In addition to academic training, Alaska Job Corps provides career technical training in the following industries:
Business and Technology Industry
Students learn to input a variety of financial information and data that are used for generating invoices, statements, reports, financial statements and payroll. Students may obtain Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications in Word and Excel, as well as Brainbench certifications in Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable/Billing, Payroll, and Bookkeeping Fundamentals.
Students will learn to perform a variety of clerical tasks in the office including telephone etiquette, scheduling appointments, mail processing, filing, and document formatting. Students may obtain Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
It will take the average student 12 to 15 months to complete accounting services or office administration training. Beginning wages range between $10 and $12 an hour.
This career training teaches students the basics of being a computer repair technician. There are two levels of instruction:
- Level 1 - A+ Essentials
- Level 2 - The student must choose one of three electives:
- Depot Technician
- IT Technician
- Remote Support Technician
After each level, the student must take and pass an exam in order to be nationally certified as an A+ Computer Repair Technician. Students will have an opportunity to participate in hands-on training such as diagnosing and repairing customer computers and working at community business sites.The average student takes 18 months to complete this training.
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This is a pre-apprenticeship program and is instructed by a national training contractor, Home Builders Institute (HBI).
- Pre-Apprentice Electrician - Residential
- Pre-Apprentice Electrician - Advanced Residential
The length of time for completion of this career training is approximately 1000 hours. A successfully completed student can look forward to positions primarily in residential and commercial wiring and, on a more limited basis, in industrial wiring.
This training is instructed by a national training contractor, Home Builders Institute (HBI).
- Facilities Maintenance (FM) Pre-apprentice - Core Skills
- Your choice of five fundamentals:
- Facilities Maintenance
- Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Upon completion of this training, the student would be an entry-level maintenance helper. It takes approximately 12-18 months to complete the core skills and one specialty level.
There is one level to this Career Technical Training.
- Carpentry Helper - Level 1
Graduates can look forward to jobs with:
- Apprenticeship programs
- Commercial builders
- General contractors
- Home builders, re-modelers, or subcontractors
The carpentry program is customized for each student, typically requiring about one year or 1000 hours to complete.
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Health and Community Services Industry
Nurse Assistant & Home Health Aide
A student can receive two different certifications from the state of Alaska while attending Job Corps for Health Occupations. These include Personal Care Assistant (PCA) and Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA). A student may choose to further their education by continuing on in the Advanced Career Training (ACT) program after completing this vocation.
The completion time of the Health Occupations program ranges from 9-15 months.
Behavioral Health Aide
A Behavioral Health Aide worker must demonstrate kindness, compassion, and thoughtfulness to care for diverse populations. The worker will serve clients in need of assistance. The training includes:
- Classroom instruction
- Clinical experiences
- Work-based learning experience
Some of the topics the student will learn about are:
- Communication skills
- Crisis intervention
- Blood borne pathogens
Students have the opportunity to receive certifications in the following:
- CPR/First Aid
- Drug Chemical Dependency Counselor Technician (CT)
In addition to these certificates, the Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health has a new certification called Behavioral Health Certification.
Behavioral Health Services is a fast growing profession in the state of Alaska and nationally. There are numerous opportunities for employment and advancement. Behavioral Health Aide workers must have a valid Alaska Driver's License. Criminal background checks may be required for applicants applying for employment in the Behavioral Services field. The average student can complete this vocational training in 12-18 months.
Training levels include:
- Introduction to Wastewater Systems (HAZWOPER Certification)
- Introduction to Drinking Water Systems (Small Water System Operator Certification)
- Water Distribution Operator - Level 1
- Waste Water Collection Operator - Level 1
- Water Treatment Operator - Level 1
- Waste Water Treatment Operator - Level 1
The classroom portion of this program takes approximately six to eight months. A student must then complete 1,950 hours (approximately one year) of work-base learning and have their High School Diploma or GED to be eligible to sit for the State Certification exams. The entire program takes about 24 months to complete.
This training has Hospitality Foundations which is a pre-requisite training step. To be complete in Culinary Arts, the student is required to complete the Hospitality Foundations and Culinary Arts training. ServSafe Certification testing is offered to students who successfully complete both requirements for this training.
This training takes approximately 18-24 months to complete. Students who successfully complete this training can look forward to jobs in a variety of culinary environments from an institutional setting to a fine dining establishment.
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Friday, May 24, 2013