AVTEC

Related Studies Program (RSP)
(Apprenticeship Correspondence/Online Courses)



AVTEC - Related Studies Program Student AVTEC's Related Studies Program courses are offered through correspondence or online to benefit apprentices who are unable to attend classroom sessions. All of AVTEC's Related Studies Program courses meet the requirements of, and have been approved for, apprenticeship training by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employment and Training Administration (ATETA)..

AVTEC's Related Studies Program provides instruction to persons enrolled in apprenticeship programs. The mission of the Related Studies Program is to deliver needed training by correspondence or online to students throughout the State of Alaska who could not otherwise receive the apprenticeship or upgrade training necessary to become more skilled as a worker, technician, or manager.

What is an apprenticeship?

For highly skilled occupations, apprenticeship combines on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. It is a structured system of training designed to prepare individuals for employment in skills trades and crafts. Training in the practical, hands-on aspects of the occupation are conducted at the job site under the supervision of a skilled journey worker, while the theoretical aspects of the occupation are presented through correspondence or online courses.

Apprentices in Alaska are required to have a minimum of 144 hours of related studies in their trades each year in addition to their actual work experience. Apprentices who successfully complete the required hours of training in an apprenticeship program become certified as skilled craft workers.

AVTEC works closely with ATETA and representatives of Alaska industry as well as with apprentices and their employers. RSP Coordinator at AVTEC oversees the admissions of the apprenticeship students – processes applications and payments, and issues verification letters. RSP Coordinator also provides study materials for the apprentice and determines the amount of study hours, grades work assignments and tests, supplies employers with progress reports on their apprentices, issues Certificates of Completion, and verifies the apprentice's study hours and completion points with ATETA.

The ATETA office provides technical assistant to Alaska industry in the development of apprenticeship training standards and related technical instruction curricula, registration of apprenticeship programs and apprentices, program evaluation and quality assurance, issuance of Certificates of Completion of Apprenticeship, and development of Selection Procedures consistent with Title 29, CFR, Part 30.

Enrollment is open throughout the year. To enroll in a course, an apprentice/employer must submit an application (available upon request), and pay the cost of tuition, book(s)/tests, and the application fee up-front. Students will have one calendar year to complete their coursework material. At a 10-month point, students will be sent a letter reminding them of the approaching completion date.

If a student cannot get the required assignments completed by the scheduled completion date, he/she may request one 6-month extension. The request for the extension, however, must be made before the scheduled completion date. The cost for the extension is $150. Students who fail to complete the required assignments or request the extension will be terminated from the program.

A student who has been terminated from the program may re-enroll at any time and receive another calendar year to complete the program. The student will have to pay the full tuition for the appropriate year and the application fee. Book(s)/tests fee can be waived if the student/employer still has the coursework materials.

What does an apprenticeship have to offer me?

  • High-quality applicants and employees with a strong motivation to succeed
  • Employees capable of advancing to progressively responsible positions within the company
  • Decreased employee turnover
  • Greater customer satisfaction and increased profits through a well-trained workforce
  • Affiliation with the National Apprenticeship System

Graduates of apprenticeship programs earn higher wages, have more stable work records, and are promoted sooner and more often than other workers. The following Related Studies Program courses are offered for apprentices to reach journeyman level:

  • Building Maintenance Repairer
  • Carpentry
  • Construction Technology
  • Core Curriculum-Introductory Craft Skills
  • Culinary
  • Drywall
  • Electrical
  • Electronic Systems Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Operations
  • HVAC/R
  • Industrial Coating & Lining Application Specialist
  • Insulating
  • Millwright
  • Painting
  • Pipefitting
  • Plumbing
  • Plumbing
  • Sheet Metal
  • Solar Photovoltaic Installation
  • Sprinkler Fitting
  • Sprinkler Fitting
  • Weatherization
  • Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician

What does an apprenticeship have to offer my employer?

  • High-quality applicants and employees with a strong motivation to succeed
  • Employees capable of advancing to progressively responsible positions within the company
  • Decreased employee turnover
  • Greater customer satisfaction and increased profits through a well-trained workforce
  • Affiliation with the National Apprenticeship System

Where can I get more information about becoming an apprentice?

Contact information

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employment and Training Administration

John Hakala – The Director

605 W. Fourth Ave. Room G-30
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 271-5035
hakala.john@dol.gov

http://jobs.alaska.gov/apprentice

AVTEC Related Studies Program

Dominika Szpotanska

RSP Coordinator
P.O. Box 889
Seward, Alaska 99664
(907) 224-6126
dominika.szpotanska@avtec.edu
rsp@avtec.edu

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