AVTEC - Training Policies

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Measurement of Student Progress and Performance

As stated in each course Training Summary, students are rated on their ability to perform specific training-related competencies. Instructors formally evaluate each student's performance at the end of every month on an in-progress report evaluation form. The instructor and student review each in-progress report. Copies of the in-progress reports are kept by the instructor and originals are kept in the student's file at the Student Records Office. Copies of in-progress reports are provided to agencies or companies that pay a portion of their client's or employee's training costs. Students will be provided copies of their in-progress reports upon request. At the end of the student's training, the instructor summarizes the student's skill levels in a training summary based on the progress reports.

A Level of Achievement is given for each training objective. This is indicated on the student’s training summary by the instructor. The levels carry the following meanings:
  • Level 4 Skilled Performed task independently; requires minimal supervision.
  • Level 3 Moderately Skilled Performed independently in a learning situation; may require initial supervision.
  • Level 2 Limited Skill Performed task during training program; additional training is required.
  • Level 1 Demonstration Only No practice provided; further training required.
The typical requirement is a rating of level 3 or 4 in 85% of the unit competencies required for the certificate level. Students must continually make satisfactory progress towards the completion of a certificate to be considered in "good standing".


Successful completion of Pipe Welding is based on the student’s ability to pass the certification test at the end of the course.

Previous Training and Work Experience

Previous training and work experience will be evaluated through student performance on course objectives. Students who demonstrate proficiency in a particular skill will be advanced to successive skill levels. Persons (such as veterans) with significant previous training or experience may be able to complete all objectives in less than the prescribed time. Students may challenge course competencies by making arrangements with the program instructor or department head.


Class Attendance is Required. Students are expected to be in class every day. An absence will be recorded as unexcused if the training department is not notified within one-half hour past the expected class starting time. Unexcused absences exceeding 10 hours within 8 weeks of class time or more than three tardies results in attendance probation and continued unexcused absences may result in dismissal from training. To remain in good standing, a student must be in attendance for 85% of the available program hours. A student who is not in good standing cannot receive student loan funds, federal financial aid, or a certificate.

Leave of Absence

A Leave of Absence (LOA) is a period of time, formally agreed upon by the school and the student, in which the student has a break in training due to extenuating circumstances. Absences incurred while on formal leave of absence do not count against a student’s attendance percentage, which is one of the components of determining if a student is in good standing. Please contact your counselor for more information.

Disciplinary Policy

Warning, Probation, Termination, Appeal, and Re-Enrollment

Students unable or unwilling to meet appropriate standards of behavior, attendance, or progress during training will receive a warning and/or be placed on probation by the department head or instructor. During the probationary period the student must maintain acceptable behavior, attendance, and progress. Failure to meet the conditions of probation will lead to dismissal. Students violating housing policies will be warned and/or be placed on probation or removed from housing facilities at the discretion of the Student Services Coordinator.

Persons who pose a threat to themselves or others may be dismissed from campus housing and/or from training. Verbal or physical assault upon another person or willful destruction of school property will result in immediate dismissal. Students who are caught cheating by copying or plagiarizing the work of others may also be terminated from training. AVTEC reserves the right to discipline students who are arrested and convicted on a charge of law violation which occurs off campus.

A student may choose to appeal for reconsideration within three business days of dismissal for any reason. The appeal is considered by a representative of administration. If the dismissal decision is upheld, a student may be considered for re-enrollment six months after termination. The department chairperson and counselor will review the application. Their decision will be based on evidence that the original cause for termination is no longer a hindrance to training.

Grievance Procedures for Students

Students with discrimination complaints or with other grievances should present their grievance(s) to the individuals listed in the order that follows: student's instructor, counselor or department head, AVTEC's Equal Rights Compliance Officer, Director of AVTEC.

If the above steps have been exhausted without satisfaction, other recourse includes any or all of the following:
  • Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development
  • Alaska State Commission for Human Rights
  • United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights
  • Council on Occupational Education
    41 Perimeter Center East, NE, Suite 640
    Atlanta, GA 30346
    (770) 396-3898 or (800) 917-2081

Addresses for the above offices are available from AVTEC’s Equal Rights Compliance Officer.

Security Policy

AVTEC makes every attempt to provide safe and secure living conditions for students. Students are encouraged to make proper, responsible use of all security provisions, such as room keys. AVTEC is not responsible for lost or stolen personal belongings. Storage of personal belongings during vacations and school closure is at the student’s own risk. Firearms or weapons are not allowed in any AVTEC facility.

Freedom from Harassment Policy

Discrimination and Harassment are unlawful under both Alaska and Federal law. AVTEC is an equal opportunity employer / training center. AVTEC does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, marital status, change of marital status, pregnancy, or parenthood. In addition to being illegal, it is also contrary to AVTEC's commitment to provide a safe and secure learning and working environment.

Harassing behavior or harassment of students due to any of Alaska’s eleven protected classes (listed above), or for any reason; is unlawful under Alaska law. AVTEC does not tolerate any harassment of students. It is the practice of AVTEC that all contact between students, teachers, and other employees of AVTEC be in keeping with respect for the individual, be of a nature which does not make a person feel uncomfortable, and be conducive to creating a stable learning environment. This includes speech, clothing, or carrying personal items in public that contain obscene, profane, or offensive language, gestures, pictures, or symbols.

AVTEC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Section 504 and Title II. Each training program has established essential requirements which are listed as prerequisites for admission to that particular program. Program adjustments are made for qualifying students with a documented disability who makes a reasonable request for accommodations by contacting AVTEC’s ADA Coordinator. Adjustments are made in a collaborative manner involving the student, instructor, Department Head, and ADA coordinator to best meet the needs of the student while still preparing the individual for employment in his/her chosen field of training. Please contact AVTEC’s ADA Coordinator prior to the beginning of training, so adjustments can be established and in place.

Reports of discrimination and/or harassment will be investigated. Anyone found to be in violation will be subject to disciplinary action. For more information, contact the AVTEC Equal Rights Compliance Officer.

Alcohol and Drug Policy

The abuse of alcohol and drugs impair the ability of students to learn and work. Individuals who abuse or are under the influence of alcohol or drugs are not allowed to participate in training or in AVTEC sponsored activities.

It is imperative that persons with alcohol or drug problems obtain professional counseling before coming to AVTEC. We strongly recommend six months of sobriety before attending a training program. Various support services are available at AVTEC and in the Seward community to assist a student who is actively working to overcome a substance abuse problem.

In compliance with the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, AVTEC requires that its campus be free of alcohol and drugs. Persons found in possession of alcohol or intoxicated on campus will be evicted from campus housing and/or terminated from school.

AVTEC reserves the right to test students while on campus if suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances. Typically, the suspicion is based on the direct observations of an instructor or staff member when the student exhibits physical signs of being under the influence and/or demonstrates a pattern of erratic or unsafe behavior. In such a case, the student is required to submit to a breathalyzer or saliva-based drug test upon request of a staff member.

A positive test result or refusal to submit to the appropriate test will result in disciplinary action which may include probation, eviction from campus housing, or dismissal from training.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited in all AVTEC facilities.

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