEC’s Related Studies Program (RSP)
The mission of the Related Studies Program is to provide third party testing by correspondence or online to students throughout Alaska who could not otherwise receive the apprenticeship or upgrade training necessary to become more skilled as a worker, technician or manager.
AWIB – Alaska Workforce Investment Board
The Vision for the Alaska Workforce Investment Board is to "build connections that put Alaskans into good jobs".
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CareerOneStop – Veteran and Military Transition Center
CareerOneStop Veteran and Military Transition Center is a one-stop website for employment, training, and financial help after military service.
Covenant House Alaska
Covenant House Alaska protects youth experiencing homelessness from the perils of the street and offers them an important sense of security; it fosters confidence, encouraging young people to believe in themselves and make smart choices for their lives; it provides the stability and structure necessary to build a positive future.
CTSOs – Career and Technical Student Organizations
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) enhance student learning through contextual instruction, leadership and personal development, applied learning and real world application.
Early Career Explorers
FREE Downloadable Classroom Resources (PK-4)! Early Career Explorers educational resources incorporate career exploration alongside traditional subjects. Students build a strong foundation to better understand the importance of academics, extracurricular activities, and healthy study habits as it relates to future career goals.
ETPL – Eligible Training Providers List of Alaska
The Division of Employment and Training Services (DETS), in partnership with the Alaska Workforce Investment Board (AWIB) identifies and certifies training programs that meet required performance levels. Approved programs are eligible to receive WIOA funding to train Adults, Dislocated Workers, and Youth program participants.
FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Use the FAFSA form to apply for financial aid for college or career training school, or graduate school.
Created for individuals, students, and families, ACPE's FAFSA Wednesdays offer free, year round FAFSA completion assistance and troubleshooting via Zoom. Individuals can drop in at any time between 3:00pm and 6:00pm; registration not required.
FSA – Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Aid (FSA), a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. FSA is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grant, work-study, and loan funds to students attending college or career school.
I Know I Can
Second Grade FREE Early College & Career Exploration e-Book and Activities! Designed to spark youngsters to begin their own career exploration, the I Know I Can story draws the connection from elementary classroom education to higher education and careers.
Iḷisaġvik College provides quality post-secondary academic, vocational and technical education in a learning environment that perpetuates and strengthens Iñupiat culture, language, values, and traditions.
Designed for students between 5th-8th grade, the program helps students explore the many different forms of postsecondary education, identify career interests, build personal learning and career plans, and understand the steps they can take in middle and high school to better prepare themselves for college and career success.
Lumina Foundation: A Stronger Nation
The nation faces an urgent and growing need for talent. To meet that need, many more people must earn college degrees, workforce certificates, industry certifications, and other high-quality credentials. That’s why Lumina Foundation focuses on an ambitious goal for education attainment.
MAPTS – Mining and Petroleum Training Service
MAPTS was established in 1979 to deliver training, development, and consulting services to the resource industries of Alaska. Since that time, MAPTS has broadened its offerings to include employer-driven soft-skills and hands-on hard-skills industrial training.
Municipality of Anchorage Jobs
The Municipality of Anchorage is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We comply with Title 1 of the Americans with Disability Act and are committed to diversity in the workplace.
NCAN – National College Attainment Network
NCAN is a non-profit membership and advocacy association. NCAN's mission is to build, strengthen, and empower communities and stakeholders to close equity gaps in postsecondary attainment for all students.
Nine Star Education & Employment Services
Nine Star's Vision is to deliver services that prevent homelessness and improve the quality of life for all Alaskans. Through education and employment services help Alaskans get a job, keep a job, and advance on the job!
NIT – Northern Industrial Training
NIT is proud to be Alaska's #1 resource for vocational training and corporate training support services. From special programs, to grant opportunities for financial support we can help you excel and succeed in a new chapter of your life through exceptional training that exceeds all industry standards.
PITAAS – Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska’s Schools
The PITAAS program is a scholarship that supports Alaska Native students who want to become teachers and administrators in Alaska’s schools.
