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Career Training

In addition to academic training, Alaska Job Corps provides career technical training in the following industries:

Business and Technology Industry

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.

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.

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Construction Industry

Smiling Job Corps student


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.

Facilities Maintenance

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
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
    • Carpentry
    • 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.

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. The entire program takes about 24 months to complete.

Culinary Arts

Two culinary arts students

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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Page last updated: Friday, April 08, 2016