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Career Training

In addition to academic training, the primary focus of Alaska Job Corps is to provide career technical training in the following trades: 


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.

Building Construction Technology

This training is instructed by a national training contractor, Home Builders Institute (HBI).

  • Building Construction Technology Pre-apprentice - Core Skills
  • Your choice of five fundamentals:
    • Facilities Maintenance
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
    • Carpentry
    • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Upon completion of this training, the student would be an entry-level maintenance helper. This training 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.

Accounting Services

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.

Office Administration

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.

This training takes approximately 12 to 15 months to complete. 

Certified Nurse Assistant

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.

This training takes approximately 9-15 months to complete.

Wastewater Treatment

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. This training takes approximately 24 months to complete.

Culinary Arts

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.

Security & Protective Services

This requires training in asset protection, field notes, patrol principles, traffic and crowd control, alarm systems, information security, fire prevention and response, hazardous materials handling, workplace violations, crisis intervention, counterterrorism, VIP protections, crime scene procedures, investigative techniques, protection-officer law, defensive tactics, apprehension and detention procedures, and ethics and interviewing skills. State licensure/certification and Certified Protection Officer credentials will be available to eligible completers.

This training takes approximately 8-12 months to complete.

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