RAHI – Rural Alaska Honors Institute
The Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI) is a competitive program that gives rural and Alaska Native students a chance to find out what it's like to be a college student. For six action-packed weeks, students live in dorms on UAF's Troth Yeddha' campus, take an average of 9 college credits, explore interior Alaska through a variety of outdoor activities, and volunteer in the Fairbanks community.
SCA – Student Conservation Association
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s conservation corps. Our members protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces in all 50 states.
SERRC – Alaska’s Educational Resource Center
SERRC is a non-profit educational service agency providing services statewide, working with nearly every district, from Metlakatla to Utqiagvik. With more than four decades of providing educational services to students, teachers, families, schools and school districts, SERRC has the personnel, infrastructure, and experience to meet Alaska’s unique educational needs.
STEP – State Training & Employment Program
The list of organizations represents the AWIB's designated awarded statewide network of STEP service providers.
The Alaska Community Foundation
ACF's mission is to inspire the spirit of giving and connecting people, organizations, and causes to strengthen Alaska’s communities now and forever.
The Alaska Maritime Training Center
The goal of the Alaska Maritime Training Center is to promote safe marine operations by effectively preparing captains and crew members for employment in the Alaskan maritime industry.
The Alaska Reads Act
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the 150+ communities working with the Campaign are dedicated to narrowing the gap between children from low-income families and their more affluent peers.
NCES – National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.
The UA Scholars Program
The UA Scholars Award is a $12,000 scholarship awarded to students in the top ten percent of their Alaska high school class at the end of the junior year. The Award may be used toward the cost of attendance at any location within the University of Alaska system.
The UAA Care Team
The UAA Care Team is a multidisciplinary group that works to promote a safe, caring and productive learning, living and working environment at UAA.
The UAA Financial Aid
Many students and families are facing challenging and uncertain times and we hope you will reach out to us if you need any financial aid support or advice. It is our goal to assist you in a timely manner and to the best extent possible by providing accurate information so you can make informed decisions about your college funding options.
The UAF TRIO Student Support Services
As a Federal TRIO Student Support Services program, our mission is to increase the academic achievement, retention and graduation rates of first-generation and low-income students, and students with disabilities.
The UAS Maritime Training Center
The UAS Maritime Training Center's programs and training facilities can help you get you good-paying jobs.
The University of Alaska: Scholarships
Donors make it possible for the University of Alaska Foundation to offer more than $3.5 million in scholarship awards annually. Scholarships are available to students attending UAA, UAF or UAS, including all community campuses. Applications must be received by February 15, to be considered for most scholarships.
The University of Alaska: “Stay on TRACK” Campaign
The "Stay on TRACK" campaign is grounded in the philosophy that students and the university can take deliberate actions to help students graduate in a more timely manner, saving them money.
The WIOA Youth Program
The WIOA Youth Program improves the quality of the workforce by preparing eligible youth for unsubsidized employment, placement into postsecondary education and training, and connections to employers for work in priority industries.
It is a searchable database of US federal jobs at all levels with links to internships and bridge programs. Applicants can save a profile and apply for multiple jobs. Locations and pay vary, as do closing dates and eligibility requirements.
The primary goal of WeBuildAlaska is to create a bridge to connect potential construction workers with apprenticeship and training programs, providing them with the resources and information they need to get started.
Employment with the State of Alaska is more than just a job. Professions in state government help support many aspects of life in the Last Frontier including healthcare, protection of citizens, and preserving natural resources, just to name a few. What we do makes a difference to the people of Alaska.
WUE – Western Undergraduate Exchange
WUE is an agreement among WICHE’s 16 member states and territories, through which 160+ participating public colleges and universities provide steep nonresident tuition savings for Western students.
Apprenticeship programs for youth between the ages of 16-24 combine academic and technical classroom instruction with work experience through an apprenticeship program. It provides the foundation for youth to choose among multiple pathways – to enroll in college, begin full-time employment, or a combination.