Learning Resources Department

AVTEC - LRD ProgramThe Learning Resources Department (LRD) provides AVTEC students the opportunity to improve their mathematics, English, and reading skills in the context of their vocational training and the library and media services to support their studies. Academic skills are taught as they are applied in the world of work. LRD instructors teach fundamental academic skills and the necessary on-the-job mathematics. Instructors also support students with their training by offering individualized tutoring and study skills instruction. Resources are also available for prospective students looking to improve their basic academic skills before attending training at AVTEC.

Students entering AVTEC are retested on the TABE during their first week of training to determine their reading and mathematics skill levels. Each training area has academic requirements for entry to ensure that each student has the necessary basic skills to be successful. These requirements may be found under the "Prerequisites" heading for each training area.


To teach applied vocational academic skills, provide academic support, library and media services, and deliver adult basic education services. 

Resources for Success

Student Learning Center

LRD's Student Learning Center provides academic support services to AVTEC students on scheduled evenings at the Student Service Center. An instructor provides assistance with homework and tutoring in mathematics. The student tutoring program offers students the opportunity to receive individualized peer tutoring.

Jack Werner Memorial Library

Students have access to a wide range of technical information and resource materials at AVTEC’s library. Over 5,000 titles in the library’s collection are devoted to training related materials to support students in their vocational studies.

Students can also find recreational reading with novels and magazines, as well as keep current on news from home with the collection of newspapers from all over the state.

Multimedia Computer Lab

Students can stay in touch with family and friends, initiate the search for a job, learn basic computer skills, or just surf the web in the library’s multimedia computer lab. Access to the Internet and up-to-date word processing, database, and spreadsheet software offer students unlimited resources. Assistance is available to learn basic computer skills.

Testing and Assessment Services

Interested in earning an Alaska Career Readiness Certificate? The Learning Resources Department can administer the WorkKeys tests needed for the ACRC.

LRD staff is also available to proctor the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) which is an admission requirement for most AVTEC programs. Contact Admissions for more information about TABE requirements or to schedule a test.

Pre-Training Available

Need to improve your reading or math skills to meet AVTEC's entry requirements? Online programs in reading and math are available. Contact Admissions or the Learning Resources Department, 907.224.6114, for more information or to register.

Foundations Program

The purpose of the Foundations Program is to support new students that may need assistance with basic academic skills. All students in participating training programs are retested on the TABE during their first week of training. Students that do not meet the required scores must attend the evening Foundations class. The Foundations class meets four nights per week for one hour, for the first four weeks of training. The class includes individualized instruction based on need; study skills; as well as time to complete training area homework in a supervised, structured environment.

Applied Mathematics

LRD instructors teach the applied mathematics classes that are part of the required curriculum for Business and Office Technology, Professional Cooking and Baking, Diesel/Heavy Equipment Technologies, Structural Welding, Plumbing & Heating, and Construction Technology.

Classes For Adult Basic Education

The Seward Community Learning Center (SCLC) is open to the local community four mornings per week at the AVTEC Student Services Center. An instructor provides individual instruction to those who need improvement in academic areas. Contact the Seward Community Learning Center at 907.224.6114.

Community Classes Include

  • GED Preparation
  • Reading Improvement
  • Mathematics Improvement
  • Writing Skills
  • English as a Second Language

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NOTE: The GED test changed as of December 31, 2013. If you have already passed any of the tests, these scores do not count after December. The new test is more costly and more challenging. Call the Seward Community Learning Center at 224.6114.